January 15

Calibrating the Thrustmaster TH8A and TH8RS Shifter for the Ricmotech TMSS Short Shift Adapter

The Thrustmaster shifter is typically calibrated at the factory with a setting that works well with our short-shift modification plate, but in some instances it does not. If you find that you have to push the lever to get it to engage in a gear, or that some gears don’t engage at all, then this calibration procedure will take care of the problem.

You will need to plug the shifter into the PC and then download and install the following software: TH8 RS Calibration v1.0.7.0 This software can also be downloaded from the Thrustmaster support website located here: http://ts.thrustmaster.com/eng/index.php?pg=view_files&gid=1&fid=2&pid=378&cid=5

This advanced calibration software enables you to adjust electronic gear stroke settings, and recalibrate the shifter as required. After following these instructions, click Close to exit the software, then disconnect the shifter from the USB port before reconnecting it. All your settings will then automatically be saved to your shifter’s internal memory, and will function on the PC, PlayStation and Xbox.

Important note:
To avoid any conflicts, the TH8 RS Control Panel MUST be closed before the calibration software is started.

Plug the shifter into a USB port on the PC then start the calibration application by double-clicking the TH8 RS Calibration icon.

The following screen appears:

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Move the stick in all 8 directions (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-R), several times if required, until the white line fits within each of the 8 green rectangles.
The upper 4 green rectangles represent the signals received from speeds 1-3-5-7
The lower 4 green rectangles represent the signals received from speeds 2-4-6-R

Replace the stick at the center and wait for the CALIBRATE OK tab to turn green. You have completed the calibration process.

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Test the calibration by moving the lever twice into each gear position. First place into 1st gear, the gear will turn yellow, go back to neutral and into 1st gear again. Repeat with 2nd gear then 3rd and so on, ending with Reverse gear. Each gear will first turn yellow then green.

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When all gears have tested well the Test H8 – OK tab turns green.

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You can proceed to fine-tune the shifter or you can skip this step by closing the application and removing the shifter, the setting will be saved to the shifter.

To fine-tune the shift points use your mouse to move the green lines drawing the green rectangles at your convenience. This setting will enable you to determine at which point the signal for each speed is triggered.

 

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As an example, the two green horizontal lines have been moved closer to the neutral slot. This will cause the gears to engage sooner.

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During this phase, make sure that you do not exceed the limits; the white lines must always fall within the green rectangles. You can check this by shifting into gear; the rectangle must always be highlighted in green when you shift into the relevant gear.

When you are satisfied with your adjustments, click Apply: the Fine-Tune Saved tab then turns green.

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For more fine-tuning that can be performed on your shifter please refer to the Thrustmaster support page located here: http://ts.thrustmaster.com/eng/index.php?pg=view_files&gid=1&fid=2&pid=378&cid=5

March 23

How to Install the RealGear Wheel Upgrade on the Logitech G27

RealGear Wheel Upgrade

As you probably know, there are lots of aftermarket wheel adapters available to put a real aftermarket wheel on a Logitech G27 gaming wheel. They are all pretty simple and do an adequate job, but I felt I could do better. I found several weaknesses with the existing offerings. For starters, most wheel adapters are fairly thick to accommodate the original screws that come with the G27. Secondly, the steering wheel mounted buttons are lost in the process. Lastly, to get the paddles to work with the larger aftermarket wheel, they have to be replaced with larger ones which have to be purchased separately. I decided to design a complete kit that was designed to work together. I created an adapter that is thinner than anything currently on the market. By making it thinner, it keeps the wheel closer to the base and minimizes wobble in the wheel. I created the adapter to be large enough to have 6 low-profile push buttons mounted to it and they are wired back to the original G27 electronics so not only is all the wiring concealed and tangle-free, but it makes the buttons operational with the PS2/PS3. The wheel itself is a Grant wheel selected for its size, weight, and overall look and feel. The paddles are unique as well. They are a 2-piece design with built-in adjustability. There are 2 positions fore and aft and 6 positions left to right for a total of 12 possible positions. This permits the user to place the paddles in the ideal position so they work for any size hand, even if you prefer to gloves while driving. There are many more details such as a wheel center cap, recessed areas for button labels and an included sheet of 154 pre-printed labels to personalize the wheel. Take a look at the installation video to see how easily the whole thing goes together.

February 21

Installing the LC27 Load Cell Mod Kit

Many users find that opening up their gear to make modification is intimidating. I created a video that demonstrates the step-by-step installation of the LC27 load cell modification kit. This modification makes a huge improvement in the pedal response by changing from a position based input to a force based input. It turns out it’s much easier to consistently apply force to the brake pedal than it is to apply a small amount of movement with your foot. Watch how easy it is to install the upgrade kit.

February 19

Improve the Shifter Feel of the Logitech G25 and G27

This is a mod for the Logitech G25 and G27 shifter. The images below are of a G27 shifter, but the procedure is the same for the G25. This Logitech shifter mod will improve the sound and the feel the shifter has when it is put into gear. From the factory, the Logitech shifter has a hard plastic stop when it is placed in gear. This plastic-y sound is not realistic and really makes the shifter feel like a toy. This mod will change that sound and will even provide a little give or a small cushion when the gear is fully engaged so it doesn’t feel like you are going to break it if you push the shifter to hard or too far.

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Begin by removing the plastic cap from the Logitech G25 or G27 shifter. Do this by gently prying up and wiggling it as you do. The cap should release. If you force the cap off, the plastic fingers can break, so be careful.

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The next step is to remove the shift knob from the Logitech shifter. Using a #2 Phillips screwdriver, remove the screw in the center of the shift knob. The screw may not full come out, but once you feel the screw has come off the threads, the knob should slide up and off the shaft. The knob will not rotate like on an actual car. Continue reading

January 30

The proper way to take apart the Logitech G25/G27 Pedals

After struggling with the way most tutorials online show how to dismantle the Logitech pedals for service, I discovered a better way of doing it. I put together a video some time ago on how to do it correctly without any risk of damaging the pedals. In this video I take you step by step through the process so you can easily dismantle the Logitech pedals to invert mount them or install a Load Cell Kit. Let me know what you think.