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 Post subject: The Best Joystick for Shmups, a JLF!? New Mod!
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:33 am 



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**I hope that the community enjoys this mod. If you disagree with my reasoning about why a JLF can be better than a Seimitsu, we can discuss in another thread. Let's please keep this one about the mod itself. Don't knock it until you try it. You might be amazed by how well it plays.**


If you're reading this, you probably already know that although a Sanwa JLF joystick is fantastic for fighting games
(the best in my opinion), it's pretty awful for shmups/space shooters/etc., as well as some other genres.


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For those who may have been redirected here from somewhere else, I'll explain why:

Engage distance is the distance you have to move the stick before it engages the microswitch, meaning that the game reads a directional input. Throw distance is the distance you can move the stick before it hits the restrictor, meaning that it can't be moved any further. Both the engage and throw of a stock JLF are much too large for optimal control with shmups. A smaller engage and throw distance naturally allows for quicker movements, so a shmup fan will often opt for a Seimitsu stick.

I've created a fairly simple mod that significantly reduces the engage and throw of the JLF, to make it more suitable for shmups; and it can be done in an evening, for under $10. IMHO, a JLF with this mod is not only the best option for shmups, but also one of the best all around joysticks. It especially stands out for difficult platformers, like Megaman, or Hagane. If you're still wondering what the advantage of doing this is, considering the following:

Sanwa joysticks are top of the line in terms of quality, have extremely smooth movement, and are extremely accurate and reliable. Here is a quote from independent joystick reviewer Kowal:

"When it comes to quality and aesthetics, Sanwa is the undisputed leader. In every aspect, their products are top quality. You may not like Sanwa due to their specific properties," (engage and throw) "but the rest of the joystick producers are at least a class behind in quality."

http://www.kowal.itcom.pl/ArcadeParts_p ... LFTP8Y.htm

In the joystick comparison at Slagcoin.com (another independent reviewer), the Sanwa JLF and JLW were the only joysticks to receive a Pivot Quality rating of "Very High," Seimitsu's received a "Medium" rating. The reviewer also commented that about Seimitsu's that "Their parts cost less than Sanwa parts, and do have a lower quality in a few areas."

http://slagcoin.com/joystick/attributes_brands.html

Furthermore, Seimitsu sticks use levered microswitches, meaning the joystick presses a lever, which then actuates the microswitch. The bend of the levers will change the engage distances, and there is a lever for each of the four directions, making it difficult to set all four directions to a consistent engage distance. This is not necessarily set perfectly from the factory, and it can change slightly over time. JLF's avoid these problems with more accurate leverless microswitches.

Engage and throw are the only problems for the otherwise superior JLF, once this is corrected, it can really be superb for shmups. The mod below reduces engage and throw while maintaining the smoothness, accuracy, and quality, of the stock joystick. It is also easily reversible to return to stock.



Technical Details of the Mod

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       | JLF  | LS-32 | LS-40/56 | LS-33  | Modded JLF
-------+------+-------+----------+--------+-----------
Engage | 6 mm | 5 mm  | 4   mm   | 3.5 mm | 3.25 mm
-------+------+-------+----------+--------+-----------
Throw  | 8 mm | 7 mm  | 7.5 mm   | 7   mm | 6.25 mm


As you can see, the stock JLF is too loose for shmups, but once modded it's even tighter than the Seimitsu LS-33.

All measurements are taken using a square restrictor, which is what I recommond using. More details about measuring these properties can be found here:

http://www.kowal.itcom.pl/ArcadeParts_pliki/artMET.htm


Reducing engage and throw is accomplished simply by moving the actuator, microswitches, and restrictor away from the pivot point.

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In the first picture is a stock JLF, in the second is a modded one. Simply geometry will tell us that moving these parts further from the pivot point will cause the actuator to contact the microswitches and the restrictor with less movement at the ball top.

This mod also retains the spring tension of the stock JLF, but I would recommend tightening it a bit for shmups. See optional step 14b below for more info.



Notes on Mounting

No changes to the mounting plate are made in this mod, and the underlying body is not made any wider in either direction, so any control panel or case that has already been designed for a JLF should not need any further modification to accommodate it.

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This is a picture of the bottom of the JLF after modding. Normally the shaft of the stick is what protrudes furthest away from the body of the stick, therefore dictating the necessary depth of the control panel or case. As you can see above, the screws added in the mod don't protrude any further than the shaft. The only things that do are the two tabs extending from the restrictor, which are unnecessary, and can be cut off.



