Pins Sheered off in Wheelbase TWICE within a Month -- Advice/Comments?!
I've done Sim Racing on and off for over two decades. After a long dry spell I decided to buy some new gear and get back into it again. A friend recommended that I go with Fanatec equipment (which I've never tried -- was always a Logitech guy) saying it was superior in feel and quality.
Even though the brand is a little pricey for what I'd want to spend, I was able to find a used Clubsport wheelbase V2.5 with a CSL elite steering wheel P1, and CSL Elite 2-pedal set used, but in seemingly good condition for a reasonable price.
I got it all hooked up to my rig and it worked GREAT! For exactly 3 weeks...
It started acting flaky during an F1 race and shortly thereafter shut down. During my troubleshooting effort I discovered that a pin on the rim had sheered off in the wheelbase.
I was so dismayed. Here I had just spent pretty much twice what I had intended for a wheel (used and hence no warranty) and I wasn't eager to now have to replace it.
After some deep soul searching I decided to give it another try, especially since I was able to find a local seller on CL that had a GT DD Pro rim for sale locally for $180. He apparently had just upgraded to DD but had a McLaren rim and prefers it. So I basically got a new rim for less than half of what I would have had to spend for a different (e.g. Logitech) decent new wheel.
Again it worked great and I loved the feel and functionality of it. But after 6 DAYS, the exact same thing happened! Some flaky wheel behavior quickly followed by it shutting down. The exact same pin sheered on the new rim that had sheered on the old!
I'm beside myself with grief/anger/doubt. I'm regretting even getting the original gear to start with. I mean there's obviously an issue with stress on those pins at the connection point that wouldn't exist in a different brand which does NOT have removable rims.
Now I have over $600 of sunk costs in equipment that doesn't work. I'm very fearful of trying a third rim in the same wheelbase (fool me once, fool me twice, and all that). I guess I just wanted to share my story and get feedback/advice from other Fanatec users on their thoughts. Should I just give up and go back to cheaper brands if I don't have this sort of cash to spend (and lose)? It's been awhile (maybe 8 years) since the last time I did a lot of Sim racing. Is Fanatec gear really that much better (FFB wise) that other alternatives available? I certainly have a bad taste in my mouth so far over this experience.