How To Use Any Steering Wheel With A MOZA Racing Wheel Base
MOZA Racing wheels and wheel bases feature one of the best quick releases available. With the new quick release adaptor, you can use any steering wheel with MOZA wheel bases. In this guide I'll show you how.
Can you use any steering wheel with MOZA wheel bases?
MOZA Racing wheel bases can be used with any steering wheel from any other sim racing brand including real-world steering wheels. This is possible thanks to the MOZA wheel side quick release adaptor.
Can you use any third-party steering wheel with MOZA Racing wheel bases?
MOZA Racing implement a fantastic quick release solution. Their implementation of a quick release allows for really speedy wheel changes allowing you to swap between any MOZA Racing wheel in just a few seconds.
Unlike other sim racing brands, every steering wheel that MOZA Racing has released to date includes the same quick release. This allows any steering wheel to be used with any wheel base.
Recently MOZA released a quick release adaptor which is sold separately from their other steering wheel and wheel base products. This adaptor features a standard hole pattern allowing it to be mounted to a variety of steering wheels.
Once mounted to a steering wheel, you will then be able to attach that wheel to a MOZA wheel base and start racing.
How the MOZA quick release works
Inside the quick release, there are a series of pins on the steering wheel, and a set of metal contact patches on the wheel base. When a MOZA steering wheel is mounted to a wheel base, the pins make contact with the contact patches on the wheel base.
This metal-on-metal contact allows for power to be provided to the steering wheel. And this enabls functions such as lighting and digital displays on the wheel to work.
MOZA Racing’s quick release adaptor
The official MOZA Racing quick release adaptor uses the same construction as all other MOZA quick releases that are found on each of their steering wheels. The adaptor is made from aluminium alloy ensuring that the quality is the same across all of their products.
What PCD does the MOZA quick release use?
This adaptor has a 6 x 70mm PCD which is the same as Ascher Racing use for their steering wheels. A 6 x 70mm PCD is also the standard hole mounting pattern used in real-world motorsport.
This makes it very easy to mount a real-world steering wheel to this quick release adaptor.
Can you use Fanatec steering wheels with a MOZA wheel base?
The short answer of whether you can use Fanatec steering wheels with a MOZA wheel base is yes! You can physically mount a Fanatec steering wheel to the MOZA quick release. However, there are a few minor issues to overcome.
You will need to purchase an adaptor to mount a Fanatec steering wheel to the MOZA quick release. This means that you will require a few elements to make this combination work.
- MOZA Racing quick release adaptor
- Fanatec steering wheel
- Fanatec 70mm PCD adapter
Once you have these three items, you can start using your Fanatec steering wheel with your MOZA wheel base. Fanatec steering wheels all use a 6 x 52mm PCD. As mentioned above, MOZA uses a 6 x 70mm PCD. This is where the adapter comes in.
You can purchase PCD adapters that feature both mounting patterns for 52mm and 70mm PCD.
How to mount a Fanatec wheel to the MOZA quick release
The first thing you need to do is remove your Fanatec wheel’s quick release. If your Fanatec wheel is using the ClubSport quick release adaptor (QR1) you should remove it.
You can remove the QR1 from any Fanatec steering wheel by unscrewing the hex screws attaching the QR1 to the steering wheel.
With the QR1 removed from your steering wheel, you can then mount the 70mm PCD adapter to your steering wheel. Simply line up the bolt pattern and attach this to your steering wheel using the same bolts that you removed with the QR1.
With the PCD adapter installed to your steering wheel, next up is to mount the MOZA quick release adapter to your steering wheel. The MOZA QR should line up perfectly with the 70mm holes in your PCD adapter that we attached to the steering wheel in the previous step.
With the MOZA quick release adapter now mounted to your Fanatec steering wheel, the next step is to simply start racing. Do this by attaching your wheel to your MOZA wheel base by simply pushing it onto the wheel base motor shaft.
Will the Fanatec steering wheel functions work with a MOZA wheel base?
Unfortunately using a Fanatec steering wheel with a MOZA wheel base will disable all steering wheel functionality including in-built shifters.
Fanatec uses its own quick release to transfer data from the wheel base and computer to the steering wheel. MOZA also handle this wirelessly from steering wheel to wheel base.
When you combine a Fanatec steering wheel with a MOZA wheel base, that data transfer cannot happen. If you are using a steering wheel that has a hard wire USB connection such as those from Cube Controls, then the steering wheel will work like normal.
How to use any steering wheel with MOZA’s wheel bases
Using any steering wheel with the MOZA quick release adapter is a really simple process. It is very similar to the process I described above in the Fanatec section, but without the need for a PCD adapter.
Start by ensuring there is no quick release already attached to your steering wheel.
Then align the MOZA quick release adapter up with the rear of your steering wheel. The MOZA QR uses a 70mm hole pattern. If your steering wheel doesn’t use this PCD, then you may need an adapter to convert it to a 70mm hole pattern. These are readily available relatively cheaply on the internet.
Then tighten the bolts to attach your quick release to your steering wheel.
With your quick release adapter connected to your steering wheel, you can now attach it to your wheel base and start racing.
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