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      02-08-2015, 09:51 AM   #23
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I'm using my BMW perf SSk knob on the shifter since its shorter and much heavier than the stock one. I may with to perforated m-sport to match the perforated wheel.

no picture of pedals since they are stock.

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[QUOTE=radiantm3;11160071]I know some of you have some nice driving setups. Here's my setup with a little review of the components. Maybe it will convince some of you to stop using the wrong input devices (controllers) for these games.




This setup ROCKS!!!!
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Thread bump. Fast forward about 2.5 years and 27 real world track days later and I'm finally running a triple screen setup with some better hardware.





Here's a video of the displays in action. Keep in mind that the camera is recording higher than the correct field of view so the perspective is a bit off.



Also my old GT vs real life video.



These days I'm mainly playing GT6 with the setup. I've tried F1 2013 and Assetto Corsa with my PC, but I'm waiting for a game like Project Cars (I really hope this game delivers in realism) before I truly dedicate a PC to this setup. I'd love to give Forza 5 a shot (was never a fan of the previous Forza's with a wheel setup), but I'll have to wait until a quality supported wheel is available.
If you don't mind answering, how much does this kind of set up run?
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If you don't mind answering, how much does this kind of set up run?
Anywhere from 1-3 grand depending on what parts you get. Doesn't include a PC or gaming hardware.
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I know some of you have some nice driving setups. Here's my setup with a little review of the components. Maybe it will convince some of you to stop using the wrong input devices (controllers) for these games.



Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2 Wheel
I used to have a 911 Turbo S wheel and upgraded to this wheel. No complaints at all with this wheel. It works for the XBOX, PS3, and PC so if you have both GT5 and Forza 4, it's somewhat of a value. The quality is great and it has a lot of fine tuning options. At the very least, a 900 degree wheel is a must for these games.

Fanatec Clubsport Pedals
These are arguably the best part about the Fanatec wheel setup. The pedal feel in most gaming wheel setups are horrible. They are plastic and everything feels light. These pedals are completely adjustable and if you get the tuning kit, you can adjust spring rates and improve the feel with medal bushings. I'll even go as far as saying these pedals feel much better than my M3 in real life. I can heel-toe like a champ with these. These are reason alone to get a Fanatec setup over others. There's even a motor that spins when you brake hard to simulate ABS. Very nice. These pedals might also work with other wheel setups, but I haven't really looked into it much.

Fanatec Clubsport Shifter
The standard Fanatec 6 speed shifter is very mushy. It works fine, but it could be better. My first one even snapped off after 6 months. They sent me a new one for free under warranty. Great customer service. However when they released the CSR version, I had to get it. The shifter is medal instead of plastic. The joints might be plastic (not quite sure), but regardless it feels so much more crisp and direct. The gates are a bit wide for my liking, but you get used to them.

One thing I should mention about the 6 speed shifter (and this has nothing to do with the shifter itself) is the difference between GT5 and Forza. If you do a bad shift in Forza, you still go into gear, but you hear a grind and your transmission damage goes up a few percentages. In GT5, you get popped into neutral. The latter is completely annoying and the margin of error seems to be higher in GT5. So I end up using the paddle shifters (no clutch) in GT5 and the 6 speed manual in Forza.


Playseat Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 4 Racing Seat
This is the preferred Playseat setup if you have the Fanatec Clubsport Pedals because they mount up directly to this and it's very sturdy. The only downside is you'll have to drill holes for the wheel itself. I'm not sure why they didn't provide mounting holes for the Fanatec wheels. You can get a drill template from Fanatec's website. The chair itself is fairly comfortable. I've played for 3-4 hour sessions (unintentionally of course) and never felt discomfort. Pedal and wheel distance adjustments are easy to make. Before this, I had the Fanatec wheel stand. I have to say that seating position makes a big difference with these games. I would buy this setup again.

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I play on a 46" Samsung. It's not 3D, but I don't really care for that in racing games. I've played GT5 in 3D and everything just looks a bit dull. I think for racing games, a bigger TV is better. I think a 55" would be nice and help with the immersion. Then again, the 3 display setup is probably even better, but my wife will kill me far before I ever get to that point (I think I'm at her limit now).

As far as sound goes, I have your average speaker system, but I recently got a Sennheiser wireless headset and found it to be perfect for driving games. Drowning out external sounds really helps with the immersion. Aside from hearing the engine loud in your ears, you can pick up the faintest sound of your wheels slipping which really helps improve your game.

If you have a wheel, share your setup. I'm really interested in all the CSR stuff so if you have one, post a review.
damn, dude! i'm jelly!

i have a mobile gaming station i created so i can roll me setup anywhere including the patio. haha

i kinda wish i went this direction now though. i might use this thread as a guide... damn.
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If you guys were just getting ready to start your setup and budget wasn't a huge deal, what would you get?

