Introduction: Compact Sim Racing Pod

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Using a garage creeper as a mobile platform for a racing simulator.

Basic - intermediate woodworking skills recommended.

Items required:
1x Garage creeper                  ($15 - 50)
1x gaming system                    ($100 - 250)
1x Steering wheel/pedal set  ($50 - 250)
1x Car seat                                (Free - $50)
1x old computer monitor         ($50 - 150) (optional)
Various Scrap Wood, screws, cables, etc.

Tools required
Table saw
Drill & Bits
Basic hand tools
Paint & brushes (Optional)

Step 1: Out With the Old

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Do you see the problem?
It was an eyesore and ergonomic nightmare.
This was version 1.0:  the workbench racer. 


Step 2: Sourcing an Appropriate Chassis

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Look around the house for some found objects.
In my case, it was a garage creeper I hardly used.
(You can easily create a mobile platform/chasis by slapping some casters and 2x4's up.)
Head to your local junkyard for a cheap ol bucket seat. 

Here, I'm laying out the parts needed.
There are 2 screws on the bottom of the creeper to remove the cushioned surface.

Step 3: Building Seat Mounts

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Since the dimension of components will be different for every build. (ie: Seat, creeper, game system, monitor, wheel/pedal setup)
Use this write up as a general building guide, then measure out required mounting points for your components.

Create seat mounts by fixing scrap 2x4's onto the creeper's chassis.

Step 4: Mounting the Seat

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Here's the seat mounted using wood screws.

Upon leaning back into the seat, there was a potential of flipping over backwards,
so I installed a small wheelie bar using some spare skateboard wheels.

Step 5: Building the Base

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Measure and cut two 2x4's and mount them onto the creeper chassis.
(This will be what you mount everything to so be sure it's secure)
They should encompass the pedal set as shown.
I have also added a wooden platform between the 2x4's.

Step 6: Framework

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Build framework around the pedal set using scrap 2x4's.

Step 7: Test Fit

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Quick test fit, always be testing to see whether it fits you.
In most cases your bucket seat will have adjustments in all directions.

The chrome tube supporting the steering column is an old hand rail.
The steering wheel is mounted to a platform that telescopes back and forth on a 2x4 via a set screw and wing nut.

Step 8: Painted and Ready to Go

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Here's an overall shot of everything painted.

I have also added a monitor riser made by some more scrap 2x4s.

Step 9: Detail: Steering Column

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Here is a close up of how the bar supporst the steering column.
For the monitor, you can either build a platform for your monitor to rest on.
I continued the 2x4 theme and built a raised stand.

Step 10: Detail: Console Mounting & Wire Management

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Tin snips and scrap aluminum flashing bent to form console & power bar mounts.
Zip ties to organize wires.


Step 11: Detail: Pedal View

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The handrail provide plenty of support to the steering column and enough room for your legs.

Step 12: Detail: Drivers View

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Happy motoring!

Comments

samshead (author)2012-07-08

What junkyard has a Sparco racing seat just banging around?

Snapperwap (author)samshead2015-08-22

You would be amazed what people throw away

WolfTohsaka (author)samshead2012-07-08

all of 'em !

These are aftermarket seats that you will be able to find in junkyards/craigslist/leboncoin/whateversuitsyourcountry

As these are mounted on a variety of vehicles, you often find one in a "tuned" car laying around. Maybe you will be able to find a subwoofer amplifier that you can power up with an ATX psu to load up the tactile transducers ! bang-for-the-buck at the utmost :)

I did purchase a similar seat in a perfect state for 50 Euros a few days ago :)

hells-oui (author)WolfTohsaka2012-07-09

Or swap meets!

the crafting guy (author)2015-05-08

Just got a couple of questions, 1: What game are u playing? And. 2: What steering wheel and pedals are u using? Thanks.

He's using a thrust master pc/ps3 racing wheel and...I got no idea what game he's playing

mbecks made it! (author)2014-09-12

I used your basic design and tweaked it with some hard board and chrome to make it my own. thanks for the great instructable.

mbecks (author)2014-08-15

I noticed the steering wheel is adjustable which is very important because I want multiple people to be able to use it. Are the pedals also movable?

mbecks (author)2014-08-15

This great I'm going to do a copy, I got a gear shifter so I'll have to figure that out.

soilwork (author)2012-09-02

Nice ,project ! with a gear shift and vibration seat, probably the best simulation seat ever!!

zyh12398 (author)2012-07-25

very good

AmbrosiaElixir (author)2012-07-11

Wow such a good project!

emyazici (author)2012-07-10

Awesome. :)

Venemot (author)2012-07-10

I am building the same thing.....although less sophisticated and stylish......coz my main building material is cardboard from old cartons....

abrown39 (author)2012-07-09

I have a question, what in the hell is that wooden half walrus half tiger looking carving at the top right ?

other than that great instructible I love the idea for the garage creeeper

jackjackboom (author)2012-07-08

Do you think that this could be adapted for flight simulation?

55deno (author)jackjackboom2012-07-09

Probably, with a little thought and adjustments!

Spazticrhino (author)2012-07-09

Great Instructable! My friend and I were just talking about building one of these.

IamSparticus (author)2012-07-08

mdog is right. Cupholder!

Learner777 (author)2012-07-08

Very cool.

espdp2 (author)2012-07-08

I like it! Pure genius. Now you need to add surround sound speakers and a bass transducer mounted to the seat. If I had the space in my living room I would make this for sure.

jlester1 (author)espdp22012-07-08

A friend of mine constructed one very similar to this, except with a triple monitor setup in ati eyefinity. It was lots of fun if your into racing games.

mikeasaurus (author)2012-07-08

vroom vroom... nice build!

mdog93 (author)2012-07-08

Now all you need is seat vibration and maybe a refreshments tray to one side... ;)

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