If you own and love the a Thrustmaster wheeL: TX, the T500RS, T300RS, or the T300 Ferrari GTE wheels, one of the best features of these products is the ability to quickly detach the stock rim and throw on something a little more to you liking. That’s an awesome considering the stock TX rim on the F458 Italia Edition is built of plastic and feels like a toy in your hands.
Currently Thrustmaster offers a few alternate steering wheel add on’s that all snap on quickly to the Thrustmaster wheel base via the Thrustmaster Quick Release system.
Thrustmaster VG Ferrari 599XX EVO Wheel Add-On
This rim is an 8:10 scale replica and is the largest of all the rim add-on’s. It is so realistic that it uses imported materials from Ferrari wheels in Alcantara S.P.A’s factory. This rim delivers force feedback unlike any of the other Thrustmaster rims. The center column is made of black brushed metal and features a d-pad, 6 action buttons, and a 3 way knob w/a push in, and paddle shifters that move with the wheel. This rim is compatible with PS4, PS3, Xbox One & PC.
Thrustmaster VG TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On
This rim is wrapped in leather and contains a solid metal wheel rim. It delivers an amazing feeling of force feedback into your hands, unlike that of which the other two rims deliver. The center column is made of black brushed metal and features a d-pad, 6 assignable buttons, and a 3 way knob. The paddle shifters are also brushed metal and make a nice click sound when they are engaged and quickly fire back into position.
Thrustmaster Ferrari GTE F458 Wheel Add-On Review
This rim is made of re-enforced rubber and it offers the best grip of all 3 rims. It does a solid job of delivering the force feedback and really feels good in your hands. The center column is made of black brushed metal and features a d-pad, 6 assignable buttons and a 3 way spring switch. The paddle shifters are also made of brushed metal and make a distinct click sound when engaged and quickly return back into the start position.
Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Rim Add On
This rim is the coolest looking rim of the 3 and was modeled after the 2011 F1 Ferrari. This rim is predominately plastic and despite the fact that many of the buttons and dials move, they are not assignable. It features a 2 d-pads, 3 metal switches, 8 buttons, and 2 rotary encoders. Overall this rim is fun with F1 cars and feels nice and wide in your hands. This rim scores for the authenticity factor, but does not feel as solid as the other two rims available.
ThrustmasterSteering Wheel Add Ons Wrap up
If you are looking to upgrade your Thrustmaster stock steering wheel those are your options and all are reasonably priced acording to their make and quality. I personally own them all and use them fairly interchangeably on my racing setup. All the steering wheels have their perks and make for an awesome simulated and immersive racing experience. They also all feature the same mechanism for snapping them on and off which can be completed in a matter of seconds.
Playing with the stock rims is great, but a little upgrade goes a long way!
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Do you own any of these 3 Thrustmaster steering wheel rims? If so let me know your review of these rims in the comments below.