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Steering wheel knob

  • 21-05-2010 2:20pm
    #1
    Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,234 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko
    Arbiter


    Was surfing the web for car parts, as you do during work hours, and came across something that triggered memories from days gone by -
    the steering wheel knob! A old geezer next door had a Merc (I think) with one of these yokes and I was fascinated by it when I was a young lad.

    Probably not legal any more but at the time I thought it was a great invention :)
    07133947000


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,314 ✭✭✭✭ Cookie_Monster
    Registered User


    a knob called "easy rider" eh?......


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,347 si_guru
    Registered User


    you can buy them at the petrol station in Dublin port.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,934 ✭✭✭ Tropheus
    Registered User


    I'd say power steering did away with the need for them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,634 ✭✭✭ zilog_jones
    Registered User


    People who can't use pedals (paralysis, etc.) and have to use hand controls for throttle/brake usually have these.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,720 ✭✭✭ Hal1
    Registered User


    Maybe alright if you have no power steering or drive a fork lift.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ woody33
    Registered User


    I've seen then used on the origional Mini for those timed competitions where you zoom around a car park and have to reverse into tight parking spaces and so on. They're a very quick way to get the steering from full left to full right.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,316 ✭✭✭ Pkiernan
    Registered User


    I bought one, but it says on the packet that it is not intended for on-road use.
    It may well be against the rules to use it in your car.

    I used it to try it out in a field - works fine, but not really needed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,645 ✭✭✭ knifey_spoonie
    Registered User


    We call them suicide knobs, and for a very good reason too. :D:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,345 ✭✭✭✭ Esel
    Not your ornery onager


    I know a disabled driver, and he told me a while ago that they are only legal when necessary for disabled drivers. This guy cannot use his legs, so steers with one hand and controls accelerator/brake with the other hand via a push-pull linkage.

    Not your ornery onager



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,857 ✭✭✭ T-Maxx
    Registered User


    Loads on eBay.

    Must say I've seen quite a few of them on vans and big lorries.

    Would love one on my '57 Belair...:cool:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,933 ✭✭✭ tinofapples
    Registered User


    Illegal ?? Surely not.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,738 ✭✭✭✭ corktina


    oh that sort of knob...sorry thought i was on after-hours...


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,416 ✭✭✭✭ vectra
    Registered User


    esel wrote: »
    I know a disabled driver, and he told me a while ago that they are only legal when necessary for disabled drivers. This guy cannot use his legs, so steers with one hand and controls accelerator/brake with the other hand via a push-pull linkage.

    Yup.
    I have one in my car


  • Registered Users Posts: 859 ✭✭✭ Still stihl waters 3


    Old thread I know but it seems the legality of steering knobs wasn't fully addressed so I'm hoping someone has a definite answer as to whether or not they're legal



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,782 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011
    Moderator


    It would be mod that needs notifying to your insurer (as control using one is appalling and hence much more risky) at the very least



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