To disassemble I followed the steps in this very nice YouTube video:
This is the dis-assembled Fanatec F1 Rim. There were a couple of tricky points, especially disconnecting the 8-pin connector from the circuit board. It was hot-glued in place, so had to carefully cut around the connector with a razor knife and remove the glue. Easy enough, a little care and don’t press too hard, hot glue is pretty easy to cut thru.
For the sake of completeness, you can see where the quick release mounted. Also, note the wiring from the paddle shifters, these make it very easy to connect via bluetooth (steps 4 and 5). In Fanatec’s world, the connectors you see here plug into the circuit board attached to the steering wheel. In my new version, they will attach to a bluetooth board. 🙂
Here’s the Fanatec mounting bracket with shifter paddles attached. Important thing here is that the Fanatec bolt circle is 52mm, so will need an adapter to mate to the 70mm attached to the Mige.
Took a picture from the wrong side. Doh! But this is with the 52mm-70mm adaptor attached. I bought the adapter from Steve Spenceley, email@example.com. I found Steve on Shapeways, http://www.shapeways.com/product/A8X7BZD68/fanatec-52mm-to-70mm-adapter. I was thinking about trying to CNC my own, but this was way faster and easier.
As you can see, the adapter is square, not round. That’s not a problem, but it was a tight fit between the paddle shifters. If I were going to do it again, I would want to trim this down a little bit, there are several millimeters of material that can be taken off all sides. A round one would also be more aesthetically pleasing. The other optimization is that this adaptor and the wood spacer I built could be one piece.
Here’s an alternate view that also shows some empty space, which is where I will stuff some electronics to make the paddle shifters work. 🙂