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Offline Scott_Racer

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New working from home station
« on: September 27, 2020, 07:50:40 PM »
I was inspired to build myself a new desk and integrate a sim racing rig for those long days when I have to work from home. 

All prepped up for when the Hp Reverb G2 arrives.

Thought I'd share a few pics.  Pretty happy with the outcome, all up with the materials and seat (all electric controls), was $650.   Was hard to figure out the ergonomics though it feels bloody comfortable compared to my old setup, and the electric seat provides a lot of adjustment.

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 07:50:58 PM »
Another pic.

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 08:54:19 PM »
Noice!

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2020, 07:55:55 AM »
Perfect for a VR setup, well done. I would be too tempted to drive instead of working ;D. Was the electric seat expensive?
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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2020, 08:38:48 AM »
$160 from the wreckers mate. Out of a wrecked Hyundai Veloster. Electric forward/back, Up/down, tilt and lumbar support. I integrated an old atx power supply into the seat base to supply the 12V to it. It’s a good fit between comfort and racey.

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 09:16:31 AM »
Photo of the seat.

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2020, 01:03:50 PM »
Very clever, I wish I had thought of that , instead of buying a $250 seat from Autopro  :'(
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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2020, 02:25:01 PM »
Nice Scott , i like the finish on the seat stand .

Over the weekend I built myself a basic rig so i can use my new load cell pedals .

The seat is from my old Honda prelude , and all the wood was from an old double bed.
The space on the left hand side is for a handbrake and gears .

What fabric did you use to finish of your base  ?
« Last Edit: September 28, 2020, 02:37:18 PM by Jarmel »

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2020, 05:57:10 PM »
Hey Jarmel I just used some automotive carpet from Clark rubber. I think it was $44 for a 2mx1m length of it.  I just contacted it on. I think Bunnings sells the same stuff for a little cheaper

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2020, 06:00:16 PM »
Very clever, I wish I had thought of that , instead of buying a $250 seat from Autopro  :'(

I considered going down that route but I didn’t want anything too uncomfortable for a longer session. No motion setup so I thought I’d get something a bit more comfortable. Leather bucket with full electrics and wasn’t too bad of an option for $160. If you go electric you just have to make sure that all the controls are at the seat (ie in a merc the controls for the seat are on the door etc).
« Last Edit: September 28, 2020, 06:16:04 PM by Scott_Racer »

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 06:07:41 PM »
When I built my seat base I had the plan to carpet it from the get go though.  So I built a pine frame first than sheeted it with 16mm whiteboard and ran a router over all the edges so the carpet would roll around it a bit easier.  It's certainly a solid base......no creaks!

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2020, 06:14:43 PM »
The most expensive part of the build was the benchtop itself.  It's a 2440x600x30mm solid timber top.  I picked it up brand new for $240 and spent about another $100 on sealers, stains and varnish to get the finish that I wanted.   The racing seat $160, carpet $44 and seat box <$50 was all fairly cheap to build with leftover material I had in the shed.  I would argue that it would give an off the shelf setup a run for it's money in terms of comfort and practicality.  I might be a tight ar*e but I can't see the value in spending over $1000 on a 1080 rig when I could build something at home for a lot cheaper.

Future upgrades will include a shifter, handbrake, and a tactile transducer (like a buttkicker).

In saying that, does anyone have a buttkicker and comment on what they are like? (not a wife I have one of those). I hear they are a great addition, particularly if you're running a VR setup? 

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2020, 09:39:33 PM »
Looks very cool, cant wait to see how it all turns out
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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2020, 09:52:26 PM »
Looks very cool, cant wait to see how it all turns out

Finished photos in the top post Phil. Might be a while before changing to a shifter and handbrake. Will wait for the reverb G2 and a RTX3080 to arrive before spending any more hard earned.

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Re: New working from home station
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2020, 12:04:01 AM »
Sweet, looks cool, gotta be happy with it ?
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