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GT Paddles for Thrustmaster Wheels


Availability: Out of stock. Expected back by June 2017

How to Order: Email SimAbility@Outlook.com and we will add you to the waiting list and answer any questions you might have. No payment necessary until the shipping date.

Accepted Payment Methods: PayPal

Installation Requirements: The hand controls require a medium level of installation effort using basic tools. No soldering, cutting, or modifications are necessary. Please review the Installation Instructions for details. Please contact us at SimAbility@Outlook.com if you are not comfortable with completing this installation and we can arrange to pre-install the hand controls on a Thrustmaster wheel rim and ship the assembled unit to you. We'll work with you to select the wheel rim and provide an estimate on additional shipping and handling costs.

What’s Included
- GT Paddle unit with Coiled Cord and Carbon Fiber Gas/Brake paddles
- Installation Hardware and Thrustmaster wheel adapter
- Replacement Carbon Fiber Shift Paddles
- Connector Box, Connector Cable, and Clutch Shunt
- Printed Instructions
 

 
$225 USD + Shipping
(Price may be reduced before re-release) 




 Download PDF Version of below Product Sheet



Images (Wheel and Base sold separately)
     


Installation Overview
One of our primary goals for all hand control for Thrustmaster products is to minimize modification to your Thrustmaster components. In fact, there is no modification whatsoever done to the T300/TX servo base for any of our products. The installation is always done on the removable Thrustmaster wheel.

Detailed Installation Instructions

The below illustration demonstrates the basic concept of how the SimAbility Paddles are installed between the stock Thrustmaster steering wheel and its threaded disconnect. Once installed, an external cable connects the hand controls to the pedal input on the back of the Thrustmaster base. All of the standard buttons and functions on the Thrustmaster wheel and base continue to work. And best of all, the Thrustmaster base sees the SimAbility hand controls just as if they were Thrustmaster pedals. This means you will retain compatibility across all platforms (PC and Console) that the base originally supported. 


Compatibility
- Our hand controls are designed to emulate the stock Thrustmaster two-pedal unit. Meaning your Thrustmaster base will retain compatibility with the PC and Console games it was designed to support.
      - T300 Base: PC / PS3 / PS4
      - TX Base: PC / Xbox One
- Our hand controls can also be connected to most aftermarket controllers such as Derek Speare Designs, Leo Bodnar, and SIM Display. Anything that supports the Allegro A1302 Hall Effect sensors should work. At this time we have only tested and confirmed on the DSD 12-bit controller.
- The GT Paddles can be installed on the below Thrustmaster Servo Bases. They might work on the T500 if the static paddles can be removed, and they should work on the new TS-PC Racer base but neither of these have been tested or verified.
      - Thrustmaster T300 (verified)
      - Thrustmaster TX (verified)
- The GT Paddles can be installed on all Thrustmaster wheel rims where the threaded adapter can be removed. This excludes the stock TX (plastic) wheel and the F1 wheel. All other wheel rims will work. 




Features



Wheel Adapter - The adapter emulates the stock threaded disconnect used on Thrustmaster wheel rims. This allows the paddles to work across all Thrustmaster wheels where the threaded adapter can be removed. (See Compatibility section for more detail)

High Quality Hall Effect Sensors - We use Allegro A1302 5V Hall Effect sensor along with high quality Neodymium magnets on both analog paddles. These sensors help us emulate the stock Thrustmaster potentiometers allowing your wheel to retain compatibility with the PC and Consoles it was designed to support. They are also compatible with most aftermarket controllers for that hardcore PC gamer. And of course, Hall sensors are far superior to the stock potentiometers because they will never wear out or get dirty. Your hand controls will always operate smoothly!

Carbon Fiber Paddles - Accelerator and Brake paddles are made from 3mm Carbon Fiber. Not only are they rigid, but the look and feel great.





