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Build quality and overall feel - Fanatec Vs Thrustmaster

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DO NOT want to start a battle here. I’ve owned two T300’s, Logitech G27. Years ago I had a fanatec GT3 V2 RS. Now at the time I wasn’t real impressed by the fanatec. 

 

I always sell my gear then get the itch and start over, so I have the itch again. I have brand new T3PA Pro pedals in the box have had them for a year now. So I’m looking for a wheelbase. 

 

I am between buying a TS-PC, or trying the CSL Elite out. I hear they’re relatively the same. Is there a difference in quality and overall feel that would Persway somebody towards one over the other? 

 

 

Thanks racers!

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On 10/11/2018 at 4:27 AM, Ennis09 said:

DO NOT want to start a battle here. I’ve owned two T300’s, Logitech G27. Years ago I had a fanatec GT3 V2 RS. Now at the time I wasn’t real impressed by the fanatec. 

 

I always sell my gear then get the itch and start over, so I have the itch again. I have brand new T3PA Pro pedals in the box have had them for a year now. So I’m looking for a wheelbase. 

 

I am between buying a TS-PC, or trying the CSL Elite out. I hear they’re relatively the same. Is there a difference in quality and overall feel that would Persway somebody towards one over the other? 

 

 

Thanks racers!

have the CSL E and have not used ts-pc racer hover had a tx prior to my cslE. But i dont think you are going to notice much of a difference. I will say the reason for going with the csl e is the quantity and quality of the rims available at fanatec vs thrustmaster. Unless they have done somethnig drastically different that i am unaware of the fanatec rims are much better. I went from a ferrari f1 rim on my tx to the P1 rim to the Formula Black rim. Dont buy the p1 rim it was garbage in my oppinion but everything ive seen and tried besides that was so much better with fanatec. 

With that said if one is cheaper than the other and you can manage to get a loadcell style pedal to replace the t3pa that is going to be the better upgrade. 

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I just bought my first wheel 'real wheel', I previously owned the Xbox 360 wheel set.  The Fanatec v2.5 Club Sport Wheel. I looked at the Thrustmaster and CSL elite both for a long time.  I would have gone with the CSL Elite because of the ecosystem it would have put me in.  All the reviews say the CSW v2.5 is far better that the Thrustmaster wheels in terms of smoothness and feel.  the CSL Elite would have been a way to get in the door and open up the updgrade path.  In the end I decided to save up the money and went with the $1300 starter pack (wheel, pedals, shifter) but the CSL Elite Wheel Advanced Pack for Xbox One & PC bundle they have for $639.95 was very tempting earlier on.

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The TS-PC is by no means a bad wheelbase, but the CSL Elite had some key advantages I preferred.

First, in build quality. The TS-PC is not bad, but the plastic screw-on shaft for the wheel was a definite no-go for me. I much prefer the solid metal shafts of the Fanatec ecosystem.
Both housings are plastic with the exception of the TS-PC's metal base. This doesn't make much difference, however, and can be left to personal preference.

The FFB is also very similar. Any differences are so small, most couldn't tell.

Where they are vastly different, however, are the ecosystems. The Fanatec wheels are absolutely top notch. And the pedals, shifters, etc if you decide to add them blow the TM's out of the water.

Thrustmaster is a great entry level platform with a combination of maybe the TX base, T3PA Pro's, and the shifter.

But at the price point of the TS-PC, Fanatec's ecosystem takes the cake IMO

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Had both Fanatec F1 CSL Elite set & TS-PC Racer, sold both went back to my G27, it's just easier to move around on my desk, between the two, Fanatec is the smoother wheel, no notchiness at all whatsoever, better build quality, quiet, mostly metal, one thing I did not like about it was the wheel itself stuck out far from it's base for it's quick release, where as the TM the wheel was a lot closer to it's base, I know not a big deal to most. Now the TS-PC was notchy, you can feel the belts are notched, not much but you can feel it, it makes more noise with it's fan, again not much noise but you can hear it, I liked it's clamp better than the Fanatec. I read and hear Fanatec's reliability isn't good ?, as well as it's made you'd think this wouldn't be an issue, I see more Fanatecs for sale on forums than TS-PC Racers, IMHO if I had to pick between the two I'd get the TS-PC.

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