February 1

ButtKicker Ass-Annihilator Kit Test

Undeniably, the ButtKicker Gamer2 is one of the most popular tactile shakers amongst gamers. It’s low price, and easy installation to a gaming or office chair has lead to its popularity. Recently, ButtKicker introduced the Simulator Kit, which consists of the same shaker and amplifier but in a form-factor that makes it more conducive to installation on a racing simulator. Both of these kits are essentially put together using the company’s smallest shaker and amplifier. We decided to see what we could accomplish by putting the largest ButtKicker shaker and the largest amplifier that can be paired with it. The results are outstanding. Take a look at the video to see what it does, but this test left me giggling for hours. This kit is available for purchase here: ButtKicker Ass-Annihilator Kit

 

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.

January 30

Increasing Braking Accuracy Through Body Mechanics

There has always been a lot of talk about improving braking accuracy in sim-racing. There are many kits and home-brew mods out there and all of them seem to work. In this blog entry, we are going to explore several methods used to increase braking accuracy which modify various characteristics of the brake pedal. So which combination of characteristics is the most optimal?

To answer this question we must fully understand the forces at play. It is often said that ‘muscle memory’ is responsible for accurate brake usage, indicating that our muscles are more consistent at repeating force rather than repeating distance movements. Not only is this statement not true, but the term ‘muscle memory’, which comes from bodybuilding not sim-racing, is actually a myth. Our bodies can replicate distance movements quite accurately. Consider when you walk up a flight of stairs. You are able to lift your foot the same distance at every step without even looking or concentrating on the task. From this example it is clear that our legs are perfectly capable of repeating distance movements while performing other tasks. So what makes it so difficult to move the brake pedal the same distance repeatedly?

Stair-Climbing

Climbing Stairs

There are two reasons for this. First, we don’t have a clear point of reference. This will be clear if we return to the stair example. When we lift our foot off the previous step to move on to the next step we have the previous step as a reference point. However when we are driving Continue reading

January 30

Welcome everybody!

Hello everyone, well I decided to start this blog of technical sim-racing information. I will focus more on technical hardware for sim-racing and I will be bringing in guest bloggers to write on various subject. Please let me know what you think by leaving comments. I’m open to suggestions on what you might want to see here. Come back often!