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Race-Car-Feel Brake Conversion Load Cell v2 for Thrustmaster T3PA-PRO and T500RS Pedals

Race-Car-Feel Brake Conversion Load Cell v2 for Thrustmaster T3PA-PRO and T500RS Pedals
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Your Price (USD): $169.99
Compatibility: Thrustmaster T500RS & T3PA-PRO Pedals


Availability: Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Days
Item #: RMT-LC500

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the best upgrade for T500RSThe most realistic load cell conversion kit for the Thrustmaster T500RS/T3PA pedal set has just gotten better. Want to improve your lap times? The load cell upgrade will help you get there by upgrading the brake pedal on your Thustmaster pedal set from a travel sensitive, potentiometer-based pedal to a force sensitive based load cell pedal. The additional effort required to apply maximum braking force will help you better modulate the braking force. Our unique combination of the 2-stage spring/bushing and precision load cell create the proper exponentially progressive feel akin to a hydraulic brake pedal. Our spring/bushing assembly is designed to ease the return on the brake pedal to better replicate the feel of a hydraulic brake pedal. The pedal eases back up rather than snapping back like the original spring, while still releasing braking force to keep you fast on the track.

"The human brain/body system modulates most effectively by force, not by displacement. The side control sticks on current fighter aircraft hardly move. The feel of the brake pedal should approach the firmness and consistency of a brick. There are several factors at work here . . . "
(Stephen Ruiz, Engineering Manager and Carroll Smith, Consulting Engineer at StopTech LLC)

If you are looking for a load cell upgrade kit has been engineered to replicate the feel and reaction of a real race car brake system then you have found it. The LC500 load cell kit is designed to replicate the pedal travel and resistance of Formula 1, Daytona Prototypes, Formula Fords and spec Miata braking systems to replicate the ultimate in realism. The version 2 kit now includes two different urethane bushings and spacers to permit adjusting the firmness and deadzone feeling of the pedal. When the brake pedal is under mid to full braking load the pedal remains at a steady height to make heel-toe downshifting possible without upsetting the balance of the car. Unlike the original and aftermarket bushings and bumpers, the load cell provides a linear response from your braking effort; 50% more force = 50% more braking.

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Load Cell vs. Conical Brake Mod

The T3PA-PRO pedals include a factory supplied "conical brake mod" which is intended to feel just like a load cell. Don't be fooled! This device makes the pedal feel increasingly firmer the further it is pressed, making harder to move. However, the pedal is still using a potentiometer and is still reading movement rather than force. So while the game is determining braking by how far the pedal has moved, the "conical brake mod" is preventing the pedal from moving creating a dis-proportioned amount of in-game braking relative to the force being applied to the pedal. A load cell changes everything completely. The load cell replaces the potentiometer and turns the pedal into a purely force-based reading. Therefore, any additional force on the pedal directly translates into a proportional amount of braking applied in the game. This leads to better control over the brakes resulting in better lap times.

The upgrade kit includes all the parts needed to complete the installation, the load cell, electronics, spring and two urethane bumpers for varying pedal firmness, stainless steel shims for adjusting deadzone, mounting bracket, adapter cable, and wire management. All components in this kit fit neatly inside your pedal assembly to protect everything from physical damage and allowing thepedals to be used in floor or inverted orientations. Detailed instructions are provided with photos taking you step-by-step through the process. No electronics skills are required to complete the conversion, everything is shipped ready to plug in and can always be removed to revert your pedals back to original.

Unlike other pedals which utilize cheap load cells originally designed for use in a postal scale, the load cell in the LC500 upgrade kit is a medical-grade load cell designed to withstand much higher loads at faster response times. The load cell is designed to have an unlimited life cycle and the accompanying components are designed to be equally as robust.

Attention

We have discovered that a small percentage of early T500RS pedal units sold in Europe and Asia have a design difference. These units had a press-fit spring post rather than a plastic screw-on style spring post. The spring post on this unit requires cutting it shorter to clear the lever plate that is part of this load cell kit. Please look at the pictures below and if your pedals look like the ones shown, most users that have encountered this have cut the post with a Dremel tool or drilled it out completely.

Early version of T500RS Pedals
Spring Post
If your brake pedal looks like this from the bottom . . .
. . . you will have to remove this spring post


The LC500 load cell kit is not made by nor endorsed by Thrustmaster. The Thrustmaster name and the T500RS and T3PA-PRO names are the property of Guillemot corporation and is used for reference purposes only. Installation of this kit voids the factory warranty on your pedal set.
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Features
  • Includes 2 bushings for setting pedal firmness to user preference
  • Includes 2 spacer shims for adjusting deadzone to user preference
  • Feels like an F1, Daytona Prototype, Formula Ford type brake pedal
  • Maximum braking at 70 lbs (31kg)
  • More accurate braking by increased force range
  • Exponentially Progressive Pedal Resistance like real brake pedals
  • Realistic Pedal Travel and Return
  • Linear Braking Response - unlike springs and rubber inserts
  • Most realistic load cell upgrade kit available
  • Feels best when driving with shoes on
  • Simple Installation
  • Fully Concealed Design - fits neatly inside pedal housing
  • Components protected from physical damage
  • Can withstand up to 175 lbs without damage
  • Works with all games compatible with stock pedals
  • Pedals work when plugged into T500, T300, TX, and T150 wheels
  • Medical-Grade Accuracy (+/-1%) Load Cell
  • Unlimited Life-Cycle
  • Fast Response Time
  • Hard-mounting your pedals is recommended
  • Pedals can always be returned to stock configuration
  • One Year Limited Warranty

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Great job ricmotech February 15, 2019
Reviewer: Valentin GUERTENER from Vizille, Isère France  
Assembly a little long but the difference is huge and the braking is much more realistic. A little hard at first but after a little time of adaptation it's great. I highly recommend happening



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Great upgrade February 11, 2019
Reviewer: Joseph Misischia from Longueuil, QC Canada  
Great upgrade for T3PA-PRO pedal set. Leaves a bit of a deadzone on beginning of travel which took some time getting used to. But much easier to gauge hard braking and trail braking. Pricey but worth it.

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Difference is more subtle than expected February 5, 2019
Reviewer: Robb "FifteenthFish5" Hendrickson from Chicago, IL United States  
I was expecting perhaps a bigger difference in feel. I would say the difference in feel isn't really as pronounced, but you can control the % brakes very, very precisely. Also, I would HIGHLY recommend getting the red bushing (not included) _AND_ the upgraded spring kit (not included). I didn't try the yellow bushing, but the green one was _WAY_ too firm for my tastes. Other guys I've talked to are also running the red bushing and upgraded springs. This should really be a bundle option. More than anything, you don't want to be tearing your rig apart twice and disassembling the T3PA-PRO one more time than you have to. Big hassle and time better spent driving!!!

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Load Cell upgrade February 3, 2019
Reviewer: MICHAEL FORD from GREEN, KS United States  
I went on the Ricmotech site to get the Spring upgrade for my T3PA-Pro pedals as I had the gas pedal spring had broken. I noticed this load cell upgrade and since I had experience with load cells from my old Fanatec Clubsport pedals, I decided to go ahead and purchase this also. And I am greatly pleased that I did as I had forgotten what a difference that the load cell makes over brake control with potentiometers. It is like night and day. I would highly recommend this upgrade.

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Lc500 January 14, 2019
Reviewer: Andrew Rubiano from Austin, TX United States  
I have the thrustmaster TGT wheel and pedals and unfortunately the lc500 doesn't fit. I have sent it back approx a week ago and am still waiting for a refund. The shipping though was quick and the package was well protected.

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