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Steering wheel extension

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I have an Alfa 156 and an alfa 147, both 2.0 petrol.
I think both have the steering wheel to far away for us to drive comfortably.
Is there any extension, any hub I can buy to use with the stock steering wheel?
I would like to retain it as stock as possible.
I know it would be easy to just exchange the steering wheel for an aftermarket one, but then i would loose the airbag and the steering controls and I don't want that.
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And this is with the steering wheel adjusted all the way rearwards towards the driver?
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Yes, with the steering wheel adjusted all the way towards me.
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You can, with an aftermarket steering wheel and hub adaptor, but in doing so, you'll loose the airbag. Which probably isn't a bad thing if you're moving it closer to your face.
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Doesn't removing the air bag create insurance issues?
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Have you tried moving the seat forward?
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I didn't want to move it that much closer, and I think the distance factor in terms of security isn't so great because there are lots of cars in which you can have the steering wheel much closer to you.
But right now I'm not comfortable because I have to stretch my arms fully so that I can't hold the steering wheel and I can't move the seat forward because of my legs length.
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I want to keep the original steering wheel not an aftermarket one.
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I think one more 'wise' comment is allowed

How about putting the back of the seat in a bit more 'upward' position? Even a new Volvo is not good for that

https://az815297.vo.msecnd.net/images/3modes_relax.jpg
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You make it sound like you are some sort of human equivalent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. You know, the one with massive legs and tiny arms...
I don't know, have you tried moving the seat forward and up and adjusting the steering wheel forward? Just saying...and it's cheaper than buying a new steering wheel!

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Well yes - anything is possible.

I made this for an Alfetta in historics racing in haste in one day (to keep its old steering, but move it closer). The one on the left was OMP specific and bolt pattern did not match

Taking a bit more care one could make one that would be fit for a daily drive. Also the wiring in the steering column could move out a few inches I'm quite sure
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Well, i'm not that different, but this problem is worst in the Alfa then in various other cars I had and drive.
My mother's audi can make the steering wheel right the perfect way, and the incredible thing is that it does so without reaching the end of the adjustment! :O
The Alfa Giulia I just experimented a month ago also had the possibility of having the steering wheel right in the perfect position, so I would say that there's really a problem with the 156-147 in this area.
But what I wanted to know is if there is some aftermarket part I could buy to solve this without compromising the stock steering wheel.
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I get you and it was critisised with lots of italian cars. You need extra long hands and short legs to get good position in alfa 156.
My best mod was to put the steering wheel 6cm closer.
Only way to keep the airbag would be to get another stock wheel and cut out the centre piece (it's aluminium) and weld some thick wall alu tube on it and then weld all to another wheel. For more than 5cm you would need to lenghten the cables too i think.

I did it like this: http://shrani.si/f/44/fi/2itIsFXm/foto3132.jpg
All you would need here is some nice black rubber to cover it all.

and more extreme version for racing:
http://shrani.si/f/2A/1S/4Tabje9b/10...2817532356.jpg
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My guilietta and 156 have the same driving position which I think is really comfortable but have definitely read comments in the press that the position is not normal.
However, I do drag my knuckles on the floor when I walk.
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But what I wanted to know is if there is some aftermarket part I could buy to solve this without compromising the stock steering wheel.
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To answer your specific question, I don't believe there is any proprietary part that will do what you require. Something can be fabricated, no doubt, but I'm not sure what the regulations are in your country for modifications to safety-related items.
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