My custom budget racing cockpit project

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  1. Noxrai

    Noxrai Team Driver Gold Member

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    Hi all. I've decided to make my own racing sim cockpit on a budget and this will be where I show my progress. Follow me on my adventure. It could end ugly.

    My current setup works ok. But I'm finding my racing office chair is just not sturdy enough for sim racing. I constantly have to re-adjust myself. While braking, my chair leans back too far. It's not an ideal situation.

    My peddle holders are made out of polyboard (also holds my chair in place) I half hazardly made up as quickly as possible in time for a race. It works. But its not pretty and I'm not overly happy with where my legs fit and sit.

    I currently mount my fanetrc wheel to my table. Again it works ok, but on big torque events such as catching a tank slapper, spinning out, crashing (which was quite often in season 7 of the Fittipaldi) it can move and shake my whole table and my monitor shakes all over the place. It's not a nice experience and kind of brings you out of the driving experience. I would like to remedy all those things with the rig i want to build.

    Current setup:
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    Why don't i just buy one?
    1.Because something I would want is kinda out of my budget atm. (New wheel splurge was more important lol)
    2. I have the materials and welding experience to make my own super sturdy one to my own specs.
    3.I want my wheel to fit just underneath my current table so i can bring my monitor right to the front for closer viewing.
    4. It will be fun project for me to tackle and I will take pride in my finished accomplishment no matter how it turns out.

    With that out of the way. My plan for the rig is light, sturdy and simple. Luckily where I work we stock 50mm x 50mm aluminium box lengths. Pretty much perfect for what I will be doing. I have drawn up a very rough plan of how my rig will look and function. It will more than likely change and evolve as I progress along in the weeks it will take me to make it. I have taken inspiration from a few sources but it definitely is a project from my mind rather than somebody elses hard work. There are only so many ways to rig a seat peddles and a wheel up though.
    I've tried to keep it as simple as possible though for myself but I do forsee a few things that may slow me down.

    To keep costs down i have bought a Suzuki Swift chair from the wreckers for $80. This will be more than sturdy to handle my fat ass. Plus i know it will be comfy on long endurance races with all that marvelous padding and springs. I will be incorporating the chairs sliding mechanism into the rig for added adjustability.
    I have also tracked down another seat runner/slider for $50 to use underneath where my peddles will sit for even more adjustments.

    Wed 10th July
    First thing to cut is my base frame. I will be going 1200mm long for the side lengths and 400mm for the front and back width. Adding them on will push the overall length to 1300mm long. I believe this should give me a decent length to work with. Ran out of time after spending a fair amount of time adjusting my plans for the rig to do anymore tonight. But I'm really happy I have the very first pieces cut and ready to move forward onto the next item.
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    Next thing on my to do list is make a base for my seat to sit on.

    Thursday 11 July
    Tonight i had to remember how to do Pythagoras to work out four cuts i needed to do. I have been deliberating whether i should put my seat on a slight incline the last couple of days. I have decided to go ahead with that idea and i put a downward fall of 5° for for my seat to rest on. This will help aleviate any back stress i get on long drives.

    I have lightly tacced all points on my frame tonight. Quite a few joins i will have to go back over for the full weld. But for now these will do. I do this just incase there is something i need to change down the pipe line. Easy to do a quick skim of the grinder.

    I can't wait to put the chair on and see how things feel for the first time. Next session will be marking out points to drill ready for seat bolts to slot in. Possibly peddle base lentgh cuts too if i get time.

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    Sunday 14th July
    Got to the trickier part today. Attaching the seat slider to the frame will be no problem. Its how to attach the legs and peddle set to it. I had to raise it a little so the lever has a enough room to do it's thing. Then came the decision of how much angle i wanted to put on. I've gone with 25° but I'm not 100% sold on it yet. I can still change the angle to something less if need be. I'm going to take my old thrustmaster pedals around to my workshop at some stage to see how it feels at that angle. My seat will fit perfectly. Just need to bolt it down once everything else is finished.

    Not sure how much I'll get done this coming week. Got the flu, so I'll probably have to rest for a bit. Will give me some time to decide how i want my wheel stand to sit. I'm wondering if i should just go straight up and down. Or put a little angle on it to give myself leg room. But I'm unsure how much stress this will put on joins or if it will lose its rigidity.

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  2. Noxrai

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  3. SteveDrivingSlowly

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    Looks great so far mate!
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    Thanks buddy. Early days still, hopefully it stays looking great.
  5. SteveDrivingSlowly

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    I'm sure it will. Back in the UK I worked for an engineering firm and had access to all the gear - but here all I have is my garage and mainly woodworking stuff plus MIG/ARC welders, so my plan is to build a nice timber rig. Very interested in your build - keep up the reports!
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