Review: Ricmotech LC-27 Load Cell Brake Mod for Logitech G25 / 27

The Logitech G25/27 is the most popular sim racing wheel on the market and therefore has had more mods made for it than any other wheel and pedal set. We have reviewed several mods to the wheel and even more when it comes to pedal mods, the brake in particular. In this review we are taking a look at the Ricmotech LC27 Load cell brake mod for the G27 pedals.

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Ricmotech is already known for making one of the coolest DIY sim chassis available, the RS-1, but now we will see how they do on the electronics side of things.

The LC27 brake mod comes in 2 different varieties. You can order it as a DIY kit for 109.95 and it will be up to you to install the mod yourself. The other option is the professional installation done by Ricmotech and that will cost 159.95 plus the cost of shipping your pedals to Ricmotech. In this scenario you will receive back a fully modded and plug and play ready set of pedals. Either version ends up being functionally the same and will forever change your brake pedal when running the G27 on the PC. Unfortunately the mod reverses the polarity of the brake and will only work on games that allow you to map your controls. Your brake pedal is now measuring pressure instead of travel. When you think of the brake in your car it is sensitive to how hard you push not how far you push. The harder and faster you press the more the brakes react. Your gaming pedal will now mimic that type of measuring.

In order to save 50 dollars and to get the full experience we opted for the DIY version of the mod. It came nicely packaged and had full instructions on how to install the mod. We also learned a tip from Frank Rico of Ricmotech on how to take apart our pedals and that saved us lots of time and frustration.

We have put out a tech tip on how to do this easily here:

The LC27 mod fits entirely within the shock cover of the original brake pedal. We remove the stock spring and replace it with 3 different parts supplied by Ricmotech. A shortened and much stiffer spring, a rubber stopper, and a little load cell that fits down in the shock cover. This creates three different stages of pressure while always applying pressure to the load cell. As mentioned the instructions were very thorough and if followed the installation is pretty easy. I would call this a low to med level tech job. You don’t have to have electronic knowledge but you will need to touch some wires. The only problem I had during the installation was in dealing with the three little clips that are on the Logitech potentiometer. They are hard to remove and when you do it is easy to pull too hard and strip the clip off the end. I ended up doing this and had to solder that connection together when installing my new pedal. In total including the soldering it took me about a half an hour to complete. Once installed the pedals are plug and play as far as windows recognizing them. However you will want to recalibrate in all of your games in order to get the full range of the new brake pedal.

Moving on to the performance of the pedal. You will first notice the extreme stiffness of this mod. This is one of the hardest or stiffest brake pedals I have ever tried in sim racing. This would be equal to a fully prepped open wheeled racecar with very little tolerances. Compare that to the stock spring that felt like a brake pedal from a carnival ride. The other immediate thing noticeable is the lack of throw. When the original pedal would move what felt like 3 inches, the new pedal will only move 3/4 – 1 inch at full pressure. And the key word there being pressure. When out on track that extremely hard and very little movement pedal actually offers full range of braking pressure in game. Despite the minimal amount of movement you can actually modulate the brakes fairly well. After a handful of laps and the brain adjusting to this your braking will become more natural and done with less thought and more feel. Because of the massive amount of pressure now required to push the pedal you will need to hard mount your pedals if they weren’t already.

There really is no comparison between this mod and the stock logitech spring. I have always felt that as nice as the stock pedals are functionally they completely lacked in realism starting with the brake pedal. For a mere 100 bucks I feel as if I am running some very high end pedals. Comparing this mod to other mods it really comes down to driving style. Those who focus mainly on formula one cars, or indy cars or even extreme sports cars will like this low travel heavy footed mod. And for those who run more of the oval racing, or the lower level gt cars or who are looking for that sort of feel will want a longer throw pedal for sure. However at this price it is one of the more affordable options available to sim racers.

Here’s a gallery of my installation:

Here’s some images after installation:

PROS:

Inexpensive for a load cell
Total change of pedals from distance to pressure
Added realism
Easy to install
Maintains stock look
Can be reverted to normal if desired

CONS:

Very limited throw
Very heavy on the foot
Limited modulation due to lack of throw
Not PS3 compatible

On the Rev scale the Ricmotech LC27 scores an 8 out of 10

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of the Ricmotech LC-27. – Shaun Cole

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