Forza Horizon 5 Best Wheel Settings

Here is our ultimate guide on the best Forza Horizon 5 wheel settings for the most popular racing wheels, including Logitech G923, Fanatec CSL DD, Thrustmaster and more.

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Forza Horizon 5 Best Wheel Settings
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Forza Horizon 5 has quickly become one of the best and most loved Forza games ever made. And a lot of this is due to the tweaks in the handling and physics models. These tweaks make the cars feel more planted and realistic.

Add to this the amazing Mexico map, the stunning graphics and improved customisation options. And car enthusiasts and racers have a very good game at their fingertips.

However, one area that is slightly lacking is in the default control feeling when racing with a sim racing wheel. The default settings can create the need for excess correction mid-corner, while the whole experience can feel a little “washy”.

In this guide, I’ll run through all of the Forza Horizon 5 wheel settings and what each option does. And I’ll also provide my updated and improved Forza Horizon 5 wheel settings for Logitech, Fanatec and Thrustmaster wheels.

If you are just after my wheel settings for wheels such as the Logitech G923 or the Fanatec CSL DD. Click on the quick links below to jump to the relevant section.

FH5 wheel settings and what they do

Before jumping into my updated settings for individual wheels, I’ll first cover each option and show you what each one does. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the settings, allowing you to adjust any of the presets below to your own preference.

Forza Horizon 5 Difficulty Settings

Normal and Simulation Steering Setting

The first option you’ll have to decide between when you start Forza Horizon 5 is between normal and simulation steering.

This will directly affect your steering and all other settings so it’s recommended that you pick a setting and stick to it while adjusting other settings.

Normal steering reduces some of the sensitivity within the steering. This makes the steering as a whole a little less twitchy while using the normal steering setting.

Although the normal steering setting does remove some of the more sensitive steering nuances, meaning you won’t have such a manoeuvrable car, but it will be more stable.

If you feel confident with the normal steering setting, I would recommend using the simulation setting when possible. This opens up the whole steering range giving you a wider range of control.

Once you have chosen which steering setting to use, you can then move onto the advanced wheel settings page.

Below is a quick run-through of what each setting does.

Vibration

Simply turns vibration on or off.

Mouse Free Look

Enables or disables the ability to use the mouse to rotate the camera while driving.

Steering Axis Deadzone Inside

This affects the inside deadzone of the steering wheel. The higher this value the more you need to turn the wheel away from center before any steering input is registered.

Steering Axis Deadzone Outside

Similar to the above, but affects the outside deadzone. This will reduce how much steering input is read by the game, meaning you need to turn the wheel more to register steering input.

Steering Linearity

This setting changes the linearity curve of the steering. Higher values will make steering closer to center less accurate and more twitchy, while lower values make steering more accurate at the center, and less accurate the more lock you apply.

Acceleration Axis Deadzone Inside

Much like the steering deadzone above, this will require you to apply more throttle before any input is read.

Acceleration Axis Deadzone Outside

Again, like steering deadzone, this will lower the amount of throttle that needs to be applied to apply full throttle. This will mean you wont need to press the throttle pedal 100% to accelerate 100%.

Deceleration Axis Deadzone Inside

Exactly the same as throttle deadzone inside, but applicable to the brakes.

Deceleration Axis Deadzone Outside

Exactly the same as throttle deadzone outside, but applicable to the brakes.

Forza Horizon 5 Best Wheel Settings Logitech G923

Clutch Axis Deadzone Inside

Exactly the same as throttle and brake deadzone inside, but applicable to the clutch.

Clutch Axis Deadzone Outside

Exactly the same as throttle and brake deadzone outside, but applicable to the clutch.

E-Brake Axis Deadzone Inside

Exactly the same as throttle and brake deadzone inside, but applicable to the e-brake. This setting only really applies if you have a progressive e-brake, and won’t affect an on-off e-brake such as a button press.

E-Brake Axis Deadzone Outside

Exactly the same as throttle and brake deadzone outside, but applicable to the e-brake.

Vibration Scale

The vibration scale affects the overall vibration effect and intensity.

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Force Feedback Scale

This setting doesn’t affect your overall force feedback strength. Instead, it affects the dynamic force feedback from forces such as your cars align torque.

If you are looking to increase your overall force feedback strength, you can do so in your racing wheel’s own software, or by using other settings below to affect specific areas.

Center Spring Scale

This setting affects how hard and fast your racing wheel with self-center. The higher this setting, the stronger the force will be that centers your wheel.

Wheel Damper Scale

The wheel damper setting will affect how heavy your racing wheel feels when you try to apply any steering lock.

A heavier wheel can make quick steering adjustments harder, so high damper isn’t recommended for disciplines such as drifting.

Mechanical Trail Scale

This setting will affect how much torque and force feedback you will feel throughout the turning process. With this setting lowered you will feel a loss of force feedback when your car starts to understeer. While a higher setting will give more balanced force feedback across the full range of traction loss.

Force Feedback Minimum Force

This setting affects the boost or reduction in the minimum force required for force feedback to activate. Lower settings will reduce the amount of force feedback that is produced through low force feedback scenarios.

