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Fanatec Pedals Upgrade: Hall Sensors Mod Gives Awesome Results!

Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals v2.
The Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals V2, Fanatec Pedals Upgrade.
The Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals V2

I successfully performed this Fanatec Pedals Upgrade from potentiometers to hall sensors myself more than a year ago. I own the Fanatec CSL Elite V2 Pedal set, now this should work with most Fanatec Pedals, but I can’t 100% guarantee that. I race daily, I’ve put in thousands of laps in iRacing and thousands of miles in Dirt Rally 2.0 since then. Performing this mod was one of the best things I have done, I
have had zero issues with my gas pedal ever since. No calibration updates, not the slightest jitter, just buttery smooth input every single time.

Acknowledgment

Credit for this awesome Fanatec Pedals Upgrade mod goes u/Archangell22, and u/hellothereshinycoin over on Reddit and also the Fanatec forums. I stitched this article together by combining these two Reddit posts and this thread on *Fanatec’s forum *which may have been removed because I can no longer find it, so all props really belong to them. I decided to combine everything here because trying to coherently follow instructions on one Reddit thread is no picnic — I can’t be the only one that gets a headache from any more than an hour on Reddit am I? —

Fanatec Pedals Upgrade: Replacing the potentiometer in my CSL Elite gas pedal with hall sensor.

This is how I did it. If you also choose to do this, be aware you’re probably voiding the warranty and while I didn’t break anything doing this, — I’d peg difficulty at about 3.5 out 10. — Anyway, you’ve been warned I can’t be responsible if you do manage to break something! There’s a small list of things you will need to purchase that you probably won’t have laying around the house, unless you’re a bigger geek than I am, and if so, we should really hang out some time! These are the magnets and sensors that I used and can say for sure work.

Fanatec Pedals Upgrade: Parts List

  • HALL SENSOR:
    • Allegro Microsystems A1325LUA-T
  • MAGNETS:
    • 1x NEB38P752512 – 0.75in x 0.25in x 0.125in N38 block magnet
    • 2x NEB38P502512 – 0.50in x 0.25in x 0.125in N38 block magnet
    • 1x N35P375250HT – 0.375in diameter, 0.25in height N35 disc magnet
  • *3D PRINTED Hall sensor housing:
    • 3D printed sensor housing.

— Using the provided Ebay links (I’ll get them generated and placed very soon I swear!!) You’ll have a few spares just in case, and you help out the site in the process! —

This is what you will replace with the 3D printed housing.
Fanatec Pedals Upgrade: This is what you will replace with the 3D printed housing.

*Do yourself a favor and don’t try to MacGyver something together with popsicle sticks and super glue like I did the first time. It was nothing but a mess and non-stop aggravation.

STL file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q9Ruk0A1jtoFUf8mav7U_ryUqV0-pR8a/view?usp=sharing

You can have this printed anywhere you choose; I got mine printed by a kid I found on Craigslist. He ran off 3 of them for me and it only set me back $20. No matter where you get yours from, you’ll probably have to drill out the 1mm holes for the sensor wires yourself as the 3D print process melts holes that small.

