Blog posts of '2018' 'September'

Fanatec McLaren GT3 Snap Action Shifter Upgrade

Due to some people having problems with the Fanatec shifters we have now developed a way to upgrade the shifters to our Carbon Fibre Snap Action shifters.

This is not a cheap option as there is a lot of work to be done to the wheel to fit them.  The new shifters do transform the wheel though.

Fanatec McLaren GT3 Wheel (KNOWN ISSUES)

We have had several issues reported with the McLaren wheel since we have been supplying them.  None of the issues seem to relate to the conversion or conversion kits, they are all faults in the wheel itself from Fanatec.


Clutch issue (No longer an issue with new wheels)

Symptoms: After about 1/2 hour of use the clutch may stop working until the wheel is reconnected.

Cause: Bad Fanatec Wheel Firmware

Fix: Early wheels were supplied with wheel firmware of V19 or lower and these suffer the issue.  Later wheels have been shipping with V23 firmware and the latest Beta at time of writing is V25.  If you have firmware 19 or lower you need to flash the wheel firmware.  This can only be done on a CSL or CSW 2.0 or 2.5 wheel base.


Shifter issues

Symptoms: Shifter was fine and then develops miss shifts, double shifts or in some cases just does not work at all.

Casue: In side the wheel the shifter works by pressing a plastic rod which rubber end onto a curved metal plate which when pressed down joins two contacts on the wheel PCB.  The metal plate is only held in place by tape!  In the wheels where a shifter stops working properly we have found that the plate has moved.  We suspect that in prolonged use the plate gets warm and the tape glue gets soft, thus allowing it to move.  This then means that the pressing does not always work.

Fix: You can either re-apply the metal plate by opening up the wheel and looking on the underside of the PCB or we now offer a Carbon Fibre Snap Action Shifter upgrade.  Unfortuantly the upgrade is rather complex so wheels would have to be sent to us to apply it.