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Old 03-23-2015, 10:17 PM
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Default Sim Racing Rig *Work in Progress*

All credit for this rig design goes to "Simul8r" from the ISR and some other simulation racing forums. I've copied his design almost exactly.

As evident by some of my prior builds, I'm a bit of a game junkie. I'm slowly working on turning my basement into a small arcade. Although I enjoy the builds now more than playing the actual games. So to that end a driving cabinet had to be in the works at some point.



I've come across some cool plans - the one above in particular was what really pushed me to start thinking of building a racing rig. I would have liked a full cabinet but in reality it is just too big and oversize for my space, and construction cost and time would be much higher. I still have the plans for the full cabinet if anyone wants them. There are lots of other build plans and ideas out there where people were building something quick and cheaper out of wood scrap and it was functional but didn't look great. There are lots of manufactured rigs too, but they are both expensive and take away the fun of the build. Then I came across a rig built out of Schedule 40 PVC, and when painted, it looked good and wasn't too large. Once painted I thought the pipes didn't look like something a plumber put together. Easy and quick, on the low end of cost, and not a huge footprint. Win.



I watched this video and thought it looked easy enough too. Beware - long two part video...

DIY PVC Sim Racing Rig For Under $200 by Inside Sim Racing - YouTube

I bought some parts over time: got a sweet deal on a Logitech G27 racing wheel , pedals, and shifter set on sale. I bought a seat off of ebay. Picked up a bunch of 2" schedule 40 PVC, different fittings, liquid nails, paint, simpson pipe strong ties, screws, etc.

Cut it all up to dimensions.


Test fit it together with some help.


Put the seat rails and slider on, and mounted to some plywood (WORST PART OF ENTIRE BUILD - COMPLETE PITA)


Helper taking a break and testing out the seat


I bought some extremely cheapo car carpeting at wally world and wrapped the plywood for under the seat and the pedals. Mounted pedals with screws through the underside of the plywood so they're extra solid. No movement at all. The seat is held on with four simpson strong ties underneath. Pedals are mounted with two of them as well.


I glued the whole thing up using liquid nails, which gave a much longer set up time than normal pvc cement. There's no way I could have gotten some of the joints done with normal pvc bond cement, it wasn't easy even with the liquid nails in some points. I then gave it about 72 hours before moving forward.

I lightly sanded all the PVC at this point to get rid of the gloss finish and then painted the whole thing up with truck bedliner spray paint. Puts a cool textured finish on the pipes.










I built a shifter mount with some 2x6 and 2x4 scraps, and painted it with matte finish black spray paint.


I cut some more plywood to size to mount the screens and the steering wheel to and covered them with black whisper vinyl. I mounted the steering wheel deck with two simpson strong ties, and the shifter mount with one as well, painted black. I ran out of ties at this point, and will have to order more for the monitor deck.






Next up, get the wiring all run with some ties so it stays neat and against the pipes, wire up the computer and race the Nürburgring. Eventually, my hope is to get a triple monitor setup, but that's way out of budget right now.
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Default Re: Sim Racing Rig *Work in Progress*

Great build.Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Awesome so far
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Sweet build.
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Love shit like this! Great job
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Very nice. Awesome project for your kiddos to help with and then then enjoy after.

Don't you think you need a bigger piece of plywood under the seat with longer sliding rails? I'd be worried your feet wouldn't reach the pedals...
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Very nice. Awesome project for your kiddos to help with and then then enjoy after.

Don't you think you need a bigger piece of plywood under the seat with longer sliding rails? I'd be worried your feet wouldn't reach the pedals...
New record! 5 posts before the first "can you reach the pedals?!" short joke!

I tested the whole thing out before hand actually to make sure I had the size right. I'm about in the middle of the sliding rails where I'd need it so it can slide in a bit further for my kids, and go back quite a ways for others, you know, like average size people.
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Default Re: Sim Racing Rig *Work in Progress*

You mentioned tying cables to the pipes, I think it would be much cleaner looking if you fished all your wiring through the pipes. Just a thought.
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You mentioned tying cables to the pipes, I think it would be much cleaner looking if you fished all your wiring through the pipes. Just a thought.
What I was thinking.

Cool build tho!
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Default Re: Sim Racing Rig *Work in Progress*

The ends of the connectors are DB9, which is going to take a large hole to get through. Not sure I want to do that.
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