I had an MS wheel for the first xbox and played it on my lap and it wasn't that fun. Moved on to playing NASCAR Racing 2003 on PC with a Momo Logitech clamped to my desk which was a lot better. When I got the xbox 360 I didn't want to buy another wheel just to play a few ok driving games so I passed on it.
One day a friend told me how much fun he was having playing Forza 3 but he said I would need a wheel to have fun. At the same time the last MS wheel was going out of production so I bit the bullet and got one of the last ones in town.
After playing at my desk there was no way I was going to play off my lap again so I looked around at wheel stands and then decided to make my own. It was a fun project to think up and then bring to fruition. I had a basic design but then kept adding details until I came up with this. The main priority is to function but I tried to make it decent enough to look and not be an eyesore in the corner. I still got a black, fitted twin bed sheet to cover it but everyone still wants to see what it is.
I can't stress how much having the wheel stand and butt kicker has added to the experience and I urge anyone that is on the fence about building one to just do it. It really makes a big difference. Sometime I plan on adding the Fanatec CSR elite and pedals which will make my rig complete. The fact that Turn 10 added so much sound design to Forza 4 is just icing on the cake. I went into the options and turned up the car sounds and then drove the MacLaren F1 and OMFG the experience was amazing
Here's a few pics of my build.
I made the whole thing from one 4' x 8' sheet and one black shelf from Home depot
Here it is put together to check for fit and function before finishing
I made this to hold the pedals in place and added some padding
Filled in all the joints with wood putty and then painted
Some carbon fiber contact paper and red pinstripe tape helped with the finish
Furniture sliders on the bottom make it a breeze to pull around into position
The Butt Kicker mounted perfectly to the chair and took the experience to another level
A seat cover from the auto parts store worked perfectly on the leather chair that both swivels and reclines for perfect positioning
The finished rig in front of the TV