Instructions

This mod shouldn't be too difficult, but if you're unsure if you're up to it, take a look at steps 2-5. These are by far the hardest steps. If you can handle them, the rest will be easy. If not, seek help from someone who is mechanically inclined. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. My camera is quite good, but the lense is not appropriate for extreme close-ups. Apparently I am also a poor photographer, and I failed to provide proper lighting.


Supplies Needed (aside from the stock JLF itself, and simple tools)

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2 Sanwa JLF P-5 Actuators - These will be referred to as "stock actuators" in the instructions. One comes with the joystick, but I would recommend buying at least two more. Two will be modified, so a third is needed to return to stock. You may also a want a few more extras on hand, in case you mess up the modification (see steps 2 and 3). These are available at FocusAttack.com for 90 cents US each:

http://www.focusattack.com/sanwa-jlf-p-5-actuator/

4 Cylindrical Nylon Spacers - 0.25" Outside Diameter, 0.14" Inside Diameter, 0.25" Long - These will be referred to as "microswitch spacers" in the instructions. All dimensions are in inches. These are available at Lowe's for 56 cents US per 2. Someone will have to chime on other sources online, or outside the US. They shouldn't be too rare.

4 Screws - #7, 1-1/4" Long - These will be referred to as "screws" in the instructions. Also available at Lowe's for 86 cents US per 4. They may be called "hinge screws," and be hidden in a specialty drawer, away from the other screws. #7 is not a common size screw. #8 screws may work if necessary, #6 will be too small.

2 Nylon Washers - 1/2" Outside Diameter, 9/32" Inside Diameter, 1/32" Thick - These will be referred to as "spring washers" in the instructions. Also available at Lowe's for 92 cents US per 4. This is an optional part (see optional step 14b).

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I would recommend lubricating your joystick while you have it apart, even if it's new. Dow Corning Molykote 44 Light is a type of grease which has the same chemical makeup as the Japanese Shin-Etsu grease that comes in these sticks. It's more commonly available outside Japan, and may be cheaper, especially for shipping.

A small plastic bristled brush will be useful for applying it neatly.


Part 1: Disassembly

Step 1: umm... Take it Apart

Start by taking apart the stock JLF.

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The restrictor does not need to be seperated into two pieces.

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The microswitches do not need to be removed from the PCB or opened up.

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The plastic base does not need to be removed from the mounting plate.

Aside from these parts, the joystick should be completely disassembled, down to every possible piece. Take note of how things fit together as you're doing so. You may also want to clean off all the old grease.


Part 2: Modification

Step 2: Create the Actuator Spacer

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On the left is a stock actuator, on the right is a modified actuator, which will be referred to as the "actuator spacer." Creating the actuator spacer requires shortening the thinner side of the stock actuator by exactly 7/32". The total height of the stock actuator is 43/64", meaning that the total height of the actuator spacer should be 29/64" after modification.

Begin by cutting some material off with a hacksaw. It will be hard to cut exactly straight, so don't try to cut off the full 7/32". Be sure to account for the width of the blade, and leave an extra 1/16" to 1/8".

Use a flat file to remove the remaining material. Be sure to position it squarely, making sure that the top is being cut level. To check this, hold the actuator down on a large flat surface, with the surface you're working on face down. View it from the side and turn it slowly. If it's not level it will wobble as it rotates.

Shortening the actuator by the right amount and making it level is very important. File off a little bit at a time, constantly stopping to check if it's level, and if you've reached the specified height. Do not use any power tools in place of the flat file, as it will be easy to take off too much material from the soft plastic.


Step 3: Creating the Short Actuator

Creating the short actuator requires the exact same process as the actuator spacer, except that the stock actuator must be shortened by exactly 1/4", resulting in a total height of 27/64".

I've recommended attempting the actuator spacer first, so that if too much material is taken off it may still be usable for the short actuator, which has a shorter total height.


Step 4: Drilling the Restrictor and the Microswitches

Set the restrictor on top of the microswitches, aligning the pegs and holes as you would for normal assembly.

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Using an 11/64" bit, drill straight down through the four holes notated, through both the restrictor and the microswitches. A drill press will make this easier, but it can be done with a handheld drill. Set the pieces on a piece of wood, and make sure to drill straight down. If you press lightly, the small holes that are already in place will naturally center the bit.