Specifically, Xbox One. No need for a display. I have so many displays.
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If you guys were just getting ready to start your setup and budget wasn't a huge deal, what would you get?

Specifically, Xbox One. No need for a display. I have so many displays.
RSeat cockpit and Fanatec Wheel/Pedals/Shifter. I wouldn't do xbox one though. Assetto Corsa is coming to both in June and the PS4 version will run better. If you have multiple displays, I'd go PC personally.
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Wtf, here I am with my camo controller thinking I was the shit.


These setups are amazing.
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RSeat cockpit and Fanatec Wheel/Pedals/Shifter. I wouldn't do xbox one though. Assetto Corsa is coming to both in June and the PS4 version will run better. If you have multiple displays, I'd go PC personally.
Thanks! Do you know off the top of your head if any are cross-platform compatible? It has to be Xbox for now but it would be nice to swap it out in the future if needed.

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Thanks! Do you know off the top of your head if any are cross-platform compatible? It has to be Xbox for now but it would be nice to swap it out in the future if needed.



I checked Fanatec's site and interesting that they don't have their normal wheels available anymore. Seems like all they sell is their higher end clubsport wheel base which means you have to buy an Xbox one specific steering wheel along with it (they all work for PC). They used to have a fixed wheel/base setup that worked for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
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If you guys were just getting ready to start your setup and budget wasn't a huge deal, what would you get?

Specifically, Xbox One. No need for a display. I have so many displays.
Here u go and not too expensive. there are many racing sim set ups, but, if u looking to use your xbox one or a pc later in the future, this set seem doable. if u looking for the complete stand with racing seat there are many others from a couple 100 to thousands. the one here in the order form is just the stand where u can use your wheel/pedals/shifter and use an office chair, or u can buy the racing seat separate and mount it in the future. Good luck.
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I use flame front studios forza driving setup app
All setups for all cars...
Its from an app developer located in philadelphia.
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G27 with OEM 45mm roundels over both logitech logos. I have white + and - symbols for the paddles going on.

I'm using my BMW perf SSk knob on the shifter since its shorter and much heavier than the stock one. I may with to perforated m-sport to match the perforated wheel.

no picture of pedals since they are stock.

I use the Playstation headphones instead of speakers. i think its the best way to go







Slight update. Moved it to the garage and picked up a alcantera playseat with shifter mount.
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Here's a race I recorded of Assetto Corsa. The latest tire model in this sim is just fantastic now.

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Here's a race I recorded of Assetto Corsa. The latest tire model in this sim is just fantastic now.
Looks like a ton of fun!

I was wondering if the sim shifters have any resistance/notchiness that is found in real cars - or is it just so butter smooth that you can shift with one pinkie?
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Looks like a ton of fun!

I was wondering if the sim shifters have any resistance/notchiness that is found in real cars - or is it just so butter smooth that you can shift with one pinkie?
Most are like toys. The fanatec clubsport shifter is the best I've used so far. It's got a very mechanical feel (it's completely made out of metal). But still not quite as resistive as your average real car. It's still Bergius though.
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Thread bump. Fast forward about 2.5 years and 27 real world track days later and I'm finally running a triple screen setup with some better hardware.





Here's a video of the displays in action. Keep in mind that the camera is recording higher than the correct field of view so the perspective is a bit off.



Also my old GT vs real life video.



These days I'm mainly playing GT6 with the setup. I've tried F1 2013 and Assetto Corsa with my PC, but I'm waiting for a game like Project Cars (I really hope this game delivers in realism) before I truly dedicate a PC to this setup. I'd love to give Forza 5 a shot (was never a fan of the previous Forza's with a wheel setup), but I'll have to wait until a quality supported wheel is available.
How much did it cost to get this rolling?
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radiant... have you used or considered a VR headset?
Been using an Oculus Rift since the beginning of summer. I sold all of my displays. It's the most amazing driving experience short of being on track in a real car.

Here's my current setup:



The main TV is used to set everything up and mirrors what I see in the rift. Next step for me will be doing 3dof motion. Hopefully before the end of the year.
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Been using an Oculus Rift since the beginning of summer. I sold all of my displays. It's the most amazing driving experience short of being on track in a real car.

Here's my current setup:



The main TV is used to set everything up and mirrors what I see in the rift. Next step for me will be doing 3dof motion. Hopefully before the end of the year.
Sick dude! I think I will start off with the logitech G920 before investing in more costly peripherals just to see if I actually care for it. I'm terrible at racing games with a controller.
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