Racing Wheel Stands

Racing Wheel Stands

You can’t start sim racing properly without a racing wheel stand. You can make do with a desk set up, but will it really let you immerse yourself fully? A sim racing wheel stand is the mount for your wheel and, in most cases, your pedals too. A sim racing wheel stand helps you keep all your gears all together in a neat looking way.
Before we review some racing wheel stands, let’s talk about the key features your racing wheel stand should have.

STABILITY

This is the first thing you have to consider when getting a wheel and pedal stand. After all, you wouldn’t want it to come crashing down on you. To ensure that your wheel stand is stable, you have to check the materials it is made of, most stands are made of metal, so this shouldn’t be a problem. In my experience, the heavier the stand is, the more sturdy it.

BUDGET

Just like how they are different classes of racing seats, wheels and pedals. There are also different kinds of Sim racing stands at a variety of prices. New sim racers should go for the cheaper version since they are just testing out Sim racing waters. Most professional racers use expensive wheel stands with an extended monitor or screen stand to make the whole setup stand out. It looks pretty cool when you see the end look but only get a wheel stand within your budget.

COMPATIBILITY

You know how some wheels are compatible with PCs, Xbox and PlayStation while others will only be compatible with one of these? Although stands are mounts, they mostly specify the wheelbases they are compatible with. You should not buy a wheel stand without first checking the type of wheel that You can use on it, and this will save you a lot of calls to customer service later.

ADJUSTABILITY

Because some racers do not have a dedicated space for racing in their houses, some wheel stands can come with wheels, or You  can fold them for easy storage. If you want to put your sim racing rig in the closet frequently because you live in a small apartment, you should also check for this feature when buying your wheel. It comes in handy for people with large apartments too. Some stands may be too heavy to move. In that case, the wheels or compact feature will be a lifesaver.

Finally, you can now take a look at some of the best racing wheel stands.

Next Level DD stand

Next Level DD stand

If you know a lot about racing, you probably know that there are direct drive wheels that give the ultimate force feedback. Not all wheel stands will be able to withstand the force of a direct drive wheel. The next level DD is built in a solid way. Starting at 280-300 dollars, it can withstand the force of a direct drive wheel. It has lockable front wheels for easy movements, and you can adjust the wheel mount to a higher or lower angle; you can also do the same for the pedal stand.

Next, LLevelwent all out by focusing on all types of users. There is also shifter support that can be placed on the right or left-hand side. Considering that people can be left or right-handed, not all-wheel stand shifter support can be adjusted. The front wheels also ensure that you can wheel it to your closet easily and bring it back out when you want to play. Both professional racers and starters with little space can purchase using this shifter.

It is made with carbon steel and is also compatible with a lot of popular wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec, including the Fanatec direct-drive racing wheel.

Pros

  • Made for all types of racers.
  • Adjustable and easily movable.
  • Solid build and quality material.
  • Can be used for direct-drive racing wheel.

Cons

  • None

GT Omega APEX Steering Wheel Stand

GT Omega APEX Steering Wheel StandThis stand is on the cheaper side costing half of what the next level DD cost at 150 dollars. The most splendid thing about this racing wheel is that it can be folded for storage with your wheels and pedals still attached. Not only that, the height and pedal plates are adjustable. This is very appealing for taller people. It also comes with a gear shifter stand that can be placed on both sides. For a lower price, this wheel stand is definitely one of the best there is. It will also save more space than the DD because of the folding.

There isn’t any mind-blowing fact about this wheel stand. It is very simple and functional. If you’re looking for something to get the job done, this is the wheel stand that is your best bet. It is also compatible with Thrustmaster, Fanatec and Logitech wheels and pedals. Casual, new or constant racers can use this wheel stand.

Pros

  • Super affordable.
  • Foldable and easy storage for people with small spaces.
  • Height and pedal plate is adjustable.

Cons

  • Cannot support a direct drive racing wheel.
  • The materials used aren’t as high grade as the next level DD.

Openwheeler GEN3

Openwheeler GEN3The Openwheeler GEN3 is not just a wheel stand, it is a full cockpit. That means it has to be bought with the seat too. It is super affordable at 400 dollars. The seat is super adjustable, and it is connected to the stand with a slider; you can adjust the slider to get in and out of the seat. There is also an adjustable mount for the gear shifter if you want one. The wheel Stand on its own does not stand out, but it has an adjustable pedal plate and wheel mount. You can use this stand for all the major Thrustmaster, Fanatec and Logitech wheels and pedals.

Pros

  • Comes as a set with its sim racing seat.
  • It is affordable.
  • It is light and easy to move.

Cons

  • It takes up a lot of space.
  • You may have to buy extra accessories before you are fully comfortable with it.
 
 

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