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Making a pedal for gaming

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by crcook84, Jan 16, 2015.

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    I recently acquired a MadCatz MC2 PS2 steering wheel from my local community outreach. They let me try it before buying it (I volunteer there) and, using a USB-PS2 adapter, my PC let me know that every function on the wheel is fully functional. The only problem is that it didn’t have pedals with it. The pedals connect via a DE-9 connection. That told me the connection had to be very basic. I thought it should be relatively easy to build a device that can work as a pedal and hook that into the DE-9 connector. Obviously, this will be a 2-part build:

    1) Figuring out the wiring configuration for connecting a pedal to the steering wheel.
    2) Building a box/case to hold the circuit board and push-button switches/potentiometers.

    Now, at the same time, as I’m thinking this all through, I started wondering what the cost would be. There’s the wood, plastic, metal, or whatever material would be easiest to use to encase this with. The pieces necessary to make a functional pedal. The parts necessary to make a functional PCB. The proper wire and connector to connect it with the MC2 wheel.

    Now, even if it’s cheaper to buy a used pedal off of ebay, feel free to post links to websites that can give me pertinent information about how to do this. I’m interested in DIY projects in general.
     
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    I've made a make-shift schematic in an attempt to show what I found when I opened up the steering wheel:
    MC2-Wiring.png

    Edit: I got around to finding out what pins the pedal uses in connecting to the wheel base: 1 is yellow, 5 is blue, and 7 is green.
     
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    Scratch this. The route I ended up taking required me to solder a wire into the circuit to power the pedals. I don't know if this qualifies it as being modified from its original purpose, seeing as how I modified it so that it would work with the pedals that were designed for this exact model line.
     
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