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RS500 DIY Cockpit Plans and Templates - Made for Thrustmaster T500/T300/T150/TX/TMX

RS500-DIY Cockpit Plans for Thrustmaster
This product is only the plans to build the simulator chassis shown.
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Compatibility: Thrustmaster T500RS, T300RS/GTE and TX Wheel

Item #: RMT-RS500-DIY

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Want to build your own RS500 driving cockpit? Now you can have a complete set of instructions and cutting templates and build your own. Best of all, you can customize it with your own graphics and modify it to mount your own gear.

One of the best DIY designs of all timeThe RS500 is a CAD designed sim-racing cockpit built from wood, but with the quality and design features of commercial rigs. The RS500 is a simplified version of our Cheetah series of racing simulators, and is designed to be easy to build with common woodworking tools. The RS500 is a "2-post" design, meaning there are no supports between the driver's legs that can interfere with proper heel-toe driving. Also, the RS500 allows the driver to easily get in from the side like in a street car. There is no climbing necessary as with other racing simulators.

The RS500 can be slid in front of a TV or the built-in monitor deck can support a monitor or flat-screen TV up to 40 inches. The latest revision now includes a template for adding a monitor support to the chassis which permits a TV or monitor to be mounted at eye level by using a wall mount bracket wall mount bracket (available here). The RS500 has plenty of room underneath the platform to house surge suppressors, power supplies, even a tactile shaker (available here) and its amplifier. The RS500 is designed to be used with the Thrustmaster T500RS, TS-PC, TS-XW, T-GT, T300, and TX wheels and pedal sets, and will invert mount the T3PA and T3PA-PRO pedals and the TH8RS and TH8A shifters. Also, the RS500 is already set up to mount the Thrustmaster pedals in an inverted arrangement. The inverted position is preferred over the factory arrangement because it mimics real street cars. Note: The Thrustmaster pedals will have to be partially disassembled in order to mount the pedals inverted. No permanent damage is done by dismantling the pedals and they can always be reassembled if they are later to be removed from the RS500. Only the 3-pedal set can be inverted, the 2-pedal sets shipped with the T300RS/GTE and the TX wheels can only be used while laying on the floor and cannot be inverted.

You will have to provide your own seat for the RS500. You can purchase a racing seat for an authentic look or you can get an OEM automotive seat from a salvage yard. The OEM seat is often a better choice because they are more comfortable, are upholstered with better breathing materials (cloth or leather), often have more adjustability, and are typically less expensive. Most junkyards want top dollar for a matching pair of front seats, but when only a single seat is sellable, you can get a great bargain. Remember, you don't really need the driver's seat from the car, the passenger seat will suffice.

This revision of the plans includes the ability to build the racing cockpit in multiple sizes to accommodate almost any size driver and a revised 39-page B/W instruction manual with additional detailed drawings of each step, even more photographs detailing the various steps in the process and full size cutting templates for cutting out all the components. The templates arrive to you full size in an oversize envelope. You simply cut out the paper template and stick it on the wood, then simply cut on the dotted lines. Despite the sleek styling of the RS500, the cutting pattern has been designed to be easy to follow with a basic jigsaw and circular saw. We do not offer downloadable files because printing them to scale is critical and pre-printing avoids errors. The plans are copyrighted and licensed for personal use only. The completed or partially completed RS500 chassis is not permitted to be sold, resold, distributed, mass produced or used in any commercial fashion. The plans may not be reproduced or distributed in any manner. This item is not returnable.
  • Specially designed around the Thrustmaster T500RS Wheel, pedals and shifter
  • 2-Post Design means there's lots of leg room and no post in the way.
  • Inverted Pedal Mounting so the pedals are positioned just like in a real street car.
  • No Wobble, unlike many manufactured units the RS500 has absolutely no wobble when built as per the instructions.
  • Easy Entry/Exit, unlike many other simulator designs; there are no obstructions in the way of getting in and out.
  • Stylish Design looks good in any room of the house.
  • Wrap-Around Cockpit gives you the sense of being inside a car unlike other rigs that feel like you are on an exercise bike.
  • Accommodates all your Gear including steering wheel, shifter, pedals, mouse and keyboard, a TV or monitor up to 37 inches and even a tactile shaker.
  • Can be Built to Two Sizes to accommodate almost any size driver. (New Feature)
  • Fully Customizable so you can easily paint it and modify it to your liking.
  • Easy to Build means you can build it in a weekend and get racing right away.
  • Makes your Friends Jealous, and who doesn't want that!

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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 23 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Very easy to follow and high quality plans. December 28, 2019
Reviewer: Chris Richardson from Dayton, Ohio.  
Doesn't get much easier.
One piece of advice is to invest in scroll saw blades for your jigsaw before you embark on cutting the finer curves to save some sanding.

Did it all with a jigsaw, circular saw, and a few basic tools.

Things it helps to have but not required: miter saw, table saw, electric sander.
These would have been a huge quality of life improvement but it's winter and the garage has my cars taking up space so access to the better stuff was limited.

Turned out excellent. Paint is drying as we speak.

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4 of 5 Almost perfect. Best looking and cheapest designs December 14, 2018
Reviewer: Stephen  
If I could give this a 4.5 I would. There were a couple of templates on the sheet that had jagged lines that bounced in and out about an 1/8". With some measuring It wasn't too hard to figure out which lines to follow, but it is ding on the "ease". That being said, I was impressed that you get an email giving you a detailed list of materials and supplies before the plans show up. I am also 6'6", and I found that the large template was too short to fit me properly. I am not going to give Ricmotech a ding on that, it is hard to design something that fits everybody. To fix this, I just set the sidewalls up on the decking and built an adaptor plate to secure it. Either way, this kit is really easy to build and the directions are easy to understand. The rig is very solid and a good base to build from. You are only limited by your imagination.

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5 of 5 October 2, 2018
Reviewer: Christopher Forshey from Marietta, OH United States  
Great service, plans easy to use, accurate

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5 of 5 August 23, 2018
Reviewer: mike gaboda from orlando, FL United States  
I like the design, looks cool, love it.

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5 of 5 Better then expected. July 2, 2018
Reviewer: Steven Carpenter from Janesville, WI United States  
Plans were clear and spot on. Any opportunity to get time in garage, I’m all for. Getting the material list ahead of time was an added bonus.

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