How to Build a PC Racing Wheel

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How to Build a PC Racing Wheel
A computer racing wheel can help simulate the feeling of a realistic car race. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Computer racing games are a hit with many gaming enthusiasts and even casual gamers. However, the racing can be made even more realistic by obtaining a racing wheel that can connect to the computer. The modern racing wheels allow the gamer to control and steer the car as the user would steer a normal vehicle. Although racing wheels can be purchased, you can build your own by converting an Xbox racing wheel to a PC racing wheel for a low cost. Most Xbox controllers and wheels are USB compatible and can be adapted to function with a USB port.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Xbox racing wheel
  • Wire cutters
  • Male USB adaptor cable
  • Ruler
  • Wire strippers
  • Electrical tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Obtain a used Xbox racing wheel. These can be found at various electronics stores for a low cost or garage sales.

  2. 2

    Use wire cutters to cut off the plug that is inserted into the Xbox at the end of the Xbox racing wheel cord. Discard of the cut off plug.

  3. 3

    Measure approximately 5 inches from the male end of the USB cord with a ruler. The male end of the USB cord corresponds to the end that would be inserted into a computer or laptop. Use wire cutters to cut the male end of the USB at the 5-inch mark. Discard of the remaining portion of the USB cable.

  4. 4

    Strip between 1 to 2 inches of insulation at the free ends of the Xbox racing wheel cord and USB cable with wire strippers. Strip approximately 1 inch of insulation from the coloured wires inside the cables to expose the bare wire inside each coloured wire.

  5. 5

    Connect the striped copper wires together by matching the colours from the USB cable to that of the Xbox racing wheel. Twist the wires together and secure the wires with electrical tape.

  6. 6

    Wrap the two cables with electrical tape for additional security. Start the tape a few inches from the striped ends of the cables.

  7. 7

    Plug the USB end of the racing wheel your computer's USB port.

Tips and warnings

  • Although electrical tape will keep the wires secure, you can solder the copper wires for additional security.

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