PART NUMBER: 61-2776
Fits 1999-2005 Miata.
Finally, a steering wheel upgrade with wonderful feel that does not require removal of the airbag! Upscale Euro-Hand Stitched. Cipher Auto steering wheels are designed with the best comfort, quality and styling in mind. Premium leather.
Real premium leather
Slightly thicker for better grip
This is a drop-in fit for 1999-2003 Miatas. NOTE for 2004-2005 Miatas: Notes from customers who have installed this wheel on 04-05 years is that you may need to source the 4-bolt metal air bag frame from a 99-03 steering wheel to be able to fit your airbag to the Cipher wheel, replacing the 3-bolt bracket that is in the 04-05 steering wheel. You can get this part by buying a second hand 99-03 steering wheel from a junkyard, ebay, etc.
In Cipher Auto's words:
"Besides offering extraordinary sensation through the ergonomic technology, individual will also enjoy the superior comfort, holding power and visual satisfaction in every driving experience. Definitely, it will surpass what the OEM can offer in many folds."
After 20 years of sun and high humidity, made worse by a leaking roof, my original wheel was ugly, cracked, and getting uncomfortable to hold. This Cipher wheel is amazing. In looking for a replacement wheel, keeping the factory airbag was essential (as an ER doc I can attest that an airbag can save your life). The Cipher wheel was one of the only I found that allowed me to keep the airbag -- and, it looks and feels amazing. I did the install myself after watching a few Youtube videos and reading a few Miata.net threads. It was extremely easy. I got but never needed to use a wheel puller (returned it unopened). The steering wheel came off easily with a little "nudge" with the base of my hand. (mind the recs to leave the center nut loosely in place so you don't pull off the wheel and smack yourself in the face!) The most time-consuming part (~10 min.) was transferring the parts from the old wheel to the new (the airbag, the frame for the horn contacts, the column shroud).
That's it. It was quite simple. What they don't really emphasize and you may not appreciate in the photos is that the lower sides (4 o'clock and 8 o'clock) are "flat" around the circumference, making it very comfortable to rest your left elbow on the armrest with your left hand on the wheel when cruising on the highway. I recommend this product without reservations. It's also gorgeous to look at.
For owners of 2004 and 2005 NB's, this Cipher wheel is not compatible with the metal air bag frame that needs to be swapped out of the factory wheel and mounted into the new Cipher in order to reinstall the factory air bag.The 1999 to 2003 NB factory wheels have a 4 point metal air bag frame that the Cipher is designed for. The 2004 and 2005 stock wheels have a 3 point AB frame that will not swap into the new Cipher wheel thus no way to reinstall the air bag. I had to buy a wheel on eBay from a 2002 NB to obtain the correct fitting air bag frame. Other than that, the Cipher is beautiful!
Really love this wheel. It changes the look of the inside of the car making it look more updated. It has a great feel to it and makes driving very comfortable. It is just a little thicker than the stock wheel and gives a much better grip.
Once again I am 100% happy with my purchase. This wheel replaces the stock wheel that I never cared for. It is thicker and way more comfortable. Plus it looks fantastic. I chose the silver stitching and it looks amazing. Installation was a breeze, just took my time, waited 10 full min. after pulling the negative lead, just to be sure. Swapped the horn bracket internally that was a perfect fit, mounted and re-installed the airbag. Maybe an hour...
Fit and finish is seamless. It looks and feels like the wheel that should have been stock.