Best iRacing Fanatec Force Feedback Settings: CSL DD, GT DD Pro, DD1 & DD2

Here are the best iRacing force feedback settings for all Fanatec racing wheels. You'll find individual wheel settings for the CSL DD, GT DD Pro, DD1 and DD2 for iRacing.

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iRacing is a sim that is best enjoyed with a racing wheel, and Fanatec produces some of the best racing wheels around currently. So I thought it was time to jump in and bring you our optimised iRacing force feedback settings for all Fanatec wheels.

If you are running a different wheel, check out our optimised force feedback settings for Logitech and MOZA wheels.

How to set up a Fanatec wheel in iRacing

Setting up a Fanatec wheel in iRacing is relatively simple, and much easier than with a Logitech G923 where you need to adjust INI files. With a Fanatec wheel, you simply have to connect it to your PC, and adjust both the wheel settings and the iRacing force feedback settings and you’ll be good to go.

Follow the steps below to quickly have your Fanatec wheel up and running with iRacing in no time.

  1. Connect your Fanatec wheel to your PC

    Step one is to connect your wheel to your PC via USB cable. Ensure that your pedals and other inputs such as shifters are all connected, powered on and working. This can be checked in the Fanatec Control Panel.

  2. Download the latest drivers and software

    In the Fanatec Control Panel, you can update the firmware and ensure the latest drivers for your Fanatec wheel are installed. With your wheel switched on, open the Fanatec Control Panel and check for updates. I’d recommend doing this regularly as updates can improve certain parts of your wheel’s functionality.

  3. Adjust your Fanatec wheel settings via Fanalab or directly on the wheel

    The first step, before booting up iRacing, would be to ensure you have the best settings on your wheel. There are a range of force feedback settings that you can change either in the Fanalab app, or directly via your wheel. Our optimised settings are listed below for each wheel.

  4. Adjust iRacing force feedback settings

    After your wheel has been optimised, start up an iRacing session and head over to the options menu. Here, you should calibrate your wheel, and then use our recommended in-game settings below.


Fanatec CSL DD/GT DD Pro Force Feedback Settings

Both the CSL DD and GT DD Pro produce almost identical force feedback, as they both utilise the same internal technology. Below are our recommended force feedback settings for both the CSL DD and GT DD Pro in iRacing. These settings can be adjusted from the options menu while in a session.

These settings are designed to be used with the CSL DD and GT DD Pro in their 8Nm form with the Boost Kit 180. If you are racing without the Boost Kit and have your wheel base set to 5Nm of peak torque, I’ve noted the change in settings in brackets.

Racing Wheel – Fanatec CSL DD
Compatibility – PC, Xbox Series X|S
Price – From €/$349.95
Where to buyBuy from Fanatec EU / Buy from Fanatec US

iRacing in-game settings:

  • Enable force feedback: On
  • Use linear mode: On
  • Reduce force when parked: On
  • Strength: 9.0 (7.0 without Boost Kit)
  • Wheel force: 8.0Nm (5Nm without Boost Kit)
  • Damping: 0%
  • Min force: 0%

Fanatec wheel settings:

  • SEN (Sensitivity): Auto
  • FFB (Force Feedback): 100
  • FFS (Force Feedback Scaling): Peak
  • NDP (Natural Damper): 25
  • NFR (Natural Friction): Off
  • NIN (Natural Inertia): 5
  • INT (Interpolation Filter): 2
  • FEI (Force Effect Intensity): 75
  • FOR (Force): 100
  • SPR (Spring): 100
  • DPR (Damper): 100

Fanatec DD1 Pro Force Feedback Settings

Below are our recommended iRacing settings for the Fanatec DD1. The first settings are the in-game iRacing settings which can be set from the options menu in any race session. The second set of settings are to be set via the tuning menu on your wheel directly.

I would recommend running a few laps with the force feedback HUD graphic enabled. You will be able to see if your force feedback is clipping too much, or not reaching its full potential by keeping an eye on this during corners. This will help you make adjustments for specific cars, but the settings below are a great starting point for all cars in iRacing.

