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Review: Heusinkveld Engineering Pro Sim Pedals (3-Set)

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by Humzah Hussain, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain

    Welcome all to my thread on the Heusinkveld Engineering Pro Sim Pedals, now some of you may remember my post I did on a brake mod for the Fanatec Clubsport V2 Pedals which I loved at the time but it wasn't enough for me so in the end I decided to sell them and save up for the Heusinkveld Engineering Pro Sim Pedals.


    Firstly let's get the cost out of the way, these pedals are €719.00 (£570.00) for the 3 Pedal Set and €599.00 (£480.00) for the 2 Pedal Set. Now this does not include shipping, the cost of shipping to the UK using Netherlands Postal Service was around €24 (£19) and once in the UK the package switches to a UK National Courier (Yodel in my case). So overall the cost is around £600.00 depending on currency exchange which is a lot of money to spend on sim racing pedals but then this is a lot of pedals for the money, so I would say the cost is justified because of the amount of work, engineering and R&D that has gone into these pedals.

    So now that we have gone over the costs, let's now take a look at each pedal and talk about each pedal.



    The throttle is a very well machined pedal, as with all pedals in this set it consists of two pieces of Stainless Steel which is held together with 6 Bolts & Washers to give it a strength. You can see a Blue Polyurethane Bumper which is the stopper for the pedal, Neil's started using this type of bumper as the stopper to prevent wear on it allowing it to last a lot longer than the previous version that Neil's was using.This can be adjusted by unlocking the two M6 Bolts that hold it in place and moving it forward or backwards in the slot. The spring used on the throttle is a good sized spring with good coil thickness, there are two nuts that can be used to increase or decrease the preload of the spring. The best part about the throttle for me is the smoothness, it has no catchy feel or notchiness, the pedal travel is smooth allowing for easy modulation and also allows you to be gentle with it so that you don't spin the tires. Also on all pedals you can adjust the angle of the pedals forward by unlocking the M6 Bolts located on the rear feet of the pedals and sliding the pedal through the slot, this is extremely useful if you are going to invert the pedals as it means you can achieve the angle needed for inverted pedals.


    The brake pedal is similar in construction to all the other pedals in this set but as you can see Neil's has reinforced this pedal a lot more than the Throttle or the Clutch, we still have two pieces of Stainless Steel but the two pieces are held and reinforced by 10 Bolts which is because this pedal can take forces up to 60kg, so the pivot part of the pedal needs to be reinforced to hold that weight to ensure it does not flex under the load.We can also the Blue Polyurethane Bumper but it is not adjustable on the Brake Pedal mainly because if there was a slot there then the bumper would get moved when subjected to near 60kg of force. Now the rear of the pedal is where we find that Mavin 60kg Load Cell which is held in place in two parts, the first part is in the main body of the pedal which you can see the slot for just next to the rear feet and the second part if held in place by a separate body from the pedals which consists of two pieces of Stainless Steel. The reason we have the separate body is because the way the mechanism work, it works when you press the pedal you push down on a bolt behind the main shaft which pushes on the load cell and then the whole back piece pivots. Adjusting the feel of the brake is easy, all you need to do is pull back on the main shaft and it will be released from its slot on the back and from here you just remove or add bumpers that you need. You are able to have a nice compression feel as I have setup here or get it to be really stiff like an F1 Pedal. Overall I really enjoy the brake pedal feel, it is hard at first because of the amount of pressure that it requires and can take but honestly keep working out and you will be rewarded, it is a great feeling and great performing brake pedal.


    The clutch is very similar in terms of construction so I won't repeat myself, it also has the same bumper which is easily adjustable by unlocking the two M6 Bolts and moving the bumper in the slot. The real difference is the mechanism it uses, the way Neil's has designed the mechanism used in the clutch is very good. You can see that the spring and the mechanism are pretty level with a slight downwards angle, once you press the pedal the mechanism starts to pivot up and you get to a point where the whole mechanism springs up. Now the point between in extending up fully and just about to feels actually quite good, it feels just like the bite point you would find we pressing in the clutch in a car and once you release the clutch the whole mechanism springs back with some force like the clutch in a car. So overall the clutch feel here is really good and Neil's has done a great job in developing this mechanism.


    To get all this pedals connected to your computer, Heusinkveld provide a custom 12-Bit Controller which is used to connect all 3 pedals and then it sends the signal out via a standard A-B Type USB Cable. Connecting the pedals to the controller board is done via a RJ Network Style Connector, this provides a nice clean installation of cables. There is also pin outs on the top of the controller board to which you can connect Buttons and Encoders if you want to have a custom Button Box then you can route the connectors for it to this controller board.

    Mounted (Modified GT Omega Wheel Stand):

    Right we have talked enough of the pedals, this is what they look like installed on my GT Omega Wheel Stand. Now as you can tell they are not mounted on the original Pedal Plate, the reason for this is the original Pedal Plate was angled and also it was not strong enough. Removing the original Pedal Plate took abour 30-60 minutes, all I used was a Dremmel and a Cutting Wheel, once I had cut the small front welds the plate was able to pivot on the rear welds and then snap off. Now this new pedal plate which I made consist of 15mm MDF Boards which are held with 4 M6 Bolts in the main chassis of the wheel stand. Then on top of the MDF Boards I have placed 2 sheets of 2mm Stainless Steel (370mm x 500mm) and then the Pedals are mounted through both the Stainless Steel Sheets and the MDF Boards to provide a very solid platform which I recommend you have if you intend on getting these pedals.