For example, when your car starts to lose traction, with a lower setting here you are less likely to feel force feedback. While with a higher setting, you will feel a boosted force feedback sensation from the smallest amounts of traction loss.

Force Feedback Load Sensitivity

This setting affects where the maximum amount of force feedback will be produced. If your car is producing a lot of force feedback early, such as with faster, higher downforce cars, you can turn this setting up to increase the range at which force feedback will scale. This will make the force feedback feel more progressive.

On the flip side, if you are racing a slower car, you may never feel the full force of the force feedback. So bringing this setting down will activate the full amount of force feedback earlier.

Road Feel Scale

This setting will increase or decrease the amount of force that you feel from the vibrations and textures on the road surface.

Off-road Feel Scale

Much like the road feel above, this setting will affect the intensity of the force feedback when driving off-road.

Steering Sensitivity

The steering sensitivity setting will directly affect the cars steering ratio. A higher setting will increase the rate at which the car’s wheels turn.

With a 900° steering rotation and 50 steering sensitivity, your car will turn through the full 900° before hitting the steering lock.

With 900° rotation and 100 steering sensitivity, your car’s wheels will turn at twice the speed, meaning you will hit full lock at just 450° of rotation.

I would recommend leaving steering sensitivity alone and adjusting this via your wheel’s in-built settings such as G-hub or the Fanatec wheel directly.


Recommended Wheel Settings for Forza Horizon 5

So with all of the settings covered above, now is the time to jump into the individual recommended wheel settings for a few of the most popular racing wheels.

Use the links below or the links at the top of this guide to quickly jump to the racing wheel that you are using.

Logitech G923 Wheel Settings
Fanatec CSL DD Wheel Settings
Thrustmaster T248 / TX / T300 Wheel Settings


Logitech G923 Forza Horizon 5 Settings

I left all G-Hub settings at default with the Logitech G923, and only changed settings within Forza Horizon 5. The only setting I would recommend changing within G-Hub is the steering lock, which you can adjust between 360 and 900 depending on the type of car you are driving.

Vibration: On
Steering Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Steering Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Steering Linearity: 56
Acceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Acceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Deceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Deceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Clutch Axis Deadzone Inside: 15
Clutch Axis Deadzone Outside: 90
E-Brake Axis Deadzone Inside: 10
E-Brake Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Vibration Scale: 0.4
Force Feedback Scale: 1.2
Center Spring Scale: 2.0
Wheel Damper Scale: 2.0
Mechanical Trail Scale: 2.0
Force Feedback Minimum Force: 0.8
Force Feedback Load Sensitivity: 0.9
Road Feel Scale: 0.6
Off-road Feel Scale: 0.6
Steering Sensitivity: 0.5


Fanatec CSL DD Forza Horizon 5 Settings

Below are the in-game settings which improve the overall feel of the Fanatec CSL DD wheel in Forza Horizon 5. Underneath the game settings are the wheel settings which you can manually adjust on your CSL DD.

Game Settings

Vibration: On
Steering Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Steering Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Steering Linearity: 52
Acceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Acceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Deceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Deceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Clutch Axis Deadzone Inside: 15
Clutch Axis Deadzone Outside: 90
E-Brake Axis Deadzone Inside: 10
E-Brake Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Vibration Scale: 0.4
Force Feedback Scale: 1.0
Center Spring Scale: 1.1
Wheel Damper Scale: 0.0
Mechanical Trail Scale: 0.9
Force Feedback Minimum Force: 0.7
Force Feedback Load Sensitivity: 1.2
Road Feel Scale: 1.1
Off-road Feel Scale: 0.6
Steering Sensitivity: 0.5

Wheel Settings

SEN: Personal Preference
FFB: 100%
NDP: 25%
NFR: 10%
NIN: Off
INT: 3
FEI: 100
FOR: 100%
SPR: 100%
DPR: 100%
SHO: 100%


Thrustmaster T248 / TX / T300 Forza Horizon 5 Wheel Settings

The settings below work well on all of the Thrustmaster wheels that I tested including the new T248, and the classic TX/T300 range.

For the Thrustmaster Control Panel settings, I would only recommend adjusting your steering lock to your own preference. And also adjust the overall strength of all forces to around 80%. Leave the rest at default as the game will control the other settings.

Vibration: On
Steering Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Steering Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Steering Linearity: 52
Acceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Acceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Deceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 0
Deceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Clutch Axis Deadzone Inside: 15
Clutch Axis Deadzone Outside: 90
E-Brake Axis Deadzone Inside: 10
E-Brake Axis Deadzone Outside: 100
Vibration Scale: 0.4
Force Feedback Scale: 0.9
Center Spring Scale: 1.0
Wheel Damper Scale: 0.8
Mechanical Trail Scale: 2.0
Force Feedback Minimum Force: 1.0
Force Feedback Load Sensitivity: 0.6
Road Feel Scale: 1.4
Off-road Feel Scale: 0.9
Steering Sensitivity: 0.5

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