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Dear All,

since some years i am well known by sharing my DIY hobbies across different platforms. I started to write german posts to share my experiences to help others enjoying our great spare time. 10y ago i posted my first DIY report showing my slotcar track - today i have already 50 pages with pictures, software, hardware and other tips and trick.

When i entered simracing i decided to learn and share in the same style. Within my german speaking community i have already a rig report and my followers appreciate each an every information. Together with simracing i started to post 3d print DIY projects for simraces. By today i can count about 1.000 downloads per month - all of them are free to use and i have no intention to make any business out of it.

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As i wrote this rig report already in german, i am able to posts my chapters quite fast
I will have an index to help reading my report Feel free to add your comments, ask questions and give me feedbacautok to optimize my work. I prefer questions within this post instead of private messages – helping others to learn further.

my free to download projects

rig video as a short intro

enjoy my report
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12 - sequ shifter, pushpull shifter and handbrake

that is an interesting chapter - driving 95% of my time GT and LMP cars - but spent so much time in looking for the right h-pattern shifter, sequ shifter and handbrake - i cannot explain, but it was important to get the best components for my setup.

- Frex H-Pattern - this shifters rocks, maybe the prosim is better, but for my rig, Frex is the best choice. The short travel is great and the gear change feels awesome.
- Manu Factory MF ssh14 - i cannot explain this beast - you have to try it - its like a fitness training - hammering the gears is so nice - and let us not forget the great looking. Upgraded the switches to Otto P3 - nice click sound in additon to the great tactile shift.
- Ascher Push-Pull Rally shifter - not sure if ascher stopped the production - such great to run rally cars with it - for this shifter i have a DIY moung - LINK
- HE Handbrake - i prefer the handbrake from DIMSIM but HE fits better to my rig - a great tool - DIY mount solution you can dowload here - LINK

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13 - screens & sound

Screens


I was racing for more than 3 years VR – starting with Oculus Rift ending with Valve Index. Due to space restrictions I was not able to build my triple setup. VR was a great time with unique immersion. 2020 I found a small place in my basement and immediately I build my triple rig. Hence I decided to stop VR racing. VR gave me this great immersion and everything below 40 inch triples did not feel good for me. It took me a while to find a 43inch screen with nvidia sync support. Unfortunately at the time of my rig build only 60hz systems where available and only Philips had one product. I think by today situation improved. I have to admit that higher framerate would be great – but to be honest so far i did not ge a 3090
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- so I am very happy with my 3x43 setup.
- Triples 3 x 43 inch Philips 436M6VBPAB
- Top Screen 1 x Lenovo 27inch
- Dashboards 2 x 7 inch HDMI
- wheel USBD480
there is a great USB/HDMI converter to enable additional HDMI connections

Sound

A short chapter but many people are still trying to search for the ideal solution. I am racing quite often with my “used” Pioneer 5.1 system (spent 90EUR for this great and powerful audio video system). This cheap AVS system is giving a huge immersion to my races as sound effects are coming from each and every corner. To get in touch with my race team I use an amazon usb microphone. Headphones Creative Soundblaster Jam V2 and Creative BT-W3 supporting BT Codec APTX low latency - great 40ms delay.

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14 - driver seating position

part of my rig report is a detailed info on my seating position. Seating position is an individual thing which has to fit to your body and personal preference. Anyhow many people were asking how mine is looking like.

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15 - vent system - DIY

this item has a crazy high amount of downloads within my DIY list. Would you like to get some air during a hot races. Low budget and great looking DIY project . Files and part list at my thingiverse page - LINK

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16 - Software and Settings

a chapter without pictures let me share all tools i have installed and why i am using them.

SIMS
installed all of them - testing all of them - racing a few of them - there are PRO and CONS in every SIM - in my point of view there is no winner.

MOTION Software
https://github.com/SimFeedback/SimFeedback-AC-Servo/releases
i am using SIMFEEDBACK since 12 month wihtout any interruption – GREAT performance for a DIY project software.

