Need guidance on wheel / buttons for OSW
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hi there - so i've decided to take the plunge and go for a full on kit, and remarkably, within literally three or four days everything is on its way:

prosim h shifter

heusinkveld ultimate pedals

small motor osw from sim racing bay

what i don't have is a wheel and buttons to attach to the drive. i've been playing racing games for, well, decades now technically, but i've never bought serious kit, this is the first time i've gone outside the commercial sphere. this is how i'm justifying this intense cost: that over the timeline, i've been pretty thrifty since i've been on logitech and thrustmaster... what i'm trying to say is: i have no idea what i am doing. the less complicated the better when it comes to fitting this stuff together, and this becomes actual criteria for the wheel, needs to pretty simple to attach to the drive. i did ask for the fanatec QR adapter to come with the osw bundle, in case that's an easy option. but basically:

 

what would u guys recommend for me to buy in order to finish off this potential masterpiece, regarding the rim / buttons? bearining in mind ease of installation is going to be more of a key factor than realistic touch or indeed price. any / all suggestions welcome. this is important i get right and this is the area i'm absolutely not confident. the other pieces i felt were easier to select because of the reviews. wheel + buttons, separate / combo, fanatec / custom etc. is much harder to get a good idea as to what would work best for me.

 

thanks!

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Well with the fanatec QR adapter you will still need to convert any fanatec rims or button box set up to USB. I personally like using The fanatec universal hub so I can put any rim I want on. The universal hub is a 70 mm bolt pattern and that is the most common aftermarket rim bolt size. I use the Leo Bodnar board http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=236  I considerate the best but others will say Teensy Board because it is cheaper. You can buy a rim and send it to SRM https://www.simracingmachines.com/WebShop/wheel-conversions and they will convert it for you but it takes a while to get it back (because they are in the UK). If you are good with soldering you can do it yourself like I do. You definitely have to do some research on this to do it yourself. the first one I bought was a used, all set up for me and basically I looked inside when I had to replace the coiled cable and figured out how to do it myself. Or you can just go to SRM or other sim stores like richmotech, DSD, and order a rim that is converted and set up for you. Hope this helps

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, TommyD said:

Well with the fanatec QR adapter you will still need to convert any fanatec rims or button box set up to USB....  If you are good with soldering you can do it yourself like I do. You definitely have to do some research on this to do it yourself. the first one I bought was a used, all set up for me and basically I looked inside when I had to replace the coiled cable and figured out how to do it myself. Or you can just go to SRM or other sim stores like richmotech, DSD, and order a rim that is converted and set up for you.

Great - thanks, that's exactly what i'm looking for in terms of feedback. For me then, the Fanatec route is going to be too advanced for me at this stage; whilst it doesn't look overly tough (just saw the Bodnar instructions for universal hub) i have zero confidence / experience here. I'll follow the sites you mentioned to see if I can get something fully built for me. And thanks for the information about SRM doing some of the work, that's a really great option that I hadn't considered. 

 

Thanks a lot, Pete. 

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I would consider the SRM site they can provide the rim and convert it so all you have to do is put it in your quick connect and plug in the USB and map your buttons in game and you are good to go. With the quick connect you have on the way is only for using fanatec rims. Fanatec rims are a good choice and a good product, I have 2 universal hubs with 2 different rims on it and I have a BMW gt rim, but I use a different quick connect, I use the QR1 quick connect witch allows my to use any rim as long as I purchase a addition wheel side connect for each rim. I know this seams very confusing but keep reading and it will make more sense.

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17 minutes ago, TommyD said:

I would consider the SRM site they can provide the rim and convert it so all you have to do is put it in your quick connect and plug in the USB and map your buttons in game and you are good to go.

You've sold me,  i'll be getting the USB'd up universal hub. Fantastic - thanks so much, I can tell you I would not have found that option without you! Question on this though: the SRM universal adapter has the option to come with 1 of 2 QR adapters. Presumably these are not required because of the one I have coming with the OSW i've ordered? I don't suppose you know if the one that is coming is either of the adapters on offer from SRM? What i'm asking is, i guess, would there be any value whatsoever of ordering the universal hub from SRM with the QR adapter as well? do you know which of these options the OSW comes with - i.e. is the more expesnive QR adapter somehow easier to install?

 

thanks again

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27 minutes ago, TommyD said:

I would consider the SRM site they can provide the rim and convert it so all you have to do is put it in your quick connect and plug in the USB and map your buttons in game and you are good to go. With the quick connect you have on the way is only for using fanatec rims. Fanatec rims are a good choice and a good product, I have 2 universal hubs with 2 different rims on it and I have a BMW gt rim, but I use a different quick connect, I use the QR1 quick connect witch allows my to use any rim as long as I purchase a addition wheel side connect for each rim. I know this seams very confusing but keep reading and it will make more sense.

and sorry for the dumb question, i want to be as explicit as possible since mistakes could be costly. assuming i get the universal adapter as above, then i'll be able to get any rims like the attached image, and no other components are necessary in order to jump in and drive?

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Ok, this question, I might not be the best person to answer because I use this QR1 https://www.simracingmachines.com/WebShop/q1r-base-side-with-70mm-wheel-side  this allows me to use any combination rim/button box I want but is definitlly more money and I have to buy a wheel side for this for every wheel I make. You are using this the custom hub from tomo on your direct drive made specifically for using Fanatec factory connector witch limits you to only using a fanatec quick connect. All fanatec wheels/uni hub comes with a stock fanatec QR so when you order from SRM choose  "none-leave the fanatec QR" and this will slip right on what you are getting wit your DD. For the usb I would choose the upgraded one, its a lot better cable. https://www.simracingmachines.com/WebShop/high-quality-din-connector-usb-cable  If you use this usb connector you will have to purchse this for everynew rim you add because of the connector plug for quick release. I recently started making my own cables for my stuff. With the uni hub you will see that any rim MOMO, Sparco, or any other aftermarket or fanatec rim (without buttons) will mount to the uni hub. The uni hub has a 70mm bolt pattern. I have these: https://www.ricmotech.com/Genuine_Momo_Mod_30_Wheel_p/mom-mod30.htm mounted on the uni hub, https://fssteeringwheels.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/15-black-empire-dark-euro?variant=5329587798057 mounted on the uni hub, https://www.fanatec.com/us-en/steering-wheels/clubsport-steering-wheel-bmw-m3-gt2-us.html . These rims are more money, if you like the black one from fanatec then go with it. The rims from fanatec are priced well.

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