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BlueScreen
11-30-05, 10:37 PM
Hi,

I wan't to get a non sequential shifter. The only one that i have found is the Act Labs GPL USB Shifter here: http://www.act-labs.com/race10.htm
Sadly, it is discontinued.

Does anyone know where I can get it or get another one. I checked on ncix.com and tigerdirect.ca and i didn't found a thing that looked like a non-sequential shifter. As a bonus I also want the pedals with the clutch. Discontinued too :(.

I'm from Quebec (Canada) so I'm more limited with the availability of some products.

Maybe I should just order those from the act-labs web site and wait 6-8 weeks before my order get shipped ?

Thanks

CaptNKILL
11-30-05, 11:10 PM
Did you check ebay?

BlueScreen
12-02-05, 07:17 AM
Did you check ebay?

Yes. There is nothing on eBay Canada and worldwide i can only get the pedals for $149 USD, while they are $69 on act-labs web site.

StevePMo
12-02-05, 08:39 PM
ACT-Labs is making the shifter again, here's a thread about it http://forum.rscnet.org/showthread.php?t=231386
another http://forum.rscnet.org/showthread.php?t=233038

BlueScreen
12-03-05, 03:14 PM
thanks for the info!

look like I will wait and get the new one in february

gmontem
03-01-06, 01:22 AM
Time for a bump. Looks like the "GPL USB Shifter 2006" is coming out in March.

http://www.act-labs.com/scripts/catdetails2.asp?catcode=New-Shifters

CaptNKILL
03-01-06, 01:25 AM
Wow those are sweet... pretty expensive, but I guess for the ultimate in realism, that probably cant be beat.

What games can take advantage of shifters like those?

EDIT: Ok, where the hell do THESE go? http://www.act-labs.com/scripts/catdetails.asp?catcode=caracc-exhaust
:eek2:

gmontem
03-01-06, 01:33 AM
EDIT: Ok, where the hell do THESE go? http://www.act-labs.com/scripts/catdetails.asp?catcode=caracc-exhaust
:eek2:
They're for enhancing the XBox Live experience. You put them into the mouths of whiny kids and.... ;)

guybo
03-01-06, 05:39 AM
For a clutch- you can get a cheap wheel and use the pedals for that wheel as a clutch in most games that have clutch support. This is how I have my setup.

http://home.maine.rr.com/themoultons/handbrak.jpg

BlueScreen
03-01-06, 06:27 PM
Ok, where the hell do THESE go? http://www.act-labs.com/scripts/catdetails.asp?catcode=caracc-exhaust
:eek2:

Act-Lab also sell accessories for real cars.

MustangSVT
03-01-06, 07:29 PM
What games can take advantage of shifters like those?

All the hardcore sims can use H-pattern shifters. To name a couple:

Live For Speed
GT Legends
GTR
rFactor
Richard Burns Rally

I'm not sure if older ones such as F1C, GP4 or GPL can take advantage of it. Maybe...

BlueScreen
03-01-06, 07:39 PM
All the hardcore sims can use H-pattern shifters. To name a couple:

Live For Speed
GT Legends
GTR
rFactor
Richard Burns Rally

I'm not sure if older ones such as F1C, GP4 or GPL can take advantage of it. Maybe...

Most games can support it with the Act-Labs's shifter utility

CaptNKILL
03-01-06, 10:33 PM
Act-Lab also sell accessories for real cars.
Ah, I figured thats what it was for :p

ynnek
03-01-06, 10:54 PM
i put my foot down.. I'm not going to spend racing sim parts that cost more than parts I put on my real life car.. ;)

guybo
03-03-06, 12:08 AM
For sheer coolness factor and (to an extent) immersion an h-shifter is the way to go. But in reality, race cars use sequential shifting. For many cars they use 2 paddle shifters; rally cars use one paddle shifter they flick foward to shift up, flick back to shift down. Also, an h-shifter will not make you faster, if anything you'll be slower for the occasional missed gear.

Like I said, for immersion and coolness they can't be beat.

Cross Racing Championship supports h-shifters, clutches, custom hand brakes etc. CRC has the best controls setup of any game I have ever played.

If you want a cheap and effective solution:
-Momo wheel and gas/brake pedals
-get a cheap wheel and use that for it's gas pedal as your analog clutch
-joystick for you handbrake.
-(for RBR) drill a hole in your desk and rig up a modified gamepad as your ignition button.

ignition switch: http://home.maine.rr.com/themoultons/ignition.jpg
hand brake: http://home.maine.rr.com/themoultons/handbrake005.jpg
gas, brake &* clutch: http://home.maine.rr.com/themoultons/handbrake004.jpg

john19055
03-03-06, 01:49 AM
I like my MOMO wheel but the shifter on it sucks .

guybo
03-05-06, 11:41 PM
That shifter can be tricky to get used to, but once you learn it's a really good shifter. In rally cars they have one paddle shifter on the right side that you flip forward to shift up, flip back to shift down and the Momo shifter is close enough to the wheel where you can just about use it like that. It's difficult to miss a gear with it too.

Of course, an h-shifter on the momo would have been the height of cool