DIY Playseat – racingrig

After I have posted my DIY racingrig on the Project C.A.R.S forum, a few dozen have asked for the drawings, now I’m publishing it here for every one. Sorry there aren’t so many pictures but didn’t know it became a “guide”.

 

Last year I bought myself a great Logitech G27 steeringwheel. but soon I started to be jealous on all those racing rigs out there.

I found the expensive Playseat, where you almost are lying down as if it was a formel car or a le mans racer.

Its too expensive for my budget so started to mess around to see how I could build something like that.

First of I found a used, very cheap “racing” car seat.

I then tossed some wood together to find out the angles and placements of pedals, seat, and steeringwheel.

Prototype

Alot of adjustments and replacing it over and over again made me think at a racingrig should be some though of adjustable.

 

Design

I then began to draw it up in 3d, and quickly I figured out how it could be adjusted easily, within limits.

Here’s my initial 3d drawings:

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And with a 3d skeleton with my height, just to see if I got the dimensions correct.

 

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wireframe

Now that the design was defined, It was time to convert the 3d to actual wood.

I flattened the shapes and imported it to Qcad and then made them 1:1 scale. Saved it to pdfs and printed them as “posters”.

When doing so, it’s simple to lay them on MDF wood and tape them together and use it for cutting guidances.

2d  “A4 format” pdf’s print as posters:

wheelbase.pdf

sidepart.pdf

 

Cutting

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When cutting two identical parts, its impossible to make them identical, but after cutting them, just align them next to each other and sand them into same shape.

 

Assembling and testing

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And final touches

Paint, “floor”, holder for gearshift (only uses the buttons)

 

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It even fits in the room when not using it.

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9 thoughts on “DIY Playseat – racingrig”

  1. Nice rig.. .how about the rest of the pdf’s (holder for the pedals and steeringwheel) and other measurements (width, height etc)

  2. Hi Thomas,
    it most certainly is a nice rig. What are the overall dimensions (length, height, etc.) of the sidepart and wheelbase. I’m unable to print out the pdf’s as posters! 🙁

    Thx

    Rob

  3. If you look at the wireframe picture.
    Each square is 10x10cm, then you have an idea of scale.

    But you can print the pdf in a poster format. Its called “poster” in Adobes pdf reader.

  4. nice idea, because i have a bad lower lumbar due to bike accidents, my back favors the similar tilt back instead of 90 degree. thank you for the pdfs i been searching endless hours trying find something like this. its appreciated

  5. you’re welcome.

    I kinda wish I had some seat rails to move seat back and forward to fit others. It would be easier than adusting the screws for the pedal etc.

  6. Hi
    GREAT RIG!
    Can I use it as base of my simulator?!
    Many Thanks

    Can you please send me your email address or other way of contact, Facebook or something… Thanks

  7. Hi Thomas
    I just found your seat plans and they look great, from the flat plan I’d say your about 6ft is that correct?
    Also wondered where you got the seat from, it looks great too. The whole set up looks very professional and much better than those on sale elsewhere. I want to build one because it looks good not because it might be cheaper
    How easy is it to adjust seat height and angle as I think I might need to adapt it for a more GT position.

  8. Hi Donald,

    if you take good look at the rear the seat plan is adjustable for a more level position. But its only your fantasy on how you want yours to be customable.

    The seat height is more tricky but you could just make the “bracket” higher…. One thing that I miss, is seat rails, for when I have guests logner than me. It would have been easier than adjusting the front.

    The length of the seat, count the cubes, 10 cm each.

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