PVC Racing Simulator Pod




Intro: PVC Racing Simulator Pod

1st off this is my first Instructable so I hope I took enough pics and I don't do too terrible with the instructions.

2nd this is not my design, I got the plans from http://s683.photobucket.com/user/simul8r/library/?sort=6&page=1 , so credit goes to simul8r

Step 1: How to Make a Straight Freehand Cut on a Pvc Pipe

Rip a flap off of a cardboard box, make sure its long enough to wrap around the pipe 1&1/2 times. make a small mark where your cut is going, then wrap the cardboard around the pipe making sure the overlapping part of cardboard lines up with the rest of the cardboard on your measurement mark, you now have a straight line and can trace that line onto the pipe with a marker. then cut with a fine toothed hacksaw blade, when the blade breaks through to the inside of pipe start turning the pipe away from you following the line.

Step 2: Parts List and Pvc Cut Sizes

I believe I spent around $120 for PVC,MDF and plywood. I already had everything else needed (primer,glue, ect)

My wheel and pedals were around $300 new but that was years ago, depending on how realistic you want your experience to be there are lower grade wheels on Ebay used for about $50.

2" PVC parts list

T's x14 (15 if you want to add a cup holder)

45 Degree x3

90 Degree x6 (8 with the cup holder)

End Caps x2

2" to 3" adapter x1 (cup holder)

10' PVC pipe x3

Step 3: Mock Up and PVC Assembly

Mock up (pre-assembly without glue) here you need to make sure everything fits and cut lengths are correct, mark all your joints to make sure they line up while gluing. While internal wiring isn't necessary I recommend doing it, I drilled x3 3/8" holes then ovaled them out into one oval hole, though I'd recommend buying x3 2"x2"x1" T's and using those for the wire access points.

Step 4: Cut and Install Plywood And/or Mdf

I'm not going to go into much detail here since your seat and steering wheel/ pedals combo will decide what you do from here. I included the templates for my Logitech G27 setup.

Step 5: Adding a Cup Holder and Decals for PS3-PS4



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    10 Discussions


    9 months ago

    Has anyone made this out of 1 1/2 pipe, seems strong enough, and would save 1/3 to 1/2 the total cost to build?


    1 year ago

    gday mate, just curious if a 6'6 guy like myself would fit in this comfortably or would i need to extend it. my kids partner and i would love something like this.

    2 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Im 5'10" my daughter is about 5' and we both fit it just fine so you would probably want to stretch the base a few inches, The plan was/is to install a racing seat on slides


    which should give you all the adjustment you would need. you can also check your local junk yard for a car seat, my local yard pulls all the glass out so all the seats are moldy.

    Do you use Google SketchUp? it's free. That .skp file I uploaded will give you all the measurements using the tape measure in the program


    1 year ago

    Anyone else reading this should consider that if you used ABS "pvc" pipe you wouldn't have to paint it! Just acetone off the printed junk, maybe some sanding...

    Excellent work though, man, wish I'd thought of this when I was a kid. Might like to make a helicopter one for my brother someday, or a motorcycle one for myself / to talk my friends into learning!

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I have not seen motorcycle controls for video games like my wheel and pedals, though there are some games/software for commercial simulators and arcade games available if you did make the motorcycle simulator. you could make the sim by tearing down a xbox 360 controller and use its components for steering,throttle, brake and leaning.

    If you do ever get around to doing this Id love to see it, even help with the tech stuff if you need it!


    2 years ago

    I like it ! Looks real !


    2 years ago

    Well I finally got around to painting it and running the wiring internally!!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks Jason, A setup like this is a must for racing games, I built this to play GT6 on PS3, but after building it I started getting into PC games like iRacing.

    I started this about a year ago with plans of adding a racing seat, the broken office chair I used to mock this up worked so well I just don't see spending money on that for now. Ive also been putting off painting this some reason, but now that its a featured item on Instructables I think I now have good reason to paint this and run the wiring inside the pipes this weekend, then add some updated pics.

    This is just a starting point though, after building this pod you can start removing the buttons from the shifter and wheel, then make a dashboard with realistic key ignition, nitrous toggle switch, real hand brake (pull one from a junk yard), also you can run a app for iPad that turn it into a gauge cluster for iRacing and thousands more hacks.

    I think I may try doing a new hack on this every month with its own instructable, Ive also been planning drawing this up in SketchUp, so that will be edited into this instructable soon.