New to driving with steering wheel

Hi all, I’ve always played racing sims and just racing games in general but never with a wheel. I’m not a newbie to racing but I am when it comes to racing with a wheel. My Thrustmaster TX wheel came in last night. I’ve wanted one for quite some time. As of right now I’m using a desk and a computer chair. I will be purchasing a wheel stand pro sometime this month. Anyway, as eager as I was I updated the firmware and then went onto Forza.

After setting the degree of rotation to 900, turning down FF and vibration I still couldn’t get a single lap in without being all over the track…

After reading up on it some more this morning I see it’s not as plug and play as I thought. Which I’m actually very happy to hear since my frustration got the best of me last night and turned off the game in about an hour. (My Fiance found it entertaining though… She even beat me using the controller. Little does she know I was actually REALLY trying LOL)

I drive with all assists off and simulation steering. Are you all using simulation steering as well with the wheel? It seemed like when the back end would get loose there was no hope in straightening it out. It seemed like the wheel was constantly fighting me. Meaning I would be fighting the counter steer back and forth until it resulted in a crash.

BRAKING: Are we gassing and braking using both feet?

I was wondering how long did it take for you to get used to using a wheel?

I’m going to be messing with the wheel some more later this afternoon. Can anyone share their settings as a starting point for me? Thanks!!


For forza change the DOR to 540 and run the wheel sensativity to the 2nd setting (mode+right paddle shift) to 2 blinks of green light. I read this on these forums from others and has worked great for myself!

It’ll take a little bit of time to get used to, keep practicing. Like the person above said, leave the DOR at 540 (I think that was the default in FM6). Also, make sure you are calibrating your brake pedal, or else it seems to lock up easily (to do this, just push the brake pedal as far as you can 3 times once you turn the wheel on).

I also drive with all assists off and simulation steering. I haven’t tried messing with the sensitivity, I’ll give that a shot tonight. I’ve always been a wheel user though, so FM6 wasn’t that tough to get used to.

Isnt Thrustmasters default settings set at 900 degrees? with Forza 6s setting at 540 its hard to automatically align the two like it was in forza horizon 2

It takes time and practice to get used to using a wheel, especially if you have never used on before. I would also suggest to use “normal steering” as “Sim steering” makes things hyper sensitive. Though with practice you can even get used to that setting. It is also a good idea to start in the lower classes, as they are the easiest to control at first. Then when you get used to thing, bump yourself up to a higher class; rinse and repeat. You will have it down in no time.

There’s a learning curve like everything else.
I’d suggest start with a relatively slow compact car (class D) that isn’t tail happy (like a hatchback) in a relatively easy track with traction and stability control “on” at first and run a few laps. Get used to the steering and the brakes and mess around with the DOR to find the sweet spot for you. Once you’re able to control the car, turn traction and stability control off. Then start moving to faster cars.

Once you get used to it, there’s no going back to the controller!!
Good luck

No i have to disagree with the above comments, fm6 is broken!! It’s been built for gamer pads and the wheel is a last thought again. I use my wheel hours on end week in week out on the pc. I turn on fm6 and can’t complete a clean lap. I’m not the quickest but I can lap cleanly for sure. Needs fixing asap and for the fan boys who say it’s not broken go try rfactor or iRacing and fee how the wheel reacts.

There are issues with Forza 6’s force feedback, but you are way over exaggerating.

And just for the record, most of us here who have paid a pretty penny for wheels, also play other racing games on other platforms. Such as Assetto and Iracing on pc.

I suggest for a new person with a wheel, just have patience. It takes time for the learning curve to finally be comfortable, and suddenly it will feel “easy” and smooth. Don’t slam the brake - it will make your car behave like it is on ice, and a lot of times actually pick up speed because it has no traction at all.

For those complaining about the wheel, please see - and READ! - the information in this thread: It will make your life and gaming experience a lot nicer.

Physics says this is impossible.

As far as using the wheel, I have my steering on normal. It’s what works for me. I don’t try to treat Forza like a sim so I’m not looking for the “most realistic” settings. I just want something I can go out and enjoy some racing with.

I use only the one foot for braking and throttle. It helps for when you get into a tight spot and panic - at least that’s one mistake you won’t be making.

Get in a front wheel drive slow car. Heck, I like the Classic Mini Cooper. It handles great and barely does 100 mph.

Pick a track. I like Indy full because it’s short or Road America because it has some easy corners, some more technical corners, and an elevation change or two that will teach you about weight transfer.

Load up a free play of at least 10 laps no drivatars. Just you and the track and your lap times. Turn all assists off or on or however you want to drive. It really doesn’t matter yet. Now, go take 10 minutes or more making a clean lap. Just 1 clean lap. See how slow you have to go to make a clean lap. Now get your speed up just a little bit. Not enough to cause you problems but enough to where you’re actually having to put good pressure on the brake before getting to the turn-in at the corner. Just keep doing that.

This will force you to do two things. 1 it will teach you the track. If you don’t have the track memorized you’ll be trying to react too late anyway because you don’t know what’s coming up. You won’t be able to learn a whole lot about the wheel if you’re mind is constantly worried about what’s coming next. 2 it will teach you just how slow your inputs need to be in order to keep the car on the track. How do you know how far beyond the limit you were when you ran off the track? It’s much much harder (darn near impossible) to learn by telling yourself “I’ll slow down”. You learn a lot more when you realize “I can speed up.” “I can brake later.” “I can use less brake pressure.”. Work your way up to fast lap times instead of trying to slow down to a point you can make clean laps.

Thank you for the helpful tips everyone. I didn’t get a chance to get on last night but you all know what I’ll be doing this weekend! Feel free to add me as well. I’ll do any race or drift events. Look forward to racing with you all soon.