What are the advantages of aluminium instead of steel?
There are two advantages. The first is that aluminium is much better resistant to oxidation, so you don't have to worry if it gets wet or stays in damp places. The second advantage is that it weighs less, so the motor can give you better feedback force.
Aluminium weighs 3-4 times less than steel, but the weight of the original hub (the one made of plastic that contains buttons and electronics) accounts for a lot of the total weight.
Here's an example, considering an average weight of all Thrustmaster mods, including plate, hub and handles.
- Original steering wheel: about 1200 grams;
- Mod steel: about 850 grams;
- Aluminium Mod: about 600 grams.
What do we recommend? Aluminium costs about 20€ more. Decide on the basis of this. The difference in feeling when driving is very subjective. Usually under 1000g, the result is already satisfactory. Aesthetically, nothing changes, as the plate is coated with a carbon-like vinyl
How can I coat the handles?
Our handles are printed in 3D in PLA, with a surface finish that simulates the suede effect. We highly recommend coating the handles. In addition to making the steering wheel more comfortable, it helps to insulate the plates (in the case of steel mods) from moisture in your hands, which can cause oxidation after several months.
The options we recommend are:
RECOMMENDED: Tape for tennis rackets or bicycles. Available in sports shops for 3-5 € (decathlon). Aesthetically it's not the top maybe, but it's really comfortable. Installing them is not too complex. All it takes is a little patience and a few tries. We recommend buying tapes with as little width and thickness as possible. If you don't like how it came out, you can take them off and try again, as it doesn't need to be glued, and it insulates the steel plate well from the humidity of the hands.
- Fake alcantara. There are also adhesive fabrics, like this one. Installing it is not easy, but with a little patience the result is great. The aesthetic result is great, but in my opinion it is not as comfortable as the adhesive tape (subjective); To do so I recommend unscrewing the handles with a simple hexagonal key. Just make sure you don't overtighten them when you reassemble them, or you risk breaking the seat of the nut.
- True Alcantara. In this case I recommend entrusting it to a professional tailor.
We ship from Italy by GLS or UPS courier to many European countries, USA and Canada.
Here are some indicative data:
|Italy||6,90 €||1-3 business days|
|Europe||14,90 €||2-6 business days|
|USA \ Canada||29,90 €||4-8 business days|
Here's the info on our shipments: Shipping Policy
You can request a return within 14 days from the arrival of the goods. Simply send us the package back and we will make a refund of the order. In case of doubts or problems we are always at your disposal, both before and after that 14 days. In case of our error or factory defect, the cost of shipping (return shipping) is also at our expense. In case of return for other reasons, the return shipment is at the purchaser's expense.
More here: Refund Policy
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Who are you?
We are Andrea Cugnata and Francesco Cugnata.
We do it out of passion. As sim racing enthusiasts we have ventured into this project. Our headquarters is in Ragusa, Sicily, Italy.
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