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After drilling, the screws should fit through the new holes and turn freely.


Step 5: Modifying the E-Ring

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If you set the E-Ring on top of the short actuator, you'll notice that it sticks out over it a bit. This can't be allowed, as it will grind on the restrictor, which is only supposed to make contact with the short actuator.

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On the left is a stock E-ring, on the right is a modified E-Ring. Use a flat file to grind down the edges, until its a little smaller than the top of the short actuator. Use a pair of plyers or vise grips to hold the E-ring, and keep it from bending.


Part 3: Assembly

Step 6: Lubricate

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Apply a thin film of grease to the pivot area. This is the most important part to lubricate. Be sure to fill the grooves with extra grease.


Step 7: Install the Pivot Cylinder

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Step 8: Install the Shaft

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You'll notice that I assemble the stick with the balltop on, this was just to make things easier to hold on to.


Step 9: Flip it Over

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Step 10: Install the Pivot Washer

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I highly recommend super-gluing this down.

If there is a good amount of grease on the spring holder, it will pick up one side of the pivot washer out of its indentation as it moves over it. Then it will hang up as it gets pressed back down. This will cause an annoying popping feeling at times while you're moving the stick around, and it can be pretty bad after this mod. Gluing it down will eliminate the problem and ensure completely smooth operation. There's not any reason its needs to be taken back off again anyhow.

Any super glue that is designed to bond to both plastic and metal will work; JB weld, Krazy Glue, etc. Just make sure to clean off any excess that squeezes out.


Step 11: Lubricate Again

Apply a thin film of grease over the pivot washer and the shaft.


Step 12: Install the Spring Holder

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I apologize for the poor picture here. It's the small black piece that goes under the spring. Reinstall it the same way it came apart.


Step 13: Install the Spring

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Step 14: Install the Actuator Spacer

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Optional Step 14B: Increasing Spring Tension

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One or two spring washers can be placed here to slightly increase the spring tension. Omitting the washers will retain the stock spring tension. Using more than two washers will overcompress the spring and cause it too bind up, don't use more than two.

If you need more tension, using springs from other joysticks will have the same effect as they would on a stock JLF. A Seimitsu LS-32/LS-40 spring (same thing) or an LS-55 spring is a good choice, either in place of the JLF spring or along with it.

Some may prefer to add some tension with spring washers, while others will prefer another spring. Either way, I would not recommend playing shmups with just the stock JLF spring tension.


Step 15: Install the Short Actuator

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Step 16: Install the Modified E-Ring

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Compress everything down and slip on the E-Ring. The E-Ring may need to be pinched together if it has become weak from being thinned down. Once it's in place the force pushing up from the spring will keep it in place.


Step 17: Lubricate One More Time

Apply a thin film of grease over the short actuator. This is probably the least commonly lubricated part, but I have found tiny bits of black on the red microswitch tips, indicating wear (on stock JLF's, before I even started modding). A little bit of grease here will prevent this.


Step 18: Install the Microswitch Spacers

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There will be small black pegs to place the microswitch spacers over in the locations shown.


Step 19: Install the Microswitches

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Place the microswitches over the spacers, making sure that all four spacers are squarely contacting the microswitches. The first picture shows the correct installation, while the second picture shows the spacer hung up on the PCB. Check all four sides to make sure this isn't happening.


Step 20: Install the Restrictor

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Set the restrictor on top of the microswitches, aligning the pegs and holes. The black clips will no longer reach up far enough to lock it in place. This is where the screws come in.


Step 21: Install the Screws

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Tighten the screws slowly and evenly on all four sides, allowing the bevel of the screw heads to center the restrictor. Tighten them just snug, as it won't be difficult to overtighten and strip the black plastic base, or crack the restrictor.


THAT'S IT, GO PLAY!
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 Post subject: Re: The Best Joystick for Shmups, a JLF!? New Mod!
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:53 am 


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well as far as i'm a huge fan of modding stuff this is a bit over the top imho.

it just doesn't make a lot of sense to make such huge modifications basically completely altering every single aspect of the joystick.
question is - why would you then buy a jlf in the first place ?

it's a bit like buying a sports car and trying to turn it into a off-road vehicle.

for the most part i dislike those changes that irreversibly harm the stick - the drilling. also this mod requires at least some dexterity
and i doubt a lot of people will do this.

finally - i'm not sure about how the end product will feel like. first of all i have a grudge against compressed springs as these usually
behave very bad. secondly due to this mod the microswitches are actually pressed deeper by the actuator - again i'm not sure if
this won't harm them.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Joystick for Shmups, a JLF!? New Mod!
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:09 am 


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Nice guide! I like modding as well, but I would prefer being able to just get ready-made (machined) parts rather than trying to change them myself. It's too easy to ruin a perfectly fine stick. Not everyone have access to drills etc, so this mod *can* get very expensive and give bad results.

