Thrustmaster T3PA Pro Pedal Review | $150

Thrustmaster T3PA Pro Pedal Review | $150

The Thrustmaster T3PA Pro Pedal Set was released in April of 2015 and is an extremely upgraded version of the original T3PA Wide Pedal Set.

These were initially made for the Thrustmaster TX (Xbox One) eco-system, by have been enabled to work naively with all T-Series Thrustmaster wheels.

What You Need To Know About This Pedal Set

This pedal set is an awesome value for the price and will give you two options for brake mod configurations, intertable pedals from F1 to GT style, and 100% metal construction. These pedals simulate progressive braking and are extremely heavy (15 lbs) which give them optimal stability. This pedal set is a HUGE upgrade to your racing setup!

Thrustmaster T3PA Pedals Video Review

T3PA Pedal Specs

Dimensions: 18.8 x 16.1 x 10.8 inches ; 15 pounds

3 pedal set (throttle, brake, clutch), 2 different user positions – Floor-mounted position (F1-style) and Suspended position (GT-style); 100% Metal Construction and 100% Adjustable spacing and pedal angles, metal footrest with non-slip grating, internal and external metal construction, 2 removable BRAKE MODS with adjustable brake force pressure, pre drilled holes for cockpit mounting.

100% Metal Construction and Quality Design

T3PA Pro Pedal SetThese pedals are built like a tank. I have raced over 200 hours on them and they have yet to show any signs of wear and tear. Inverting the pedals takes a little bit of work, but once they are inverted they are extremely sturdy.

“The Pro pedals is the best built set of pedals I have ever owned at this price point”
The set features a metal foot plate which feels very real under your feet when racing and the metal face plates and pedal stantions are super strong.

Pros vs Cons

Pros

  • Priced to sell
  • Simulates progressive brake pressure with two brake mod options
  • Adds a clutch to your setup
  • Built with 100% metal parts
  • Invertable from F1 to GT Style
  • Lots of adjustability for pedal angles and spacing

Cons

  • The throw path of the pedals is a bit long
  • Won’t mount GT style to certain wheel stands and cockpits
  • Thrustmaster suggests wearing sneakers to use them

How Do The Optional Brake Mods Work?

The brake pedal pressure force can be adjusted between 15 lbs. and 22 lbs., according to your preferences (with no BRAKE MOD installed).

Spring Brake Mod

The SPRING BRAKE MOD is comprised of a compression spring and the pressure force can be adjusted between 31 lbs. and 35 lbs.

Conical Rubber Brake Mod

The CONICAL RUBBER BRAKE MOD is composed of a conical stop made from industrial-grade high-density rubber and pressure force can be adjusted between 44 lbs. and 66 lbs. If you are looking for the most uthentic feel and ultra-progressive resistance at the end of the pedal’s range of travel, the conical brake mode is your best option

Here is how the conical brake mod is adjusted:

T3PA Pro Conical Brake Mod

For my setup I have the brake mod about 65% engaged. I use a tap braking technique and depending on the game I may increase the brake sensitivity and add a slight touch of deadzone on the inside. Also to note the range of travel (throw) can also be adjusted on the brake (in all instances with or without a BRAKE MOD installed).

Thrustmaster Pro Pedal Set Performance

These pedals perform really well under duress. I have stomped on them and jammed down on them in fits of racing rage and they have held up well. Because the set is all metal and pretty heavy they do ok staying in place if you have them on the carpet, but my best advice would be to hard mount them.

The throttle and clutch have the same throw distance and the brake is the only pedal you can adjust by design, but…

You can get creative with this set and put the conical brake mod on the brake pedal and then load the spring mod onto your clutch pedal. This creates a nice immersive racing effect where now all three of your pedals have a different resistance and starts feeling more like a higher end set of Fanatec pedals.

Other Brake Options

If you were interested in taking the T3PA Pro set even one level higher, there are independent companies licensed by Thrustmaster that add a real load cell brake mod to the T3PA Pro set. The load cell will add more authenticity to the brake and make your trail braking technique more efficient, because it works by transfering not load not pedal distance traveled. It certainly doesn’t get any more REAL than that. Click Here for more info.

Who Should Buy This Pedal Set

If you are currently using a 2 pedal set with either a TX, TMX, T150, or T300, then this 3 pedal set is a HUGE upgrade from the stock pedals. Also if you have a TX servo base or T300 servo base and looking to build out your components. This is also great if you intend on adding a shifter.

Overall the options you get with this pedal set for a small price increase over the T3PA Wide Pedal Set is worth every penny! See the chart below to compare the pedal sets.

Comparing T3PA Pro Pedals vs The T3PA Wide Pedal Set

The chart below shows the differences between the T3PA Pro Pedals and the T3PA Wide Pedals:

T3PA Pedal Set Comparison

The Pro set obviously has a higher price tag, but the extra bang for your buck in adjustability and invertability make these pedals easy to recommend. If you were on a budget and trying to shave a few dollars off of your entire racing set up, the Wide Pedal set is still a good option though and provide great value for the price. The ability to invert your pedals from F1 style (on the floor) to GT Style (suspended) make for a really immersive racing experience.

When I play games like F1 2016 I leave the pedals floor mounted, but for games like DiRT Rally I suspend them. It makes a big difference in the way the pedals feel under your feet and if your goal is a simulated racing experience than you need a pedal set that inverts.

Compatibility

Platforms:

PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox One

NOTE: The pedals plug into your wheelbase (the plug is included), and not directly into your console or PC

Thrustmaster T Series Racing Wheels:

T300, TX, T150, T500

Accessories

Thrustmaster TH8A shifter and all Thrustmaster add-on rims. Mounts F1 style on all popular wheel stands and cockpits. Some wheel stand and cockpit designs don’t provide enough clearance for GT style inversion.

Warranty

1 year warranty US and 2 years in some European countries.

Can The Thrustmaster Face Plates Be Changed

You can change out the metal face plates, but it requires some work. You can get a set of after market face plates and drill into them to match the holes on the pedal stantions. I drilled into a set of Sparco racing pedals and mounted them on the T3PA Pro’s.

After Market pedal plates T3pa

Review Conclusion

The Thrustmaster T3PA Pro Pedals are an unbelievable value for the price. They are a noticeable upgrade from the T3PA Wide Pedals and if you are running a stock two pedal set, then they are a HUGE upgrade. I mostly have mine mounted F1 style to a Playseat Evolution and I love every minute of racing with them. They take a little bit of effort to invert GT Style, but when you switch them it is fantastic for immersion.

While I appreciate Thrustmaster included 2 brake mods, I can’t see why anyone would choose to use the spring brake mod because the conical brake mod simulates brake pressure so much better. Between the all metal construction and the fantastic breaking mechanism…

“…this was the first pedal set I owned that really made me feel like I was actually in a car”
This pedal set is awesome from price to quality to adjustability. They are well reviewed at Amazon with over 50 customer reviews and a 5 star rating. I highly recommend this pedal set and easily give them 5 stars.

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