What are the advantages of a lighter material?
Many of our wheel mods are available in different materials. Steel, Aluminium and Carbon Fibre. A higher quality material has several advantages.
The lighter the wheel, the more force is transmitted from the base to your hands;
Carbon fibre and aluminium are more durable, and the strength-to-weight ratio is much better.
Here's an example, considering an average weight (plate + handles):
- Original steering wheel: about 820 grams;
- Mod steel: about 520 grams;
- Aluminium Mod: about 300 grams;
- Carbon fiber: about 200 grams.
However, lighter materials cost more, so even a steel plate is more than valid if you don't want to pay the extra price.
Which model do we recommend?
If different mods are available for your steering wheel, which one to choose? Once the matter of the plate material has been clarified, it becomes a matter of taste.
In terms of grip comfort, all models with "F1 Style" grips (like this one) offer the best. They are designed to "wrap" your hand in the best possible way, so that at any steering angle you can apply the force you want to the steering wheel.
Other models sacrifice a bit of comfort in favour of beauty, like the L-Style models.
Ah, we don't recommend DTM models for people with very big hands.
Follow your heart!
Here is a comparison of the weights of the various steel models.
The diameter of the steering wheel
- A very large diameter steering wheel helps you to be more precise in small changes of direction, but the longer leverage will give you less force feedback.
- On the other hand, a small steering wheel may be less precise, but it allows you to be faster in changing direction and feel the motor feedback more forcefully.
The diameters of our wheel mods in most cases reflect the original rim diameters (typically 28cm for Logitech and Thrustmaster, 29cm for T-GT etc), so that the motor works at the regime for which it was designed and does not create reliability problems.