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Thrustmaster F1 add-on Wheel Paddle switch fix

Daveo

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Sep 30, 2012
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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.
 

HUM24H

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May 7, 2012
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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.
 

HUM24H

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HUM24H

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May 7, 2012
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Daveo

25RPM
Sep 30, 2012
47
14
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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Cosimo

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Apr 25, 2013
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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.
Thanks for this information.
I found a local distributor and just ordered 4x B3F-5051.
After a few years of use, one of the paddle switches is now stuck always firing.
I plan to replace them both with those Omrons.
 

Cosimo

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Apr 25, 2013
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I plan to replace them both with those Omrons.
And I managed to replace the damaged paddle switch with the B3F-5050. Oh man, what a difference, such a great feeling with the new switch! Thanks so much. You saved my F1 rim.
 

Leadbelly_

1RPM
Jun 22, 2018
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Do all the trustmaster add-on wheels use the same tactile switch, I have a few wheels and was just wondering.
 
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