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S.h.r.i.k.e
04-19-2004, 10:38 AM
I have recently aquired the Saitek X-45 and the TrackIR2 (tax return and birthday). Now, let me start off by saying that my flying experience is incredibly different than with just a Logitech Wingman and the keyboard!

Anyway, to complete my dream of getting as lifelike as possible, I will need rudder pedals in the future. Everything I see that is USB runs for around $100 (CH ones ect.) My question is this, can I just by some cheap $25-$45 racing pedals and use them for basic rudder control? I don't really need any fancy toe braking or anything, just basic rudder controls. I got my X-45 for $65 (including shipping)and the TrackIR2 for $104 (including shipping). To spend so much on just rudder pedals seems a bit excessive considering that I am a "starving" college student.

Are there any low cost solutions for having a set of basic rudder pedals?

Thanks,
Josh

S.h.r.i.k.e
04-19-2004, 10:38 AM
I have recently aquired the Saitek X-45 and the TrackIR2 (tax return and birthday). Now, let me start off by saying that my flying experience is incredibly different than with just a Logitech Wingman and the keyboard!

Anyway, to complete my dream of getting as lifelike as possible, I will need rudder pedals in the future. Everything I see that is USB runs for around $100 (CH ones ect.) My question is this, can I just by some cheap $25-$45 racing pedals and use them for basic rudder control? I don't really need any fancy toe braking or anything, just basic rudder controls. I got my X-45 for $65 (including shipping)and the TrackIR2 for $104 (including shipping). To spend so much on just rudder pedals seems a bit excessive considering that I am a "starving" college student.

Are there any low cost solutions for having a set of basic rudder pedals?

Thanks,
Josh

lucas_valentine
04-19-2004, 10:54 AM
I was thinking the same as you a little while ago about racing pedals...so I looked into it. Racing pedals seem to have one pedal bigger than the other and also the pedals have different spring rates for each, making them difficult to use as rudder pedals. More importantly, all the racing pedals I have seen need to go through a racing wheel and cannot connect directly to the PC, so you would have to buy the wheel as well...Not such a cheap option...and to be honest I would have no use for a racing wheel. Have a look on Ebay...you might find some cheap CH products rudder pedals.

BaldieJr
04-19-2004, 10:57 AM
Build a pair. Search google, or check simpits.org for plans/ideas.

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Tully__
04-19-2004, 11:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BaldieJr:
Build a pair. Search google, or check simpits.org for plans/ideas.

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>And if you don't mind voiding the warranty on your spanking new X-45...
try this!! (http://www.simhq.com/simhq3/sims/boards/bbs/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=79;t=001780#000000)

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BaldieJr
04-19-2004, 11:57 AM
Thats the same mod I did with the CH Products Pro pedals.

Just rip the USB board out, put a 1/4 stereo adapter in the base of the X45 throttle, and hack a bit on the cables. Works fine, but toe-brakes are non-functional.

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Bearcat99
04-19-2004, 12:37 PM
I use the CH pedals.. you could go through all that... or get a set of car pedals... but IMO your best bet is to bite the bullet and get a set of CH pedals. You wont be sorry. Then you can use the rocker on the X45 for something else and still have a warranty on it..

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flyingskid2
04-19-2004, 12:56 PM
I built my own pedals. Cost me probably $20.

Don't open up your throttle. You're doing it the hard and risky way. If your throttle allows input for a rudder, just connect to those inputs.

You can also probably research on wiring of a USB device and just hook up your home-built rudder with a USB connector.

Inadaze
04-19-2004, 02:53 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Are there any low cost solutions for having a set of basic rudder pedals?

Thanks,
Josh<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I bought an old Destiny wheel and pedal set on ebay for 4. Both pedals are the same size and work fine in FB. I had to set up the drivers for them manually in XP, but that was the only pain I've had off em.

They've definately helped my flying, rudder control has become alot more subtle. I'd like to get a proper set of pedals eventally, but I'm pretty damned impressed with how well the racing pedals work.

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zugfuhrer
04-19-2004, 03:47 PM
I use my "homebrew" rudder pedals. They are connected to the gameport.
On default you can have four axis, x,y for joystick the third for rudder and the last for throttle. You can have four buttons as default. If you are familiar with programming there are not so much work in programming you own set of buttons.
Send you email to perca_perca@hotmail.com
and I send you a primitive blueprint of my pedals.