OT: I still recommend the LS-56 as it's the best "out of the box" shmup stick I've tried.
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 Post subject: Re: The Best Joystick for Shmups, a JLF!? New Mod!
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matrigs wrote:
it just doesn't make a lot of sense to make such huge modifications basically completely altering every single aspect of the joystick.


No, only the engage and throw distances are altered. Other than that, the stock smoothness, accuracy, quality, and feel is not altered.

matrigs wrote:
question is - why would you then buy a jlf in the first place ?


Again, superior smoothness, accuracy, quality, and feel. The final result is better than anything that can be bought.

This is all explained very thoroughly in the first few paragraphs.

matrigs wrote:
for the most part i dislike those changes that irreversibly harm the stick - the drilling. also this mod requires at least some dexterity
and i doubt a lot of people will do this.


This does not irreversibly harm the stick. Only excess plastic is removed, and there are plenty of unaltered pegs and holes remaining to hold and center the microswitches/restrictor after returning to stock.

matrigs wrote:
finally - i'm not sure about how the end product will feel like. first of all i have a grudge against compressed springs as these usually
behave very bad.


First, compressing the springs is clearly explained as an optional step. Second, if you follow the guide it will ensure that you don't overcompress the spring, maintaining an excellent feel. Third, it also suggests using other springs instead.

matrigs wrote:
secondly due to this mod the microswitches are actually pressed deeper by the actuator


No. Throw is reduced as well, so the switches aren't pushed in too far.

It looks like you just skimmed the guide. The end result feels excellent, so don't try to tear it down when you haven't tried it, or even thoroughly read the guide.

emphatic wrote:
Nice guide! I like modding as well, but I would prefer being able to just get ready-made (machined) parts rather than trying to change them myself. It's too easy to ruin a perfectly fine stick. Not everyone have access to drills etc, so this mod *can* get very expensive and give bad results.


Thanks. If you follow the guide, you will have an excellent stick. However, if you're not the kind of person to already have a simple handheld drill around, I agree that it might be a little too difficult for you.
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Interesting mod.
Seems like a lot of work for something that's is slightly "better" (subjective) than a a stock LS-56/58.
I'll stick to my preference: JLF's for fighters, LS-56/58's for shmups.

But hey, if you're willing to send me one to test, I'll give it a whirl. ;)
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Interesting.
Suzo 500 is still the shmup king, but I will try this mod.
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Nice!!!

In my shmup cab, I'm using JLFs with kowal's custom actuator for shorter throw. I've shortened the throw and engage distance even further with electric tape and I'm also using an LS-55 spring to tighten it up. Put some Shin-Etsu in the pivot area and I'm now super happy with how it feels. The tape seems to hold up well so far. Tempted to try your mod in the future though, especially if I find the tape wears down too quickly.

In the fighter cab, I'm just using JLFs and kowals custom actuator without any further mods.


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This is an interesting project, but it does take a bit more work and finesse than I'd like. Right now I'm using a JLF with Kowal's metal actuator and Toodles' circular restrictor. I have an octagonal gate on the way as well. Circular isn't too bad for me, though it's clearly more suited to fighters. What spring mods do people like best?
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opt2not, I was contemplating if it could be worth it to sell finished sticks or kits, which would make it easier for others to try. I would have to find someone to machine or mold the actuators, modifying them is by far the most time consuming part. I haven't looked into it yet.

Monouchi, looking forward to your feedback. There's also someone on SRK that's going to try it, waiting on parts.

Ikaruga, this will definitely be more accurate and reliable than using the tape.

Mr. Smiley, I would recommend the square gate for both shmups and fighting games. It's the only way to get properly-proportioned engage zones for your diagonals, and it makes it easier to find them.

