Brian Koponen

Programming and Tech Tips

Best DiRT Rally 2.0 Wheel Settings for Logitech G29 / G920

DiRT Rally 2.0, the rally car simulator from Codemasters, is best played with a force feedback wheel. The game transmits a lot of information about what the car is doing through the force feedback of the wheel. Given the difficulty of controlling a rally car, you want to get as much information from the wheel as possible without fighting the force feedback.

Unfortunately, the default force feedback settings in DiRT Rally 2.0 don't work very well for the Logitech G29 and G920 (they are essentially the same wheel). The force feedback is set too strong and it just feels like you are fighting to turn the wheel on every single corner, when it should be relatively easy. These are great entry-level wheels for their price, but they don't have the responsiveness of more expensive, higher end wheels, leading to these kind of problems.

With that in mind, it is important to tune the force feedback settings in the game to your particular wheel. After doing a lot of research and my own testing, I found the best settings for the Logitech G29 and G920. These really made a big impact on my enjoyment of the game.

G HUB Settings

DiRT Rally 2.0 has a proper Soft Lock feature, so the game will automatically set the proper steering angle for each car in the game. For this to work properly, you need to set the Operating Range to 900° in G HUB and calibrate the wheel in-game.

Setting Value
Operating Range 900°
Sensitivity 50
Centering Spring Off

DiRT Rally 2.0 Settings

In Options & Extras > Input > Connected Devices:

It is very important to calibrate your wheel by highlighting the wheel and choosing Device Options. Without calibration, the steering angle won't necessarily be set correctly and your wheel rotation won't match the in-game wheel.


In Options & Extras > Input > Connected Devices > Logitech G29 / G920 > Advanced Settings:

Setting Value
Steering Linearity -4 - 0
Steering Deadzone 0
Steering Saturation 100
Soft Lock On

Setting Steering Linearity to a negative value makes the steering more sensitive when the wheel is centered. This can be useful for older cars that have a larger degree of rotation, if it feels like you are unable to turn the wheel fast enough around corners. For modern style cars, Steering Linearity should be set to 0, or the wheel will be overly sensitive when centered and harder to control.


In Options & Extras > Input > Connected Devices > Logitech G29 / G920 > Vibration & Feedback:

Setting Value
Vibration & Feedback On
Self Aligning Torque 65
Wheel Friction 0
Tire Friction 0
Suspension 65
Collision 90
Soft Lock 150
Steering Centre Force Enabled On
Steering Centre Force 100

Self Aligning Torque is the main force controlling the force feedback. Setting this too high makes the wheel much too heavy. You shouldn't be fighting for control of the wheel very much in a rally car.

Wheel Friction is a mostly constant damper force that simply makes the wheel heavier, not adding any useful information. I turn this off completely; it doesn't feel good on these wheels.

Tire Friction is a damper force that is based on the tire data. Functionally, this will make the wheel harder to turn at certain times. While not as bad as Wheel Friction, it still doesn't feel great on these wheels, making them feel less responsive than they actually are.

Suspension controls the vibration felt from the road surface. Rough gravel surface will vibrate nearly constantly, while smoother pavement won't vibrate at all. This can be a strong force. Setting this too high will make the wheel very noisy.

Collision controls the vibration when you hit a rock or something on the side of the road.

Soft Lock is the force you feel when trying to turn the wheel past the real-world steering angle.

Steering Centre Force centers the wheel at the start of a stage or when you have to recover the car. It has no effect when you are driving.

Conclusion

Before making these changes, I found the game fun, but often annoyingly hard to control. After applying these settings, I was no longer fighting with the force feedback and I finally had complete control over the car. This makes the game so much more enjoyable to play because you can actually control the car in difficult situations. I highly recommend you try these settings.

Question or Comment?