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Rebuilding a 1996 Thrustmaster wheel | Chris Haye Video

Chris Haye is at it again. Again being kicking us right in the nostalgia with his latest video. Our old mate rebuilds a Thrustmaster wheel from 1996 and uses it with modern sims.

Chris, I take my hat off to you mate, your approach to sim racing content is truly wonderful and the scene would be a weaker one without it. The time and effort that has gone into this latest video is nothing short of brilliant, I can't imagine many people taking this project on and that's just doing the beautiful cinematography, let alone the rebuild of a product old enough to have witnessed Micheal Schumacher's move to Ferrari.

I don't want to spoil this nine minute trip down memory lane but I just want to share my thoughts on a couple of parts in the video. The first being the surprising lack of gubbins (technical term) in the wheelbase. It just goes to show how far the industry has come and how lucky we are to have such incredible equipment at our disposal.

The second observation is seeing how there was some real innovation back then too. Again, don't want to spoil it so go ahead and watch the video but there are a couple of bit of engineering that made me smile and wouldn't be objectionable even today.

Once again, nice work Mr Haye and yeah, if you get that other sim working on your computer, expect a knock at the door from me, I need to play it again.
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Steve Worrell
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My first wheel too. Was 12 years old I think. Did have to replace the bungee cord and spring for one of the pedals after a while.
My father played GP2 back in the day with one of these, I think I may have used it too (but I was too young to remember) sadly it's long gone
The T2 was my first and still is my penultimate wheel. ;) :whistling:

I changed from a joystick to this beauty when racing GP3. That was a huge improvment in immersion and achieving better lap times compared to a joystick.

After that I changed to the black momo by logitech at the times of GTR which introduced me into FFB. I still use this wheel today and I'm still fine with it... ;)
I also think I still have one of these tucked away somewhere may even be a little older if that is posable as this one looks a little flasher than the one I had.
I've been sim-racing for 30 years & I've only owned two wheels. A Thrustmaster T2 (retired in 2007) & my current Logitech G25.
Nice, and what software this days ?
because i am use rF1 + GTR2, to get fps and not to buy new hardware :) .
Thanks for the information
Nice, and what software this days ?
because i am use rF1 + GTR2, to get fps and not to buy new hardware :) .
Thanks for the information

I upgraded my PC about 2 years ago. I mainly use iRacing, RF2, AMS2 & ACC with triple monitors..
I did exactly this some time ago. The wheel and pedals are so great, I'm giving them away to someone .. (i.e. not good)

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