1997 Mazda Miata: Just Out of Reach
April 08, 2011
First off, as I've said before, I love the new Momo wheel we got for our old Miata. Just one minor gripe: flicking (or holding briefly for a lane change) the turn signal lever is a bit awkward. With my normal driving position, the lever is just at the tip of my "give 'em the bird" finger. To flick the signal, I have to rotate my left hand grip slightly outward. The new wheel's rim is an inch closer to the driver, which puts the signal stalk an inch further away.
Not really a big deal for me -- it certainly wouldn't deter me from putting this Momo in my Miata (if I had one). But I have rather large hands for a short guy (I can palm a b-ball provided it's somewhat tacky). Just something that those with smaller hands may want to take note of while they're contemplating new (steering) wheels and their associated specifications.
Note: This post / gripe does not apply to L.A. drivers.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 130,538 miles