So I've ordered, recieved and built my Fanatec CSL Seat. Shipment was great, packaging was well done. My only qualm was a holdup with Canada customs (in Canada, ordered from US) and then Canada Post screwing up the delivery. Everything from Fanatecs end was speedy, communicative, informative and well done.
This is pretty much exactly what my unit looks like, except I own the regular CSR Pedals and no Shifter (at least until the Club Sport Shifter releases!).
Here are my first impressions.
- Didn't take me that long to build. 5 hours total I'm guessing. I did some adjusting to tailor it to me afterwards though.
-- Here is the manual, for those interested in the complexity of the build.
-Very adjustable, but not easily done. Even the smallest adjustment means turning screws with an allen key.
--This has a possible super easy fix, with the acquiring of some wing bolts!
-Back pain. The size of the chair (smaller), combined with the curvature of it, don't gel with my 6 Foot 200lbs frame.
--I've counter acted this with a pillow for lumbar support. It's working well.
--I could bend the aluminum tubes and completely solve this issue, if I knew how.
--You could also remove the chair, fasten a wood board to the metal frame, and install a real carseat to overcome the issue as well.
-The chassis size and adjustability are great. You could fit anyone in it.
-It's very sturdy! Super awesome to drive with.
-Side Effect Bonus of Wheel Force Feed Back distributing itself through the chassis! The immersion this creates is super awesome!
Overall, I'm very happy. The seat is a bit of a disappointment, but it seems totally fixable in the long run. Similiarly, the ease of adjustment could be vastly improved with some wing bolts. That's the real strength of this unit. It's engineered incredibly well. Part of that is its almost open source design, with lots of options for personal mods. Worth every penny!