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I've just done a bearing mod on a T150 wheel, which I copied from other forums.  Basically by the motor drive are 2 nylon rollers which guide and tension the belt drive.  I replaced these with 3 x 8 x 4mm minature ball races, 2 on each post, and a few 3mm flat washers.  Three 3 x 8 x 3mm ball races might be better.  The mod can be done by just removing the top cover, but there are some fiddly and very small circlips to remove from the posts.

The results are amazing.  The force required to turn the wheel when switched off has dropped from 0.45 Nm to 0.039 Nm.  (measured with a small spring balance attached to the outside of the rim).  In games, the wheel is so much quicker to turn and feedback forces are felt much better.

There is a large nylon gear wheel, driven by the belt, which turns on another steel shaft without bearings and this could also do with the mod.  But quite difficult to do.  Even a precision engineer wasn't happy with having a go - especially as TM don't have/won't supply spare gear wheels.

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To any Thrustmaster user, don't take off the cover if you're offended by red paint and glue gun **** everywhere 🙂

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1 hour ago, thisdisplayname said:

I've just done a bearing mod on a T150 wheel, which I copied from other forums.  Basically by the motor drive are 2 nylon rollers which guide and tension the belt drive.  I replaced these with 3 x 8 x 4mm minature ball races, 2 on each post, and a few 3mm flat washers.  Three 3 x 8 x 3mm ball races might be better.  The mod can be done by just removing the top cover, but there are some fiddly and very small circlips to remove from the posts.

The results are amazing.  The force required to turn the wheel when switched off has dropped from 0.45 Nm to 0.039 Nm.  (measured with a small spring balance attached to the outside of the rim).  In games, the wheel is so much quicker to turn and feedback forces are felt much better.

There is a large nylon gear wheel, driven by the belt, which turns on another steel shaft without bearings and this could also do with the mod.  But quite difficult to do.  Even a precision engineer wasn't happy with having a go - especially as TM don't have/won't supply spare gear wheels.

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I love to do some tweaking with my Thrustmaster (had the T300, now the T-GT), but for me i will not try this. I only do minor things, like i did with mi F1 add on wheel, with magnetic flippers and screen. That is good enough for my taste, but great you had the balls to do that 👍

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I actually quite liked the F1 shifter bar, but that was probably the mod I should've done. Did have to replace one switch with an Omron (think it was the downshifter).

14 minutes ago, GioProductions said:

I love to do some tweaking with my Thrustmaster (had the T300, now the T-GT), but for me i will not try this. I only do minor things, like i did with mi F1 add on wheel, with magnetic flippers and screen. That is good enough for my taste, but great you had the balls to do that 👍

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1 hour ago, GioProductions said:

I love to do some tweaking with my Thrustmaster (had the T300, now the T-GT), but for me i will not try this. I only do minor things, like i did with mi F1 add on wheel, with magnetic flippers and screen. That is good enough for my taste, but great you had the balls to do that 👍

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You mean such minor deatils? 🤪

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1 hour ago, AlexTT said:

You mean such minor deatils? 🤪

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I know i know!! Your wheel is insane man!!! 

As you also know @AlexTT, we say here in The Netherlands, "baas boven baas" :classic_biggrin:👌

Would love to have some stickers on my wheel with ERS and Fuel Mix as you do, because i use the dials just like you. Do you know were to get it?

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