How To Update Simucube 2 Wheels & True Drive

This guide covers how to update the Simucube 2 Pro, Sport and Ultimate wheel base firmware. I also look at how to install and update True Drive and troubeshoot some common issues.

Simucube True Drive Firmware Update

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Simucube 2 wheels are among the very best premium direct drive racing wheels you can buy. They pack a lot of performance and excellent build quality, making them incredibly popular among PC sim racers.

As with many pieces of sim racing hardware, the initial setup process isn’t always straightforward. It’s an important step to get right. Setting up your wheel correctly ensures that it can be recognised in the game and works as it should.

In this guide, I’m going to look at how to update the Simucube 2 Pro, Sport and Ultimate wheel bases. I’ll also look at how to correctly download and update the Simucube True Drive software which is required to update the firmware with all Simucube 2 wheel bases.

What is Simucube True Drive?

Simucube True Drive is a free piece of software available to download from Simucube. It is required to run, configure, and update any Simucube 2 wheel base, including the Pro, Sport, and Ultimate direct drive wheels.

What about Simucube Tuner?

Tuner is another app that is available to download from Simucube. However, this currently only controls Simucube pedals. If you own an ActivePedal or throttle, you will require the Tuner software to set it up and configure it.

If you own both a Simucube 2 wheel and the ActivePedal, unfortunately, you will currently need to download both True Drive and Tuner. True drive will control your racing wheel while Tuner looks after your pedals.

Why are there two different pieces of Simucube software?

The second generation of Simucube wheel bases were launched and released a good number of years before the ActivePedal that was revealed in 2022. During this time, the software developers at Simucube thought it necessary to develop a new piece of software for the launch of the pedals.

This could have been down to software differences between True Drive and Tuner, and possibly the idea of separating the two product ranges to make for easier configuration and adjustments.

Read our Simucube buyer’s guide for our recommendations on Simucube pedals and racing wheels.

Installing and updating Simucube True Drive

After mounting your Simucube wheel base, you’ll need to download and install the True Drive software. The download link is on the Simucube support website and the software is free to download.

The link will take you to a wiki containing several different downloads, including different releases of True Drive. It is always best to opt for the latest version of the software. However, if you encounter any issues, you can always roll back to a previous version.

Installing True Drive for the first time

Installing True Drive for the first time is incredibly easy. Simply open the .zip file and then start installing the .exe file inside. Run through the installer to complete the installation. Once you have installed True Drive, you can open it and start updating or configuring your wheel base.

How to update Simucube True Drive or install newer firmware

While the initial installation of True Drive is pretty straightforward, updating it to a newer version can throw up some issues. After updating, it can sometimes be common for the software to say that firmware is up to date when newer versions are actually available. If you do get this issue, you don’t need to uninstall True Drive; simply follow the instructions below to update It Correctly.

  1. Close True Drive
  2. Download the latest version of True Drive from the Simucube support website
  3. Extract the downloaded zip file
  4. Copy all contents of the zip file to the True Drive installation location
  5. Open True Drive
  6. You should now be able to update the firmware correctly

How to update a Simucube 2 wheel base

When you first open True Drive with a Simucube 2 wheel base connected to your PC and turned on, you will be prompted with a firmware update. Simply click “start firmware update” and follow the onscreen instructions by clicking the “next” button to update your Simucube 2 wheel base.

True Drive will automatically close after the firmware update, requiring you to reopen the software.

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If you have had True Drive for a while, you may want to check that you have the latest firmware installed or update it if it is outdated. Simply start the True Drive software and it will prompt you if a firmware update is available.

How to download Simucube profiles

A Simucube wheel base has a lot of adjustability in the settings. You can change any of these settings from the True Drive software, and create your own profiles. Read our recommended Simucube wheel settings below for the most popular sim racing games.

Alternatively, you can download custom profiles directly from the True Drive app. Simply click on the profiles tab in the left navigation window. From here, you can search for profiles using a range of filters. You can search by game, wheel type, or from a few tags and presets.

Creating your own Simucube 2 profile

You can create your own custom profiles using True Drive. Simply click the offline tab at the top of the profiles screen. This will open a window where you can name your profile and fix a few different tags to it. Then, you can proceed to input the various settings for that profile before saving it.

Your own offline profiles can be accessed at any time, and are a great way of creating individual wheel settings for different sim racing titles or for different cars within the same sim.

Common Simucube 2 problems and how to fix them

The Simucube 2 Pro, Sport, and Ultimate wheels are complicated pieces of hardware. Things can go wrong during the setup process and during use, and we’ve had a few things happen to us over the years. Most issues have pretty simple fixes, and I’m going to run through a few common issues below to help you fix a Simucube 2 issue.

Simucube 2 firmware update failed

If you start a firmware update and you receive an error before it is complete, there may be something either blocking the connection to your wheel base or steering wheel, or the wheel base may be losing connection.

The most common issue here is that you are using a USB hub that isn’t allowing enough data from the wheel base to your PC, or the connection is unsteady. I would always recommend connecting a Simucube wheel base directly to your PC rather than using a USB hub and this should solve the issue.

Alternatively, you may have some software that is interrupting the wireless connection between your steering wheel and PC. Check for any conflicting software or firewalls that may be causing this and retry the update.

True Drive not showing firmware update

If you suspect that there may be a firmware update for your wheel available, but True Drive isn’t automatically prompting you, you may need to redownload True Drive.

Don’t uninstall the software; instead, close it down. Then download the latest version of True Drive from Simucube’s website. Unzip the downloaded file and copy the files to the True Drive installation location. Then re-open the software and you should be prompted with a firmware update.

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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 to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.
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