The 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.
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.
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.
Ricmotech load cells are recommended to be used with a robust chassis that has an integrated seat. Using the load cell when the seat is not at a fixed distance from the pedals will result in awkward positioning and discomfort while driving. Ricmotech does not recommend using the load cell with wheel stands, office chairs, folding chairs and the like. An outward "leg press" position works best.
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.
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.