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Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:27:33 pm »
I have a Cruisin USA I got for a decent price and was thinking of converting it to a MAME cab.

I have two steering wheels, I have a momo steering wheel (this one: http://itc.ua/img/dpk/2001/12/!momo_baranka.jpg)

I should be able to hack in the steering wheel, but my primary concern was the pedals.

I know they make a USB adapter, but finding is the hard part. Anyone got one they'd sell? I'd be happy to buy it.

I've browsed the forum, but was hoping for some general advice.

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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 09:09:34 pm »
I'll be watching this thread, I'm going to be doing the same thing with a Pole Position cabinet.

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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 12:46:18 am »
Do not hack a pc wheel for your cab (expecially for MAME), or you will loose the arcade feeling (arcade wheels are high quality components with respect to pc wheels): use the genuine wheel of the cabinet instead. Requires some tikering, but it's worth it.
As for pedals: they are nothing more than  microswitches or potentiometers so, again, interface the genuine arcade component to the pc with an "arcade" commercial product (expensive BUT perfectly working) or arduino (cheap AND perfectly working)
« Last Edit: February 17, 2017, 12:39:31 am by baritonomarchetto »

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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 07:54:07 am »
What's the point of using an arcade cabinet if you are going to just hack it up and slap a PC wheel on it? Just get one of those racing chairs. They are more suited to what you want to accomplish.

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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 09:33:52 am »
buy an APAC , wire in the pots from the wheel and pedals.   run radio, start, camera, and shifter inputs to the non analog ports of the APAC.

Push button, receive bacon.

This works out of the box? I don't need to swap the pots or anything? Know of a guide for this?

Ultimarc says the A-PAC was replaced with "U-HID" ???
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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 10:16:59 am »
buy an APAC , wire in the pots from the wheel and pedals.   run radio, start, camera, and shifter inputs to the non analog ports of the APAC.

Push button, receive bacon.

This works out of the box? I don't need to swap the pots or anything? Know of a guide for this?

Ultimarc says the A-PAC was replaced with "U-HID" ???
U-HIDs are newer and more flexible, but Ultimarc still has the A-Pac on their store page here.

Pots are just 3-tab voltage dividers.

5v and ground on tabs 1 and 3.

"Wiper" (variable voltage) on tab 2 goes to the analog input.

If it's moving the wrong way, swap 5v and ground.

From the Ultimarc A-Pac page:




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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2017, 01:24:57 pm »
I read somewhere about needing to put caps on the connection to the A-Pac? that the v2 board didn't require it?

I should be good ordering the board from them right? I'll also order the lightgun...cause why not?

buy an APAC , wire in the pots from the wheel and pedals.   run radio, start, camera, and shifter inputs to the non analog ports of the APAC.

Push button, receive bacon.

This works out of the box? I don't need to swap the pots or anything? Know of a guide for this?

Ultimarc says the A-PAC was replaced with "U-HID" ???
U-HIDs are newer and more flexible, but Ultimarc still has the A-Pac on their store page here.

Pots are just 3-tab voltage dividers.

5v and ground on tabs 1 and 3.

"Wiper" (variable voltage) on tab 2 goes to the analog input.

If it's moving the wrong way, swap 5v and ground.

From the Ultimarc A-Pac page:




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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2017, 05:36:15 pm »
The original Boardset still there? You could use the original Force Feedback
I do all that stuff even without a Joystick ;)
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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2017, 08:40:59 pm »
Yeah original board set is there. I can't find the USB adapter. Any help would be great

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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2017, 10:41:31 pm »
Please? Beyond the rare hard to find Global VR board, is there another way to retain the FFB? References please?

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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2017, 10:47:28 pm »
Well - In theorie an Arduino should be enough to keep the FFB working - However I have only done it with sega drive boards, not the midway ones.
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Re: Converting a Cruisin USA to MAME
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2017, 01:04:14 am »
I remember trying to hook up FFB for Crusin' back in the day.  Sega FF sort of makes sense but midway junk is weird to say the least. 

  
 

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