Project Sim Racer: Part 1- Building the Rig

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The seat slider is basically the same as on a real car.

To be honest, this seat slider could have come right out of one of my cars in the driveway. It’s a very common one-sided slider where the adjuster side has a spring-lever and a locking assembly, and the opposite side is free to slide. It works really well. Simply bolt it to the bottom of the seat, and then bolt the slider assembly to the seat frame.

 

Here is the almost completely assembled cockpit.

In an hour or two, you find yourself here, with an almost completely assembled cockpit. It’s much easier to assemble everything without the seat back attached, because that makes the seat heavy and unwieldy. At this point the seat back can just be bolted up to the frame.

 

The complete GTA-F cockpit.

Now that we have the base for our driving experience, the next logical step is to find some controls. See what I did there?

 

The Logitech Driving Force.

NOTE: Updated 2/25/2017
Due to overwhelming reader feedback, the introduction to Logitech has been edited.

Both gamers and general computer users have known about Logitech for decades, as they provide a wide array of computer peripherals. When it comes to driving simulator hardware, Logitech has been in the game for quite some time, too. The G920 is the latest in their series of force-feedback equipped steering wheel and pedal kits. While there have been several other companies to produce “gaming” steering wheel and pedal assemblies, most have come and gone. Logitech remains as one of the most cost-effective and value-packed vendors to consider when building a racing simulator, and is in many cases the go-to piece of kit — especially considering you can walk down the street to your big-box store and pick one up.

The G920 is the PC and Xbox version of Logitech’s Driving Force lineup. There is also a Playstation-specific version (the G29) that supports the PS3 and PS4. These wheels have some really great features:

  • dual-motor force feedback
  • quality materials
  • helical gearing
  • 900-degree steering
  • gas, brake, clutch pedal assembly
  • nonlinear brake pedal
  • sequential shift paddles.

As we get into the review of the wheel, you will see why these features are important, and why the low street price makes this such a compelling option.

You’ll also notice that we have a Driving Force shifter. This is an optional accessory that can be combined with the wheel and pedals to create a “standard” car experience. Not everyone owns a fancy car with paddle shifters!

 

Here is the unboxed G920 wheel and pedal assembly.

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