I recently bought a Thrustmaster T500rs steering wheel and pedal assembly for my PS3 and decided to enhance my gaming pleasures by purchasing a suitable stand rather than crouching over a table; so having scoured the internet I decided on the [...].
I must admit that I expected to just unpack the stand and fit the T500rs straight away without much fuss, but when it arrived I was somewhat disappointed; although it looked the part and gave off this air of grandeur it became apparent that it was not specifically made to encompass the T500rs system in it's list of compatible units.
Being a practical guy it took me just a few minutes to construct, but attaching my system securely was another matter - especially the pedal box. Although there is a securing bracket with the package that you can attach to your system, I finally had to result in drilling a few holes in strategic places and inserting some nuts and bolts etc to ensure everything stayed where it was supposed-to and used 'cable-ties' to tidy away all the loose wiring.
Having then secured and adjusted everything to my personal requirements I sat down to enjoy a session of furious and competitive racing - only to find that the stand has an annoying amount of forwards and backwards 'free-play in the 'column' adjustment bracket (which I can't seem to remove or reduce), thus allowing the steering wheel to move away from you by nearly 4" (100mm), a very disconcerting effect especially when you are not expecting it to happen! - So the only answer at the moment seems to be to try not to push on the wheel at all but to slightly pull down as you are driving to prevent this from happening.
You also need to take into account that this is quite a slim and trim stand, so if you are using a 'force-fed' steering wheel or similar, under certain game-play situations it can quite easily be pushed off-balance and start to tip the stand in the direction you are turning the wheel (gently does-it!).
Sounds all doom and gloom - but not really; after all I have said - I really quite like it and once you get used to the limits under which you can use it, for my money - it does what you want it to.
so, the burning question has to be - "Is it worth £50 quid"? Yes I would say it probably is.
Jan 6th 2013
Since the above post I have subsequently removed all play by simply changing the original fixing at the base of the column to an 8mm nut & bolt and a couple of flat steel washers. This was done over 6 months ago and I have not had any problems since so I guess it just needed to be more than hand-tight.