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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:06 am
Post subject: Re: Ara's Video Game Racing Chassis Build (giant pics i

GT night at Ara's?? Looks nice!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:00 pm
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updates coming, maybe in about a week.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:05 am
Post subject: Re: Ara's Video Game Racing Chassis Build 4/10 UPDATE

progress update!


Here are the two main components built so far:


There is a store called Rockler that sells all kinds of exotic materials, I procured this piece of hardwood called Purpleheart which will serve as the main platform. It is super dense and heavy, and purple:



Test fitting the purpleheart. The platform surface is angled so that the final wheel angle will match the angle of my steering wheel in my car:



The purpleheart is now bolted to the main frame by four 1/2" bolts. The wheel is now also bolted into position and we are test fitting the pedal position:




We have finalized the location of the pedals and are now attaching the pedal mount to the frame. You can also see here the metal brackets we installed under the platform arch for extra stability:


What's left?
- finish/clean up the purpleheart piece.
- extra support around the wheel attach surfaces for even more stability
- possibly enclose the pedal area.
- possibly install a floor.
- attach the two modular pieces together
- install the giant and super heavy duty rubber feet
- sand, stain and finish wood surfaces

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:39 pm
Post subject: *4/17 UPDATE #2* Ara's Video Game Racing Chassis Build

progress update #2:

Since the wheel will be hanging over the purpleheart piece and we expect it to be subject to forces in several directions, we have cut some additional strips of the purpleheart and attched them with the grain perpendicular along the sides of the wheel platform in order to further strengthen it in the longitudinal direction:


Here we add diagonal structural members- as is the wheel platform is definitely not rigid enough without them:


Here are the beginnings of the side-rail assembly which will join the front and rear components. For easy disassembly, these are 1/2"x3" wing bolts with crazy large washers, attached to tee nuts on the opposite sides. I was concerned that this approach would not net suitably rigid results, but even after just completing the rear side and clamping the front parts it feels very promising:


Here is a full view of the chassis, there are four wing bolts holding the rear section in place and we plan to add four more in a similar way for the front piece.

We are also test-fitting the four large 2"x2"x16" rubber guards which I am repurposing as feet for the assembly. The feet are completely made from rubber with a hardness comparable to that of a tire. Even without these pieces properly attached it's feeling good and stable, with no signs of flex or movement no matter how I lean in the seat.


almost done, maybe a couple more sessions left.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 9:30 am
Post subject: !5/2 UPDATE #3! Ara's Video Game Racing Chassis Build

Update #3:

fastening the giant rubber feet:


Now basic construction is complete. Here is Bruce testing out the chassis:


After sanding and sanding and filling the screw holes:


Prep for wood staining:


Here is a test stain block with two coats of cherry wood stain:


Staining the ugly underside of the seat piece:



more will be coming.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:01 am
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Final Update!!

The front section, halfway through the staining process. I'm using one coat of prestain and two coats of cherry oil based stain.



Here is the front section with one coat of stain applied:



Close-up of the purpleheart piece after sanding complete. This piece will not be stained but needs a few coats of topcoat:



The rear section, fully finished. Three coats of topcoat are on the wood here:



The finished purpleheart piece. Nice and smooth and shiny:



The side rails, fully finished:



The front section, nearly fully finished. I've added a small bit of carpet in the area where your feet go. The only bit left on this one is to add two aluminum L brackets to reinforce the wood posts to 11:



We signed the front piece with a wood burning pen:



Now that everything is done, it's time for final assembly. Here I'm bolting in the pedals:



Bolting the steering wheel to the purpleheart platform:



All four components laid out and ready for fastening. The rails can be fastened by hand since we use wing bolts and tee nuts. Notice the aluminum brackets are now also on the front section:



Now the purpleheart piece bolts on top of the front section. All done and ready for action:



Side front view:



Side side view:



Side top view:



Rear view:



Side rear view:



Nighttime view:



I can hardly believe its done. The chassis is rock solid and wheel and pedal placement feels fantastic.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:17 pm
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Holy fucking shit Ara!

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:37 pm
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awesome. looks great. You need some swing down wheels or something to move that seat section around.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:32 pm
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Geeze! About time!!! GT6 is nearly out! Wink

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 7:57 pm
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VERY NICE!!

I need this setup baddddd :/ my times would improve so much! throttle control with a controller is hard as fuck!

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 8:25 pm
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Maj.Malfunction wrote:
awesome. looks great. You need some swing down wheels or something to move that seat section around.

Originally I was planning to put the whole thing on locking wheels, but I decided it would result in too many moving/able parts and too much flex even with locking. After that, we were so planning on fastening some wheels onto the end of that one so I could lift up one side and roll it around, but I got tired of the project dragging on and decided its a better workout this way.


AriZonaD54 wrote:
GT6 is nearly out!

if there's one thing I can be sure of, its finishing any project before GT6 comes out. I'm looking forward to dirt 3 which is rumored to work with this wheel and hopefully has less of pastrana/block/whoever constantly congratulating me for finding 2nd gear.


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throttle control with a controller is hard as fuck!

I gotta say this setup is on the verge of doing miracles for my performance. its so much easier to catch the rear end when it wants to come out... and the rally stages now are actually playable without turning on assists...

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 8:50 pm
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wow, I am thoroughly impressed

if you don't have rFactor for PC, you should get it, it is the best and most diverse racing simulator game

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