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Old 05-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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3-Spoke vs 4-Spoke Steering Wheel

Can someone explain why the 3-spoke wheel is more desirable than the 4-spoke? What am I missing?

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:24 AM   #2
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:59 AM   #3
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3 spoke = S
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:17 AM   #4
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Light and strong enough

The answer to your question is an engineering one. If you look at the great majority of racing car steering wheels, it is evident that 3 is considered the minimum number of spokes that will also provide the required strength. I've attached a picture of a 917K wheel. For most sportscars, the same lightness and strength is desirable. From a marketing standpoint, a 3-spoke wheel evokes racing, if what you are building is a sportscar.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:11 AM   #5
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Porsche introduced the 3 spoke wheel in the 2000 Boxster S and then installed it in all Boxsters starting in 2001. Frankly, while not a huge issue, I prefer the 4 spoke wheel as it allows your hands to be placed in a 9 and 3 position without interference from the spokes. I suspect that this was why Porsche introduced 4 spoke wheels on the 911's back in the 60's and continued to produce them, in one form or another, until 2001.

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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4 spoke = dated and fugly
3 spoke = very cool, get more chicks
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 AM   #7
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I'm one of the few that prefer the 4-spoke over the 3. I just think it looks better.

Auf los, thanks for that explanation. Never thought about that. I always thought the 3-spoke was "desireable" because it was an "upgrade" on the order sheet, and nothing more.

Southernstar, haven't you heard? The latest info being taught at driver's ed is 9 and 3, not for comfort, but to be out of the way of the airbag during deployment. With 10 and 2, most folks were suffering from injuries ranging from abrasions to broken bones. But, I do agree with you, 9 and 3 just feels comfortable, especially right on top of the top-spokes.
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Your d*** will fall off if you have the 4-spoke wheel!
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As if a woman would know or even notice. All they see is that gold crest.
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A darn sexy one at that!
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #12
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Was just thinking that if we're talking definitive Boxster, this is it for me, four-spoker and all...

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:52 AM   #13
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I also prefer the four. It would allow me to place my left hand at the bottom of the wheel, where I prefer it. However, I'm stuck with a three and don't care enough to switch to a different wheel. If there were a choice at purchase, I'd choose four.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:15 AM   #14
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Hey, I got a 4 spoke sitting here doing nothing if anyone wants to do a straight trade for a 3!
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:23 PM   #15
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Basic Volkswagens and its variants (Seat, Skoda, Audi) are equipped with tree spoke wheel, so it is probably cheaper to manufacture...
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #16
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3 spoke

As someone said on this forum many yrs ago - it evokes thoughts of a woman's bikini underwear. I want my hands wrapped around that.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #17
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3 spoke

As someone said on this forum many yrs ago - it evokes thoughts of a woman's bikini underwear. I want my hands wrapped around that.
Ok, NOW I want the 3-spoke...
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@Husker Boxster, you mean a THONG! I like that, YES! I actually changed out my 4 spoke to a 3 spoke because I had the phantom horn honking thing going on. I was going to replace the rubber "O" rings on the horn frame when I found a good deal on the 3 spoke tip wheel.
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4 spoke = dated and fugly
3 spoke = very cool, get more chicks
I believe this is a direct translation of the German language TSB issued by Porsche in 2000.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:57 AM   #20
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Just looks. 4spoke was more comfortable in my opinion.
btw I have 4spoke for sale with airbag to BO

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