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Anton I have noticed that your seat is very close to both actuators housing and some other profile running vertically (probably for shifter?) - are you (or the seat) not hitting any of those when your v3 is moving you around?In the Discord server there was a mention of seat height relative to the actuator position. It got me thinking about how I might be able to get the seat lower into the 'car' so to speak and since then I've managed to bring the seat closer to the pivot point of the actuator by nearly 100mm. It's made a huge difference to the overall feeling of the car when you're driving. You feel more in control, you feel more grounded. It's also made my pedal position a little higher and also the steering wheel as I have not touched these yet to account for the lower seat. I actually like where they are now relative to the seat more so than before. I am going to leave them where they are now. I was able to remove the railing that I had the brackets for the V3 mounted to and use some packers to account for the increased gap down to the next level.
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I previously was using the seat mount to attach those brackets holding the V3 which were 40mm profile running down the length of the chassis. This allowed me to push them in as far as where the holes for the brackets were and fit them without packers or spacers. I liked this idea as it minimised the potential for any stress where there wasn't a bolt hard up against the unit. But, it feels the same this way and I am going to get some longer bolts to account for the packer now that I know it works. This might not affect people with just their seats mounted without a seat mover mounted underneath but I guess the overall goal still applies. Get the seat as low as you can manage it.
Also, I managed to get the actuators a little lower still. Since my profile is only 80mm for the main railings, it reduced my ability to do this even further and I think that people with 120 or 160mm railing can enhance the result here. Notice that I only have one bracket on the sides with a LOT of the actuator above it. Well, now that the railing for the seat has been removed it's created room for gusseted brackets to go along the top of the rail, connected to the inside of the actuator. Look at the top of the spring where the harness is connected, you can see them.
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It's pretty sturdy this way. I've driven today for a while testing both this and the sensor mounted to the chassis. I do like it, but I have a problem that the tracking sort of skips depending where I move my head. Like it's resetting the position after the sensor loses track of the HMD. I think that the sensor is a little high and also needs to be on an angle to cover more of the cone of its working area. I don't get any of the bouncy vision or feeling of the sensor being moved by the motion, however, so this is a good sign.
So for comparison, I have 82mm between the floor and the bottom of the linear bearing mount. If anyone else want's to measure how theirs compares, that's the measurement. Obviously that includes the rubber feet that it's sitting on as well but I gather most people are using something of the sort for their builds so they should all be roughly the same.
Once I can confirm that there is no issue with this I think I am pretty much ready to finish off the cable management and just get stuck right into profiles and then actually driving with it in leagues which I have not done yet. Oh and also tuning the V3 to suit but I'm yet to use it at all combine with the actuators.
From what I can tell the 'problem with Kinetik' is actually a problem with DHL Paket.Hey guys regarding Kinetik been meaning to throw this in here. Please have patience with them - they (so far from what I read) have delivered everyones orders and more importantly (so far) have accepted everyones orders. @saxxon66 rightly points out they are the only ones to have a suitable profile (shape of aluminium) that works for the SFX units.
I work in software in the window and door industry so am fairly close to seeing how companies like Kinetik work. Judging from what it looks like they do their usual order size would be in $'$$$ to $$'$$$ size.. as in complete trade show stands, or assembly line/workshop fabrication supply. So your order admin time:fabrication:shipping time ratio would be wildly different to our orders. They wouldn't have been setup for sh-loads of tiny web orders.
Depending on whether they have their own press** which is unlikely (it's the the thing that squirts out extrusion from big logs of aluminium) or have someone else extrude for them (very likely, they seem small), they would also probably be dealing with "we only stock a little bit of this profile" now they're probably getting multiples of volumes of bars for that particular die extruded than normal. With that profile - 100x100 I'm struggling to think of use cases compared to more common smaller profiles so it's a bit risky to stock loads of it. I think I read a couple of weeks ago that someone said "hundreds" of orders were being made by another supplier. Usually bars are upto 6m long... which should be enough for 5.75 orders a bar. So now every week they're probably thinking "hmm..... is this going to pick up or is it going to taper off ? how many bars & bushes do I prestock ? do i just take the risk and precut/pack a whole bunch of orders etc".
All in all that could lead to some challenges for them to stock and manage something that they're probably not used to, and it's not their core business. I assume the margins are high enough that it's worthwhile for them doing, but if not....
** Edit, for those that are interested, first result on YouTube of an extrusion press - definitely a few H&S issues here
Anton.. the rf2 version of Bathurst is sacrilege!! You need to try iRacing!!!! By far the best sim for this system...By the way. Anyone that owns rF2, go and get the Bridgehampton mod track and the Flat 6 mod cars, activate the stock rF2 profile and thank me later. This build is incredible. Bathurst comes ALIVE with this thing. It's amazing. The undulations in the circuit, especially at the top of the mountain are something to behold.