What Are Your Favorite Small Additions To Your Sim Racing Rig?

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Sim racing gear can easily break the bank, as anyone who has come into contact with virtual racing likely knows. However, small additions can make life in the rig not only easier, but also more enjoyable while allowing your piggy bank to see the light of another day – even simple things like being able to customize the buttons on a steering wheel.

It is not just expensive high-end gear Fanatec has on offer. Recently, I stumbled upon their Button Caps & Sticker set. This set allows you to individually label a multitude of differently colored button caps and use them with your Fanatec wheels. As someone who frequently switches between a Clubsport Formula V2.5X and the Porsche GT3 wheel, this is a simple but welcome addition to my sim racing gear – remembering what function is where on the different wheels sometimes is a more of a task than I would like to admit.

The principle is extremely simple: A total of 50 button caps in different colors, circular stickers in various other colors and more circular, clear stickers with functions in black or white on them allow the user to create the exact button layout they like. There are even rectangular stickers with the functions on them to put directly on the wheel as an extra addition – all while making your wheel look like it belonged in a real race car even more. The set is available via the RaceDepartment Store if you want to take a look yourself.

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Your favorite small additions?​

Of course, this is by far not the only small addition to a rig one can make. 3D-printed holders to use old phones as dash displays, LED strips to add nice lighting effects, self-built button boxes or even just a sticker of your favorite race car manufacturer or racing team – the possibilities are near endless.

RaceDepartment wants to know: What are your favorite small additions that make your sim racing life more enjoyable? Feel free to let us know in the comments – and post pictures, too, as DIY solutions are always an inspiration to other sim racers.
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Have some Nintendo water transfer tattoos on my old T300 wheel base... (don't ask why!! :p)
It's Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach... iwas "bored" some day and found them in a magazine.
I guess i still love Mario Kart... but i am driving in VR, so i don't care... haha! :D
 
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Amazon had a $33 USD lumbar support made from memory foam. It made my inexpensive NRG seat so much easier to sit in and race for extended periods of time.
Amen! Ordered from Amazon on Saturday at 9 AM and had it delivered by 11 AM the same day. I have a Sparco seat and replaced the lower back pad with the same one you showed. It fit perfect, like it was made for the seat.
 
Have some Nintendo water transfer tattoos on my old T300 wheel base... (don't ask why!! :p)
It's Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach... iwas "bored" some day and found them in a magazine.
I guess i still love Mario Kart... but i am driving in VR, so i don't care... haha! :D
Oh, you... Mario Kart isn't that for children, only.. ?
Anyway, have fun with it.. :whistling:
 
An plate for the pedals placed on the default pedal mounting plate that came with my panels; to make sure that my feets hit the pedals on the right spot without wearing shoes. This made a HUGE difference, without it the pedals were quite unusable for me(this while I have a medium/normal footsize).
 
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We have two computers to race on, one with a decent steering wheel and one with a Logitech Driving force with terrible pedals. The accelerator pedal is ok but with the breaking pedal it is very difficult to brake just a little. This problem is solved by putting a piece of foam rubber under the pedal. This was an investment of zero euro and made me very happy.
 
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The 21:9 Ultrawide wasn't a small addition, but getting some quick detachment plates to move it without much effort between my desk and my rig was. Probably the best 20 bucks I spent in the simracing world so far...
 
My fave small addition after all these years is still my little 9" generic $40 tablet w/dashmeter.
Only bummer about it is that I also play a lot of un-sim racing games which don't have data output so I occasionally can't use it . First world problems.
 

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