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Thrustmaster TH8RS Shifter Owners

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by Von Butters, Oct 25, 2012.

Should i buy this as mentioned?

Poll closed Nov 1, 2012.
  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. Von Butters

    Von Butters
    Premium Member

    Im asking those who own or have used this shifter what its like, as on tuesday, my is thinking of buying it, and putting it away till Christmas for me.

    Is it as good or better than the standard shifter that comes with the G27, or is it not going to be money well spent?
    How robust is it?
    What faults have people experieced?

    If anyone has any info and advice, id thank you for it.


  2. Its the best shiftfer to get for the money right now, i never heard of any downsides. Its a magnetic mechanism wich will last for ever and ever without loosing its quality. Also its using Hall sensors to operate.
    I would never compare it to a g27 plastic shifter, that thing is FULL metall and fantastic finish, absolutely worth every single penny!;)

    Greets Modmate
  3. Niels_at_home

    Reiza Studios

  4. I have a TH8RS shifter and find it great. Brings those mini's and formula classic's to life. And that's too good a price not to buy one. Under £60 ..Bargain.
  5. Von Butters

    Von Butters
    Premium Member

    Thanks Niels-at-home, that goes someway in convincing me it's the one for me

    ta mate
  6. I got mine yesterday only to find out that it's DOA and send back today.
    But it has great looks :(
  7. Kjell Eilertsen

    Kjell Eilertsen
    Premium Member

    Did you buy the shifter already Christopher? If not then might wanna wait a lil bit longer to check out the Fanatec shifter coming, it does look promising but we don't even know the pricing yet.
  8. Von Butters

    Von Butters
    Premium Member

    Hey Kjell, no mate, i haven't got it yet, just as I was about to go but it from Amazon, the price had doubled back to normal again, sooooo, I'm just having to wait that little bit longer.
    Funds are crippled atm, extra things are needing paid left right and center so its hammering my savings.

    Ive seen a bit of the blurb anout the new Fanatec shifter, I've got to admit, I'm not liking it. Its rather boxie. The Thrustmaster one is so sleek and shiny, and the HALL tech in it gives it promise of being a product that will last.

    Things might change when the Fanatec's one is on sale, maybe a review or two wouldnt go amiss either! :)
  9. Kjell Eilertsen

    Kjell Eilertsen
    Premium Member

    I do prefer the sheer looks of the Thrustmaster one as well, but if rumors are anything to go by the Fanatec one comes with proper hardware (as in hall sensor or better if there are anything better) and it has a way to quickly swap between H-gate and sequential. If those turn out to be true and the price is right, it might be a nobrainer for me. But I won't decide until it's out, the proof is in the pudding. :)
  10. The gate looks short as hell on the Fanatec though, not sure I like that extreme.

    TH8RS is awesome though :p
  11. TH8RS is the hell of a shifter! I own it since more than a year, now! Only problem, works only on PC and PS3 for certain games... I was dreaming of a possibility to connect it on my GT2 wheel but since the FCC seems to be on its way.... :sneaky: I'll be one of the waiting guys! :geek:
  12. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim
    There is no spoon... Premium Member

    Im really enjoying the TH8RS. As soon as i received it i dismantled it to have a close look from the inside. Its sturdy build with solid metal parts. At the bottom there is a print plate attached with a sensor. At the end of the gear shaft is a magnet. This magnet moves over the sensor which set the right gears in game.
    While the unit lay open i took the change to tighten the screw for a better response of the shaft. While you are able to tighten this screw through a hole being made at the side on the pot, i noticed, doing this while being dismantled i could much more fine tune it.

    The major advantage is that the top of the unit (H-shifter / sequential plate) can spin 360 degrees independent of the rest of the unit, which gives you the ultimate freedom of attaching the unit in every direction.
    The minor points are: the sequential plate should also be delivered in brushed metal instead of black plastic. The counter spring within the sequential plate is (too) weak. I have solved this by placing different rubber bands (inside of the unit) to give a more sturdy feel when shifting. I have forwarded these two points to the research department of Thrustmaster in the hope they will release a 2nd version with nice upgrades.
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  13. you cant go wrong with it best shifter for the money best i ever spent
  14. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    I went out and got myself a TH8 RS yesterday. I spent about four hours on GTL and GTR2 and i've gotta say it's a pretty nice shifter :thumbsup:
  15. Kjell Eilertsen

    Kjell Eilertsen
    Premium Member

    I'm saving up for one too but I won't buy one before I know the price and all details about the Fanatec shifter. The other day they announced that switching between h-gate and sequential is only a matter of pressing a button. I think the way you swap on the TH8 is fiddly and I will most likely leave it in h-mode and never use the sequential mode because of that.
  16. museumsteve

    Premium Member

    Absolutely, I never use seq on my TH8, much too fiddly. Ended up getting a DSD pro seq shifter aswell :D
  17. Dose anyone know what size and pitch the of the treads would be? As I would really like to put an after market knob on it. I mean that is where I feel the difference. This is a great shifter I recommend this to anyone whom own's a G27, just like their wheel any thing is a step up. I use mine for back a up wheel.

    Cheers, Greg
  18. Mark Reynolds

    Mark Reynolds
    Physics & AI Programmer

    I have the TH8 here, love it, but recently I also got the Fanatec SQ, and that is also excellent, and quicker to switch between Gate & Seq mode, TH8 is a pain to adjust as well compared to the SQ.

    Personally I would take the TH8 if I were on a budget, and the SQ if you wanted something more heavy duty, the SQ in Seq mode is pretty excellent, and sturdy and chunky feeling.

    Just my 2c worth ;)
  19. Kjell Eilertsen

    Kjell Eilertsen
    Premium Member

    I've been wondering why people want sequential mode at all, is it for immersion only?
    Personally I find driving with h pattern to be more engaging and fun, also when driving cars in real life. But if I can't run full manual I'd rather use the paddles than a sequential stick.
    Please don't mistake me for ranting about it, I'd just like to know why others like sequential. :)
  20. I like to use the correct shifter for the car I am racing. So in touring cars, and many other tin top series, that would be a sequential stick shift.
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