PowerPlay Sim Rig cab build
Building a PowerPlay Sim Rig gaming cabinet
The kit is shipped in two boxes and contains all hardware necessary to assemble a sim rig.
Once all parts are unpacked and laid out, we start with the Base.
The base utilizes the long side pieces, the large floor panel and a number of cross braces positioned as shown.
Install the cams in the large holes in the parts, with the small arrow pointing towards the connecting hole on the appropriate side. They should press in and remain in position while handling the parts. You may choose to install the cams in all parts at once, or install them as you go.
Install the dowels in the 15mm blind holes. Do not over-torque by using a power driver. If using a drill with a clutch, ensure the clutch is set at a very low torque to prevent pull out. There is no need to over tighten these dowel pins.
Once all cams and dowels installed, set the cross members and floor pieces onto one of the long side bases. Align the pieces as shown in the image below, with cams on horizontal pieces facing down. The vertical cross braces should have the raw edge facing down as well. Ensure the cams are oriented as shown and tighten.
Place the opposite side on top, careful to make sure all pins are located in the end holes. Once located, tighten all cams.
The base assembly is now done. Set aside for final assembly.
Main (Upright) cabinet
Install all cams and dowels as shown. Tighten the cams on this first side.
Place the remaining upright on top, again, careful to locate the dowel pins in the appropriate holes.
Once properly placed, tighten the remaining cams on the opposite side.
The seat base consists of 5 components, 3 laminate and 2 MDF support plates to support the seat and driver.
Start by installing all cams and dowels. Install the side plates as shown, with the cams facing inwards. Tighten cams.
Now install the MDF support plates and tighten cams. Set aside seat base for final assembly.
Install cams and dowels as shown.
Secure sides and cross brace support together first. Install sides and cross brace together on wheel plate.
Tighten all cams and set aside wheel plate for final assembly.
Keyboard and monitor mount table
Install all cams and dowels. Note that the cross brace has extra dowels and cams. These are not necessary if monitors will be resting on top of table, or if separate monitor stand is used (or if VR headset is your monitor!). They provide additional clamping when mounting a single or triple monitor arm.
As done with wheel plate, attach side elements and cross brace first.
Install table top and secure all cams.
Install cams and dowels as shown.
Install the angled support plate to the table side mount (with slots) as shown first.
Then add the shifter table plate to the angled and cabinet support plate as shown. Tighten cams. The long support plate is installed last.
Now it's time to put together the 6 elements into a completed rig!
Start with the base and upright.
Place the upright into the base as shown. Be careful not to damage the laminate when inserting the upright by forcing parts together. The upright will slip into the base with little to no effort, provided the parts are lined up properly.
Install the carriage bolts from the inside, pointing out. Add a flat washer on the outside and install the mounting nuts (hand nuts shown here).
The carriage bolts are press fit into the laminate to lock them and prevent turning when tightening from the outside.
Use the hand nut, or tighten once using traditional nut to sink into laminate. Repeat this process for every carriage bolt that does not lock within a slot (Upright and shifter table top plate). All other locations will be locked into their respective slots without being press fit.
Pedal plate install
Place pedal plate into the cabinet in the orientation shown. Alternately, install the pedals onto the plate first using the provided 6mm bolts.
Insert the 4 carriage bolts through the pedal plates sides, through the upright slots as shown. Add the flat washers on the outside and secure with hardware. Keep everything lightly tightened until all elements are in place.
Wheel table install
Install the wheel tale in the same manner, as shown.
Seat base install
Insert the seat base between the base sides at the rear, as shown, with the carriage bolts inserted from the inside.
The seat base is vertically adjustable, and should be locked into the appropriate horizontal slot (as shown) once seat is mounted and ready for driver. This will ensure positive engagement and prevent slippage when sim racing.
Shifter table install
The shifter table is installed as shown, with the upper carriage bolts installed from the inside. Remember that these bolts need to be drawn tight to lock into the panel.
Install the lower carriage bolt, washer and nut.
Keyboard / monitor table install
Install the keyboard / monitor table last, with carriage bolts inserted from the inside. When installing, take care to not have the table drop and twist. It is best to let the table rest on the upright, and install in the lowest position first. For low table install, use the forward-most slots instead of the rear-most ones, as shown here.
The cable clips (6 are provided) are screwed into the inner side panels, near the outer perimeter using wood screws. They should be installed with the opening facing outward, or on top, with a slight gap between the front panels and the clip. This will make it easy to add or remove wires as necessary.
Now that the rig is fully installed, it's time to mount the seat, pedals, shifter, hand brake and monitor(s)! See my blog post on installing a Logitech G29 wheel, pedal and shifter assembly.
Once all components are installed, it's time to make final adjustments to the rig. When adjusting, make sure nuts are loosened, with an extra turn or two to make things easy. Give the carriage bolt a wiggle to make sure there's no clamping force between parts. When adjusting the main upright, make sure to loosen the shifter plate and support! No need in applying unnecessary stress to these elements.
Tighten the hand nuts to lock the rig, and start racing!