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TX Rahman
05-09-2006, 07:10 AM
If you haven't checked it out yet, do it. It adds alot to the realism.

Reposting from the TX site and adding pics:
The wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas... Of course, I want something for the cockpit... I've always wanted a buttkicker. I use headphones 100% of the time now since we had my son. I would like to still have bass without creating a bunch of noise. Enter...The Buttkicker Gamer. Neat smaller version of their linear motor vibration maker with a 100 watt power amp. I know...100 watts you ask... yup 100 and they will rock you!

Ok...have had it hooked up for a few days now...I'll try to take pics and post them later tonight for you all.

My initial impresssions: Because I mounted it on the wooden cockpit, I had a good amount of noise from the wood vibrating.

The seat itself rests on a metal pole on the back end and a piece of wood on the front end. With some of the larger gunshots such as the mk108....the wood no wood sound was really loud. I fixed this by going to home depot and getting some pipe insulation and placing it around the pipe and no the front where there was wood on wood.

With the design of the cockpit being so tight with wood being so close together it would be hard to totally kill the wood on wood noise. I did buy some weather stripping and am attempting to use that to dampen the noise. It has been very successful thus far!

I've flown with the buttkicker, played CoD, WWIIOnline, and have listened to music with it all with headphones. Using this actually helps you to feel like your in the plane more than just without it. I actually feel the huge engine on the nose of the plane without having the wife yell at me because of all the bass! The vibrations from the device are pretty intense! All you folks who use office chairs would greatly benefit from this device without having the wood on wood problems I'm having.... Helps greatly with immersion... With FS2004 I can actually feel the gear retract as you would in the real planes!!

I've used it alot more since I wrote this and can say that I would definately buy it again. For those of you who are office chair pilots... check it out. You have a much easier and quieter installation...just clamp on the seat post! Here are some pics of it installed under my Akers Barnes Cockpit seat. NOTE the foam that I need to replace... The ABC has very tight tolerances....not much room for foam between the joints. The pipe insulation where the seat rests on the wood is a must. Quiets down the wood on wood sound.

Shot of the install. Notice the flange with the threaded pipe. Home Depot Rocks!
http://www.txsquadron.com/uploaded/tx-rahman/buttkicker1.jpg

Another shot
http://www.txsquadron.com/uploaded/tx-rahman/buttkicker2.jpg

A Shot of the Amp. Larger than it looks on the package! Need to dust!
http://www.txsquadron.com/uploaded/tx-rahman/Buttkickeramp.jpg

Also note that the amp has a pretty beefy fan. I've been thinking about putting the amp behind the pit.

TX Rahman
05-09-2006, 07:10 AM
If you haven't checked it out yet, do it. It adds alot to the realism.

Reposting from the TX site and adding pics:
The wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas... Of course, I want something for the cockpit... I've always wanted a buttkicker. I use headphones 100% of the time now since we had my son. I would like to still have bass without creating a bunch of noise. Enter...The Buttkicker Gamer. Neat smaller version of their linear motor vibration maker with a 100 watt power amp. I know...100 watts you ask... yup 100 and they will rock you!

Ok...have had it hooked up for a few days now...I'll try to take pics and post them later tonight for you all.

My initial impresssions: Because I mounted it on the wooden cockpit, I had a good amount of noise from the wood vibrating.

The seat itself rests on a metal pole on the back end and a piece of wood on the front end. With some of the larger gunshots such as the mk108....the wood no wood sound was really loud. I fixed this by going to home depot and getting some pipe insulation and placing it around the pipe and no the front where there was wood on wood.

With the design of the cockpit being so tight with wood being so close together it would be hard to totally kill the wood on wood noise. I did buy some weather stripping and am attempting to use that to dampen the noise. It has been very successful thus far!

I've flown with the buttkicker, played CoD, WWIIOnline, and have listened to music with it all with headphones. Using this actually helps you to feel like your in the plane more than just without it. I actually feel the huge engine on the nose of the plane without having the wife yell at me because of all the bass! The vibrations from the device are pretty intense! All you folks who use office chairs would greatly benefit from this device without having the wood on wood problems I'm having.... Helps greatly with immersion... With FS2004 I can actually feel the gear retract as you would in the real planes!!

I've used it alot more since I wrote this and can say that I would definately buy it again. For those of you who are office chair pilots... check it out. You have a much easier and quieter installation...just clamp on the seat post! Here are some pics of it installed under my Akers Barnes Cockpit seat. NOTE the foam that I need to replace... The ABC has very tight tolerances....not much room for foam between the joints. The pipe insulation where the seat rests on the wood is a must. Quiets down the wood on wood sound.

Shot of the install. Notice the flange with the threaded pipe. Home Depot Rocks!
http://www.txsquadron.com/uploaded/tx-rahman/buttkicker1.jpg

Another shot
http://www.txsquadron.com/uploaded/tx-rahman/buttkicker2.jpg

A Shot of the Amp. Larger than it looks on the package! Need to dust!
http://www.txsquadron.com/uploaded/tx-rahman/Buttkickeramp.jpg

Also note that the amp has a pretty beefy fan. I've been thinking about putting the amp behind the pit.

triggerhappyfin
05-09-2006, 07:18 AM
Got onw them buttkickers too....namely the wife...Ouchh!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

TX Rahman
05-09-2006, 07:25 AM
Yeah here too! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif The wife just looks and laughs when I'm in the cockpit.. Shakes her head.. lol

Oh..forgot to mention that they can be found for $99...amp and all!

Diablo310th
05-09-2006, 08:43 AM
my g/f does the same thing when she see's me in mine. Rahman..are you going to include plans for the extended stick too? I want one of those so bad.

HelSqnProtos
05-09-2006, 11:13 AM
S~!

Interesting.................. are you able to modulate the effects of this unit?

TX Rahman
05-09-2006, 01:40 PM
Modulate the effects?

The unit hooks to an audio output. It takes all the low frequency and sends it to the linear motor undear the seat. It literally takes the bass and converts it all to vibrations that you feel. Huge BF109 engine running....feels like you're sitting in a 109 with the engine running. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

It has a volume knob as well as a crossover frequency rotary knob.

You can find more specific information at this link: http://www.thebuttkicker.com/ButtKicker%20Gamer_home.html

Diablo: I will hunt for my link and post it a little later this evening here on the stick mod. That was a success and a failure at the same time. I'll explain more when I post later. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif