Podium DD1 And DD2 QR Issue The Z-Ring Solution

 

Z-Ring version 14
2019 On an original idea by Zappadoc – EKSIMRacing.com

The Z-Ring increases the stability of you Fanatec rim loaded onto the Fanatec Podium DD1/DD2 QR system WITHOUT THE NEED TO USE THE LOCKING SCREW which is much more convenient when you have more than one wheel and want to change it quickly and that’s also the big interest of a QR system. Your rim feel more sturdy to get a better ffb feedback.

LICENSE:
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Lire les conditions d’utilisations ici (Français):

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3D PRINT THE Z-RING:

File: z_ring(v14).stl

Filament: PETG (Black or Gray Sunlu or Real)

Resolution: 0.1800 (layer height)
Infill: 100%
Rafts: No
Supports: No

Extruder: 240° first layer; 235° during 3 layers; then 230° until finish
Bed: 80°

DOWNLOAD THE 3D STL FILE:

License under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

zring_zappadoc_v14a.zip

 

INSTALLATION:

(the operation is totally safe and reversible)

Changing_QR_DD2-Manual-EN PDF Page 16

– follow the Podium manual (page 16) to remove the QR System
– unload the metal locking ring and the pressure ring (put the pressure ring in safe place we no longer using it)
– to be able to remove easily big black rubber (put the black rubber in safe place we no longer using it)


– insert the Z-Ring (see the image)
– load the locking ring IN REVERSE
– follow again the Podium manual to put back the QR system
– Tighten the locking ring over the Z-Ring

that’s it!

Cheers,
z

 

[FANATEC] Formula V2 Rim With Custom Flag LED Colors, soon available…

Hi,
Some guys ask me to add the possibility to change the default colors layout of the FLAG Led of the Fanatec Formula v2 in SLIMax Mgr (Pro and Fanatec Edition) which are traditionally blue, yellow, red, red, yellow, blue, so I did it…(soon available).

Cheers,
z

MotionMax 6DOF FREX Edition Simulator Software Updated!

MotionMax 6DOF FREX Edition Simulator Software has been updated!

CHANGELOG 2019-06-14:

– Performance improvements of the FREX Actuator driver

Select menu “Check For Update” and click the button “Download And Install All” using the MotionMax auto-updater

About FREX 6DOF Simulator:

FREX 6DOF Simulator Driven by Sena Sakaguchi. Point leader of GT300 of Super GT Japan. Practice for next unknown Thai Circuit by FREX 6DOF Body Motion Simulator. He says “Motion style lean seat or roll rig is not good for practice. The FREX 6DOF motion simulator Is very natural and good.”

Posted by FREX on Wednesday, 19 June 2019

 

Super GT 2019:

Morio Nitta & Sena Sakaguchi
K-tunes Racing – Bridgestone

 

Cheers,
z

UPDATED: SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Fanatec Edition Updated Today!

 

SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Fanatec Edition Updated Today!

CHANGELOG 2019-06-06:

– compiled with the new Fanatec SDK v3.9

Good News! The FLAG LED of Fanatec Formula V2 on CSW Base v2.0 are now fully supported! in addition to all newer wheel bases (CSW V2.5, Podium DD Series, CSL Elite v1.1 ).

ATTENTION: The latest driver v336 + latest Base v2.0 Firmware v656+ is required to enjoy all features of your Fanatec Formula V2 steering wheel with the CSW Base v2.0. This new driver is available on Beta Driver area of Fanatec website

To get the latest Plugins/Software for SLIMax Manager,
run the manager and select menu « Check For Update… »
and then click the « Download And Install All  » button

 

UPDATED: Unfortunately we found an issue without workaround yet with latest driver/firmware of CSW Base v2: the OLED Display of the Fanatec Formula V2 rim on CSW Base v2 not working properly and stays blank under some circumstance, the OLED of the McLaren rim on CSW Base v2 works fine…

 

NEW UPDATE TODAY: I found the bug, this is a performance issue of the combo CSW Base v2 + Formula V2 rim with latest driver/firmware v336 which needs more CPU cycles to refresh the OLED display correctly. The previous driver/firmware v335 on this combo works fine (but without FLAG LED obviously).

 

 

WORKAROUND: if you downgrade your Base v2 to driver v335 with previous wheel base firmware OLED will work again but the LEDs are not working with apps compiled with latest Fanatec SDK v3.9 like the latest SLIMax Manager!

 

if the OLED display of your Formula v2 is important for you (more than the FLAG LED), then simply downgrade the driver and the firmware of your CSW Base v2 to v335 and download SLIMax Mgr Installer (which is compiled with previous version of Fanatec SDK v3.8) from EKSIMRacing website and obviously DO NOT UPDATE SLIMAX until Fanatec fix the problem.

We already reported the issue to Fanatec so they will fix it asap, hopefully.

A workaround has been added to SLIMax Manager (All Editions) and already deployed, Check For Update as usual to get the latest software.

