Brian Koponen

Programming and Tech Tips

Best American Truck Simulator Wheel Settings for Thrustmaster TMX / T150

American Truck Simulator recently updated its force feedback to a physics-based system, giving a more realistic experience. It previously only used a Centering Spring and some vibration effects, which was a fairly lackluster experience. The Thrustmaster TMX and T150 work very well with this new system.

This isn't anything like a racing game where you need to feel the grip to play the game well. This is just about creating a relaxing, immersive experience. To that end, these settings keep the wheel relatively light and keep the vibration effects from being too aggressive.

In this guide, I will show you the settings I use to improve the force feedback.

Thrustmaster Control Panel Settings

Trucks have a large steering angle, so we want to use the maximum available for these wheels. The game scales the input so you get the full range in-game, but this means the in-game wheel won't always align with yours.

Setting Value
Rotation 900° (TMX) 1080° (T150)
Overall Strength of all forces 100%
Constant 100%
Periodic 100%
Spring 100%
Damper 100%
Auto-Center by the game

Spring and Damper are not used by American Truck Simulator, so can be set to any value without issue. As a general rule, I leave these at 100% since there are some games that require them.

American Truck Simulator Settings

In Options > Gameplay > Truck Settings:

Setting Value
Steering Animation Range 900° (TMX) 1080° (T150)

You will want to set the Steering Animation Range to match what is set in the Thrustmaster Control Panel so that the in-game wheel animation correctly matches your real input.


In Options > Controls:

Unfortunately, American Truck Simulator only provides sliders with no numerical display to set the values in-game, making it annoying to set these values. Each slider is controllable with the left and right arrow keys and has 100 ticks, so you just have to count your keypresses to get the value exactly the same.

Force Feedback Settings
Force Feedback Settings
Setting Value
Force Feedback Checked
Overall Gain 80%
Centering at High Speed 100%
Centering at Low Speed 45%
Internal Friction 50%
Engine Resonance 10%
Terrain Surface 15%
Bumps 90%
Collisions 100%

Force Feedback can be turned off by unchecking this box.

Overall Gain is the main strength of the driving force you will feel. I raise this to give the wheel a little more power. Setting this too high makes the wheel quite heavy.

Centering at High Speed adds a Center Spring force when traveling at high speed. I leave this at the maximum to give a reasonable weight to the wheel when on the highways.

Centering at Low Speed adds a Center Spring force when traveling at low speed. I turn this down a little to make the wheel a little lighter when parking and navigating city streets.

Internal Friction adds a constant weight to the wheel. 50% is the default and works fine.

Engine Resonance is the vibration you feel from the engine. I like this, but it needs to be set very low or it will make the wheel shake way too much.

Terrain Surface is the vibration felt when driving over dirt or rough roads. This also needs to be kept quite low or it will shake the wheel too much.

Bumps is the vibration felt when going over bumps in the road, or driving over a curb.

Collisions is the vibration felt when you hit a car or anything on the side of the road.

Conclusion

I play American Truck Simulator in a very casual way and these settings may reflect that. I leave all the stability options at their default values, which will impact how the wheel feels. If you are looking to play in a highly realistic way, these settings will probably need some adjustments to give the wheel more weight.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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