As feedback, finally knuckled down to do my own TM TPR rudder pedal damper mod.
Thanks to Troll for advice and inspiration.
Actually finding a suitable Motorcycle steering damper was a bit of a task, Ebay dealer I bought from sent me a tracked parcel that ended up with a fancy hippy necklace … oh lordy, after much communication we got it sorted out, then was offered the correct item, then a day later, it was out of stock … but we have a different colour combo version instead? yes I replied, that will be fine … are you sure they replied?, we will have all black one in a few weeks, eventually and without more ado, confirmed to them, any colour would be fine … they never knew what I wanted the damper for though I suppose, it was marketed as a Motorcycle steering damper after all
Damper finally arrived a few days ago and set about modifying my TM TPR pedals too … gave it an hour ish to complete, took a fair bit longer to be honest, knew a wee bit of drilling would be involved, but shimming things up with sleeves/washer spacers ETC took me longer than I thought while hunting parts down from my spares, wanted zero play in all movement and that’s how it ended up thankfully
After careful measurement of damper movement to pedal pendulum movement, my solution is slightly different to Troll’s, (because of different damper lengths and specs I’m sure) wanted full calibration yaw axis movement still too … and took ages to do what I did, deliberating over it, but I still have the full pedal yaw movement and the damper still has about 5mm to 8mm of travel at each end of rod to spare … I guess full damping force runs out before then? but that’s OK, its around the centre position I wanted it to work best and that it does.
It was with much trepidation I took to taking the drill to my my TM TPR rudder pedals though, but oh hell … in for a penny, in for a pound, nothing ventured is nothing gained I suppose
Thats my pedal warranty out of the window I know
Am happy to say after last nights testing and on an hour or so in ROF this morning, it works wonderfully, damper is lowest friction still, rudders do not spring back to center as I might have hoped, TPR pedal springs are still on lowest tension though, know of some stiffer springs that might pull it back quicker if needed … but so far, its working out very well.
I was getting lazy, keeping my feet off the pedals mostly … and even during co-ordinated turns, now I have my foot on each pedal at all times and as it should be, so the pedal spring to center is now no longer an issue … tried many sims last night with my new pedal damper mod, everything shows a benefit … Helicopter hover on the spot precision is dramatically improved, especially … these TM TPR’s are brilliant pedals IMHO, but way too flighty and feisty around center position, they should have come with a damper as stock for the price of them IMHO.
What a difference a damper mod makes, really