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

Abstract:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

Read the terms & conditions of uses here (English):

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

Lire les conditions d’utilisations ici (Français):

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/deed.fr

 

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

 

VDASH-EMU is an emulator, but what’s an emulator?

VDASH-EMU is an emulator, but what’s an emulator?

EKSIMRacing created the SLI-PRO EMU (SLIEmu) in 2009 during the creation of the SLI-PRO USB display in collaboration with Leo Bodnar at this time it was necessary to test the software even before  the availability of the prototype of the USB card, for that stuff we must create what is called an EMULATOR, which aims to reproduce exactly the internal software of the card (the FIRMWARE) and according to the commands sent to the card (so to the firmware) to get the same behaviors for leds, display panels, gear, buttons, encoders, switches, etc.

SLI-PRO emulation on Android (first gen EMU released in 2009):

By doing this you can test your USB display card management software without having the card available physically. That’s how the first racing display emulator for Android was born.

In engineering, emulation is commonly used during development and before the manufacture of a new product. F1 engines are emulated to optimize their efficiency and effectiveness.

VDASH-EMU is the 2nd generation emulator (much more powerful) and it is not a simple graphic dash racing as we can find tons on the net, it’s firstly an emulator of an USB device ( the SIM Race F1 SIM Display) in other words the internal software of the USB card (the firmware) is emulated which allows to use it exactly like a real racing display, which also allows to have 32 buttons , 5 encoders, 3 switches, 15 RPM leds, 6 Marshal Leds, 7 externals leds, 2 display panels (right and left) of 4 digits of 14 segments and one central digit of 7 segments for gear.

All configurations applicable to the SIM Race F1 usb card are applicable to the VDASH-EMU. In addition to the standard graphical objects (digital and analog gauges, telemetry DATA, tach, labels, etc.) there are some objects directly managed by the emulator, including the left / right panels, the object RPM shiftlights bar, all Leds, big gear object (central gear display), buttons, encoders, switches.

So you can read the doc and tutorial of SLIMax on the SIM Race F1 usb card because it’s directly applicable to VDASH-EMU objects.

For $5 (license of VDASH-EMU) you have the same features as the SIM Display USB Display Card + a full buttonbox + a complete virtual racing dash with hundreds of dash templates ready to use.

A high resolution SIM Race F1 template for the VDASH-EMU is available at EKSIMRacing VDASH-EMU templates repository (see the link below), this is an example of template using objects managed by the EMUlator:

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4265.0

Here is template this time using several objects:

Tyres And Time Monitor Template v1

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4049.0

 

Another example using the EMUlated controls (buttons, encoders, switches) to create custom ButtonBox:

A Good Start For Your Custom ButtonBox

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4302.0

Elle est pas belle la vie! (Isn’t Life Beautiful!)

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

Codemasters F1 2019 Plugins For SLIMax And MotionMax Updated!

Codemasters F1 2019 Plugins For SLIMax And MotionMax have been updated today

CHANGELOG (2019-06-18):

– conformity with latest UDP API of F1 2019

For those who have been selected by the Codemasters F1 2019 Beta program, the plugins (STD & DX12) are ready to download in EKSIMRacing beta forum, here

Gold premium, VIP, generous donators or PRO subscriber/status is required to get access to beta forum area, for other members login and click the Upgrade Your Account to get access to this area.

MotionMax plugins are available on demand only, ask FREX directly if you’re interested.

Enjoy the new Codemasters F1 opus with your sim-(motion)-rig and SLIMax Manager Pro or SLIMax Fanatec Edition.

Cheers,
z

Codemasters F1 2019 Beta Plugins For MotionMax 6DOF FREX Edition Available!

Hello,

The Codemasters F1 2019 Beta Plugins for MotionMax 6DOF FREX Edition are Available!

For those who have been selected by the Codemasters F1 2019 Beta program, the F1 2019 plugins (Standard and DX12 versions) for MotionMax are available on demand, contact FREX directly if you’re interested.

Read the plugins page for more info on how to configure telemetry.

Cheers,
z

 

Do not forget to activate the plugins

 

KartKraft Plugin For MotionMax 6DOF FREX Edition Available Today!

KartKraft Plugin For MotionMax 6DOF FREX Edition Available Today!

 

CHANGELOG:
– KartKraft Pugins added: check the dedicated plugin page for more info

– bug fixed: percentage of smoother filter is now correctly reported in UI after reloading the MMX game profile

Installation:
(version 3.4.6.5 or greater required )
– Select menu “Check For Update” and click the button “Download And Install All” using the MotionMax auto-updater

Cheers,
z

 

KartKraft Plugins For SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Mgr Fanatec Edition Available Today

KartKraft Plugins Available Today!

 

 

For SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Mgr Fanatec Edition (and MotionMax later today)

(Updated 2019-05-23)

CHANGELOG:
– KartKraft Pugins added: check the dedicated plugin page for more info

Installation:
(version 3.4.6.5 or greater required )
– Select menu “Check For Update” and click the button “Download And Install All” using the SLIMax auto-updater

 

if you have more than one device to connect to KartKraft UDP telemetry stream, read the Sim Racing Proxy Server web page, our powerfull and 100% free universal UDP proxy server with up to 50 devices/apps running simultaneously.

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