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Thrustmaster F1 add-on Wheel Paddle switch fix

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by Daveo, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. First off I have to say how disappointing I'm with Thrustmaster.

    Going on two weeks with only one reply asking to upload video and copy of invoice which I did that same day. Haven't heard a word even after several more email attempts since.

    Problem is the Paddle switches are junk. So I took matters in my own hands and replaced them with Omron B3F-5051 or if you don't want Gold plating go with B3F-5050. .52 cents at Mouser Electronics. Original tact switch is rated at 100K cycles, these new switches are rated at 10M cycles.

    http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail...ha2pyFaduhWf7EPgQ%2b0zRZX/pCajH6pAhOm4IgPC8E=

    "PIT" button doesn't work either so if someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.

    Can't say I would ever buy Thrustmaster again with there terrible service.
     
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  2. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain
    Godspeed!

    Sorry to hear the problems you have, I do feel Thrustmaster are not doing too well nowadays. Good to hear you've found a replacement switch for the paddle shifters. For the main buttons on the front, you could use a series of buttons. I know the opening of the button hole is 12/13mm wide, the first ones would be Knitter Buttons from Leo Bodnar and also you can get Momentary Buttons like on DSD or SRH Button Boxes.
     
  3. Thanks Humzah I will check out the knitter button at Leo Bodnar
     
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  4. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain
    Godspeed!

  5. Received the switches today, might be a bit tall for some but they do work and look great.
    Have a look at the photos. I also ordered some Sealed Minature switches from MCM electronics. might uses those instead depending on what they look like. If I do I will update post with new photos. http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/26-4680

    F1 Wheel front.jpg F1 Wheel inside.jpg Sealed Minature Pusg Button Switch.jpg
     
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  6. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain
    Godspeed!

    Nice work man! :)

    They're a bit tall for me but they do look good.
     
  7. Installed the Sealed Switches from MCM. Sealed switches are way better for this application. I'll save the NKK switches for a button box. Sealed switches are also 1/2 the price of the NKK switches.
    F1 Wheel with sealed switch.JPG
    F1 Wheel with sealed switch profile.JPG
     
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  8. Humzah Hussain

    Humzah Hussain
    Godspeed!

    Very nice, the sealed switches sit much better on the wheel.

    Good work :)
     
  9. i just replace the original buttons with these bigger buttons and new vinyl stickers.Buttons have better feeling and 100k cycles.

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