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Post by iWolf on Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:44 am

We're all race game tragics on OZFM and happy to admit it.

Many of us use race wheels and pedals because we enjoy the racing better that way.
But it does make the game a bit more complicated because you need some sort of race simulator to get the most from your wheel and pedals.

As a wheel user I've built and used a few temporary race rigs in the past 3 years.
All of them have been basic quick builds to get me racing with whatever wheel setup and seat I've been using at the time.
None of them have ever had a decent driving seat or position adjustments in the frame.
As I don't have a permanent games room my rigs need to be portable and compact, so I can keep them in the family room without taking up too much space.

While there are some good simulators on the market none of them have ever satisified the needs and wants I put together for my preferred race rig.
So about 18 months ago I started thinking about building a full lightweight simulator with a decent seat.
Then when I bought my Fanatec GT2 wheel and Clubsport pedals last year the requirements went up market a bit. i.e.they got more complicated.
But eventually I put together a simulator designed to do what I need and want.

I started buying bits and pieces in December and building the rig in January,
have been test driving it for about 3 weeks and finished the last piece of the jigsaw yesterday.
I don't want to think how many hours have gone into the design, engineering and construction. Lets just say it was a lot!

The rig is built in two main sections on a steel frame with aluminium floor, mounting plates and cover plates.
The simulator frame slides into the seat base to make it compact for storage and easy to extend when I want to use it.
The frames sit on cork pads which provide grip so it doesn't move around during use.
The complete simulator weighs about 33kg, without driving wheel and pedals.
There is 200mm height, 100mm reach and 30+ degrees tilt adjustment on the wheel.
The seat has about 250mm travel and has adjustable cushion and backrest angle.
The clubsport pedals are held in place by a retaining plate, no bolts required.
The pedals can be shifted sideways on the base plate to centre them for 3 pedal (forza) or 2 pedal (F1) use.
The fanatec sequential shifter is mounted on the wheel base plate, while the H pattern mounts on the seat base.
Both shifters can be easily removed when not in use (both are mounted in the attached pics).

What you won't see in the pics is the lift and movement system under the seat base.
Its operated by a small lever which lifts the seat base about 5mm on a set of castors, the same lever locks the rig in extended position.
When its lifted I can easily extend or close the frame and move the rig for use or storage.
All cables and power supply are fitted/concealed in the front section and the power cable plugs in through an opening in the rear of the seat base.

Setting up the rig for use or putting it back for storage takes about a minute.
I could say I think its ok, but actually I think its a whole lot better than that, for what I want.

So here are some pics of the new race simulator, designed and built by iWolf.












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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by CarSteerYou on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:05 am

That is AWESOME. cheers
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by FrankTank on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:22 am

Extremely impressive Wolfy....
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by RU four 86 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:23 am

hot stuff mate.

still don't see the stubbie holder!

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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by Dazza4610 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:29 am

Nice is not the right word...

I am going to go with...

Professional.



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Post by Envy The Best on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:48 am

Dazza4610 wrote:Nice is not the right word...

I am going to go with...

Professional.


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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by Dazza4610 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:55 am

And Wolf, what were you thinking? No lumbar support and no centre console.


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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by Lt HELI on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:18 am

Thats freakin wicked iWolf. cheers


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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by mcrow5 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:35 am

very impressive mate!
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by Don Stylz on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:37 am

Wolfie.. dam mate that is absolutly awesome.. some time and planing has gone into that i can see.. u might even put pagani out of buisness with that master peice mate..

Love the double shifter setup .. been thinking of doing a similar thing on mine..

all u need now is a boot so u can chuck the magging wife in when she whindges about how much time u are spending in it..

cause u know u will be spending alot of time in the hot seat.. Wink

thumbs up dude.. very impressive.. Wink
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by Sleuth 101 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:28 pm

Nice wolfie, you can see the time and effort gone into it, got your copyrights sorted....
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by TEEROY 34 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:56 pm

well done young man!
superb effort mate, get those into production quick smart!

run a comp on what the chair is out of! haha

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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by RU four 86 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:00 pm

TEEROY 34 wrote:
run a comp on what the chair is out of! haha

what a good idea! Wink

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Post by stikman on Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:18 pm

thats awesome wolfman!! Time to quit your day job and buy some overseas workers i think. looks top notch Cool

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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by iWolf on Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:06 pm

Thanks guys,

really appreciate your feedback, specially since its all positive. Smile

Now coupla things about some comments...

RU said "no stubby holder..."
- Maaaate, you know me, I don't drink while I'm driving, only between races when the steward brings the drinks trolley around. Wink

Dazza said "Why no lumbar support or centre console."
- Dazza, my backs shagged beyond any help from lumbar supports.
As for centre consoles, it is a single seater mate! But maybe a side console would be ok, and then I could fit a drink holder, which would make RU happy. Hmmmm, watch this space. Idea

Teeroy said "Have a comp to see what the chair came out of"
-Now thats an idea I can run with. New topic coming up...

Stikman said "Give up your day job and hire some foreign workers"
- Now there's another good idea! I've already given up work and it feels
Greeaaat!. I hope you don't mean adult entertainment "foreign workers" stik? Laughing
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by crimson eagle73 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:58 pm

Do you take orders?

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Post by Paul on Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:49 pm

Nice work wolfie I hope our sponsor sees this you might not be jobless for long. As sleuthy said hurry up and get the patent for it I can see $$$$ signs.
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by iWolf on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:06 pm

crimson eagle73 wrote:Do you take orders?

Mostly I take orders from my team manager, you know what I mean.
As far as building rigs for others, we could talk about that.

Paul wrote:Nice work wolfie I hope our sponsor sees this you might not be jobless for long. As sleuthy said hurry up and get the patent for it I can see $$$$ signs.

Actually I enjoy being jobless, so maybe this wasn't such a good idea.
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by OctarineDream on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:12 pm

Bloody amazing Wolf.
Where's the handbrake? Smile
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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by Guest on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:46 pm

Very very nice Wolf. A lot of thought and time gone into that. Kudos mate.

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Post by feralcobra on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:49 pm

nice work wolf


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Re: My new Race Simulator

Post by o MANIC o on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:24 am

I should very much like to know what it would cost to get u to put one of these together for me mate, including man hours. I'm looking at getting one of these for myself and would rather spend the cash on something made by yourself than giving the money to someone I don't know and who don't care about me liking their product or not.

So if your interested mate then let me know. I can give you at least $35 for it, maybe even go as high as $45-46. Jokes mate. Let me know.

P.S it looks awesome.

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Post by iWolf on Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:02 pm

o MANIC o wrote:I should very much like to know what it would cost to get u to put one of these together for me mate, including man hours. I'm looking at getting one of these for myself and would rather spend the cash on something made by yourself than giving the money to someone I don't know and who don't care about me liking their product or not.

So if your interested mate then let me know. I can give you at least $35 for it, maybe even go as high as $45-46. Jokes mate. Let me know.

P.S it looks awesome.

Thanks manic, very flattered that you think its something you'd be interested in.

Right now I'm on some other missions for my team manager. So couldn't do anything short term. Obviously there's issues of what you actually want in your rig and the cost to build it.
Whats your time frame for getting something built?
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:32 pm

Well that just shat all over mine... Better remove my thread... LOL

Great job mate. Do you weld yourself?

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Post by Lt HELI on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:31 pm

RUSSIAN_BLOKE wrote:Well that just shat all over mine... Better remove my thread... LOL

Great job mate. Do you weld yourself?

I thought the bungie cords were awesome Wink
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