    Final Thoughts:
    If you have made it this far I congratulate you and thank you for reading the whole thread, it has taken some time to write this out but I wanted to show everyone these Pedals and how I managed to mount them to the GT Omega Wheel Stand to which I hope this inspires more people to get into DIY'ing/Modding as it opens a lot more doors and possibilities. Now my final thoughts on these pedals, I honestly love them and I obviously I would as I spent so much on them but if we put costs aside the way these pedals feel is what matters to me, I have gone from a Logitech Driving Force GT to a Thrustamaster F430 to a Fanatec GT3 RS to a Thrustmaster TX and then a TX Wheel with these pedals. So I have traveled very far in my Sim Racing world to get to this point, throughout my journey I have learnt exactly what I want from a sim racing setup and what I want is: a solid Cockpit, it doesn't need to be the best or expensive. A responsive and fast wheel with a smooth set of pedals and a stiff brake. I have now reached that point and I love it.

    Always remember that it doesn't matter how much you spend on Sim Racing, make sure you are comfortable and happy with whatever you decide to buy. Just because you buy a set of £600 does not mean you will be faster but in some case (Like Me) you will be faster but only because it suits me meaning i'm more comfortable when racing. Also decide whether you are a Sim Racer (someone who wants to shave of every millisecond) or a Sim Driver (someone looking for the best realistic/immersive setup), for me I know that I am a Sim Racer but you could be different.

    Thank you all for reading this and I hope you all enjoyed it, please leave your opinions and comments below.


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  2. I have these pedals as well
    It took some time to get used to them but I'm starting to get the hang on them
    they are awesome not only feel but also the clever design
    no regrets whatsoever bout this purchase!
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  3. IRobot

    Premium Member

    How stiff are you guys going with the brake ? and what min/max values in DI View for the brake ?
  4. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain

    I don't how the stiffness of my brake compares with others's but in DI View I have it set at:

    Min - 340
    Center - 1570
    Max - 2800
  5. IRobot

    Premium Member

    I've set mine to 1600 max although I've reduced the squishiness by replacing one of the white rubbers with spacers so it's quite hard now. Also reduced the initial movement before it hits the rubbers by putting one spacer where the spring is. Feels pretty good to me now and comfortable with the aqua shoes I use. If I get some kart shoes, I might increase the max force.
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  6. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain

    Nice :) Yeah it is all about trial & error, just trying to find what feels right for you. For me I like to apply a lot of force which gives me more modulation when I want to do gentle braking, plus with the way I have the spacers & bumpers set up it gives me some compression as well.
  7. almost the same settings as humzah
    370min and 2600max or so
    racing with arrox karing shoes
  8. Jason Palmer

    Jason Palmer
    Premium Member

    Nice review mate made for a great read.

    As I am the proud owner of your old ClubSport Pedals with your excellent shock mod I am not looking to upgrade any time soon but after reading this review I will be watching your ebay account in the future ready to pick theses beauties up when you decide to upgrade again !

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  9. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain

    Thanks man :)

    Haha well you never know :p
  10. anyone with these pedals experience braking difficulties online in AC as well?
    offline they feel great but online I feel disconnected with the car because of the lack of confidence in braking
    one corner it works great, the next corner i overshoot cause it doesn't brake consistently
  11. IRobot

    Premium Member

    Race organiser often sets the grip levels less than 100% so you have to brake a little earlier compared to offline hot lapping on an optimal track.
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  12. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain

    I've not had this sort of issue, usually online the track is set differently to when you are just doing a hot lap offline. If you can do an offline hot lap with the same settings as an online race you did and see if it behaves the same, if it does then it is the fact that online the track is set differently.
  13. really hope that would be the issue
    thnx guys will give it further testing :thumbsup:
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  14. ok done
  15. If they operate consistently in Diview it´s probably you who aren´t consistant I hate to say it :p. The brakes are hard in AC for some reason on a lot of cars you can´t go over 60 % brake without instant locking. Doesn´t matter if you are doing 250 km/h braking into the first chicane at monza. with the old Cobra or the new McLaren Mp4 which is kind of ridiculous how early it locks and locks hard. A lot of other sims you can get away with a bit of locking without a huge drama but not in AC.

    If there was a brake pressure setting I would set it to 50 %. What you could try is calibrating your pedals for 60 kg brake pressure which is the max for the Pros. That would still give 42 kg brake pressure for "100 %" braking. If you run socks maybe it´s not to soft? Then you could try to play with the linearity settings also to make it tougher to get up to 70.

    I am seriously considering doing this with my HE Sim ultimates brakes and get my brake pressure adjustment this way for AC.

    Great review easy to read and follow. Nice to see more finding these awesome pedals!
  16. that's what I've been doing
    and results have been very confusing
    first cranking up to max linearity (4096) in steps of 400 each time resulted in decreasing braking distance
    now decreasing the linearity again led to even more decreasing brake distances
    i think i'm gonna toggle again with the brake gamma
    it was very helpful in the beginning but i had to set it back to 1.0 cause braking became harder and harder
    but with all these changes it might be benificial again
    who knows
    not me anymore, that's for sure...