Hubby is the welder and made the extra's for me, I was merely the R, he was the D haha.
What he made for me:
- The monitor stand, it has adjustable height/distance and tilt. It's also made to upgrade as the small top piece will come off and he can add the add'tl VESA mounts when I get there. It's made with a substantial (wide) base on it which slides nicely under the pedal box for stability. I had seen the first (they're redesigning now apparently) rSeat monitor stands and they put the screen at the end of the pedal platform. Too far for me personally so I gave hubby the wish list.
- The button box is attached using a RAM mount which bolts to a platform that is bolted to the chairs framing. No mod's to the chair. It simply provides a horizontal platform to bolt the RAM mount to.
- Pedal box, it serves two purposes, one was to conceal the wiring (I've got cord critters here) but most importantly it stabilizes the pedal plate so I can STOMP on it! yee-ha
- He also made me an add on side table which utilizes the square bar that rSeat has put on both sides of the chair so users can pick which side they want their shifter on.
Box conceals cords and adds stability to pedal plate.
I replaced the original rSeat cushions with the seat pad from a Playseats EVO ($25). Much better, as my bum could not take it even after adding more padding.
Home made monitor stand, oooo, pretty shoes!
Top view of homemade mount for RAM mount.
Button box mounting platform.
Upgraded to triples and added DS sequential shifter.
That's it for now. If I believe everything Old Timer says upgrades are a given.
EDIT: Adding some review/thoughts on the chair itself.
My Thoughts On The Chair
I got my rSeat V3 right before Christmas so I've had two months to use it now.
I know most of you have probably seen reviews and are probably very familiar with it's features so I'll skip that and just give you some information that I think would be most helpful to those considering the chair.
Because the chair is quite adjustable, looks beautiful and is well made I would say it comes down to comfort. Unfortunately I found the padding too be sorely lacking. My first attempt to improve it was to add padding to the cushion (their covers close using velcro) so that's an easy mod. While this was a little better, evenings where I spent a couple of hours in the chair had me reaching for a pillow. Next I removed their cushion and replaced it with one made for the Playseat, they're available thru eBay and Amazon. As you can see in my photos this is difficult to detect as it is a close match. I did have to change the pitch of the chair after replacing it however. 4 bolts mount the chair to the frame and you have options to set the angle/pitch of the chair when bolting up.
Apart from the lack of cushioning in the chair I think the most import piece of information I could offer potential buyers is the fit of the chair. I can not imagine big guys (or girls) being comfortable in this chair. I'm not a small girl, meaning I'm 6 foot and have an athletic build. It fits me, but just! (Talking about the actual chair here ...adjusting for my height is no problem). My husband who is stocky, 235lbs does not find the chair comfortable because the chairs "wings" where your thighs rest are snug against his legs. My brother who is 6' 1" 285 lbs (ex-football player) simply could not get in to the chair. And I had no intention of letting him break my toy. lol.
Because of the chairs racing, "bucket" style, entering and exiting the chair requires a little more effort than my Playseat. There's no need to pretend like this would be difficult for a young guy (or girl) to pop in and out, but let's remember, some of us are no longer young ...nor do we "pop" as easily as we once did.
This is not a negative comment about the chair however, it is important that potential buyers to realize this ...it's a race styled chair. You grip the sides and push yourself up ...we could say it adds to the immersion haha, however, if you had moderate back problems this could create a problem. We've all seen how drivers enter and exit a car, it requires a little flexibility.
Did any of that sound negative? Well it shouldn't have because I am merely commenting on the type and fit of chair. One size does not fit all and that's important for others to know.
I like this chair, a lot. It has so many of the features I wanted and looks good to. I particularly like the fact that I feel vibration (feedback) in the pedals when I'm driving. Not sure why it's being transfered from the wheel to my feet, whether thru the frame or the box I've added beneath stabilizing the pedal plate, but I like it.
Would I like a different seat? Probably. Only because I'm older and would like my brother and others to be able to sit in it. But that's not a defect any more than me falling on my face while wearing high heels would be the fault of the shoes!!