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You will need some basic electronics skills to make a homemade pc steering wheel.

The wheel is easy to build to your own specs for example the ratio at witch you physical steering wheel turns and the wheel on the game turns can be changed and the amount of buttons on you dash and what they do can also be changed.

Included in the instructions is how to make a set of pedals for throttle and brake to.

link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyGkFWZ-xuI
 
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Step 1: Materiel's and tools

Picture of materiel's and tools
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You will need basic tools listed below 
Soldering iron 
solder 
hand drill 
drill press (if available)
paddle drills
drill wood drill bits 
steel rule
tape measure
wood saw 
screw drivers 
scribe 
sandpaper 
side cutters 
wire strippers 
hacksaw or grinder 
spanners 
socket set and ratchet 
pencil 
square 

The materiel's you will need are listed below 
M6 threaded bar 300mm
M6 locknuts 
2x bearings with M6 id
1x wii steering wheel 
1x 10mm miniature pully ( for 3mm round belt )
1x 30mm miniature pully ( for 3mm round belt ) - this pully can be changed up or down in size depending on the steering ratio you want
1x 75mm round 3mm belt 
6mm plywood 2 foot by 4 foot
20mm x 20mm batton 300mm
15mm pine plank 350mm
20mm x 40mm batton 400mm
self tapping wood screws 
10-15 meters of cable or thin wire 
heat shrink 
usb pc games controller with joysticks ( must be or have analog mode )
1x 10k linear Potentiometers
1x 10k linear sliding Potentiometer
1x large red ptm button 
2x small ptm buttons ( add as many as you like as long as your usb controller has enough functions )
1x dpdt toggle switch 
8x red crimp connectors 
1x NO micro switch 
2x small hinges 
1x small 90 degree bracket 
200mm of metal strapping band 
1x sliding pot nob 

Step 2: Making the bearing blocks

Picture of making the bearing blocks
To hold the bearing that the threaded rod will go through you will need to use the 20 x 40mm baton.

Start by cutting 2 peaces of baton 50mm long or longer if you want a larger angle on your wheel 












This is great, well done!
mellonsmasher (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
Thanks it took a while but i got there int he end
emielvo7 months ago
My English is not good, sorry about that. My question is how many degrees the 10k linear potentiometer to rotate and where you can get?
Ghost_Shark9 months ago
Thanks for your fast reply, So if i want it to turn more i could put a bigger pulley f.x. a 60mm on the pot and that would work right?

P.S. i have made some sketch drawings and would like to see if you could see any problems with them before i build it.
DIY Gear and E-Brake sketch (Left Side View).pngDIY Gear and E-Brake sketch (Top View).pngDIY Gear and E-Brake sketch (Top X-Ray View).pngDIY Pedals Sketch (Right Side View).pngDIY Pedals Sketch (Top View).pngDIY Steering Wheel Sketch.png
mellonsmasher (author)  Ghost_Shark9 months ago
all looks good to me just makre sure you use a smaller pulley on the drive than you have on the pot or the belt may slip
Ghost_Shark9 months ago
Can i use f.x. a 500k pot for the wheel? or a 10k? what's the difference?
Is there a sensitivity difference or a spin ratio difference?
Also how many degrees does the wheel you made turn?
I'm building one myself and i want it to turn at least 720 degrees preferably 900 though.
mellonsmasher (author)  Ghost_Shark9 months ago
there is a sensitivity difference but mainly i dont know if the controller will detect the movement properly if you use a different value pot. mine turns about 500 degrees
omkar00710 months ago
cool
WarJebus1 year ago
Could you give me some more information about which 10k sliding pot you used? Such as manufacturer, model, and length?
mellonsmasher (author)  WarJebus1 year ago
i used a alpha type b 10k sliding pot rail length 73mm total length 89mm
sbacon1 year ago
This is really clever! have you tried using a pot for both pedals on the same circuit with the brake as a trim pot? That might help with the brake not working issue. both pots would have to be in series and connected to the reversing switch. Great to see someone building an interface for FS 2013! (If you ever want to do some MP farming, my steam username is bzacon)
mellonsmasher (author)  sbacon1 year ago
The problem with the brake is not the fact that the 2 post are separate inputs but it comes down to the fact that if you were to hold the brake then the tactor will reverse so if a mod is available that has a separate foot brake handbrake and reverse that would be ideal. I will take a look at your server when i get my decent pc up and running maybe come online at some point.
Awesome job!! On the forward reverse switch i would glue a dowel with a knob on the end so its like a shifter !
mellonsmasher (author)  camping crazy1 year ago
Great idea!! i did think of making a simple shift up or shift down box but i wouldn't use it so didn't bother. Thanks for the comment