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Old Thu, Nov-12-2009, 10:58:39 AM   #1
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During my race car build I have designed a quick release steering wheel adapter for the SMG paddles.

Has anybody else done this?

Anybody who has build an SMG race car I am interested in your solutions as to what methods you've taken to complete your design. I'm have a couple of technical questions about how the SMG wheel works and just want to run my findings past somebody else who may be able to shed some light on my thoughts.

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Someone has this done.. let me find the link.

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http://vsetrack.com/racesteeringwhee...leshifters.htm


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I was talking to Scott, Crevier E46 M3 b/c he's the only other person I know who has done this. He turned me on to Vince at VSE, but I never saw his site until you posted it.

Anyway I figured out what my problem was. Al is non conductive once it's anodized. I have modified an off the shelf QD to make my design work and was working with their parts. Once I figured out that Al is non conductive I made a new part for the design to work, unfortunately I chose the wrong (easier to make of the two anodized parts) part to redesign. I was monkeying around last night with the fluke and decided just to let the wheel dangle by the wire and just touch the ground to the steering column, it works every time. So now i know the other anodized part has been my problem all along.

I'll post some pics when I get the prototype complete.
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I was talking to Scott, Crevier E46 M3 b/c he's the only other person I know who has done this. He turned me on to Vince at VSE, but I never saw his site until you posted it.

Anyway I figured out what my problem was. Al is non conductive once it's anodized. I have modified an off the shelf QD to make my design work and was working with their parts. Once I figured out that Al is non conductive I made a new part for the design to work, unfortunately I chose the wrong (easier to make of the two anodized parts) part to redesign. I was monkeying around last night with the fluke and decided just to let the wheel dangle by the wire and just touch the ground to the steering column, it works every time. So now i know the other anodized part has been my problem all along.

I'll post some pics when I get the prototype complete.
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I was thinking of developing a design and seeing if there would be a market for it. Apparently not much of one since you are the only one interested.

After looking at the VSE site and discussing with Scott, the VSE wheel is a wheel designed for racing. Radio controls, and it looks like it can also be used with Stack data logging or something like that. I can't compete with that, nore do I want to at this point. Dont know what your needs are, but VSE has some impressive things that they've done. If you need one now That's where I would look, if I would have known about it before, probably wouldn't have tried to do it myself. Plus, now that I've gotten the wheel together, I would do some things differently if I was making another.

I just tinker on the racecar. I learn by doing and this didn't seem difficult at first but I hit a few snags along the way which sometimes happens. What got me started down this path was having to be like gumby to get into and out of the car now that the cage is in. Especially crawling through the window when its on the trailer.

Once I get the questionable part EDM'd I'll get an idea of cost to make some units then see if anybody else is interested and maybe get a few of them made.

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Any updates on this project?

On a side note, has anyone looked in to the Works Bell Neo Shifter. I have heard they have an application specific set up for the e46 M3 now (but I think its very pricey)
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Any updates on this project?

On a side note, has anyone looked in to the Works Bell Neo Shifter. I have heard they have an application specific set up for the e46 M3 now (but I think its very pricey)
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The part is out for quote at my machinist. The hex has to be EDM'd and he doesn't have one. I've kinda gotten side tracked on some house projects so I'm not riding him hard to get it done. I told him I needed it by Christmas break.

I would definatly do a couple things differently. Once I get the working prototype complete I'll assess the cost to reproduce these. Obviously cost is dependant on the number of units produced. I had to redesign most of the pieces of the original one I bought from VAC so its similar to theirs, but different.

Here area few pics.

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