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ISR - DIY Rig 1 - The Deathmobile - wood rig
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Looks good guys. I might have to build one of these because it looked like a ton of fun. I already built the simul8r rig so I cant wait to see how yours turns out.

Darren maybe I need to talk the wife into going to Cali for vacation this year instead and issue a challenge to that camaro of yours with one of my mustangs :lol:

Shaun the builder, can we build it.....yes we can. I didnt get whats so odd about the overhauls, I grew up in a small town "1200 people or so" and it was a farming comunity so they were common attire. 8-)

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Very cool show ! As always... ;-)

So guys, Did i hear during that EPIC video that there is a contest for us locals to get a chance to win this epic rig?

I'm Jason, from HayaRacing.com and live just down the road :)

Sly

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Great show. I'm looking forward to seeing the PVC rig build.

One thing you didn't mention that would be useful information for those of us that can't leave our rigs set up permanently is what the Deathmobile weighs. One of the things I'd want on mine would be a short extension of the frame behind the seat with some wheels configured such that the wheels contact the floor when you tilt up the front of the rig. Then I could just grab one end and wheel it around.

Another interesting possibility would be rigging it so that you could fold the seat and rotate it 90 degrees, storing it on it's back to take up less room when you're not racing.

My current rig is a home built two legged table with hinges on the legs so the entire thing folds flat and stands against the wall when stored. The other side has a 2x2 attached a couple inches back from the edge. I unfold the legs, set the lip on the edge of my desk, and attach it with a couple of Quick-Grip clamps underneath each side. The whole thing is rock solid and the G25 and shifter are permanently screwed to it so they can't come loose during a race.

The main disadvantage of the setup is using a desk chair instead of a decent seat. I ended up building a platform that attaches to the chair (actually, the tube sticking out the bottom of the chair sits in a "shoe" on the pedal platform that keeps it from moving no matter how hard I push on the pedals) to keep them from sliding away on the carpet.

The Deathmobile would work pretty well slid up to my desk if I could figure out how to store it. Not a lot of room in the condo for toys. :)

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A pleasure to watch guys. I thoroughly enjoyed the build and to be honest, the death mobile doesn't look half bad!!

Thanks and best wishes,

Paul

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so for the last video in this series, are you guys going to build an F1 car with a monitor mounted on it?

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nice rig you got there ! I just finished my own rig and i am definitely proud of it . It is a lot of fun to build your own rig.i posted it earlier this week . feels good when you see people posting good comments about something you took your time to build.

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Just watced the video. Great job guys, as always.

But the rig after the next -PVC- one, please make it out of 80/20 profiles.

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I was pretty skeptical, on how it would look, when I started watching the video but it actually turned out looking very good once painted and stickered up. And you can't beat the price of that build. And, as you mentioned in the video, some paneling on parts of it would make it look even better especially if it was shaped like a cockpit with paneling on the front.

One addition someone could make to this is to use metal brackets on the wheel deck along with nuts and bolts instead of screws to tie it to the horizontal supports along with a series of holes at different heights so you could move the deck up and down to adjust the height. And also some type of pivot bracket to adjust the angle of the deck.

I don't have the room at the moment for a full sim rig, but when I do I had been considering building an 80/20 aluminum tubing rig or galvanized plated perforated steel tubing from the Lowe's hardware section although that stuff is about as expensive at the 80/20 stuff. I found a DIY rig made out of that on another forum that I really liked that used the Lowe's steel tubing. But given the costs of aluminum or steel tubing, this wood rig looks very good for the money.

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Shaun, Darin - enjoyed the video. Reminded me of the day when I first began designing and mocking up my PVC rig. I believe it was a 5 gallon bucket I was sitting on whilst taking some rough measurements. :lol:

BTW Shaun, I'm more of a first gen Celica admirer myself but from what I could see of your Datsun 240z looks pretty sweet.

sim

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Reminds me of one of my first rigs years ago, great for the person on a tight budget. Should be rig of the week? Very nice work Shaun.

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I noticed in the video that you ran into an issue mounting the seat. In the plans listed here at the beggining of the thread, did you change the measurements to reflect this problem? I'm thinking of building this same rig myself.

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Great Episode, enjoyed it a lot.

Decided to take the drawings and make something that you might enjoy, I drew the thing up in Google Sketchup 8 for all your viewing pleasure (including the adjustments made during the show).

I also made a file in which I "cleaned" up the measurements according to my model that outlines all the cuts that are needed.

