Steering wheel bearings upgrade

Friday 15 December 2006

Changing the default plastic bearing in the official Xbox 360 steering wheel to a sealed cartridge bearing.

Parts Required:

  • Xbox 360 Steering Wheel
  • Sealed bearing race, 45mm internal, 75mm external, 16mm high. Available from RS Electronics, part no. 285-0778. www.rswww.com

 

An alternative bearing has been used on another mod by Prime NL who use the following: Serial : 61809-2RS1- Inner : 45 mm. - Outer : 60 mm. - Height : 8 mm. [more]

Stage 1: Removing the old plastic bush

The Base of the unmodified wheel

Plastic leg/gripper panel removed.

 

Base cover removed

Steering wheel removed, you need to remove the cables which go through the centre of the spindle before you remove the wheel.

 

The original spindle in place.

Spindle removed from frame

The original plastic bush with lots of sideways play

New bearing race next to original plastic bush

Stage 2: Fitting the new bearing

Bearing fitted to front panel with super glue to hold central before the addition of fixing resin

The new bearing with resin glue and plastic shims round the edge to hold in place.

Trimming the plastic spindle to fit the 45mm bearing

Final reassembly, note the extra space between the mounting pillars and the motor plate. This could be reinforced with longer spacers if necessary but we found there is no movement if you tighten the screws evenly.

Pedal box fitted to the new frame.

Finished Steering Wheel and Pedal Box fitted to the frame.