Jump to content

topcat_1952

Flight Sim Setup: Chairs & Rudder Pedals

Recommended Posts

This is a question to the general  flight sim community that applies to any flight sim, not just X-Plane (which is what I use). It is sort of "hardware" related. I admit it's a stupid question but I am seeking an answer/ideas from any of you who may have had to address this:

How do you deal with using an office/game chair with rollers on a wood floor (no carpet) and the use of rudder pedals? I have great rudder pedals MFG Crosswind V2) that don't budge when I push on them. However, when I do, my nice, comfortable Lay-Z-Boy chair moves back away from the desk (as well as the yoke and rudder). Imagine flying a real Cessna 172 and every time you push the rudder pedals, you end up in the back seat! I can't imagine there are others of you out there who have not encountered this problem. I thought about a small carpet under the chair but such an item is like a magnetic for cat puke. 😼😼

A wheel-less wood chair is an option I considered but they are hard on the posterior. 

Any thoughts or ideas are welcome (assuming they don't cost a fortune). 😀

 

Denny Knepper

Newville, PA USA

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You could borrow an idea from how they stop real aircraft from moving, and chock your wheels with a wedge-shaped rubber doorstop. Dirt cheap if it works, although it might not if your chair wheels are the swiveling kind.

Another option would be something heavy enough behind the chair legs, maybe a couple of concrete blocks on a rubber mat to protect the floor?

 

 


Primary sim is X-Plane 11 on Windows 10
i7 6700 4.0 GHz, 32 GB RAM, GTX 1660 ti, 1920x1200 monitor

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Paraffin. Good ideas to build on. Perhaps I can try some of those chair leg sliders that are all rubber and put under each wheel during game play. The concrete blocks would work except I'm 67 and not really adept at hoisting those, but something lighter like bricks on the rubber mat might also do the trick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just take off the wheels - and use the swivel to get in and out

That's how I do it with my games chair - (and I/m a stout 85)👴

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I mostly have the problem when simracing, but how I've solved it is by making some "socks" for 2 of the wheels. I've made it out of a piece of  1cm foam and duck taped it around the wheels. It's just loose enough to take them off when needed.

Kind of difficult to explain, so hope it makes sense

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Putting the chair on a carpeted door mat with a rubberized bottom works...have lived in a few places where that was an issue, and that's what i did to keep the chair reasonably stationary.


Bob Scott | AVSIM Forums Administrator | AVSIM Board of Directors

ATP Gulfstream II-III-IV-V

System: i7-8086K @ 5.3GHz on custom water loop, ASUS Maximus XI Hero, 16GB 3600MHz CAS15, eVGA 2080Ti XC Ultra, Samsung 55" JS8500 4K TV@30Hz, 2x1TB Samsung SSD 970Pro NVMe+850 Pro SATA 3, eVGA 1KW PSU

SB XFi Titanium, optical link to Yamaha RX-V467, Polk/Klipsch 6" bookshelf spkrs, Polk 12" subwoofer, 12.9" iPad Pro, PFC yoke/throttle quad/pedals with custom Hall sensors, Coolermaster HAF932 case, Stream Deck XL button box

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I finally solved my issue just like this which I discovered from another forum post with similar issues..  First get a good sized floor mat, larger than your rudder pedal setup.  I bought some high quality velcro strips, I think they were about 4" long.  Place several strips on the pad where your rudder will be placed and the other side of the strips on the feet of the rudder pedals.  My chair may still move a bit but my rudder pedals stay firmly attached to the floor pad.  The nice thing about this setup, as long as the desk has wheels and is not sitting on the mat, I can still move the desk or mat to a position to my liking.

 

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use an office style chair and a bungee from one side of the desk, behind the chair to the other side.  Holds you in place and has enough give to allow some push back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought a plastic office mat and drilled three holes in it for the front wheels of the chair to fall into. Gives you just enough hold for rudder pedals. I use VF Ruddos.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just place a common medium sized cotton towel under the chair's wheels when you fly.  A small towel under just two wheels will do the job.  No drilling required!

Edited by fppilot
  • Like 1

Frank Patton

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 MOB; i7 4790 4.4Ghz; 16gb DDR3 2300; MSI GTX970 4gb Gaming 100ME, Coolermaster Pro 5 case, Corsair H100i

Former USAF meteorologist and ground weather school instructor; AOPA Member #07379126

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit! - Benjamin Jowett

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, topcat_1952 said:

Lots of great ideas here. Thanks all! Think I'll try the towel idea first and see how that works.

I have a tempered glass chair mat (https://www.vitrazza.com/) over carpet and I can assure you the glass not only offers less rolling resistance than a wood floor, it is also slick.  Much like if you sprayed Pledge or silicone spray on your wood floor and then tried to keep the chair in place while flying.  LOL!  The towel works great under that challenge (no pun intended).

 


Frank Patton

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 MOB; i7 4790 4.4Ghz; 16gb DDR3 2300; MSI GTX970 4gb Gaming 100ME, Coolermaster Pro 5 case, Corsair H100i

Former USAF meteorologist and ground weather school instructor; AOPA Member #07379126

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit! - Benjamin Jowett

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought these, my chair sits on carpet.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B076GVBYXW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

i didn’t need to worry about it with the MFG’s but the chair moving definitely became an issue when I bought Ruddo pedals.

They also work well for racing sims, I’ve got racing pedals with load cells as well so a wheeled chair won’t work.

Edited by regis9

Dave

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Tom Allensworth,
    Founder of AVSIM Online


  • Flight Simulation's Premier Resource!

    AVSIM is a free service to the flight simulation community. AVSIM is staffed completely by volunteers and all funds donated to AVSIM go directly back to supporting the community. Your donation here helps to pay our bandwidth costs, emergency funding, and other general costs that crop up from time to time. Thank you for your support!

    Click here for more information and to see all donations year to date.
  • Donation Goals

    AVSIM's 2020 Fundraising Goal

    Donate to our annual general fundraising goal. This donation keeps our doors open and providing you service 24 x 7 x 365. Your donation here helps to pay our bandwidth costs, emergency funding, and other general costs that crop up from time to time. We reset this goal every new year for the following year's goal.


    5%
    $1,300.00 of $25,000.00 Donate Now
×
×
  • Create New...