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Re: The Official Non Sequitur Thread, "And now for something COMPLETELY different..."

Post  clacksman on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:30 am

http://jalopnik.com/5891071/the-ferrari-f12-berlinetta-launch-video-is-epic-car-porn

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Post  Forgetful on Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:24 pm

http://jalopnik.com/5891279/whats-the-best-virtual-car-photo

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Re: The Official Non Sequitur Thread, "And now for something COMPLETELY different..."

Post  HWKII on Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:41 pm

Lies, my Ferrari 330 P4 coming out of the esses at Le Mans is better looking than that. Well, it's not as shiny and crisp and wrong as the FM4 picture, but it's far more likely to make you go "Wait.. virtual?". Your signature image is another example, Forgetful, of a significantly more realistic photograph of a virtual world.

Many of the images I've seen any of our photographers post from GT5 look much better, more realistic, than that picture.

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Post  Forgetful on Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:51 pm

Which is why I spammed them with my 34 best pictures Smile

http://jalopnik.com/5891279/whats-the-best-virtual-car-photo?comment=47715858#comments

It's their Question of the day, so they're looking for submissions.

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Re: The Official Non Sequitur Thread, "And now for something COMPLETELY different..."

Post  RackAttack on Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:16 am

Ugh... spent almost three hours tonight diagnosing/fixing my pedals.

Yesterday the brake started dragging a bit on my ClubSports. I took it apart to find that the little metal dowel at the base of the brake pedal had not been fully through the slot for some time, and had worn down the dowel and the hole that it goes through.

I fixed it up (for the most part) and re-lubed everything and the brake was still dragging, but even worse, now I was getting completely bogus brake inputs.

I took it apart again and found that I had torn the insulation around the wires going to the load cell sensor, so I assume the wires are touching each other and giving horribly wrong signals. Shit....

I can order order a new load cell from Fanatec ($15 + $17 shipping), but before I do I'm going to see if I can get one of the guys at work who knows how to souder to fix it.

So, the ClubSports are broken for the time being, might as well dust off the old G25 pedals and use them (with the Fanatec/g25 pedal adapter) for the time being. Well, the whole reason I got new pedals was because the g25 pedals were dragging (both brake and gas).

I plugged them in, saw that only the gas was dragging. I know how to fix that by filing down the little plastic thingy, so I took them apart and did that.

I also noticed that the gas pedal was not registering full throttle with the pedal fully depressed. That's a harder thing to fix. I tried various things, but in the end I used a hammer on the bottom of the pedal bracket to allow it to travel just a bit further (I would've filed/grinded it down if I had the appropriate tools, but I don't). That more or less worked and now I get what looks like 99.5% throttle... close enough I guess.

So now I'm back up and running, but switching back to a potentiometer brake after using a load cell brake for so long is proving a bit difficult.

If you actually read all of that, I'm sorry for wasting your time. I just felt the need to chronicle how I wasted the last three hours of my life.

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Post  HWKII on Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:20 am

wave LOL Rack, that sucks. On the other hand, the 0.5% throttle travel you don't get means more human-like times, which is good news for anyone racing you! Wink

Good luck getting those pedals sorted, would suck to have to buy a new load cell, isn't that thing like less than a year old?

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Post  RackAttack on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:07 pm

Moral of the story is, if you're taking your ClubSport pedals apart, detach the load cell sensor wire first!
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Post  Forgetful on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:10 pm

Would you happen to be able to snap a couple of pics so I know what to watch for?

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Re: The Official Non Sequitur Thread, "And now for something COMPLETELY different..."

Post  RackAttack on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:35 pm

Forgetful wrote:Would you happen to be able to snap a couple of pics so I know what to watch for?

Here's the load cell unit removed from the black rectangle thing. It's held in with two set screws, one on each side. Just loosen one of those and it slides right out (but you shouldn't ever need to).


The wire comes out the top and connects with a three pin clip to the circuit board that's under the brake tuning knob. You just need to disconnect that before you take things apart. Otherwise, when you flip it over (as Thomas does in the video) and rotate the bar back that the black rectangle thing pivots on, the first thing that stops it from rotating more is that wire if it's still connected.

Here's what happens if you don't. You can see the exposed wires.
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Post  Forgetful on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:43 pm

I meant pics of the dowel, but that's handy too.

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Re: The Official Non Sequitur Thread, "And now for something COMPLETELY different..."

Post  RackAttack on Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:09 pm

Forgetful wrote:I meant pics of the dowel, but that's handy too.

