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So I finaly pulled the trigger, and built myself a racing rig. :)

It took a few days, and a lot of work, but I'm happy with the result.

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Firstly, I want to point out that I am not affiliated with any of the companies i "review" here, so if it's good or bad, i will say so based on my personal opinion.

The Rig

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The rig is based on the Simetik K2 cockpit. I had never heard of this company before, but I read a good review of it on a forum, and decided to give it a try. The reviewer claimed it was made of "panzersteel", as it was very sturdy! :) Also based on the website, it looks like it was created to match the geometry of the Audi R8 race car, which has to be a good thing right? :)

Anyways, for the price (225 euros pluss shipping) it is indeed very good and sturdy. I have not owned any "hi-end" rigs before, but compared to my old PlaySeat, it is lightyears ahead.

Its fairly heavy, weighing in at about 25 kg without seat, and is constructed mainly of 3 or 5mm sheet metal (steel?).

So the product is very nice, and the support was outstanding. Nuno from Simetik, which handeled my order, told me that if I was very tall I'd probably not be very comfortable in the K2. So, he offered to make me a custom version 5 cm longer then standard, with no increase in price. That's what I call good pre-sales support!

However, some issues I have with Simetik, and those are realy minor, and I guess would be an easy fix for them, as it is manly to do with the order prosess.

- When you order, they don't have a "webshop" per say, but you order via direct e-mail contact with the company. That is probably fine for now, but if/when they get more sales, that will not work.

- I tried to order the K2 with seat, but that was out of stock, even if there was no indication of this on the website.

- The design for the screen mount/tripple screen mount on the K2 is to far forward, hence I went for an Obutto Tripple screen mount instead.

- No assembly instructions provided.

- Even with a 5 cm longer model, I had to redrill holes in the pedal plate further back for the Fanatech CSP v3s to not have the seat all the way back the whole time . (I'm 185cm tall). A 10cm longer model would be ideal for me.

But dispite these minor flaws, the overall experience with the cockpit and Simetik was very positive! :)

The rest :)

OK, So I have a TM T300 with the Ferrari 458 wheel (with custom wheelplate by SRH), and a custom made (by me) F1 wheel. (Following Pascalhs excelent write up here: http://www.isrtv.com/forums/topic/12982-thrustmaster-f1-wheel-mod-with-simr-f1-display-switches-and-encoders/)

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I won't bore you with T300 review, as thats done to death, but needless to say the pedals leaves a lot to be desired, so I ordered a set of Fanatec CSP V3s that I recieved a few days ago.

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I had the G25 with a hyd brake mod before, but I really like the Fanatecs. I have not recieved the small hyd dampeners yet, but event without them I find that the load cell works fine. Not as good as propper hydraulics, but pretty close. And lap time wise, you won't see a difference.

Clutch was to light for my liking, but a swap to the included stronger spring fixed that.

Rumble motors on brake and throttle pedal are just about worthless. To weak to be able to feel them, even when racing in socks. And with 5 buttkickers on the rig, it just overpowers them completely :)

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Buttkickers run by SimVibe. 4 in chassis mode, and on in extentions mode hidden inside the shifter pedestal.

Works nicely, and gives a lot if feedback and immersion. Won't race without it now! :)

That's what I had for now.

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No, i live in Norway, so I don't know the shipping rate to the US. The package itself is fairly compact, but weighs a fair bit.

This is what I paid:

Cockpit without seat 182,85€

- Mouse/Keyboard support 35,61€

- Shipping 127,14€

- Paypal fee (12,10€)

- Total 357,7€

Notice that EU vat is subtracted here, as importing goods to Norway shall be without EU sales tax. I guess this is the same for the U.S. So all the prices on the simetik website include 19% sales tax, which you won't pay if ordering to the U.S. (Afaik)

But as you can see, shipping is fairly expensive, but it will always be for these sizes/weights.

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On 24/8/2015 at 11:43 PM, Sleepy81 said:

So the product is very nice, and the support was outstanding. Nuno from Simetik, which handeled my order, told me that if I was very tall I'd probably not be very comfortable in the K2. So, he offered to make me a custom version 5 cm longer then standard, with no increase in price. That's what I call good pre-sales support!

On 24/8/2015 at 11:43 PM, Sleepy81 said:

- Even with a 5 cm longer model, I had to redrill holes in the pedal plate further back for the Fanatech CSP v3s to not have the seat all the way back the whole time . (I'm 185cm tall). A 10cm longer model would be ideal for me.

i JUST ordered the Simetik K2 as well, and i am 185cm tall too. so i talked them about your special modification and they said they are now making all the cockpits about 10cm longer, I am mentioning this for future reference.

So are you still happy after one year of owning this rig?

 

 

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On 8/24/2015 at 1:43 PM, Sleepy81 said:

Buttkickers run by SimVibe. 4 in chassis mode, and on in extentions mode hidden inside the shifter pedestal.

I am looking to get back into sim racing, and having be debating on the motion v3 system with an rseat rs1 or n1, but the added $3k seems excessive.  After reading A LOT, it seems that the tacticle feedback is the way to go.  It doesn't seem that the rs1 or n1 or well suited for multiple buttkickers (or better alternative transducer / amp/ crossover combos).  Now i am leaning toward the k2 with fanatec gear and buttkickers.  What is your recommendation to mimic your setup?

Thanks,

Curtis

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