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DIY Gas Spring Handbrake from Scratch under $50

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by J_SAMa, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. A very simple handbrake built entirely from scratch for Clubsport pedal set. All complete except for connectivity (s/o to DerKaffeemann for wiring diagram). Features a gas spring (inspired by the ARC Handbrake).
    Main lever + handle: 200 mm + 125 mm. Aluminum U-section is 30x20 mm
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    Main pivot is an M8 bolt with a smooth, unthreaded section. The plastic tube keeps the aluminum from bending under the bolt's tension.
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    Actuator arms
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    Potentiometer mount (tape will prevent the wires from accidentally touching the metal body)
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    Spring and plastic tubing to add "progression" to the handbrake
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    I will post more details and also a tutorial/some tips for those looking to do a similar build once I have the wiring complete.

    I have the woodworking skills to make a custom handle but 'm also working on a way to attach a real car shifter knob.

    Aluminum profile: €12
    Wood: €4
    Potentiometer: €3 (for a pack of 10 o.0)
    Hardware (bolts, nuts, washers and a spring): €10
    Gas spring: €8
    Plastic tubing: €3
    TOTAL: €40=$46, with lots of spare parts left.
    Searching "gas strut" on this shop=lotsa goodies :D
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ceo1shop/m.html
    Get one with detachable ends so you can add springs or whatever like I did.
    Custom springs
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/nickcwizardscx/m.html

    Any questions please ask.

    Sam

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