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Forum topic by magnus posted 12-07-2010 07:36 PM 1137 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2010 07:36 PM

Hey Folks! This is the preliminary design for my racing simulator…

I’ve taken a page out of the Greg Wurst building encyclopedia, and mimicking his uncanny eye for detail, I’ve designed this cabinet to suit my needs. Keep in mind i’m not sure what the dimensions this project will be, nor what material I will build this out of. I have no idea how big the seat and peripherals will be, or how they will mount and adjust, So the plan is to build the cabinet first, then adjust or modify what I need to make it work.
Please don’t hold back from any suggestions, shortcuts, tips, or words of wisdom for making this dream a reality.

The seat,wheel + pedals + shifter will run me about $500 CAD. The wood i’m guessing another $150. I’m trying to get away with keeping costs at a minimum, but at the same time, I want this job to look professional. i’m guessing maybe plywood for the exterior, and maybe something beefer for the inside, and 2×4’s for the frame.. but not sure how plywood is gonna look when painted black….

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 07:46 PM

here is a direct link for bigger pictures

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 07:58 PM

If you don’t know what dimensions to make everything, go take a tape measure out to your car. That’ll give you a rough idea of what dimensions you like to drive in. Good luck!

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 02:20 AM

Looks promising. I highly recommend giving entry serious consideration like you have. Mine is a royal PITA to get in and out of with the high and wide sides.

You may want to consider either raising the seat or lowering the foot pedals. Your knees will be bent at a weird angle otherwise. Either that or make it longer so your legs are straighter.

Do you know where in the cabinet you plan to put the PC or gaming system? Leave openings to run wires for a neater appearance. You’ll also need to get power into it as well as possible a network cable unless you go wireless.

As for plywood, as long as it’s smooth and you use a good primer it should paint-up well. MDF worked well for me, but it is very heavy and doesn’t hold screws as well as plywood.

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