Air Cooling a Buttkicker Gamer 2

27 Feb 2021

Is your Buttkicker Gamer 2 overheating when playing iRacing or other sim racing games? Mine was.

The Buttkicker company is aware of the issue (I sent them an email), but they can only do so much - running high intensity settings while sim racing is going to be hard on the Buttkicker, period.

Hello Davis,

I’m glad you’re enjoying the Gamer 2!

What you’re experiencing is the thermal cutoff switch being engaged in the transducer, which shuts itself then resumes once cooled off.

- Buttkicker Support Team

Before the following modification, I was able to get only about 40 minutes of runtime before the Buttkicker would overheat.

A few beers, some scrap metal, and two USB fans later, my Buttkicker Gamer 2 is now capable of long sessions at high intensity.

Here is a slo-mo video of the results.

The Buttkicker no longer overheats!

This is a 100% necessary addition to the cockpit.

I control the fans (they are daisy chained together) with an on/off switch on the front of the cockpit.

Fan Power/Amplifier Remote
Easily reachable from the seat

I love it. I feel like a pilot with a pre-flight check-list

“Power fans on. Check. Power amplifier on. Check”

What you’ll need:

  • Some scrap metal
  • Drill
  • Buttkicker Gamer2
  • RSeat N1 Buttkicker mount
  • A dollar and a dream
  • Someone more mechanically gifted than me
140mm + 80mm USB-powered fans
Amplifier, USB hub, and the back of my computer case