Racing Wheel – Fanatec DD1
Compatibility – PC, Xbox Series X|S
Price – From €/$499.95
Where to buyBuy from Fanatec EU / Buy from Fanatec US

iRacing in-game settings:

  • Enable force feedback: On
  • Use linear mode: On
  • Reduce force when parked: On
  • Strength: 8.0
  • Wheel force: 20.0Nm
  • Damping: 0%
  • Min force: 0%

Fanatec wheel settings:

  • SEN (Sensitivity): Auto
  • FFB (Force Feedback): 90
  • FFS (Force Feedback Scaling): Lin
  • NDP (Natural Damper): 20
  • NFR (Natural Friction): 2
  • NIN (Natural Inertia): 6
  • INT (Interpolation Filter): 3
  • FEI (Force Effect Intensity): 90
  • FOR (Force): 100
  • SPR (Spring): 100
  • DPR (Damper): 100

Fanatec DD2 Force Feedback Settings

Below are our optimised Fanatec DD2 iRacing settings. These are designed to get the most out of the most powerful Fanatec wheel, although I have turned down the overall force feedback strength a little. If you would like even more strength, you can increase the force feedback (FFB) setting on your DD2 wheel up closer to 100%.

Racing Wheel – Fanatec DD2
Compatibility – PC, Xbox Series X|S
Price – From €/$1199.95
Where to buyBuy from Fanatec EU / Buy from Fanatec US

iRacing in-game settings:

  • Enable force feedback: On
  • Use linear mode: On
  • Reduce force when parked: On
  • Strength: 8.0
  • Wheel force: 25.0Nm
  • Damping: 0%
  • Min force: 0%

Fanatec wheel settings:

  • SEN (Sensitivity): Auto
  • FFB (Force Feedback): 85
  • FFS (Force Feedback Scaling): Lin
  • NDP (Natural Damper): 18
  • NFR (Natural Friction): 2
  • NIN (Natural Inertia): 6
  • INT (Interpolation Filter): 3
  • FEI (Force Effect Intensity): 95
  • FOR (Force): 100
  • SPR (Spring): 100
  • DPR (Damper): 100

How to change the force feedback settings in iRacing

The best way to change your force feedback settings in iRacing is via the options menu during a race session. Follow the steps below on how to do this.

  • Step 1 – Start iRacing and start a test session
  • Step 2 – Once the session has loaded, open the options menu
  • Step 3 – Adjust the force feedback settings in the drive part of the menu

How to adjust the settings above to create car specific settings

While the recommended Fanatec iRacing settings above are a great starting point for most cars in iRacing, there will be some cars that require a few small adjustments to these settings.

You can make adjustments quickly and easily by keeping an eye on a few things. The first thing to do when taking a new car out on track in iRacing is to ensure that your force feedback HUD is enabled.

This will show a slider scale of how much force feedback is being produced just below your FPS readout. Keep and eye on this as you go through each corner and see if the bar ever reaches 100%.

If it does regularly reach 100% (or all the way right) it means your force feedback is clipping. If it isn’t reaching 100% enough, it means your strength setting isn’t set high enough.

Make the following adjustments to fine-tune your force feedback strength.

  • If the bar isn’t reaching 100% enough: Increase the strength setting within iRacing’s options menu.
  • If the bar is hitting 100% too often: Reduce the strength setting in iRacing’s options menu.

You can allow iRacing to define the strength that it recommends if you don’t want to worry about this. Simply perform a few laps on track, and then return to the pits and open the options menu.

Then click the auto button next to the force feedback strength setting. iRacing will then set its recommended strength for that particular car. iRacing won’t always get the strength exactly right, but it will get you close.


iRacing force feedback settings explained

Below is an explanation of each force feedback setting in iRacing. Use these tips as a guide when making any adjustments in iRacing.

Use linear mode

This should always be enabled when you are using a direct drive racing wheel such as the Fanatec CSL DD.

Reduce force when parked

This setting will lower the strength of the force feedback when your car is not moving. This makes it easier to rotate the wheel while stationary.

Strength

This is the strength of your wheel’s force feedback output. This can be set by using the auto button after running a few laps on track.

Wheel force

The wheel force should be set to your wheel’s peak torque capability. For the CSL DD for example that is 8Nm, and for the DD2 it is 25Nm.

Damping

The damping setting in iRacing affects how smooth your racing wheel is. When you set this higher, the more iRacing will smooth the force feedback. When you lower the settings, you will be able to feel more of the raw force feedback from your wheel. Normally, a lower setting here is better, or zero in the case of Fanatec wheels.

Min force

This setting affects how much force is needed to be applied while the wheel is in a neutral position. Generally, this should be set close to or at 0%.


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