 

Cheers,
z

MotionMax 2/3/4/5/6 DOF The PRO Training Car Racing Simulator Software

MotionMax 2/3/4/5/6 DOF

The PRO Training Car Racing Simulator Software

The family is now complete with the new MotionMax 2DOF software availability, this is an ultra-modular solution for your motion platform from a DIY project with a 2DOF or 3DOF core base + an optional TL (traction loss) and SURGE (braking/acceleration) layers to a full PRO training project with a real 6DOF motion platform like the FREX 6DOF machine.

MotionMax it is not yet available for purchase to the general public. It is included with simulators manufactured by private motorsports companies, OEM hardware motion simulator companies and actuator manufacturers who are in partnership with us.

If you’re interested and want us to add the support of your motion platform 2/3/4/5DOF (or your electric linear actuator) to MotionMax contact us by email (or use this form)

Visit EKSIMRacing.com for more info on MotionMax Software.

Cheers,
z

 

 

DiRT Rally 2.0 FFB Patch, Fanatec Podium DD And Simucube DD

Hi,

Codemasters just released the most anticipated patch! so is theFFB fixed or not? Well I’m not going to reply to this question cause it depends on your driving skill level and obviously on your hardware.

For now, I’m just going to say FFB of latest DR2.0 build is now acceptable to PRO or serious sim racer if it’s associated with a 6DOF motion simulator (or a 3DOF+TL simulator) and obviously if it’s correctly setup. Alone, so without a motion simulator, the implementation of the FFB suffers from a huge lack of information. The default FFB game settings/preset of DR2 is really bad for direct drive, do not use it ever!

 

Device type and id consideration:

Read my post to fully activate the support of the Simucube DD to Dirt Rally 2.0, here.

For Fanatec install the High-Torque dongle.

Then be sure to add official=”false” in the corresponding line of your direct drive device to get access to all FFB parameters of DR2.

The line in input/devices/device_type.xml file should looks like this:

For Fanatec DD, be sure to set the SEN to AUTO and keep in mind the Fanatec DD full rotation is 1080° not 900°.

Run the game and select your direct drive device in the input settings and start to calibrate the steering wheel. Calibrating is important to enable the softlock in game.

During the calibration, when the game asking you to turn back the wheel at 90° simply turn gently the wheel until your reach the 900° (attention for Fanatec DD it’s 1080°).

Then go to FFB settings and set params using the values below. These params are a good base for quickly get started with the DD and can be tweaked to suit your needs.

The “self aligning torque” in game settings should not be decreased to much to get the perfect “weight” feeling of the steering wheel, decrease the FF value from the Fanatec wheel or in the Simucube settings instead if needed.

 

The 6DOF FREX motion platform with MotionMax 6DOF software complete nicely your experience and immersion. This is a “must have” with latest DiRT Rally 2.0 to get a complete driving feeling, a good balance between forces and movements to avoid exaggerations that “disconnect” you from the road and for a more natural driving.

 

 

The MotionMax DiRT Rally 2 profile is a very good base and should be used to get started, then I suggest to reduce the TL effect a bit and increase the smoother effect.

 

If you’ve more than one device and app to connect in UDP to your Codemasters game (or any other game using UDP network protocol) I suggest to use the Sim Racing Proxy Server (SRPS), it’s 100% free.
For example, sharing UDP communication from the game with the motion simulator and a device display or a virtual dash using SLIMax Mgr Pro and MotionMax apps is easy. Read the SRPS web page for more info, here.

Cheers,
z

 

MotionMax FREX 6DOF Updated!

 

MotionMax Manager FREX 6DOF Edition has been updated today!

 

 

Changelog 2019-05-10:
– optimization of the YAW/TL moves to get a little wider angle of rotation so to have a little more feedback in TL. This is not really much as we still have to fight with limitation of the 6DOF platform but better than nothing…

– better control of the smoother filter. More efficient.

– UDP options and thumbnail added for the new upcoming KartKraft plugin which be released as soon as we get all the missing motion data from Black Delta Studios.

– iRacing Plugins fixed to work with telemetry rate at 360Hz, Read the Plugin Information for more details.

To get the new update and keep your installation up to date of MotionMax6,
run the manager and select menu “Check For Update…
and then click the “Download And Install All” button

Cheers,
z

SLIMax Manager Pro v3.4.6.6 Available Today (Full Support Of Bodnar Fanatec Conversion Kit Added)

(ATTENTION: Previous version 3.4.6.4 is no longer updated, we recommend to all users to switch asap to version v3.4.6.6)

Hi,

The latest version v3.4.6.6 of SLIMax Manager Pro is available today. ;)

Changelog 2019-02-15:

Main change
– Full support of USB Fanatec conversion kit added. The name of this device is SLIFANATEC-BODNAR OR SLI-FTEC to be differentiated between Fanatec hardware. So  when you edit your setup do not choose Fanatec icon but SLI-FTEC ;)

– generic setups for the USB Fanatec conversion kit added

Other changes
– minor bug fixed in gear display function
– workaround removed on ACC basic setups, the issue with max engine RPM value has been fixed in ACC hotfix v0.7.2

Several plugins for MotionMax 6DOF and SLIMax Manager (All Versions) have been updated.

