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Question Possible Motors

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by Tyler Steineckert, Oct 3, 2021.

  1. Tyler Steineckert

    Tyler Steineckert New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello. So im very new to the community. I have been reading a LOT about motors for motion. From wiper motors, wheel chair, and yes I have seen the recommended motors list in the forums. My problem is, im a big guy. 350+ lbs. Im not sure that 200-350 watt motors will move me around quickly enough or even at all.
    In my searching I came across these. Called Tarp Motors. They are used to pull a large tarp over dump truck beds to keep things from flying out. Most I have found are claiming around 900 Watt, 1.5 HP, 12 VDC, and ratios around 50:1-60:1. All at a not to bad price of ~$150
    Here is a few links


    If links not there you can google "tarp motor". Im looking at ones on Amazon. Im also USA.

    I plan to do 3DOF motion, seat, pedals, wheel, NOT monitors. With 3DOF, basically seatmover with traction loss.
    Would these in fact work well in a motion rig? Especially for a heavy guy.
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    Tyler, I am 6'4" and 362 lbs. I can unequivocally say that tarp motors will work. As long as you have a good center pivot to carry the weight. Do not expect to get long travel as the more you go away from the center the more strain you put on the motors. The tarp motors are low geared but even slow motors work ok.
    I have built 2@2DoF, 2@3DoF, and many 6DoF over the years. My current (and the best ever) motion rig is a 6DoF built on the SFX100 system. DM me if you have specific questions I would be happy to help.
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