I made this page for those sim racers who are looking for new hardware and are not sure where to go or what to buy. I’ve included some of the hardware that I own myself as well as other hardware that I don’t own but of which I do have some knowledge. I do read and research these items to to try to make sure you’re getting a quality product that will serve you well.
The Logitech G29 (or G920) is the racing wheel that I would recommend over any other at this time, unless you want to spend at least 4 times this amount on a Fanatec product. I still use an old Logitech G27 and I love it, although I did upgrade the brake with a Ricmotech load cell.The Amazon listing says this is for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, but it’s also for the PC. Likewise, the listing says “Wheel Only” but this set includes the wheel and pedals. It does not include the H-pattern shifter which you can get separately. If you do want the shifter, you can save a couple of bucks and buy the wheel and shifter bundle here.
Some people believe that the G29 is a glorified G27 with some new buttons and no shifter. That is not entirely true. Logitech made a big improvement in the linearity of the force feedback on the G29 and G920 wheels. The G27 does not respond well to low force requests from the game you are playing. If you have a G27 and are considering a G29 or G920, the only real benefits you are going to get are:
- More buttons on the wheel.
- More linear force feedback.
- PlayStation/Xbox One compatibility.
If you don’t really need more buttons or console compatibility, and linear force feedback is not a big deal to you, then I would say that it’s not worth it for you to go with the G29 over the G27.
One thing that I do like about the G27 is the placement of the buttons. They are a lot easier to reach with your thumbs than the buttons on any other wheel I have seen including the newer Logitech products. If you would like to save a few bucks, you can still buy a used Logitech G27 Racing Wheel.
This, of course, is the Logitech G920 racing wheel. The biggest difference between the G29 and the G920 is that the G29 is designed for either PC or PlayStation and the G920 is designed for either PC or Xbox One. So for PC users it really comes down to the arrangement of the buttons and price. You will typically pay a little more for the G920, but if you like the buttons better it might be worth it. The Amazon listing says this is for the Xbox One, but it’s also for the PC. Likewise, the listing says “Wheel Only” but this set includes the wheel and pedals. It does not include the H-pattern shifter which you can get separately. If you do want the shifter, you can save a couple of bucks and buy the wheel and shifter bundle here.
Let me start by saying that I have never owned a Fanatec product, so any opinions I give here are gleaned from the Fanatec website and things I’ve read and heard about their products.
Fanatec offers a wide range of racing wheels. You can choose your components a la carte and frankly, it can get a little bit confusing. On the other hand, you can buy a Fanatec bundle which keeps it simple, but that also has a downside. It seems that most of the bundles come with the low end Fanatec CSL Elite pedals, and I’m not really impressed with them. If you want a good Fanatec setup, you’re probably going to have to spend somewhere around $1000 for that. If you need a table clamp, add another $50. I put together a bundle consisting of the ClubSport Wheel Base version 2.5, the lower end CSL Steering Wheel P1 rim, and the ClubSport Pedals V3. My total came to $890. No shifter, no table clamp. Add $50 for a table clamp and $50 for shipping and now I’m at $1000. Is it really worth it when I can get a Logitech G29 for around $250? I don’t know.
I will add here that the Fanatec table clamp, unlike the abysmal clamp provided by Thrustmaster for their wheels, is of full metal construction and has two clamping bolts as opposed to one. It also included a removable angle adjustment plate. You can use the plate to adjust the angle of the wheel or you can remove the plate and use the clamp without it. Maximum table thickness with this clamp is about 2.75 inches (7 cm).
Considering the Fanatec bundles, here’s what you can get:
- The CSL Elite Starter Kit for PC and Xbox One at $460. The CSL Elite Wheel Base and CSL Steering Wheel P1 rim appear to be okay. In fact, as an dirt/oval racer I think I would prefer this rim as it’s very light (good for reaction time) and it’s almost 12 inches in diameter, which is a pretty big racing wheel. I might go for an upgrade on the wheel base though. The CSL Elite Pedals have no clutch. They really don’t look that great on their website but they are all metal (brushed aluminum). I can only assume that the brake operates on spring resistance and activates a potentiometer. For ovals you really don’t need a clutch but a load cell brake is good to have. You can upgrade the brake to load cell in these pedals and add a clutch as well.
- The CSL Elite PS4 Starter Kit for PC and PS4 at $500. This bundle appears to be pretty much the same as the one above aside from the obvious console compatibility difference.
- The CSL Elite Wheel Advanced Pack for PC and Xbox One at $600. This bundle is similar to the two above except that the CSL Elite Pedals are the LC version which has a clutch added and also a load cell brake. The rim is also upgraded to the Elite version of the CSL Steering Wheel P1. Look at the Fanatec website to see if you can tell the difference between these rims. I see changeable button faces and some different sort of paddle shifters on the Elite version, but I don’t see any significant improvements.
- The Xbox One Competition Pack at $680. This bundle includes the superior Clubsport Wheel Base V2.5 and the Elite version of the CSL Steering Wheel P1. Unfortunately, it only has the low end CSL Elite Pedals with no clutch and a spring resistance brake, so no load cell with these without an upgrade.
- The Forza Motorsport Wheel Bundle for PC and Xbox One at $1300. This bundle has the same wheel base as the one above, but uses a different rim, the “Official Forza Motorsport Racing Wheel.” It has an odd shape and I would prefer a round racing wheel myself. On the other hand, this particular rim has a lot of option with button placements and it’s also a whopping 13 inches in diameter. This bundle also includes the Clubsport Pedals V3 which I recommend if you’re going to invest in a Fanatec racing wheel. It also includes the Clubsport Shifter SQ. The shifter is solid metal and includes both H-pattern and sequential shifting. You can switch shifting modes on the fly.
Personally, I would build a bundle myself. I don’t need a super fancy rim for oval and dirt. I do need good pedals and load cell braking, and a good smooth wheel base.
You will have to spend more for a Fanatec racing wheel, but it might be worth it.
I own a Thrustmaster T500RS. I only used it for a month or two. Some people love them. I did not love mine. I believe this is an overpriced wheel. The pedals don’t feel solid like Logitech pedals. The wheel is much too stiff. If you use a desk and like to move your wheel to the side when you’re not playing your favorite racing game, good luck. The wheel is very heavy. The plastic clamp for desk or table mounting is flimsy at best. Mine cracked within a month, and this is a common complaint. Thrustmaster will replace the clamp free of charge, but you do have to contact them and send them pictures of the clamp and the label on the bottom of the wheel. It’s a PITA that you shouldn’t have to endure after spending $600 on a wheel. If you are going to mount the wheel to a cockpit or stand of some sort, you shouldn’t have that problem.
After that glowing review, I have a slightly used Thrustmaster T500RS in excellent condition that I will sell to anybody who makes a reasonable offer. Keep in mind that I also installed the Ricmotech load cell modification for the brake pedal and it’s still in there and functioning perfectly. I have the documentation and original packaging for this wheel. Ricmotech sells the wheel and pedals with the load cell installed for $750, so that should give you an idea of what I need for this set. Let me put it this way: I can save you some money but I’m not going to give the set away.
If you’re only interested in iRacing dirt racing or short ovals and the like, then this wheel is a good option that can save you some money. I don’t own one of these wheels, but the pedals appear to be of plastic construction which isn’t what I would prefer. For $50 or $60 more dollars you can own a reliable wheel like the Logitech G29 or G920. The pedal angles can be adjusted on the T150, and the wheel has 1080° rotation.