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      01-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Forza/GT setups? Here's mine. (share yours too!)

I know some of you have some nice driving setups. Here's my setup with a little review of the components. Maybe it will convince some of you to stop using the wrong input devices (controllers) for these games.



Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2 Wheel
I used to have a 911 Turbo S wheel and upgraded to this wheel. No complaints at all with this wheel. It works for the XBOX, PS3, and PC so if you have both GT5 and Forza 4, it's somewhat of a value. The quality is great and it has a lot of fine tuning options. At the very least, a 900 degree wheel is a must for these games.

Fanatec Clubsport Pedals
These are arguably the best part about the Fanatec wheel setup. The pedal feel in most gaming wheel setups are horrible. They are plastic and everything feels light. These pedals are completely adjustable and if you get the tuning kit, you can adjust spring rates and improve the feel with medal bushings. I'll even go as far as saying these pedals feel much better than my M3 in real life. I can heel-toe like a champ with these. These are reason alone to get a Fanatec setup over others. There's even a motor that spins when you brake hard to simulate ABS. Very nice. These pedals might also work with other wheel setups, but I haven't really looked into it much.

Fanatec Clubsport Shifter
The standard Fanatec 6 speed shifter is very mushy. It works fine, but it could be better. My first one even snapped off after 6 months. They sent me a new one for free under warranty. Great customer service. However when they released the CSR version, I had to get it. The shifter is medal instead of plastic. The joints might be plastic (not quite sure), but regardless it feels so much more crisp and direct. The gates are a bit wide for my liking, but you get used to them.

One thing I should mention about the 6 speed shifter (and this has nothing to do with the shifter itself) is the difference between GT5 and Forza. If you do a bad shift in Forza, you still go into gear, but you hear a grind and your transmission damage goes up a few percentages. In GT5, you get popped into neutral. The latter is completely annoying and the margin of error seems to be higher in GT5. So I end up using the paddle shifters (no clutch) in GT5 and the 6 speed manual in Forza.


Playseat Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 4 Racing Seat
This is the preferred Playseat setup if you have the Fanatec Clubsport Pedals because they mount up directly to this and it's very sturdy. The only downside is you'll have to drill holes for the wheel itself. I'm not sure why they didn't provide mounting holes for the Fanatec wheels. You can get a drill template from Fanatec's website. The chair itself is fairly comfortable. I've played for 3-4 hour sessions (unintentionally of course) and never felt discomfort. Pedal and wheel distance adjustments are easy to make. Before this, I had the Fanatec wheel stand. I have to say that seating position makes a big difference with these games. I would buy this setup again.

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I play on a 46" Samsung. It's not 3D, but I don't really care for that in racing games. I've played GT5 in 3D and everything just looks a bit dull. I think for racing games, a bigger TV is better. I think a 55" would be nice and help with the immersion. Then again, the 3 display setup is probably even better, but my wife will kill me far before I ever get to that point (I think I'm at her limit now).

As far as sound goes, I have your average speaker system, but I recently got a Sennheiser wireless headset and found it to be perfect for driving games. Drowning out external sounds really helps with the immersion. Aside from hearing the engine loud in your ears, you can pick up the faintest sound of your wheels slipping which really helps improve your game.

If you have a wheel, share your setup. I'm really interested in all the CSR stuff so if you have one, post a review.
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I wish I had the room for a setup like that. My condo is only a 1bedroom though. I just use a 52" flatscreen with the controller.
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Same here, except white.

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That setup is just awesome

For the PS3 I have a Logitech Driving Force GT on an old card table and I sit in my desk chair in front of the TV. Definitely not worth a photo
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while i would love to have a steering wheel and stuff, i think i would rather use the $$ to take my car out to a real track. Sick setup. But IMO too much $$ for just 1 or 2 games. you are paying more then the system xD.

but im uber envious it looks sick as hell : )
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      01-16-2012, 11:46 PM   #7
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while i would love to have a steering wheel and stuff, i think i would rather use the $$ to take my car out to a real track. Sick setup. But IMO too much $$ for just 1 or 2 games. you are paying more then the system xD.

but im uber envious it looks sick as hell : )
These aren't games that you beat and put away. If that was the case, I'd say yes it's a huge waste of money. And believe it or not, playing these games have aided in improvements at the track. I've seen noticeable improvements in taking what I've learned at the track and practicing in simulation and vice versa. It's definitely no replacement for the real thing, but I enjoy the game so much more after having been to the track. They both seem to fuel each other. It is expensive and I won't argue that, but not nearly as expensive as some of the mods that go on our cars.
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These aren't games that you beat and put away. If that was the case, I'd say yes it's a huge waste of money. And believe it or not, playing these games have aided in improvements at the track. I've seen noticeable improvements in taking what I've learned at the track and practicing in simulation and vice versa. It's definitely no replacement for the real thing, but I enjoy the game so much more after having been to the track. They both seem to fuel each other. It is expensive and I won't argue that, but not nearly as expensive as some of the mods that go on our cars.
Agree.. and in my case, cheaper than running into turn 12 at Road A, or for your case, the left side of the cork screw

Looks like Kirby, Oni, and myself use controllers boo haha
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Here is my buddies setup in his new business in Georgia. There are 5 of these triple screen setups total. He will probably be upgrading wheels and pedals as business increases.
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Here is my buddies setup in his new business in Georgia. There are 5 of these triple screen setups total. He will probably be upgrading wheels and pedals as business increases.
That's sweet. I dream of having a 3 display setup.
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I'd love to have that kinda setup but the Misses wouldn't be too fond of that so I'm stuck with the controller
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I'd love to have that kinda setup but the Misses wouldn't be too fond of that so I'm stuck with the controller
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I had to slowly piece mine together so the wife didn't freak out. It also helped that this setup is in my office which she rarely goes into.
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Do you get uncomfortable in that seat? I've been contemplating buying a Recaro racing seat and fabricating the wheel mount to it, but I find the Lay-Z-Boy too comfortable to pass up (especially for those enduro races).
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Thread bump. Fast forward about 2.5 years and 27 real world track days later and I'm finally running a triple screen setup with some better hardware.





Here's a video of the displays in action. Keep in mind that the camera is recording higher than the correct field of view so the perspective is a bit off.



Also my old GT vs real life video.



These days I'm mainly playing GT6 with the setup. I've tried F1 2013 and Assetto Corsa with my PC, but I'm waiting for a game like Project Cars (I really hope this game delivers in realism) before I truly dedicate a PC to this setup. I'd love to give Forza 5 a shot (was never a fan of the previous Forza's with a wheel setup), but I'll have to wait until a quality supported wheel is available.
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Wow that's a pretty sick setup. I've looked into getting that type myself. I'll do it slowly like you so the wife doesn't freak Haha! How did you get the tvs, or monitors, to display across all 3.
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How are the pedals feel on those Fanatec?

The biggest problem I have with simulation are the extremely vague brake pedals, making it impossible to do proper threshold braking. Steering feels are actually ok with most decent wheels, since modern BMW steerings are pretty vague as it is.
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How are the pedals feel on those Fanatec?

The biggest problem I have with simulation are the extremely vague brake pedals, making it impossible to do proper threshold braking. Steering feels are actually ok with most decent wheels, since modern BMW steerings are pretty vague as it is.
The only issue I have with my setup is not feeling G forces. Braking pressure is as real as can be and adjustable as well.
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That is an awesome setup!! One day I will have one just as badass, they just need to first release decent wheels for the x1
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