Forza Motorsport Best Thrustmaster T248 Wheel Settings

In this guide I'll run through my optimised force feedback settings for the Thrustmaster T248 racing wheel in Forza Motorsport. Includes my in-game settings and Thrustmaster Control Panel settings.

Forza Motorsport Thrustmaster T248 Settings

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The Thrustmaster T248 is one of the most popular sim racing wheels around. It featured highly on our recommendation for the best budget racing wheel, and for good reason.

It’s a racing wheel which is accessible, compatible with both Xbox and PS5, and very well-priced. I can imagine due to these reasons, a lot of gamers will be using the Thrustmaster T248 in Forza Motorsport.

In this guide, I’m going to show you my best force feedback settings for the Thrustmaster T248 in Forza Motorsport.

See if the Thrustmaster T248 appears in our recommended racing wheels for Forza Motorsport guide.

Best Thrustmaster settings for Forza Motorsport video

Below is a complete video running through the best Thrustmaster wheel settings for Forza. Continue reading below to quickly view our recommended settings.


One of the most important settings to change

Before I jump into detailed force feedback settings for the Thrustmaster T248 in Forza Motorsport. I’m first going to show you one of the most important settings to change to get a more realistic racing wheel.

In the driving assists menu, there is a steering setting. Make sure before you do anything, that you set this to simulation. This will change the core force feedback experience with a wheel, and turning it on adds a lot more weight and useable feedback from our Thrustmaster wheel.

Once you have set the steering to simulation, head over to the advanced input settings.

Forza Motorsport assist settings

Advanced input settings

All of the settings in the advanced input settings screen will have an effect on how your racing wheel feels. They’ll change elements such as damping, vibrations and more and this is where we can really fine-tune our wheel settings.

Below are my Thrustmaster T248 force feedback settings for Forza Motorsport. You can use these to quickly tune your racing wheel to feel much better than it does out of the box.

SettingValue
Steering Axis Deadzone Inside0
Steering Axis Deadzone Outside100
Acceleration Deadzone Inside0
Acceleration Deadzone Outside100
Deceleration Deadzone Inside0
Deceleration Deadzone Outside100
Vibration Scale40
Force Feedback Scale100
Steering Self Alignment85
Mechanical Trail Scale150
Pneumatic Trail Scale45
Road Feel Scale120
Load Sensitivity50
Wheel Damping Scale70
Center Spring Scale50
Dynamic Damper Behaviour40
Steering Sensitivity50
Steering Linearity50

Starting with the deadzones, always set these to 0 on the inside and 100 on the outside. This will open up the range of your pedals and wheel rotation. Only increase or decrease these settings if you are registering some input when you aren’t touching the wheel or pedals, or if you cannot reach 100% input on anything.

It’s important to have the steering inside deadzone set to 0. Setting this to just 1 or 2 points will add a really big deadzone where you can rotate your steering wheel and no input will be registered.


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Moving on to the other settings. I’ve gone for 40 on the vibration scale and 100 on the force feedback setting. The T248 really needs the force feedback set to around 100. This controls the overall strength of force feedback.

Less powerful wheels such as the T150 or T128 may require this setting to be set higher. And wheels such as the T818 and T300 can set this setting a touch lower.

Now, the steering self alignment and the two trail scale settings are the most important in the whole game. By default, these settings will make your wheel feel incredibly light mid-corner.

This I think is designed to emphasise the sensation of loss of grip while understeering. But what they actually do is just cause your car to feel very snappy and hard to drive.

With my settings of 85, 150 and 45, the car feels much more realistic and predictable. Exactly what we want when we’re pushing hard.

For the road feel scale, I’ve increased it to 120. This will give some vibrations and sensation of track surface details. You can lower this setting if the force feedback feels too noisy.

I’ve then gone with 50 on the load sensitivity, 70 on the wheel damper and 50 on the centering force. Also go with 40 on the dynamic damper. If your wheel feels too light and sensitive, you can increase the wheel damper above 70. But try not to increase it too much as it can cause your wheel to feel heavy and dull.

Finally, ensure that the steering sensitivity and linearity are both set to 50 for a true 1:1 wheel setup.

Thrustmaster Control Panel settings

There are some Thrustmaster settings that can be changed in the control panel. The important ones here are the rotation and strength settings. You should set the rotation to whatever you want your steering rotation to be. 900 is a good default for most cars.

For the strength, go with around 75%. This is very similar to the force feedback setting in Forza Motorsport, where it controls the overall strength of forces. Then leave the other settings all to 100%.


Overview

The default racing wheel settings in Forza Motorsport are pretty bad. However, with these quick tweaks, your Thrustmaster T248 wheel will feel much better and much more realistic.


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Article written by Mjolnir

Mjolnir is one of the main setup creators and content writers for SimRacingSetups. He has had years of experience in sim racing, both competitively and casually. After a decade of sim racing experience, he co-founded SimRacingSetup.com to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.
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