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Question Heated steering wheel in 18 OB

I bought my 18 OB Premium last June. I really wanted the touring model with the heated steering wheel, but "cheaped out" when it came time to pull the financial trigger. I LOVE my OB other than that, but still really want the heated steering wheel, as I have Reynaud's and live/work in a colder climate that requires me to go in and out of work at all hours and in all weather. I finally have all my head unit issues successfully resolved, so I am interested in hearing thoughts on having a new steering wheel/column with the heating unit installed vs trading in on a 2019 or 2020 touring model. I can't do the work myself, so obviously, I would need to go to a dealership to order/have it installed. I'm actually holding off on installing a tow hitch until I make this decision. The only other mod I have done is to have the remote start installed which has been a godsend for those frigid middle of the night calls.

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There have been a few threads on this topic, and all seem to agree, it's no simple task. Here's somewhat official information:

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I would test drive an OB with the heated wheel and see if it's what you want. I love mine for those 3 AM winter mornings and will never be without one.
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I too have Reynaud's, and I found the heated wheel isn't as good as I was hoping. First is that the upper quadrant (from just above 10 to just before 2 O'clock clockwise) it isn't heated at all. What I have found is that because of this, my thumbs are not positioned on the heated portion when gripping the wheel at the normal 10-2 position. This actually makes my hands feel colder, since the cold is getting concentrated in my thumbs. If you hands a smaller than mine, then you might be able to grip the wheel slightly lower and keep the tip of the thumb in the heated area.

That said, yes I am still glad I got the heated wheel. It does keep the palms and fingers warmer. I will sometimes move my hands into the lower quadrant, so I'm on a fully heated part of the wheel. It's not the most comfortable way to steer, but it does help warm my thumbs more.

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Probably cheaper to buy a set of heated driving gloves.

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Heated gloves would absolutely work better keeping your digits warm. I've never seen such, but I know they're out there. But they could also be more clumsy while driving, depending on the bulk of the gloves. Might be more difficult to use any controls. Not saying it would be, but something to consider.

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Heated cycle gloves do work well. I have a less expensive set and they are very effective for about 2 hours. The following 2 hours they are less effective, but that is outside in the wind on a motorcycle. Inside a car I would guess they would last a bit longer as you could run them at a lower level. Some of the $150 and up gloves have better sensors, auto adjust, bigger batteries and heating wires in the palm and the back.
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The problem for me, and likely many with Reynaud's, is that it isn't the palm or back of the hand that needs heat. It's the digits themselves that lose circulation and therefore warmth. I don't know if heated gloves work that well for the fingers and thumbs, but then I've never tried any. Perhaps there are some that warm the fingers as well.

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The problem for me, and likely many with Reynaud's, is that it isn't the palm or back of the hand that needs heat. It's the digits themselves that lose circulation and therefore warmth. I don't know if heated gloves work that well for the fingers and thumbs, but then I've never tried any. Perhaps there are some that warm the fingers as well.
Heated motorcycle gloves do in fact heat the fingers and thumb. I have some being a Harley rider and use them quite often in the cold weather. Be sure to get a good brand and newer model for the best results.

Gerbing or Warm-n-Safe are a couple of the better ones. But be ready they are not cheap. You can pay a couple hundred dollars for a good Hybrid pair.

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