Changing the default plastic bearing in the official Xbox 360 steering wheel to a sealed cartridge bearing.
- Xbox 360 Steering Wheel
- Sealed bearing race, 45mm internal, 75mm external, 16mm high. Available from RS Electronics, part no. 285-0778. rs-online.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.
Stage 1: Removing the old plastic bush
The Base of the unmodified wheel
The plastic leg/gripper panel was removed.
Base cover removed
Steering wheel is removed, you need to remove the cables which go through the centre of the spindle before you remove the wheel.
The original spindle is in place.
The spindle was removed from the frame
The original plastic bush with lots of sideways play
New bearing race next to an original plastic bush
Stage 2: Fitting the new bearing
Bearing fitted to the front panel with super glue to hold central before the addition of fixing resin
The new bearing with resin glue and plastic shims around the edge to hold it 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.