Hope you'll enjoy it.

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Find the files here:

Sketchup File http://dl.dropbox.com/u/951248/Insidesimracing-wood-rig.skp

Measurements files:

PDF http://dl.dropbox.com/u/951248/Insidesimracing-wood-rig.pdf

Excel http://dl.dropbox.com/u/951248/Insidesimracing-wood-rig.xls

Numbers http://dl.dropbox.com/u/951248/Insidesimracing-wood-rig.numbers

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@yper Good job with the Sketchup. But it looks like your picture has the wood seat rail mount off center like it is in the video which was a mistake they made and offsetting them was their fix for it on the fly. So you may want to correct your measurements to make the base a little wider if that was the problem. I don't know if Shaun's initial drawings and measurements were off a bit or if they made a mistake during the cutting of the base rails for the width of the rig.

As a side note, I've been trying to use Sketchup to come up with the scale of Darin's old 80/20 rig he profiled on Episode 43 back in Aug '09. I really dig that design and want something like that in 80/20 one day when I have the room for it. Although its been hard since no still from that show really shows the full rig well enough to see all the parts. And I've had to guess at the length of a few pieces so Sketchup could guesstimate the rest.

I would like to see them do an 80/20 rig for this DIY series one day.

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BK_NC,

thanks and indeed the wood seat rail mount is off center as they did it in the show. I was hoping to represent the finished product as closely as possible.

My assumption was that the drawings and measurements that are put up by the ISR team are the ones they correctly followed on the show and that the "error" was in the preparation and not execution, Shaun looked like a pro with that saw. 8-)

Anyway, the sketchup model is broken in to components so all measurements can easily be edited if just the real ones come out.

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Darin & Shaun:

For one of your DIY projects, how about you guys try to replicate this rig out of wood and maybe steel or 80/20 aluminum :)

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Love that idea BK_NC, +1 from me for sure.

played with this concept multiple times in SketchUp, but find it hard to find the right measurements. I'm sure the ISR guys would figure it out.

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I can't seem to get the hang of Google Sketchup to do a drawing from scratch to save my life so I'll try and describe what I've pictured in my mind for this.

The base of the rig would be a simple wood rectangular box with an MDF top probably 18 to 22" wide. The rectangular box would be off the ground with 4 legs. It would look almost like a coffee table.

Attached to the back would be a triangle box frame with the 90 degree portion attached to the other wood box then on the sloping side attach a piece of MDF to mount a seat on.

On the MDF of the rectangular box make a steering column. I would thinking out of 80/20 Aluminum or perforated heavy steel square tubing Lowe's sells in the hardware section in 3' lengths. This could be made so the steering column could telescope like the Playseat F1 one does. Then fashion a pedal plate which I was thinking out of 80/20 as the frame with MDF on top that way the rake could be adjustable.

To give it the Playseat F1 look on the sides, cut MDF in that shape. Have it come up over the edge of the top of the wood box to hide its shape and on the bottom hide the entire rear triangle box and the feet of the rectangular box. Front of the box could have the 2x4 side rails extended past the MDF top so you could cut the 2x4's to mimic a nose cone shape and then cut some MDF and add it to complete the look.

A good paint job and it would look very similar to the Playseat F1 at a fraction of the cost.

The main problem to me would be finding a seat that would work mounted on what looks like an approximately 40 degree slope. Work in the since of giving you a comfortable and somewhat proper seating position.

I'm going to keep playing with Google Sketchup to see if I can figure out how to model it.

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First of all, Thx very much for the "less than a 100$ DIY" video. I used some of the information, altough i wanne go as low as possible, pricewise. Already i found an ex-Audi TT sportseat (without airbag, 32,5€) that i'll be pickin up tomorrow. This is howfar i am right now, cost of only the wooden rig, 21€!

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Once more; THANKS to everybody @ ISR.

ISR gives us a shitload of info/reviews/DIYs/... & do it without us having to pay for it,

you ISR guys make nerdy sim racing cool (only ISR girls make it sexy) :D

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Nice looking build so far. And what a great deal on that Audi seat :) Be sure to share more pics of your rig when you have it done.

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Nice looking build so far. And what a great deal on that Audi seat :) Be sure to share more pics of your rig when you have it done.

I got my seat, an former audi tt leather sport seat. I payed 32.5€, together with paint&primer (22€) the total cost of my DIY rig will be 85€.

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