Stop Adjusters - Adjustable full-on and full-off paddle stops allow you to tune the paddle positions to your preference. (See the “Adjustments and Tuning” guide for more detail. There are some limitations as you need to retain a minimum amount of paddle travel for the Thrustmaster controller to recognize the input.)

Progressive Brake Adjuster – Applying the precise amount of brake pressure is critical in real racing as well as sim racing. Although cost and space prevent us from utilizing hydraulic or load cell braking, we do our best to emulate those systems. In fact, this is an area where our hand controls exceed the quality of standard sim racing pedal sets.

We use a simple adjustable conical rubber to allow you to dial in that sweet spot. The adjuster simply moves the conical rubber in or out changing the breaking point in which the rubber contacts the standoff pin. The standoff pin can also be moved between a soft or hard position. The progressive rubber can even be pointed to the other paddle. Meaning, it can be moved from the Left paddle, which is the default brake paddle, over to the Right paddle should you decide to use the right paddle for braking.



Alignment Key – The .025” (6.35mm) aluminum plate is milled with a key and groove to firmly fit into the stock Thrustmaster threaded adapter. It’s not going to move or wobble!
Replaceable Cord – The coiled cord is firmly attached to the hand controls by a grooved carbon fiber clamp. The slot containing the cord is machined with a taper relieving stress where the cord enters the hand controls. An additional shrink wrap coating is also used on the cord to further relieve stress. Even with all of this, cords are usually the weak link of any product (especially for pet owners).   This is why we provide a heavy, but flexible, coiled cord which is reasonably easy to replace.

Adjustable Paddles – The paddles are slotted for added inward/outward adjustability.



Accessories Mount - What are the three threaded holes on the top of the hand control plate? These make future expansions easy and are primarily for those DIY folks.

The plate shown here was made for a customer who mounted a Sim Display to his wheel. There are a lot of different displays, shift indicator lights, and even button box solutions that could work here. We may even provide some pre-built solutions in the future, but for now if you give us the dimensions we can cut the plate for you at a minimal charge.


Carbon Fiber Shift Paddles

We provide carbon fiber shift paddles and mounts. This is actually a requirement because the stock paddles just get in the way of the throttle and brake paddles.

These custom replacement paddles are designed to improve the accessibility, functionality, and overall feel of the shift paddles. And of course the carbon fiber feels and looks great!






The shifter mounts are also designed with the DIY user in mind. The shift paddle height can be changed by replacing the standoffs. Also, an entirely different paddle could be fabricated and attached with two screws.

The Connector Box

The primary function of the Connector Box is to provide a stable mounting point for the coiled cord. Whether it’s sitting next to the wheel base, attached to the side of the base with two-sided tape, or mounted in any number of other imaginary ways.



The SimAbility Connector Box also provides a 3.5mm jack to allow easy connection of a future clutch. (Yes, we do have plans to build a clutch “trigger” for the Thrustmaster TH8A and Fanatec ClubSport shifters). Or if you’re the DIY type, you could connect your own 10.0KΩ potentiometer.

We provide a “dead clutch” or shunt to plug in if you are not using the port. The shunt keeps the disconnected Thrustmaster clutch input from wavering/ jittering. It’s required with any analog controller that does not have a potentiometer connected. A shunt is just a matter of connecting the signal wire directly to the ground so it looks like the input is always off. It would have been easier for us to just do that in the connection box but we wanted to make it easy for you to connect other components whether it is a future SimAbilty clutch or your own DIY handbrake or clutch.

 
Clutch Shunt and DIY wiring information.


The Connector Box is also designed to make it easy to install an aftermarket controller for hardcore PC gamers looking for higher resolution, reduced dead zone, and reduced paddle travel if needed. At this time we only provide an adapter board for the Derek Spear Designs 12-bit controller, but we do plan to incorporate the Leo Bodnar controller in the future. (I just don’t own one yet). Even if you have a different controller board it should be fairly easy to install and connect any other controller provided it fits in the box.