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TPR Brake mod


Goblin
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A common problem with many flightsim rudder pedals is that they have rather weak centering forces compared to the users strong and heavy legs.

The TPRs are no exception even if the pendulum design actually makes the heavy legs part of the centering force.

I added a damper to the rudder and used both springs and this really improved the feel of the rudder function.

The toebrakes, however, were still too light for my taste and needed a beefier return force.

The TPR pedals have these nifty hall sensor units with return springs. I opened them up and replaced the springs with heavier gauge.

I was concerned that the original mounts where the sensor assembly connects to the footrest, wouldn’t cope with the added force. The metal is rather brittle and only secured by two 3mm screws and the ball joint is plastic.

I made new brackets from extruded aluminum and secured these to all the seven holes in the footrest. I also replaced the plastic ball joint with a steel unit.

Now the toebrakes have a heavier return force and a much heavier feel to them. I still would like a damper of sorts, to the toebrakes, but I’m not sure how... Need to think about that. 🙂

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  • 4 weeks later...

Made some other modifications.

I have swapped the plastic rod end bearings with metal ones. They are now held in place by M5 screws and brass bushings. The screw and nut squeeze the bushings towards the ball in the rod end, keeping it snug.

I also swapped the ball joint on the toe brake mod I did earlier. It had a small gap that caused a clicking noise when applying brakes. These rod ends are tighter and the entire rudder pedal and toe brake assembly is now completely free from any play in the mechanism.

 

 

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Can you post a link to how you installed the sway bar on the back. im trying to figure out what parts Ill need after the mounting bracket and and the actual sway bar dampener itself 🙂

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@Goblinthis is awesome 🙂 I've also done the damper mod for the rudder portion which now accentuates the light springiness of the brakes. I was hoping someone would've paved the way with a mini damper mod for the brakes as well but I guess not yet. Do you have to have a set of spares for the brake mod/upgrade you did? I'd copy-paste it into my setup if I could.

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I haven’t found suitable dampers for the brakes, so I did the next best thing and swapped the springs.

I don’t have any parts, besides the ones I’m using myself.

But the only parts you need to make are the aluminium brackets for the footrests.

The rest you can get on ebay.

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