Top 10 SimRacing Accessories EVERY SimRacer NEEDS

Top 10 SimRacing Accessories EVERY SimRacer NEEDS

Introduction

In this blog post, I’m going to be showing you 10 accessories you can add to your SimRig to take your experience to the next level. Now I don’t mean pedals or handbrakes which are products you’d find on most SimRigs. I’m talking about those accessories that you start to add after you’ve got the essentials.

Now I have most of these and no this isn’t a sponsored video, but it means I can speak with some confidence about their effectiveness and if they are worth buying or a waste of money and also their quality so without any more messing around let's get into it.

1. Gloves

So why wear gloves? Well, firstly they stop your hands from sweating all over the wheel which keeps it relatively dry and if you’re driving for long periods of time you can turn the wheel with a good solid grip and not have it slide around. But they also keep your wheels nice and clean and they prevent damage to wheels with Alcantara grips. And SimRacing steering wheels aren’t cheap. My Fanatec V2 Formula wheel cost me £350 so by wearing gloves I’m protecting my wheel and the Alcantara from my hands. The last thing I want to be doing is getting it re-gripped every 6 months.

There are plenty of makes of SimRacing gloves out there like SimHound, but I personally use SimRacing gloves from F33L. I’ve had these for 3 years now and they’ve not frayed or come apart at all. They're super light and comfortable and just give me that extra bit of grip needed and help me look after my wheels too. So I can highly recommend these.

https://www.f33l.gg/

https://simhound.com/

2. Integrated Keyboard and Mouse

Next up is an integrated keyboard and mouse. If you’re like me and have limited space to attach a keyboard tray and a mouse plate or you just don’t want to fork out for both of those then an integrated mouse and keyboard like the Logitech K400+ is a great option. I can put this on my lap and use the keyboard elements and the mouse elements with one device. It’s wireless which frees up precious USB slots on my set-up but also limits the number of cables running around my rig as well.

Now it isn’t rechargeable which sounds like a bad thing but in my experience, I always forgot to charge previous keyboards and mice. And when I would jump in the rig I couldn’t log in or launch any games so I’d have to wait until it had enough charge and by then the time I had to drive had gone.

It takes 2 AA batteries so if the keyboard battery is flat I can quickly just change them and jump in and drive. But in the 18 months I’ve owned it I’ve not changed the batteries once. Clearly, I need to drive more.

You can get these new for just under £35.

3. Gaming headset

If you’re like me and have a family then you may find yourself having to drive in the evenings when other people are in other rooms watching TV or sleeping. And because of that, a great gaming headset is a must. Now I drive in VR so my audio is sorted but I’ve used the Philips SHP9500s https://amzn.to/3QoPfbe in the past before getting my VR headset and these are a great piece of kit for around £80-£90.

4. Racing socks/shoes

Now I don’t own a pair of these yet but I do know a few people that rate these. If anyone wants to send me some to review I’d be happy to take a look <wink> Anyway, like the gloves there are plenty around again SimHound have these and there have been some good reviews on them. They’re very reasonably priced too. Now you don’t have to buy SimRacing socks or shoes I personally wear slippers or if it’s hot bear foot but that’s because I’m really old but I do find after some time that my feet begin to hurt so I may invest in a set.

https://simhound.com/

5. Cup/Bottle holder

Next up may seem like an odd one but it’s a cup or bottle holder. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated and with one of these attached to your rig, you’ll never have that problem again. There are a few out there that you can buy for around £10. Most come with a few mounting options so check that this can be attached to your rig before you buy.

https://www.raceanywhere.co.uk/products/cup-holder

https://racingcockpits.com/products/t-slot-mountable-cupholder-for-sim-racing-rig

https://pure-sims.com/product/cup-holder/

6. Buttkicker/bass shaker

These can make your rig come to life by reacting to the telemetry data from your PC. So information such as driving over kerbs, engine revs, upshifts and downshifts the bass shaking picks up those signals, vibrating accordingly bringing a whole new level of immersion to your experience. Now the most common one is the Buttkicker Gamer Pro or the Plus which is a single bass shaker and all come with an amplifier to drive them. Prices for the Buttkickers start from $279.

https://thebuttkicker.com/pages/buttkicker-gaming-products

The Dayton bass shakers are also very popular starting from $50 each but you’ll need to buy an AMP separately.

https://www.amazon.com/stores/DaytonAudio/page/5709B9F7-045C-4C2C-A4F2-E4AF8D7019F9?ref_=ast_bln

7. Wind Sim

Now this one seems to be like Marmite. Essentially like a buttkicker it uses the telemetry from the game to reproduce the same feeling of wind speeding up or slowing down based on the speed of the car. Some models even have something called wind curving which changes the wind direction as you turn the car.

Now I have one of these and it does do a good job when driving open-wheelers but it can also turn into an expensive way to cool yourself down on those hot summer days. In my opinion, not a need more of a want.

https://www.simracingstudio.com/shop?Category=Hurricane+Wind+Kits

8. Button Box

Button boxes essentially allow you to map functions from the game to buttons on that button box. So as an example, you can make the ignition function from the game to a button on your button box so like real-world racing cars you can fire up the ignition at the touch of a button. The same with the Start button. But they can do so much more than just that. You can map DRS, traction control, and brake bias, you can have a lights button, a pit confirm button, a windscreen wipers button etc, etc.

There are many button boxes available and you can even get those that combine an Elgato Stream deck into one too allowing for an almost infinite number of customisable buttons.

9. USB Hub

USB hubs can be very helpful for sim racing if you do not have enough USB ports on your motherboard or PC. You’ll need to buy a powered hub and not an unpowered hub. An issue you might face regarding the performance of a connected device is power delivery failures when using unpowered USB hubs. This can result in the device repeatedly disconnecting or not even powering on at all. Powered USB hubs simply don’t have this issue as power is delivered through a standard power plug, resulting in consistent delivery of power, and putting very little stress on your PC itself.

Not always needed. If you’ve got enough ports on your motherboard then you’re good to go but just bear in mind that even with just a few more accessories you can run out very quickly indeed.

10. Dash

And, finally next up is a dash. A dash is essentially a physical piece of hardware like a dashboard that you see inside the car in the Sim title which is typically attached to your wheelbase. And essentially it shows you information about the car and track. Things like what gear you’re in, what the tire temperatures are, traction control settings and lap times and much more. There are many products available, I use the dash from simDash which I’ve had for many years and combined with the LovelyDashboard app it’s just perfect now.

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