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1 Mar 2015

Backup Wheels?

Backup Wheels?

Author: Berney Villers  /  Categories: AccuForce Wheel  /  Rate this article:
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Many sim racers keep a backup wheel in their closet because they expect their steering system to fail and don't want to miss a league race. This means that they have $300-$1000 in a closet collecting dust due to the poor reliability of existing solutions.

The AccuForce attempts to address this by utilizing only the highest quality components, providing built in redundancy for critical components and making available replacements for common wear items.

Common wear items are buttons and slip rings. These items will eventually fail and are the only items on the AccuForce that we can see needing replacement at some point in the future. It's difficult to predict when. It may be 5 years, it may be 15 years. Commercial environments where the unit runs 8 or more hours per day, every day, will require servicing before a typical consumer deployed unit.

While you could certainly get along in a league race with a failed button, you could not get along with a failed slip ring. We designed the AccuForce with the thought of abolishing the "backup wheel" concept. To that end, we include a backup cable (pictured) with the AccuForce. This cable can connect  the AccuForce enclosure base unit to the wheel button box, circumventing the slip ring while you order in a replacement.  There is no need to miss an important race, even many years down the road. Just don't misplace your backup cable!

So go ahead, sell off your backup wheel and spend that $300-$1000 on other items to enhance your sim racing experience.

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Steven Alexander

3/1/2015 3:02 PM

Is the cable in the photo the cable that is needed as backup? Is that not just a phone handset cable?

If so, well done! That can be picked up any number of places 24hrs a day.


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Berney Villers

3/1/2015 3:20 PM

Standard household phone cords are often 2 or 4 wire. It is not a normal household phone cord but they are commonly available. It is a 6 wire, which was often used in older small business phone systems so it's still commonly available. Since we're including one with the AccuForce, the only reason you'll need to buy one is if you misplace it though.


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Ben Saunders

3/2/2015 9:05 AM

Wow,

Thanks Berney and team.

This answers one of my longest standing problems with the CSW.

I have had to own a backup in the cupboard since 2010 and its a royal pain in the arse. Now it seems you have done what you can to address the problem before it becomes a problem. GENIUS!!


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Mark Turriziani

4/22/2016 8:07 AM

Is there any way to connect the button box directly to a PC and not to the Accuforce base unit?

The button box may be appealing to people building there own sim/wheel setup. Your button box looks like one of the best on the market.


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Berney Villers

6/4/2016 1:42 AM

I'm sorry Mark, that is not currently a supported scenario. Thanks for the kind words about the button box.

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