PVC Racing Cockpit.

Discussion in 'Modding' started by robnkel, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. MWP

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    Why?
    The majority of racing cars around the world have the shifter on the RHS.
     
  2. Zee

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    Awesome job OP - thanks for the idea! I'm inspired!

    For anyone who is looking for pipe/elbows, probably cheaper to buy from TLE/ Turks or any other electrical or plumbing wholesaler. Bunnings are about twice the price (I do a lot of cabling in conduit).

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    THANK YOU!..

    where would the nearest wholesaler be near strathfield?

    silverwater for both TLE and John R. Turk?
     
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  4. ck_psy

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    yeah, but not likely i'd be behind the cockpit of an actual racing car on a regular basis.

    i might get a high-performance car as my daily driver, but the shifter would be on the left hand side
     
  5. REW138

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    Mine is nearly done.
    Its all together with the chair and mountings, its useable.
    Just needs testing more then glueing(sp?) then finishing touches.
    My mate and I knocked it up in two nights (including Beers and Maccas breaks!). She works a treat!
    When i get it painted, i will post some photos!
    Thanks a bunch ROB, you really helped.
    Now come on Forza Motorsport 3!!!!
     
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    Absolutely guys, lets see your creations....
     
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    yeah mines coming, just got to take some more photos and i can show you what a mess ive made :D
     
  8. MWP

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    There is something a little ironic about this ^^^^ :p
     
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    agreed, had me wondering too.
     
  10. Laggy7

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    ok ok, here it is. heres my race sim inspired by this thread.

    I got the wheel a while back and i already had an idea of what i wanted, plus the fact i had the option of a spare race seat or a gaming chair thing i won in a raffle. its slightly adjustable, by simply using a phone book to prop it up if you have long legs! i really wanted this to be portable and lightweight.

    so pretty much it was:

    Logitech Driving Force GT $110
    Pyramat Sound Rocker Chair $free
    lots of PVC $140
    and 2x weekends

    i know theres plenty of G25 fanboi's out there but the H pattern is tacky and not solid like a daytona sim , you cant go past this wheel, it has loads of buttons on the wheel and was 'Made for GT5' and you can adjust the brake bias/traction control ingame! the DFGT is cheap, reliable and functional, enough to get sore arms from the force feedback!

    here's me finding a use for the ironing board:
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    here's me finding a use for the ottoman:
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    adjustment pics:
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    to give the form a bit more re-enforcement we screwed the main parts together.
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    I took it to the last big lan (500ppl) i got alot of strange looks until they tried it! :thumbup: I will get round to painting the pvc but we are working on a wood framed one next out of an old bed i have, with a bigger subwoofer, 5.1, adjustable frame.. but for now this will do :cool:
     
  11. -KoMoD0-

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    I can see the PVC cracking infront of the seat if you use it on the lounge and footrest :)
     
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    Nice work, looks like you've riveted the fittings together?
    What colour are you gonna paint it?
     
  13. Laggy7

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    yeah just screwed it together for the time being, in case i needed to change the length of anything, going to run the blu glu through the rest of it soon. just going to paint him just matt black.

    - Komodo yeah the centre does look like it will be the first area to crack, lucky ive got plenty of pipe! i am going to strengthen that area up and run some glu in there. fortunately i dont weigh much ;)

    was looking on the forums for a guide for using a car amp/sub together with a pc psu has anyone else done this? pretty keen to mod the race chair we have on my next build; the sub just adds to the experience, 1 step short of going pneumatic actuators!
     
  14. Squeezer

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    Not sure what my missus would say If I stuck a racing seat on the Couch / ottoman
     
  15. ak-efekt

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    hey mate, nice setup, btw your car doesnt have the number plate laggy does it?

    sorry for the random question but last time i went over to adelaide for valhalla i saw it lol.

    was epic.
     
  16. Laggy7

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    yeah well most people put their feet on there so a bit of plastic anit gonna hurt it :D

    yeah thats my car, 12a turbs :D
     
  17. iprentovski

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    Hi all,

    Inspired by robnkel's design, I built my own PVC-based rig last week. Added some modifications though - gearshift mount and wheels to move the damn thing around the room.

    Actually, the initial spark was lit by my wife, who is in charge of the TV remote all day/night. I had no other option but to move both consoles (PS3 and Xbox) from the living room to my kid's room. Before that I've been using this contraption in front of a sofa. Since I moved everything to a room with no sofa, just a regular bed, I decided to build a full size rig from the ground up (and upgraded the wheel+pedals from Logitech DFGT to Fanatec PWTS in the process... :)) That's when I started sniffing around and ended up with this.

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    I got an original seat from my mate's 1995 Subaru Impreza. He bought himself bucket seats and gave me one of the old ones for free. Here it is, drying in the sun, after a thorough cleaning.

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    The skeleton is made of Ø50 mm. (2 in.) PVC tubing. It was an ugly gray shade of recycled plastic, so I had to paint it. I used black, both for the skeleton and the appropriate binding panels.

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    Here's how it looks from (behind) the driver's seat. The two steel bars stretching right from the wheel are used to mount a shifter. Fanatec's Porsche wheel comes with two shifters - sequential and gated. I keep the gated one firmly in place and put the sequential on instead of a handbrake (for rallying or drifting), while shifting with the paddles behind the wheel. Unfortunately, I could not bolt the shifter down, as it is not designed to be bolted, but mounted on those steel bars. And its bottom is slightly curved, which makes things even more complicated, so I improvised.

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    I bolted both the steering wheel and the pedals to the MDF panels, and put the wiring through the tubes. The AC power adapter is fixed beneath the pedals.

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    The MDF panels are not fixed to the tubes, but loosely attached to them, by utilizing plastic fittings (the white bits). This makes the construction firm enough, yet flexible to dismantle if needed.

    A significant modification that I made is the "undercarriage" of two horizontal wooden beams with wheels attached to them. This is done for two reasons: increase the seating position and add mobility to the rig. After all, the room in which it resides is also used for other purposes. As you can see on the pictures, there are two MDF panels above and below the beams. The upper ones are there to mount the seat and pedals, while the lower ones solely to add rigidity and prevent rotation around the longitudinal axis (yaw). I tried without the lower ones first and was unpleasantly surprised when it all toppled over :shock:

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    Finally, I made another modification to the original design by adding two cross-sections between the horizontal pipes on the top, where the wheel is attached. It might not be essential, since the panel that holds the wheel also holds the pipes together, but just in case...

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    So that's it folks. It took a lot of work to put it all together, but I think it's worth! There are plenty better rigs out there - mine is a bit wobbly, and it is not quite a looker - but it serves the purpose. On the other hand, it cost me no more than €40 (AU$ 60) to buy the material (didn't bought the panels, re-used existing ones from old furniture). As for the work invested... the pleasure is all mine. Thanks for the motivation, wify :p
     
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  19. Praneetn7

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    Hey I know that this is an old thread but have you put in your adjustable seat in yet?
    I want to make one these school holidays so I can practice on gt5p for gt5!
     
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  20. Dodge M4S

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    I know its a pretty old post, but its pretty piss to wire up a psu to a car amp. Just connect it up as normal (yellow 12v black ground) and then connect 12v to the remote so its always on. You could put a switch inbetween the 12v and remote so it can be turned on and off easily.
     

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