I'm at work, but here's a pic from the web that I added arrows and circles to. The red arrows point to the dowel in question. Make sure that it's flush with the brake pedal on both sides, and make sure the set screw (circled in green) is tight to keep it from moving side to side.

Mine had worked it's way out of the hole on one side, and so it was only being held by the other side. As you could imagine, that cause a lot of extra friction on both the hole and the dowel, and both are now damaged. I think that's also why my brake was dragging after I fixed it. The dowel only being in one hole meant that the "plunger" could be push slightly farther, exerting less force on the load cell. Now that it's properly in both holes, with no brake pedal pressure there is slightly more force on the load cell.

This picture is of the back of the brake pedal. The pedals are disassembled which is why there's no spring on the "plunger".
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Post  RackAttack on Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:22 pm

Another 1.5hrs of pedal work last night, and I finally have 100% throttle.

This is ttourist's picture, I'm just going to use the names that he uses for things.


Originally it was the bottom of the "pedal lever" that was hitting the "pedal base" and stopping the pedal from traveling further, so I hammered it down more, and carved more off other plastic piece that was hitting. With only that part assembled I was getting 100% throttle. Then I put " piston" back on and I was getting 99% again. Turns out the piston was too long and hitting the inside of the "cylinder", keeping the pedal from traveling further. I took a hacksaw to the end of the "piston" to allow it to travel further into the cylinder, and now we're good to go!

Also, the load cell for my ClubSports was unrecoverable, so I ordered the new one and it will hopefully arrive quickly. I have re-acclimated to potentiometer braking fairly quickly though.
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Post  Forgetful on Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:15 pm

http://jonsibal.com/blog/2012/01/hexis-racings-new-ride/

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Post  HWKII on Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:26 pm

Forgetful wrote:http://jonsibal.com/blog/2012/01/hexis-racings-new-ride/

There are two ways to field a succesful racing team, apparently:
Method 1) Spend hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, testing and developing a car for the upcoming FIA GT1 season. Work closely for days and weeks on end with the manufacturer in the wind tunnels to ensure that every possible lb of airflow is being directed over the surface producing maximum downforce for minimal drag. Spend sleepless nights without count, hoping that all of your hardwork pays off.

OR

Method 2) Pick up a copy of GT5, get a pretend McLaren, paint it "Matt Black" (sic), put all the GT Aero parts on it. Take a screenshot in photomode. Hand it to over to some guys and tell them "Do this." Profit.

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Post  RackAttack on Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:19 pm

Two weeks in a row bounce http://wrs.gtplanet.net/GT5/results/56/
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Post  clacksman on Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:52 pm

... you're ... you're fast?

WE HAD NO IDEA











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Post  Forgetful on Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:55 pm

Rack wins. Yawn. Smile

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Post  Forgetful on Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:34 pm

http://kotaku.com/5894272/angry-helmet

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Post  HWKII on Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:59 pm

For those of you not familiar with the 24 hours of LeMons (Read it again, yes, spelled correctly.) it's a 24 hour Endurance Race put on, pitting teams of 4-6 drivers against one another in the best car they can field for less than $500 (not including the mandatory safety equipment). The Rules and Prices page is quite an amusing read. Very Happy

While talking about it with a friend of mine here at work, I have come up with a brilliant idea...

LMonP cars... think Red Bull Flugtag meets the 24 hours of Lemons... field a car that you have to develop yourself for $500 maximum. Donations allowed from various people who think you're insane, but also hope you die in a fiery crash, and don't count against the total cost, but under their BSF regulations, you'd really need to prove that you designed this whole Prototype for $500. Best. Idea. Ever.

Incidentally... 24 hours of Lemons sounds about like the most fun it is possible to have in a 1 day period of time. What a Face Driversports.org get-together material! Very Happy

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Post  clacksman on Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:37 pm

The online dealer got updated with Alfa Romeos last week, get them if you haven't yet.

Seasonal Time Trials and offline Top Speed Test add distance to your odometer but do not break your car in.

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Post  Wallhugger60 on Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:21 pm

Well if everything goes right, this should be in my driveway Saturday around lunchtime Very Happy


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Post  Forgetful on Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:30 pm

Oooooo..... ahhhhhh..... Niiiiice Smile

Needs a roof, wing and some BBS' (and a different/silly paint job every week)

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Post  AgentWD40_FL on Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:03 pm

pretty sweet wall. can i have a ride? Cool
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