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Old Jan 13, 2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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I'm wanting to get a PC steering wheel at some point. Right now I can't afford it, but I've been researching. The G27 is really expensive, but when I do have the income to shell out for something like that, I want to know what I'm getting.

Any personal experience with PC steering wheels? I'm concerned about build quality and "feel". I don't want it breaking on me in three months. I've never really been into racing simulators, but after playing F1 2010 (with a keyboard FFS) I've been REALLY wanting a good steering wheel. I stumbled on iRacing and I'm really wanting to start playing that when I can.

I just can't decide on a steering wheel. Everything but the G27 just appears to be crap.

Who here plays iRacing? Can you share some thoughts on your experience?
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 04:52 AM   #2
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I bought a Driving Force GT, it has a pretty good price/quality ratio. Check it out. It's perfect for gt5, also tried gtr 2, and iracing.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 05:42 AM   #3
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Hi there

I've not tried a G27 but I have had a G25 for a year or so now after going through a few 50$/50Ł wheels in the past.

The G25 was definitely a good investment for me - works great with PS3/PC and I've not had the urge to upgrade it for any reason.

What really helped me was buying a really cheap time computer stand and butchering it to mount the wheel on but that of course depends on your setup. I have a large TV that a PC and PS3 are connected to so driving in front of that with a good wheel is really fun.

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I've got the G27 & play GTR, F1 2010 & Dirt2 & all are unreal. The build quality of the G25/G27 is outstanding!
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I still use a "Playstation 2" Logitech Driving Force Pro.

Great wheel.
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find an old red momo. Great wheel that you should be able to find cheap now. Bit noisy though. Gear noise is the only thing the G27 had going for it over the 25.
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Some wheel comparisons there (about the last 1/3 of the show).

Logitech makes good wheels. Where they typically skimp is on the pedals. However, better pedals would probably mean higher costs. Having said that, I've been using a G25 for a few years and really do like it. I've tried the cheaper ones and IMO, the extra expense for the G25 was worth it. I didn't upgrade to the G27 when it came out, mainly because I have two (yes two) G25's and didn't want to buy two G27's (one is a backup just in case something breaks).

I have been thinking of switching over to the Fanatec Clubsport pedals:

http://www.fanatec.de/webshop/new_eu...products_id=68

There are also several "pedal mods" for the G25/G27 as well to help give a more realistic feel. All in all, I really do like the Logitech products.
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I wish there was a way I could try a few different ones out. $300 is a lot of money. I can't seem to find a "good" place to buy a G27. I see prices anywhere from about $290 to $350.

Anyone used a Thrustmaster Rally GT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition? They got for about $108.
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If you really intend on paying for iRacing (which is not cheap itself), purchase a good wheel/pedal setup. For iRacing, a G25/G27 will be worth the extra money.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 05:51 PM   #10
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Some wheel comparisons there (about the last 1/3 of the show).
there is no wheel comparison.
boobies was the only thing I saw from the very beginning till the very end.
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So since we're on the subject of boobies...

I'm not really into muscular women or anything... but DAMN. Everything is perfect about this woman.

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there is no wheel comparison.
Yea, I forgot they broke it up into two segments.
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I guess I'll just wait until I have $299 that I can blow. Without being able to try out the lower priced wheels, I'm afraid of spending $150 on a piece of junk.
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I guess I'll just wait until I have $299 that I can blow. Without being able to try out the lower priced wheels, I'm afraid of spending $150 on a piece of junk.
I would. It makes all the difference. Look for sales and rebates to help offset the cost.
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Yea, I forgot they broke it up into two segments.
I want to do things to that Chick.
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Thrustmaster wheels tend to be cheap- in price and build quality. You are better off getting a wheel with no clutch and more rotation- a DFP is just the wheel you need.

A G27 (I have a G25 and it's 4 or 5 years old) will last you longer. It'll be a better wheel to use (ffb, build quality, feel of the wheel etc). It'll have a clutch. It has the h-pattern shifter. The pedals feel much better. It is in ev ery way superior to a DFP, but if you have to skimp on price, don't be lured into a thrustmaster wheel- stick with a $100US DFP from Logitech.

With the price of iRacing and buying a DFP- within a year, if you straight out BUY rFactor and a G27 you will come out the same money-wise. IMHO I'd rather get the better equipment and pay for rF and the THOUSANDS of free mods than get a cheap wheel and be forever paying iRacing for a limited amount of mods.
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Thrustmaster wheels tend to be cheap- in price and build quality. You are better off getting a wheel with no clutch and more rotation- a DFP is just the wheel you need.

A G27 (I have a G25 and it's 4 or 5 years old) will last you longer. It'll be a better wheel to use (ffb, build quality, feel of the wheel etc). It'll have a clutch. It has the h-pattern shifter. The pedals feel much better. It is in ev ery way superior to a DFP, but if you have to skimp on price, don't be lured into a thrustmaster wheel- stick with a $100US DFP from Logitech.

With the price of iRacing and buying a DFP- within a year, if you straight out BUY rFactor and a G27 you will come out the same money-wise. IMHO I'd rather get the better equipment and pay for rF and the THOUSANDS of free mods than get a cheap wheel and be forever paying iRacing for a limited amount of mods.
rFactor has nothing on iRacing when it comes to the online options though. That's one thing so appealing about it. Realism may be similar, possibly more so in rFactor.

I don't mind paying $12/month. Once I find work. I thought I had this IT job, but not sure now. Wanted something to do after work.
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Realism is iRacing's biggest thing. There is NOTHING more accurate then iRacing when it comes down to physics and car handling, and track replication.

iRacing is the king of racing sims, and I love it.

Getting in my Williams, with my G27 right now, with 3D Vision and Track IR. Absolute Immersion.
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Realism is iRacing's biggest thing. There is NOTHING more accurate then iRacing when it comes down to physics and car handling, and track replication.

iRacing is the king of racing sims, and I love it.

Getting in my Williams, with my G27 right now, with 3D Vision and Track IR. Absolute Immersion.
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