Joystick as a Gear-Shifter
A true hard-core gamer must have a gaming-themed car. I was looking for a fun mod for my car, I love flight-sims, plus I see myself as a fast aggressive driver so… Why the hell no? Onwards to the hack!
First you have to remove the stock gear-shift knob.
Some of them you have to un-screw them, others you have to pull them out.
I tried to twist and pull at the same time, but turns out mine had a plastic sleeve to keep it aligned. By twisting I broke that. Oh well… no turning back now.
I had an old Joystick from 1991 that uses gameport. USB wasn’t even invented back then.
The joystick is a Quickshot Warrior 5 (QS-123A) and I still have the original box for it. I kinda felt sad for destroying it, as maybe in a few more decades it would have been a collectible. Plus I have so many good memories from playing Star Wars: X-wing VS TIE Fighter. I loved that game.
It’s a shame, but gameport has been extinct for more than a decade now, and even if I used a gameport to USB adaptor, there are no drivers anymore.
Enough with the eulogy. Time to gut it.
I only needed the handle part so 3 screws on the side where enough to take it off.
I cut the cables connecting the buttons carefully, as I might use them for another project in the future. Maybe wire some footwell lights on the trigger button, or maybe re-route the horn.
I dry fitted everything to see how it feels, and whether I can still shift gears comfortably.
I then filled most of the base with milliput two-parts epoxy putty to make a strong bond. I wouldn’t want it to break-off while overtaking.
Tighten the screws back on, wait a few hours for the putty to harden, and presto!
Bask at the glory of my modified gear-stick