SFX100 StreamDeck Plugin - daCuJo
https://github.com/ashupp/SFX-100-Streamdeck
needed to control SFX100 with your streamdeck

SFX100 Service Mod - DSL71
https://github.com/.../SFX-100.../releases/tag/0.0.3.0
Great Streamdeck based mod to work at my rig and to measure the maximum movement of it.

SIMHUB
https://www.simhubdash.com/
a key element for all my DIY projects.

JOY2KEY
https://joytokey.net/en/
as i have several button boxes and wheels with overlapping ingame functions I decided to use JOY2KEY. Each SIM input is realized with an keyboard input and those are mapped with JOY2KEY tp my game devices. Giving you a short example
- Upshift/downshift – KEY a & y – 3 different wheels, manu shifter and ascher shifter

CREWCHIEF
http://thecrewchief.org/
your personal crew chief – a must have

GYAZO
https://gyazo.com/en
great to make fast screenshots and ingame GIF vidoes

HRC
https://funk.eu/hrc/
amazing tool to change screen resolutions via hotkeys.

Volume²
https://irzyxa.blogspot.com/
nice tool to change the “what you hear” volume via hotkeys. As I am running a optical connection to my audio system the only solution to change volume.

Simucube 2 Profiles
https://www.dropbox.com/.../0uuln.../sc2-profiles-pwi.zip...

FFB settings PDF (ingame-simucube2)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/frwlu57bgs2ujrb/ffb-pwi.pdf?dl=0

SFX100 Profiles
https://www.dropbox.com/.../sfx100-profiles-pwi.zip...

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17 - Buttonboxes - Streamdeck

I have 2 button boxes giving the needed support during races. all boxes are 3d printed and coverd with carbon fibre foil aswell black foil.


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    at the right side i have more or less the same functions. Please do not judge - i use sometime the 7way on the left button box, sometime on the right buttons box. to get this working i use JOY2KEY as explained in chapter 16
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19 - DIY - USB Controller

Boards i used for my DIY projects

BBI-32 - http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php... - a quality USB Controller by LeoBodnar - PRO: easy wiring without matrix, great encoder support, great configuration software - CON: no ALPS 7way support, quite big, no display support, no LED support

BU0836 - http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php... - a quality USB Controller by LeoBodnar - PRO: easy wiring without matrix up to 12 inputs, great encoder support, great configuration software, small size - CON: no ALPS 7way support, matrix needed +12 inputs, no display support, no LED support

Granit Devices Wireless Button Module - https://granitedevices.com/.../SimuCUBE_Wireless_Button... - a quality USB controller by GD enabling a wireless connection between SC and SC2 - PRO: SC wireless, easy wiring, low power consumption (battery life 1y and longer) - CON: pre-set configuration (5 encoders, 16 buttons, 2 paddles)

Pro Micro ATmega32U4 - my fav DIY chip - small and cheap and with Arduino i can sketch based on my needs - PRO: small, cheap, no matrix up to 8 inputs, LED support (latency and power eg for 8x8 matrix LED boards), Nextion support, ALPS 7way supported with some sketch knowledge - CON: matrix needed for bigger button layouts, CTS288 not supported out of the box

Atmega328 CH340 - small and cheap - compareable to Pro Micro with some disadvantages - PRO: small, cheap, no matrix up to 12 inputs, LED support, ALPS 7way supported with some sketch knowledge - CON: matrix needed for bigger button layouts, CTS288 not supported out of the box, no display support, LED - less power and higher latency than Pro Micro

OSH / freeJoy - Blue Pill STM32 - https://opensimhardware.wordpress.com/pedal-button.../ - https://github.com/FreeJoy-Team/FreeJoy (not yet tested :)) amazing solution for buttonboxes and wheels - PRO: cheap, great configuration software, supports more or less everything (buttons, encoders, switches, ALPS 7way switch) - CON: hard to find no-fake STM32 chips

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20 - DIY - buttons, switches, encoder

esential part to finish a DIY project - please find all items i used in my projects. I used also parts delivered via aliexpress but hard to share all links. Decided to share only the "good" quality items.

a) ALPS - RKJXT1F42001 - 7 Way switch - a great tool for your wheel and button box - unfortunately hard to find the right usb controller board supporting all inputs -
knob for 3d printer - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4186472 - mouser item
https://tech.alpsalpine.com/.../rkjxt/rkjxt1f42001.html

b) APEM IM series - high quality button with with noticeable click - i used it for my dimsim r1 project v2 - https://www.apem.com/int/im-series-13.html

c) APEM Serie IS - high quality button with without click - used it for my button boxes and for my dimsim r1 project v1 - https://www.apem.com/int/is-series-15.html

d) Otto P9 - one of the best pushbuttons - unfortunately quite expensive - https://www.otto-controls.com/p9-dome-style-sealed...

e) Ottp P3 - big brother - used it to upgrade my manu shifter - https://www.otto-controls.com/p3-d-dome-style-sealed...

f) NKK MB2000 - great button with high activation force - used it for my OMP 320 project - https://www.nkkswitches.com/.../search/inc/series.php...

g) toggle switch (on)/off/(on) like MS 500E https://www.reichelt.at/.../kippschalter-6a-125vac-1x-ein... or MTS-123-A1 - https://www.pollin.at/p/kipptaster-mts-123-a1-420263

h) CTS288 - great encoder - with or without push function - please take care about encoder knobs (inch diameter) and encoder lengh (buy the short version or cut it yourselve) - http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php...

i) ELMA E37 dual encoder - amazing dual encoder for button boxes - http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php...

j) emergency button - for my SC2 and SFX100 - https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000183265251.html...

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21 - DIY - Screens and LED

to build a dashboard you need displays and LEDs. In the last month i created about 20 designs using different screens. please check again my DIY projects.


Let me summarize the connection types.

HDMI - for me the best solution in case you have a free HDMI port. easy dashboard handling via simhub. many dashboards availbalbe. 40-60EUR

USB - VoCore and USBD480 are great displays in case you have no free HDMI port. easy dashboard handling via simhub. many dashboards availbalbe. 35EUR or 150-180EUR

Nextion - connects via nextion bridge (standalone or using a pro-micro) - quite complex dashboard handling via simhub - requires some skills to create dashboards - std simhub dashboard cannot be used! only few dashboards availbable. great advantage - due to nextion bridge sketch you can use single USB cable (screen, LED and buttons). 25-50EUR

a) 7inch HDMI - https://www.amazon.de/.../ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin...

b) 5inch HDMI - https://www.amazon.de/.../ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin...

c) VoCore - https://vocore.io/screen.html

d) Nextion - https://nextion.tech/basic-series-introduction/

e) LED - WS2812 boards - Dashboards REV light

f) LED - WS2812 Matrix - Flagg System

g) LED - WS2812 stripes - Spotter, Eyebrows, Dashbaords

h) LED - PL9823 - Dashbaords, Laptimer

j) USB -> HDMI - great solution to have more than 4 or 5 screens connected - https://www.wavlink.com/en_us/product/WL-UG35H7.html

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22 - Tactile - part 01

thanks to this inspiration


i added some Transdurcers to my rig

now i am working on some effects and a better isolation

Please find enclosed my BK mini LFE and BK LFE mount
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current vibration isolation - for pedal until and seat unit
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Congratulations! this post is truly spectacular!
This is "the evolution of simracing". Very beautifull!
Thanks for all the attachments, links and detailed information about everything!
Just to cheer you up, you're not that old, Colin McRea came out 1998!
 
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Congratulations! this post is truly spectacular!
This is "the evolution of simracing". Very beautifull!
Thanks for all the attachments, links and detailed information about everything!
Just to cheer you up, you're not that old, Colin McRea came out 1998!
thanks for the feedback - and great spot
had a typo - wrote 1994 :)
at that time i was 17 and was not yet sim racing :)
 
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Very nice setup, and excellent write-up. Very well organised. Can you share the Racelogic build details please? Is that a Vocore screen? Any link to a setup/Thingsverse for this?
 
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