Thank you John, I never came across the Simshop before (amazing considering the searches I have done so far. maybe they should work on their SEO a bit) but that looks to m,e like a great lead. Incidentally, I already have the bodnar box (cable really, it hasn't been a box in a while) so that part is taken care of.
Incidentally, anotehr thing my pedals do that could partly the cause for the failure is that in the calibration software I can see all three colored bars "spyke" when I press any of the pedals.
For instance, if I press the accelerator pedal, the brake indicator will move 3 to 10% on average. Lately even pressing the clutch made the brake and the gas move a bit.
Plus, at times the gas pedal will fluctuate between 100% and 90% or so when fully pressed. I remember a Lemans race where this was a huge factor when it started happening in the middle of the race, robbing my car of at least 20mph on the Mulsanne straight.
Incidentally, I read someplace that WD40 helped this a bit and indeed it did. Also, after posting yesterday I simply unplugged and plugged the cables back in and the problem diminished considerably.
I would love to be able to rewire the whole thing with better quality wiring, but I am unsure on how to handle the USB plug part of it. The rest should be easy enough but the plug I have no idea how to approach.
Anyway, I'd love to buy some fanatec pedals and the cost would not be out of the question. Is going to be harder to try to run the purchase through my wife