I made a few more changes to my sim rig recently. I think I'm up to about version 4.0 of this evolving configuration. If I ever get so something that feels "finished" I may even splurge and slap some black paint on it.
Before Christmas I'd ordered this kit:
I picked up a couple of 2 x 8's and added a base to the platform that I've been using with the http://wheelstandpro.com/
. Previously, the plywood "floor" sat right on the floor of the room and it was a bit awkward getting in and out and too low for the TV which is mounted on a swing-out bracket so it can move flush against the wall.
I mounted the amp for the buttkicker under the seat where it's out of the way, but I can still access the controls.
The buttkicker and my speakers both have wired remotes which I've fixed to the side of the seat base for easy access.
The buttkicker is mounted directly below the seat. It's pretty small and I thought mounting it as close to the seat as possible would be best.
Turns out the unit has lots of power. ("good, good, good vibrations"....)
Something I hadn't anticipated is that it sends LFE vibrations through the entire platform, so you can feel it via the pedals and through the steering wheel too. Since the base is now basically a big hollow box, it kinda reverberates in a way that seems just right. Even more effective than I'd thought - running over 'gator style curbs feels pretty much like the real thing.
I have to say I'm really pleased with the amount of realism it's added. I had been thinking about it for a while and after trying the sims at Impulse Sim Racing a couple times, I was convinced it would be worthwhile. No, it's not the same as adding a full motion platform obviously, but in terms of letting your body (butt, feet, hands, ears) get a better sense of what the tires are doing it adds a tremendous amount back into the sim and takes away a lot of that sterile, disconnected sensation. Highly recommended.