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Road to .. a new "Fanatec" rim? (1 Viewer)

Dutchtastic

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Well, I own a Fanatec CSW 2.5 base and have an F1 rim attached to it.
It does it's job, but I've been really interested in custom rims but after looking at them and the pricetag that comes with it, I was put off by it. Luckily, there is an iRacing streamer who recently made his own Ferrari GTE rim and he still has a Fanatec base. Although he uses the Universal HUB, there are cheaper options out there to use.

Fanatec QR adapter + emulator: https://www.simracingmachines.com/WebShop/fanatec-csw-base-wheel-emulator
Luckily I have a broken QR, so soldering on a new pin and it should be good to go with the additional parts

This will enable ForceFeedback on the Fanatec base, which allowes me to create my own rim. Which, does require some 3D design.
I've never done 3D design, so I had to start with a feature that will help me quite a bit ... my spare iPhone 4!
Gave me a little bit of insight into creating 3D designs, basic, but it'll help me a bit.

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Next up is checking how it will actually look like on the wheel. So I overlayed the iPhone drawing over the wheel to check how much more dash I would have then real life.
Safe to say, I'll have quite a bit of extra display available :D

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This is just the start of the project. No idea how long it will take or when it is going to be finished. Just have a lot to learn, but so far I'm enjoying the process.

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@Mearcat designed and made his own rim . Maybe having a chat with him might help
 

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Assistance is always welcome :D
I still have to figure out what board I need for all the buttons and rotary switches, how to power the iphone and making sure it doesn't melt away because of the heat. I might even have to resort to more metal then just the front plate, backplate might be needed to make sure it doesn't burn through plastic.
 

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Assistance is always welcome :D
I still have to figure out what board I need for all the buttons and rotary switches, how to power the iphone and making sure it doesn't melt away because of the heat. I might even have to resort to more metal then just the front plate, backplate might be needed to make sure it doesn't burn through plastic.
possibly the board in this? . He uses rotaries and shows the wiring. This is the project version I woosed out of in favour of the USB controller based box...
 

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Yeah, that video was send to me aswell in Discord ;)
Very useful to see how to do it as I've never done electronics myself
 

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my first advice - practice a lot of soldering before trying the encoders...they are really fiddly
 

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Glad to see this topic going on. I have interest in DIY for many years now and have learnt quite a lot from AMStudios techniques.
I Am a electrical engineer my self currently on a simple project building myself a MoTeC and soon looking to build my custom fanatec steeringwheel aswell.
Currently waiting on some 3D Printed bits to return

Ill be drawing up the buttonbox myself for the project and will make it aviallable for RSR members who want it than.
The rim is a chopped up fanatec rim as you can see
https://www.fanatec.com/eu-en/steering-wheel-accessories/clubsport-wheel-rim-flat1-eu.html

Ill be using some high end knitter switches, a arduino, magnetic pedal shifters from 3Drap.it because they are cheap.
https://www.3drap.it/product/paddles-for-dtm-gt-steering-wheels/

And some accessories from asher simracing:
https://www.ascher-racing.com/shop/button-guards/
https://www.ascher-racing.com/shop/cable-gland/
https://www.ascher-racing.com/shop/coiled-usb-cable/



Fanatec wheel im planning to build in the near future:


Why this style of rim?

I Simply like the look of it and true the open top I can see my MoTeC that im currently building.
It suits all GT Cars openwheelers and even LMP1 and tbh I Don't really like the look of my Formula rim I have now so I Can't wait to replace it with this beauty.

@Dutchtastic if you need some help feel free to fire away with some questions mate.
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my first advice - practice a lot of soldering before trying the encoders...they are really fiddly
Good advice, also make sure to not put the soldering iron on too hot temperatures as you will de-solder the ''islands'' of the PCB. I Reccomend not going any higher than 250 degrees celsius at first.
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Also check this out, You can get some pretty awesome 305mm rims here!

https://www.turnracing.com/products/turn-r8-barebones-2018?variant=12152238342238
 
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I'm just messing about with 3D design atm, lots of things to figure out as the front plate is by far the easiest to do.
Just challenging myself to try get it done in 3D myself, let somebody check it and then continue with actually making it.

Shifters are nice! Not sure what I'll do with that but I'd love to get some better shifters then fanatec offers :D

 
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