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SHOW ME YOUR RACE SIM SETUPS.

ANY ADVICE FOR A NEW SETUP, SOMETHING AWESOME IS THE PLAN

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I went a little bit silly a while back and took over the kid's toyroom, much to their disgust. This started out as a way of getting them used to driving, whilst also giving me some thrills from time to time...

 

After buying the Thrustmaster TX Leather setup, I whacked a WRX bucket seat on a moveable base, hard-mounted a TX wheel and T3PA pedals onto a piece of Sweden's finest furniture, hacked into a USB keyboard to create a brain centre which controls a button box, DIY handbrake and sequential shifter, and carbon-fibre magnetic paddle shifters from Ascher Racing installed on one of my DIY OMP steering wheels (thanks China via ebay!). There's also the TH8A H-pattern gearbox with shorter shifter, and the pedals have been extensively modded with different springs to give more realistic feel, and a load cell on the brake pedal which turns the brake pedal into a pressure-based setup, rather than travel-based. 

 

Ironically, it's getting to the point where the kids can't use it - the brake pedal is too firm for little legs! Bad Daddy...

 

I desperately need a better TV in there to make the most of the XBOX One . The old Hitachi plasma has since gone, and there's a freebie Soniq 42" 1080P LCD in its place which looks surprisingly OK. A 55" 4K is on the wish list.

 

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Some very nice set ups here!  Can't say I'm not envious.  No room at Chez Gruffie for such indulgences unfortunately.  😞

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8 hours ago, figjam said:

Check out the Pagnian Imports website.

 

https://www.pagnianimports.com.au/

 

 

Yep, that's where I bought my wheelbase.

 

As a decent entry-level setup, the Thrustmaster TX base is a good thing. The TS-XW/TS-PC are better yet again, with more torque.

 

The T3PA pedals are also pretty decent when the supplied conical brake mod is installed, although a load cell upgrade and spring swap is worth doing. You can only really upgrade the pedals if you have a rig to bolt them to... they simply won't stay in place on carpet etc if you go for more realistic pedal feel.

 

I also rate the TH8A shifter, although I've also modded mine for a bit more resistance and have installed a shorter shifter from Russia (DimSim) who also make superb steering wheel adaptors.

 

I've never used Fanatec gear, nor had a crack on a proper direct-drive wheelbase, but I've found the Thrustmaster setup to be damn good. I've accrued a few fastest lap times on the global XBOX leaderboard for Project Cars 2, including the fastest outright time around Mt Panorama in a F1 car :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 10/09/2019 at 11:41 AM, pete_mac said:

I went a little bit silly a while back and took over the kid's toyroom, much to their disgust. This started out as a way of getting them used to driving, whilst also giving me some thrills from time to time...

 

After buying the Thrustmaster TX Leather setup, I whacked a WRX bucket seat on a moveable base, hard-mounted a TX wheel and T3PA pedals onto a piece of Sweden's finest furniture, hacked into a USB keyboard to create a brain centre which controls a button box, DIY handbrake and sequential shifter, and carbon-fibre magnetic paddle shifters from Ascher Racing installed on one of my DIY OMP steering wheels (thanks China via ebay!). There's also the TH8A H-pattern gearbox with shorter shifter, and the pedals have been extensively modded with different springs to give more realistic feel, and a load cell on the brake pedal which turns the brake pedal into a pressure-based setup, rather than travel-based. 

 

Ironically, it's getting to the point where the kids can't use it - the brake pedal is too firm for little legs! Bad Daddy...

 

I desperately need a better TV in there to make the most of the XBOX One . The old Hitachi plasma has since gone, and there's a freebie Soniq 42" 1080P LCD in its place which looks surprisingly OK. A 55" 4K is on the wish list.

 

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Jeezusss Pete I wish you were my Dad! 😍

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On 10/09/2019 at 11:41 AM, pete_mac said:

I went a little bit silly a while back

Yes you did Pete!   

 

Awesome silly.

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Wow these setups are nuts. 

 

I am currently just using using one of the next level where stands as space is a premium at home and I can’t leave it setup at my pc as I play various games and also work at the same desk. 

 

Using a Logitech wheel with shifter. 

I kind of wish the wheel was bigger. The build quality is ok. Just feels small. I was considering 3d printing an adapter to run a 3rd party whew but even then i am not a huge fan of the notchy force feedback. 

 

I am am going to upgrade my shifter to the thrustmaster this week as regardless of what way I go I think that is going to happen. 

 

Kind of eyeballing the t300rs at the moment but wondering if it’s worth the cost of admission or whether I just drive my Logitech into the dust then upgrade wheels. 

 

Regardless its great to see people who are also into audio, also into sim. 

 

Scott

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I actually went and bought the Logitech brake mod kit

usb adapters for both the shifter and pedals and ordered a fanatic csl elite and rim. 

 

Should be a bit of fun

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So that escalated. 
 

I now have the fanatec csl elite wheel, fanatec shifter and fanatec clubsport pedals with a playseat challenge fold up rig. 
 

love it!!!

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These are beautiful, I thought I'd come in here and see a nice seat and steering wheel setup, but nothing to this magnitude. Well done!

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G29 and Playseat Challenge. Cheap and cheerful but does the job. So much fun, 

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Whatever you do stay away from TrakRacer rigs , i have the RS6 Mach II and it's a POS !!!!

 

The seat is for small people only (i'm 70kg 179cm) my mate who is just over 6 foot struggles to fit in it , it's the most uncomfortable seat i have ever used and very restrictive , i hate it , i have added quite a bit of extra padding to make it usable and i am looking for a replacement seat.

 

The wheel base is not rock stable as they advertise , mine has up to 1 cm of movement and is not square with the seat , very annoying.

 

Pedal tray the same thing , i had to add blocks of wood underneath it to stop the movement.

 

I was very disappointed with mine and felt like i had been ripped off , i emailed all my issues to TrakRacer but the responses made me feel like he didn't care at all now he had my money. 

 

I also have the triple monitor stand (i used to have 3 x 27" screens but upgraded to a single 49" ultrawide and it's awesome). The stand is horrible too , it took me over 2 hours trying to align the 2 side screens with the the centre and i still couldn't get it to align properly.

 

Bottom line it's cheap chinese crap , stay clear.

 

I do have the Fanatec clubsport V2.5 wheel base and Mclaren GT3 wheel , both of these are awesome , best thing i purchased for sim racing.

I also have the HE Pro Pedals and they are awesome too , feeling and modulation is on another level compared to fanatec clubsport V3 pedals , but are a bit expensive ($1000)

 

This is all on PC , i still have an Xbox 1x that i never use since moving to PC , you can do so much more with PC.

 

Cheers

 

David Hawke

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