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bmw e36 racing sim project wip

Discussion in 'DIY peripherals' started by minimus1899, Mar 24, 2017.

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    hey all been a long time, not been too well with all my health and what not,

    but id like to show you a part of the sim that is pretty much complete apart from a printed circuit board I'm waiting for from China,

    been wanted to have the fanatec Clubsport shift be able to automatically change from h pattern to sequential from a flick of a switch

    and improved to show you what I've been working on the past 3 weeks,

    a lot of coding and problems with coding to solve and 3d printing to go wrong but I finally got it perfect

    here is the plate on which everything sits on it'll also reinforce the shift if I'm pulling and shift too hard,

    20190520_155431.jpg



    I then went about 3d printing things but haven't taken that many photos so here is the basic setup

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    with the motor mounted it was time for the electronics

    I have made and ordered a custom PCB print professional from jlcpcb so ill post pics when it comes in about a week or 2

    20190526_152415.jpg

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    and final here a video of it working ignore the vibrating sound that's interferants or something in the PCB and hopefully a PCB from jlcpcb with work a lot better




    regards

    andy
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    Hey, all long time no see,

    my mental health hasn't been great for a while, been down in the dumps and not only that I nearly cut my finger off cutting some wood for a cupboard I was making :(

    but today I felt well for the first time it a while so I knuckled down and got in the sim shed

    if you go back and read page 2 about mounting the motor to the shed and the way I mounted the steering column too you'll see that the steering column and motor is mounted apart from each other well this didn't work too well as the motor was high enough and when it was all bolted down you couldn't turn the wheel as the steering column mounts locked the shaft the way it was mounted so not giving up I redesigned it all

    first, I welded the steering column directly to the motor ish, I fashion a bracket that bolts to the existing mount mounting bracket,

    20190702_180350.jpg 20190702_180344.jpg


    its a bit shoddy and I could have done better but I had to start again 4 times on the bit because I kept getting it wrong, boy I was mad making this part



    anyway then I was time to fix the issue with the frame under the dash, the mounter needed to sit high under the dash without affecting the cluster that I will later be installing


    so here I came up with a different way of bolting the two half together

    20190702_180327.jpg 20190702_180335.jpg



    much better, ignore the black marks the frame is level as.... well the spirit level I have lol


    then it was finally time to mount the mounter after test fits ( first fit was perfect so that when tack welds became the full welded thing)

    here is the motor in place

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    now it was a case of installing the boss ready for the fanatec adaptor and steering wheels,

    I also installed the shroud to see what it would look like but I've still got to install and wire up the ignition switch and indicators and wiper levers to a control board to work with the game

    20190702_192216.jpg

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    so that's it today its been a good day I feel good with what I've got done, it's been a long day and I'm knackered and dirty, so this bath and bed I think,

    I've got dialysis treatment tomorrow so I won't be in the sim shed tomorrow but I will be in the workshop doing some tidying up as welding and grinding today made a mess haha,

    but ill be in the sim shed on Thursday if I feel okay to do so but I've been feeling a lot more myself the past couple days so I've been able to do stuff so hopefully ill be out there

    for know peace
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    right so another update for you guys, I'm getting on with it now, been a good day today,

    started work on the gear changer mounting and handbrake mounting

    so first I removed all the temporary mounts made from wood as I now the sizes and places I need the steel mountings,

    20190708_142015.jpg


    then I had to make and fix the left-hand side dash support and front gear changer support, I had to add some extra 40mm box as when I did a test fit a few days ago I had the gear shifter forward 40mm and that was out of line to the boot for the gear shifter so I moved it back 40mm here's a picture on the extra 40 box added on

    20190708_142106.jpg


    then i made a second bracket for the gear changer


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    and here it is mounted in the shed all level

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    I then did a test fit to see what it was like


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    then I put the center console in to then get the measurements for the handbrake surround, this is not the gear stick handle that ill use it's just what I had in the shed at the time the BMW one is in the office



    20190708_161803.jpg



    then I made up the handbrake mountings and here it is in place, got to order some new drill bits as some very hard stainless steel broke the bits I need to drill it with, and ill have to order some more mild steel as I've ran out of that and had to use the stainless steel and it wasn't ideal as it doesn't weld very well but it got the job done


    20190708_192340.jpg


    and here is the handbrake surround mocked up I still need to get some plate to mount the handbrake and the surround but it was getting late and I was very tired at that point


    20190708_192436.jpg


    so thats all I've done today I feel good with what I've got done, I'm home I can get out there on Wednesday after the gym

    regards

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    right so Heres something for you, I originally had a fiberglass duct for the blower motor but it was fitting very with and it was scruffy so I've over-engineered the hell out of it and came up with this

    SIMSHEDFANDUCT v2 v2.png




    here is the current progress 1day 10 hours to print this half 2 and a half days for the other half


    20190711_204152.jpg



    here is where I'll be going its a ford blower motor as you may have seen in another post,

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    this is the gap it has to bridge,

    not done a lot else as its been a bit of a birthday week I've been out and about eating out and seeing people


    hope you enjoy the pics and see you in the next update

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    peace
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    well shite, it failed on me 23 hours in :(

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    the supports broke 19 hours in so I thought id get away with carrying on but 4 hours later the extruder shifted of course and it buggered it


    I am beyond peed off,

    so adjusted the supports and hoping for the best

    this time it's a 19-hour print

    I knew something like this would happen to me


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    ps I need a pint ......... or 5
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    right so got the first half and biggest print is done, its a bit rough near the end but I think it'll be fine

    20190713_155318.jpg


    also, I forgot to post an update on the gear changer,


    I had ordered a PCB from JCBPCB and here they are in all there glory


    20190610_172403.jpg 20190610_172415.jpg



    then I had to populate the board

    if anyone wants one of these I'm sure I can sort something out maybe even a tutorial if anyone wants one, ill give the code and schematics and pics and STL files for the 3dprints



    20190610_172332.jpg 20190610_172317.jpg



    that's it for now, got 17 hours to wait for the next print, it's currently printing the first layer and it seems to be going down well so let's pray it goes well it's costing a lot in filament to print this but I think it'll be better than my first attempt with fiberglass



    peace for now

    andy
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    so got both prints done

    unfortunately i have had an operation today and have to be off for 48 hours, I'm hoping I can get back to work on Wednesday if the weather is okay,

    got a lot of wiring to do so I think there will be some big updates coming soon,


    still, need to figure out how im going to do the pedals which is the next big think after mounting the blower motor,



    here is a picture of the ducting all finished, I might coat it with something to reinforce it a bit more but other than that I just need to bolt it together
    20190715_171831.jpg



    that's it for now check back soon for more update


    peace
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    right so got in the sim shed today and tried to fit the ducting above......


    it didn't fit

    I am annoyed at myself for not doing it this way I'm about to show you,

    ive 3d modeled some new ducts and ill be using some 100mm ducting you see on the tumble dryer

    Blower Motor End Duct .png DashBoard End Duct.png


    you can tell basically how this is going to work

    I just need to get some more printing filament ordered as I have ran out,

    I cant print then right now as there something on the printer nonrelated to the sim shed

    I did, however, get the gear shifter part bolted down and the bolt put though on the handbrake frame,

    I didn't take any picture as the thunder flies were really getting on my wick so I packed up and 3d modeled these images instead

    that's it for now

    should be back in the ned couple of days with a new update hopefully on the ducting

    peace
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