PiBoSo Kart Racing Pro Bridge updated for KRP Release 8,
the new plugin bridge must be installed manually in the 64Bit directory of KRP (32bit is no longer supported)

Plugin Info Page:
http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=2052.0

PiBoSo GP Bikes Plugin And Bridge updated for GPB Beta 15,
the new plugin bridge must be installed manually in the 64Bit directory of GPB (32bit is no longer supported)

Plugin Info Page:
http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=2364.0
How to configure PiBoSo games:
http://www.eksimracing.com/f-a-q/configure-piboso-games/

MotionMax 6DOF plugin RaceRoom Racing Experience Updated today!
Plugin Info Page:
http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=2197.0

How to configure the game:
http://www.eksimracing.com/f-a-q/configure-race-room-racing-experience-r3e-from-sector3-studios/

 

Installation:

If you already have the version v3.4.6.5 you can just select Check For Update menu followed by Download And Install All

Otherwise download the installer,
right-click on it to install As Administrator to avoid any permission issue with Windows OS

Download SLIMax Manager Pro v3.4.6.6

Force update your existing setups,
use the  Advanced Options tab in the auto-updater and click Overwrite All Updated Setups, see the screenshot

The current devices and virtual racing dash supported (2019-04) are:

– SIM RACE LCD, SIM RACE GT, SIM RACE F1, SIM RACE Deluxe or SIM RACE PRO USB Shift lights Display devices from SIM Display,
– USB Shift lights Interface ( SLI-F1, SLI-PRO, SLI-M, BU0710, old SLI,…) and game controllers from Leo Bodnar,
– USB Fanatec Conversion Kit from Leo Bodnar
– All Fanatec (including the OSW Teensy-LC mod ),
– All Logitech steering wheel,
– Steelseries SRW-S1,
– All Thrustmaster steering wheels,
– and also, support any HID Compliant hardware including, any buttons-box like the famous Derek Speare Designs (DSD) devices, any buttons and encoders controllers, joystick, gamepad, shifter, etc.

– VDASH-EMU virtual racing dash (usb device firmware emulator of real racing dash) From EKSIMRacing

The application can manage all devices and simultaneously.

Cheers,
z

SLI-FTEC Icon for the Bodnar USB Fanatec Conversion Kit:

Force update your existing setups:

[NEW] MotionMax 5 Manager (BETA 5DOF Simulator)

MotionMax 5 Manager 5DOF
Simulator Software Management
By Zappadoc ©2019 All Rights Reserved.
(MMX5 BETA Launched – 2019-03-20)

 

 

MotionMax 5 Manager,a more conventional 5DOF simulator management than the MMX 6DOF with 3 distinctive layers, the CORE layer, the SURGE layer and the Traction Loss (TL) layer.

MMX5 takes the benefit of  the V.P.I. system (Vehicle Physics Interpreter) and yaw dynamics (TL) motion code of MotionMax 6. An ultra accuracy and efficiency motion result in all car categories (F1 and other open wheel categories/Endurance/Proto/GT/Rally/Kart) with more than 60 games/simulations supported.

The CORE layer is a 3DOF system with 4 actuators including Pitch, Roll and Heave management.

The optional SURGE layer on top of the CORE give you huge acceleration and braking by sliding backward/forward on top of the CORE platform using one or two actuator.

The TL Layer is a solid base under the CORE layer with a pivot on the front and an arched rail allowing the whole structure to be moved by an actuator.

The MotionMax 5 Manager is currently in beta, contact us if you’re a manufacturer and want us to add the support of your motion platform 3/4/5DOF to MotionMax 5 Manager.

Cheers,
z

More info available on EKSIMRacing website.

[NEW] SLIMax Manager Fanatec Edition (v1.0) Available Today!

SLIMax Manager Fanatec Edition v1.0 is available today (2019-03-21)
Applications and plugins
(c)2011-2019 by Zappadoc – All Rights Reserved.
Edited By EKSIMRacing

All product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

 

The SLIMax Manager Fanatec Edition is a powerful, easy to use and 100% free declination of SLIMax Manager Pro but dedicated to Fanatec Hardware racing ecosystem.

 

Your steering wheel features are fully supported like shiftlighs REV LED, Warning/FLAG LED, MPS (rotary switches of McLaren and Formula V2 rim), rumble motors of wheel base or CSP Pedals set, from the latest Podium direct drive series to the oldest Porsche wheel base including the latest Formula V2 rim, enjoy your sim-rig with more then 60 games or simulations.

 

 

Download, Install, configure your game to send telemetry and to disable the native support of your LED/Display to not be in conflict with SLIMax Manager and you’re done. Click the Getting Started button below to get started with SLIMax Manager and your Fanatec hardware.

Click the image to get more info…

SLIMax Manager Fanatec Edition Getting Started