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  1. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @shahm87.

    Don't worry, many members here, including myself, started with little knowledge and skills, but big ambitions to build our own motion simulator. Thankfully we a really active community here who freely give of their time and expertise.

    You will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs to get you started, in particular check out the design section: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    In particular check out the design section: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/design-considerations-resources.24/category

    You can go through existing member projects for specific ideas or inspiration: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Or search for specific types of projects using the Google Custom Search function on the Recent page: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/find-new/posts?recent=1

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  2. jdwxly1

    jdwxly1 New Member

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    I found this forum while searching for information on a DIY force feedback steering wheel project. I am just getting into simulator programs with Assetto Corsa and looking forward to making it more fun and realistic. I have basic electronic skills and very good fabrication and soldering skills. Also some programming background, so messing with Arduino-based FFB wheels looks interesting.
  3. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @jdwxly1.

    Check out the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    In particular thewheel section: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/steering-wheels.65/

    To search for the latest member wheel related projects use the Google Custom Search function on the Recent page: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/find-new/posts?recent=1

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  4. Gary R Tree

    Gary R Tree New Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    Gary here from Wisconsin. Total newb to sim racing and motion rigs. The last few years I have been playing Forza on Xbox One and Mario Cart on Switch. I also used to do a fair amount of Sim Flying and Combat Flight Simulator 10-15 years ago. The racing and flying was fun but got boring without any real feedback or motion.

    A couple weeks ago I started searching for a new PC build that would run flight sims and stumbled onto the racing sim community. Then I fell down this rabbit hole and am now planning on eventually building a SFX-100. Baby steps first though. This will be a 1-2 year plan.

    This will all be DIY including the PC. First up will be a PC build, then a wood rig in combination with a FFB wheel and pedals. Following that will be the 8020 rig and then a SFX-100.

    I am thrilled by the presence of this community and the commitment to help each other to support DIY. I love DIY projects and the learning that takes place on the journey. I spent 4 years doing a complete restoration of a 74 Alfa Romeo Spider, all DIY and helped immensely by a great forum. I can hardly wait to get started on this project.

    My Avatar is a 1940 Luscombe I used to own and fly. I hope to be able to experience a similar feeling in a PC based sim and motion rig.
  5. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @Gary R Tree.

    It is one deep and twisty rabbit hole, which is part of the fun, so do plenty of research first. Thankfully we a really active community here who freely give of their time and expertise.

    Check out the FAQs to get you started, in particular the design section: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    Browse existing member projects for specific ideas or inspiration: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Or search for specific types of projects using the Google Custom Search function on the Recent page: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/find-new/posts?recent=1

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  6. the_mighty_wombat

    the_mighty_wombat New Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I’m Dan,
    I am looking at making some miniature sims as proof of concept designs for larger projects next year.
    I’m an Aussie but currently live in France so dont have the tools or space to make anything full sized here.

    The general idea is to use hobby grade RC servos with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and PC to make different motion platforms that can move a ~1/24 scale car.
    I want to use Forza Horizon 4 as the base for the test as I’m playing that a fair amount.

    Current stage is researching how to get the components to send and receive the data. I have LOTS of reading ahead.
    Cheers
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  7. noorbeast

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    Welcome @the_mighty_wombat.

    Check out the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    In particular spend some time in the Design section: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/design-considerations-resources.24/category

    There you will find a lot of helpful information, including code and instructions to build your own model simulator: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/build-a-working-model-to-test-your-design-ideas.216/

    There is even software to simulate a simulator: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/simulate-a-simulator.350/

    Or add motion to your own design: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/how-to-animate-sketchup-3d-model-with-simtools.209/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here and share your adventures: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your model sim project, hopefully it scratches and itch and you can consider a full size project when your life circumstances change.
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  8. Ioannes

    Ioannes New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hi, I am new and look forward to any knowledge anyone can share with me on answers to my questions about my simulator. Currently, I am in the process of working on a 3 DOF motion platform. Right now I am trying to work the Arduino firmware.

    Best Regards, Ioannes
  9. noorbeast

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  10. rkbaseball

    rkbaseball New Member

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    Hey all,
    My name is Ryan. I am currently in the process of building a 2dof motion sim and adapting it to an old formula chassis. I plan on using 25:1 motors and some older components I found to power it. The whole thing will hopefully be controlled with an arduino through Simtools for use with iRacing mainly, followed by Assetto Corsa and Dirt Rally. I'll try to document my build for others to learn from my mistakes!

    Thanks,
    Ryan
  11. noorbeast

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  12. pajumajo

    pajumajo New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hey everyone! New to the forums. I've been looking into getting a decked out setup for iRacing, discovered this is the best place to get started. :)

    Jon,
    Nevada, USA
  13. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @pajumajo.

    You have come to the right place, we have a really active community here who freely give of their time and expertise.

    You will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs to get you started, in particular check out the design section: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    You can go through existing member projects for specific ideas or inspiration: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Or search for specific types of projects using the Google Custom Search function on the Recent page: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/find-new/posts?recent=1

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  14. Kuso

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    Hello everyone,
    My name is Elvis from southern California.
    I am new to sim racing and my only experience with sim racing is at the arcade. I hoping to replace sim racing with my passion to modifying real cars. My goal here is to learn and see what others like and do not like so I can spend my funds properly. Currently I am interested in the DOF Reality P6 and planning to use all fanatic driving components. However, I am open for suggestions for other sim rig and driving components too including making custom motion rig.
  15. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @Kuso.

    There is a specific section for commercial rigs, if you want to check out what is available and what owners think of them: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/commercial-simulators-and-peripherie.52/

    If you are curious about building a motion sim then check out the FAQs, and in particular the Design section: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    There is even software to simulate a simulator: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/simulate-a-simulator.350/

    Good luck with your research, motion simulation in its many guises makes for fascinating approaches by our talented and ingenious members.
  16. muratech

    muratech New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello, everyone, I am Japanese. It has two axes of flex motion. I've been using Flex simconbase for a long time, but this time I switched to X Simulator. I wasn't satisfied with following Flex, but this FAQ managed to solve the problem and I enjoy it. Thank you very much.
  17. sautzer

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    Hi to all, I'm new member who was always passionate about racing. I've always wanted a racing simulator and I'm also a DIY fun so guess what? Reading this forum I hope to built mine as soon as possible. Hope to be a good member and someday share my experience building one
  18. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @muratech and @sautzer.

    When you are ready please start your own project threads here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    @sautzer you will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs to get you started, in particular check out the design section: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    Check out existing member projects for specific ideas or inspiration: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Or search for specific types of projects using the Google Custom Search function on the Recent page: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/find-new/posts?recent=1

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/
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  19. PairRoc

    PairRoc New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hi everyone.I am PairRoc from China.
    Since I was a kid,I got interested in cars and then racing.However,there's no race track in my hometown,so I turn to sim racing.I diy an OSW when I was in high school but unfortunatly it was broken.Now I have a TS500Rs and a SCN5 2 dof rig.I find simtools is the best software but I dont have plugins.Would someone lend me a hand plz
  20. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @PairRoc.

    Please start a thread in an appropriate section and show off your rig.