Fanatec Pedals Upgrade: The Process

  1. Starting from the pedal is removed from pedal set and module underneath.
  2. Remove the existing potentiometer mount from the pedal by removing the 3 screws underneath the pedal and then pushing on it gently from the top to push the housing out the bottom.
    • old potentiometer in housing 1 - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  3. Note your pinouts on the potentiometer are, if you are looking at the connection
    • left: Voltage in
    • middle: Voltage out (variable)
    • right: ground.
    • potentiometer pinout - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  4. Desolder the 3 small wire connections to the potentiometer, note what color is what as it might differ from my pictures.
  5. Place hall sensor in the 3D printed housing, carefully bending the wires where appropriate and putting them through the 3x 1mm holes.
    • potentiometer wiring - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  6. Solder the RJ12 connections that you removed from the potentiometer
    to the hall sensor, matching pinouts (hall sensor is logo up left to
    right:
    • left: Voltage in
    • middle: ground
    • right: Voltage out (variable).
    • wiring - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  7. Check connectivity in your solders using a multimeter between RJ12
    connector and hall sensor make sure each wire has connectivity, and
    nothing is cross connecting.
  8. Once connectivity is verified, superglue the hall sensor down to the
    mount in the obvious place with a very minimal amount of glue, hold it a
    bit longer than you think you might have to, so it fully sets,
    superglue the RJ12 cable to the housing in the area it’s intended to go
    through, to keep it from moving.
    • sensor orientation - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  9. Put the hall sensor housing, now assembled, where the potentiometer
    housing was and screw it in using same 3 screws you removed earlier.
    • hall sensor in housing placement - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  10. Magnets time: two sets of magnets to worry about, one is “in” the
    pedal and the other is behind the pedal where there is a notch/cutout
    near the spring, that area rotates almost directly over where the hall
    sensor is now located.
    • magnet location2 - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  11. *Put one of the half inch block magnets in the pedal honeycombed
    area where I am pointing with tweezers, don’t worry about orientation of
    this first magnet, it has room to move in there and will orient itself
    with the next step.
    • hall sensor placement - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  12. This step you have a 50/50 chance of orienting the wrong magnet pole
    upwards, good luck!) connect the disc magnet and the 3/4-inch block
    magnet as shown in my pics, like a fat Tetris piece.
    • magnet stack - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  13. Using needle nose pliers, orient the two now connected magnets into
    the slot near the spring behind the pedal as shown in my pics with the
    block magnet facing the hall sensor, when you get close the disc magnet
    will pull itself into the slot, and orient the magnet inside the pedal
    correctly and those two keep each other in place now.
    • Magnet Location 1 - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  14. Now we see if you guessed right, go plug the pedal in and test it
    see if you see signal, if you do NOT see a signal you need to go flip
    the two magnets on the back of the pedals, they need to still connect
    the same way like a fat Tetris piece, just so the other magnet pole is
    facing the hall sensor.
    • full throttle - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  15. So now you’re either testing again and seeing signal or you skipped
    step 13 because it gave you signal initially, we have to now orient the
    block magnet so that when you press the pedal you get signal right after
    pressing the pedal, and max out signal near the end of the pedal range
    (short or long, either is ok but close is good)
    • throttle backside - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  16. The way the magnet is sitting in that slot on the back of the pedal
    and the shapes of them means you can just spin the block magnet by very
    small amounts like you are setting a clock, until it’s mostly lengthwise
    along the pedal but spun a little bit towards the hall sensor. You’ll
    see when you play with it, if it looks like it does in my pictures. You
    aren’t dialing in the final orientation just making sure you can get a
    full linear range of input at this point. Once you see that you can,
    disconnect pedal for final steps.
    • final magnet placement 1 - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  17. Once you see full linear movement in the pedal range (by
    orienting/spinning the block magnet little by little until it’s just
    right) we’re just locking in the orientation/suction power of these
    magnets, so they don’t move.
  18. Add one more 1/2-inch block magnet to inside the pedal, the
    honeycomb area where the one 1/2-inch magnet already is, put this one
    underneath the other one so they stick together (but now they won’t be
    able to rotate in there like the one could before)
  19. Extract the two magnets (fat Tetris piece) from the back of the
    pedal (do not separate them yet) (leave the two 1/2-inch magnets in the
    honeycomb area in the pedal, they will not fall out on their own)
  20. Mark with a sharpie how these magnets are currently stuck together,
    they must stay oriented this way from here on out; superglue them
    together in that orientation, very carefully as you only get one shot.
    Practice a few times before putting the glue down, so you get the
    incoming angle right, you let go in time not to get your fingers stuck
    in superglue etc. If you are a little off that’s ok, you’ll just have to
    fiddle with the final orientation a little but once they snap together,
    they are stuck. The reason for doing this is so that the block magnet
    no longer rotates around the disc magnet. Disc magnet can still rotate
    where it sits, but it has a lot more friction compared to the block
    magnet/disc magnet connection area.
  21. Let the superglue set for longer than you think it needs, give it 5 minutes.
  22. Once fully set, put the 2 magnets, now superglued together into fat Tetris for eternity, back in the back of the pedal
    • full throttle 1 - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade
  23. Do your final orientation/calibration so your pedal has a full
    linear input range, and the magnets will stick there until/unless you do
    something severely drastic to your pedals (then just “spin the clock”
    again to re-orient for the linear reading from the sensor)
    • off throttle - Fanatec Pedals Upgrade

Enjoy!

Fanatec Pedals Upgrade: Additional High-Res Images

If anything was unclear or a little garbled, it’s probably because I’ve had to change hosts and restoring my posts from the first website… Let’s just say it wasn’t a smooth process. So again, if you want a better view of something here is a link to one of the original authors google drive folder. He has over 40 high-res pictures documenting every step of the process: Google Drive.

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