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My Racing Cockpit (Xbox Wireless Wheel)

post #1 of 92
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So I just completed my racing cockpit last night. Here are some pics:















I based my design on a few pictures and plans I found online but heavily modified it. I was worried the steering column, which is completely adjustable (and not attached to the body) would be too wobbly, but it holds up great. My dad helped me put it together and he was surprised at how far I wanted the pedals to be, so we shortened the legnth. That was a huge mistake. I might have to cut the PVC and put in some couplers so I can extend it. My left ankle really hurts going up to the brake and then back down to rest on the ground. Maybe I can drive with one foot like real life. Warning to anyone who wants to do this, the paint for PVC takes a week to dry and they weren't kidding. The chair is an AK Ratcher (now called Racer) because my butt is too big to fit into an AK Rocker, which has the molded plastic bottom. That meant I can only attach it with a bungie cord. Hope to replace it with a real leather bucketseat soon.

Impressions: Wow, I am bad at PGR with this wheel. I only played for 45 minutes and I guess it takes getting used to, but I'm not used to sucking. I'm quite good with the controller. I can see how this will help me in the long run, especially with immersion. The wheel feels good. Going to purchase Test Drive Unlimited today or tomorrow.

I am planning to add a buttkicker to it and I promised in the other thread to include a picture of me driving. I might try to get some screen shots from behind the cockpit, but they probably won't turn out very well.
post #2 of 92
Very cool. Well done.
post #3 of 92
Nice....

You mother dressed you as a child didn't she... because your colors don't match. Very cool though, anyway we can get diagram instructions?
post #4 of 92
Now thats hardcore....
post #5 of 92
Are you serious? I can't imagine my friends coming over and seeing that thing in my living room. They would be like, "what the hell are you doing with a toy for a 3 year old?"
post #6 of 92
Its cool that you have the space for that..it looks comfy for sure.
post #7 of 92
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Originally Posted by Tomcats View Post

Nice....

You mother dressed you as a child didn't she... because your colors don't match. Very cool though, anyway we can get diagram instructions?

I have paint for plastic and paint for walls. I used the plastic paint on the PVC and the wall paint on the board. I realize they don't match exactly, but my theater is very dark anyway, it's hard to tell without the bright flash. Unless you're talking about the seat. I didn't exactly have my run of colors for that.

As for storage, it's right next to my back room and I also have a lot of space behind my chairs. It's no problem really.

I posted the instructions in the other thread, but the link has expired. I will try to re-up tonight.
post #8 of 92
Wow man, that's funy, I also made one with abs pipes...
post #9 of 92
Can I just point out that you totally rule? I'd love to put something like that together... maybe when my son is older and can help me with such a project...
post #10 of 92
That is pretty sweet. I'd love something like that but wouldn't really have a good place to hide it when I'm not using it. How heavy is it?
post #11 of 92
Thread Starter 
It's not very heavy. The only heavy parts are the two boards and those really aren't too bad. It's easy to move around myself.
post #12 of 92
Very nice work. That is dedication! Now time to play CARS 360!!!
post #13 of 92
Awesome but it needs a cup holder.
post #14 of 92
yep... I was thinking that you should have installed a mini-fridge so you can drink and drive
post #15 of 92
Nice job! Do you plan on creating some build plans/blueprints so one can build one?

I'd be interested.

What's your total cost so far?
post #16 of 92
Very cool Tom !

-- I used to have one with a full enclosed cockpit (made from wood) and I have considered buying one of the new metal framed models for $300 but my problem is that I have no place to store it when not in use .

-------- Jason
post #17 of 92
My wife would kick my azz for putting something like that in the living room..

And I'm not even married..
post #18 of 92
Thread Starter 
The materials cost me a little over $100, the chair $50 and the wheel $150.

I might scan in my meager blueprints.
post #19 of 92
How are you able to fit into that thing comfortably? Are you Danny Devito? j/k
post #20 of 92
When I was building my MAME cab, an arcade guy here in CT wanted to basically give me, for free, a whole bunch of sit-down cabs. You know, the ones from the 80's that held such games as Tail Gunner, Sinistar, etc...the ones that were fully enclosed with roofs and entrances on the left and right.

You guys have no idea how desperately I tried to convince myself that I needed one of these for a racing cabinet....but ultimately, 400lbs of MDF just wasn't going to work in my home no matter where I shoved the thing.

Anyhow, NoThru....excellent job and enjoy!!
post #21 of 92
Very nice...I'll be looking forward to your impressions when Forza 2 releases. Btw, has anybody heard any sort of release date for Forza 2, other than the quarter 1 guess?
post #22 of 92
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Originally Posted by btf1980 View Post

How are you able to fit into that thing comfortably? Are you Danny Devito? j/k

I'm six feet tall and I fit in it quite nice except for the fact that I wish I had placed the pedals another 6-10 inches out further.
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post #24 of 92
F'n awesome Tom! Great work. Now imagine to move that if you used copper piping instead!

Again, that freaking rocks!

I take it you'll be first in line to pick up Forza 2
post #25 of 92
I've got the first generation Playseat and I love it. Maybe I'm too much of a racing sim enthusiast, but I think the MS wireless wheel is a serious POS! It feels cheap, it's too small, and I am not satisfied one bit with the force feedback effects. I purchase the Logitech G25 for PC sims as well as PS3 and the wheel is miles better, even it's predecessor the Logitech DFP is so much better than this wheel.

I returned mine and went back to using the controller for PGR3 and TDU two days after I bought it. I wasn't doing any worse on the game as I'm used to using a wheel and pedals, I just wasn't happy with the quality.
post #26 of 92
Thread Starter 
I'm actually looking more forward to Colin McRae DIRT, maybe even more than Halo 3 and I'm a Halo nut, but I am also anticpating Forza 2.
post #27 of 92
Quote:
Originally Posted by NoThru22 View Post

The materials cost me a little over $100, the chair $50 and the wheel $150.

I might scan in my meager blueprints.

No offense to NoThru but I've got something that will be the same cost but will look and work better. Think 'playseat' but at a substantially reduced cost. I'll start a thread in a few hours when I get home.
post #28 of 92
Hardcore man, way hardcore. You definitely belong here on this forum.
post #29 of 92
epicbloodline: I sure wish you hadn't posted that! I think I need one.
post #30 of 92
Thats awesome!

Now since I happen to be an old fart and a fabricator I would have a longitude pivot point built on a subframe with pneumatic cylinders and small shock absobers to dampen the side to side movements, have a steering spool valve attched to the steering shaft so the seat assembly now will lean into the turns or just some throttle pots from some cheap RC car controllers., possibly have it modified further of instead of angle canting it would sideways shift. And I would find a Recaro type of seat and have a racing type shoulder restraint belt setup. possibly further additions would be front to rear movements of additional cylinders slaved to the brake and gas pedals. For the extra "kick" I would relay the rumble effects into the frame to simulate crashes, rough road and such. then their is also having a full sound surround in the cockpit.
For the ladies an in cockpit cell phone is available.....
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