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This is from Slagcoin.com, read about it here:

http://slagcoin.com/joystick/restrictors.html

If that's what you're looking for, Toodles' circle restrictor feels good, but the Sanwa octagonal feels pretty bad to me.
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rCadeGaming wrote:
Mr. Smiley, the problem with Kowal's actuator is that reducing throw without reducing engagement only gets you halfway there. Reduced engage is necessary for the quickest movement.

soory my mod cut throw and engage, stick have correct proportion how on original JLF...


rCadeGaming wrote:
I would recommend the square gate for both shmups and fighting games. It's the only way to get properly-proportioned engage zones for your diagonals, and it makes it easier to find them.

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This is from Slagcoin.com, read about it here:

http://slagcoin.com/joystick/restrictors.html
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this is not a rule...
this diagrams is total incorrect

slagcoin calculation: mode 4way has better diagonal than circle 8way.... no comment
believe - this guy is dumb!


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Kowal, sorry for the misinformation on your actuator. I wrote that because you only list a change in throw in your description, no change in engage is mentioned:

http://shoryuken.com/forum/index.php?th ... ow.151788/

However, I do own one of your actuators, just hadn't used it in a while. I got it out, and can see that engage is reduced somewhat. What measurement do you get for engage?

As for those diagrams, the percentages are of course not accurate to any particular stick. They aren't based on actual measurements, they just demonstrate the principle.
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engage is faster because actuator have different shape
is stright not cone
stright actuator use LS33/55/56 and is only reason why this stick have faster engage than JLF/LS32/JLW

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As for those diagrams, the percentages are of course not accurate to any particular stick. They aren't based on actual measurements, they just demonstrate the principle.


not fit to any particular stick
but demonstrates principle?

better diagonals on square come from physical docking in corner, not from wider range

square gate is "written" in circle
on slagcoin this diagram is inversely


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One thing to note about this mod is that since it maintains the stock actuator, so the stock smoothness is a preserved.

This isn't quite the case with Kowal's actuator as it's shape is a little different, and its square profile where it presses the microswitches is not as optimal as the stock's taper.
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Thank you for this mate! I'm trying to do something similar myself. I'm new to shmups scene and games but want to start with the best possible gear and setup. I do have a question though where are the buttons for shooting?


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shmupmaniac wrote:
I do have a question though where are the buttons for shooting?


I can recommend Seimitsu PS-14 series. They aren't as hair trigger sensitive as the SANWA buttons, and not as tough as the HAPP buttons. IMHO, the perfect mashing buttons. I prefer the snap-in to the screw-in, but it depends on your mounting scenario. I have tried most buttons on the market, so I guess you could say this is an informed recommendation.
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Thanks for the tips. So, where can I order everything necessary and how much will it cost me?


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Thanks for the tips. So, where can I order everything necessary and how much will it cost me?


It depends on where in the world you are. http://www.arcadeworlduk.com/ is good for Europe, https://www.jasenscustoms.com/Seimitsu-Pushbuttons/ , http://www.focusattack.com/ or http://www.paradisearcadeshop.com/ are good for North America and http://www.canadianjoysticks.com/ for Canada. You can also use http://www.akihabarashop.jp but they're communication is minimal right now, so not a great choice if you have questions.
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+1 on emphatic's advice. I prefer Sanwa buttons' light touch, but I'm considering fighting games as well. If you're in the US I've found Focus Attack to be my favorite vendor.
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Thanks for the tips. So, where can I order everything necessary and how much will it cost me?


It depends on where in the world you are. http://www.arcadeworlduk.com/ is good for Europe, https://www.jasenscustoms.com/Seimitsu-Pushbuttons/ , http://www.focusattack.com/ or http://www.paradisearcadeshop.com/ are good for North America and http://www.canadianjoysticks.com/ for Canada. You can also use http://www.akihabarashop.jp but they're communication is minimal right now, so not a great choice if you have questions.


http://www.arcadeworlduk.com/ works for me, thanks matey! But I'm still quite a bit lost actually. After browsing everything I realized it's too complicated without knowing the precise list of what I'm looking for. Is it possible for you to list everything that I should purchase with exact names. I already see the various Seimitsu arcade joysticks and I'm clueless what to pick from quite a large list of parts I'm not familiar with. I'm so eager to make a dream gear for playing shmups.


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Well, just be specific about what you want, and I'll try to help out.
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That sounds like a discussion that needs its own thread. Let's keep this one on-topic please.
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rCadeGaming wrote:
That sounds like a discussion that needs its own thread. Let's keep this one on-topic please.


I agree. Taken to PM.
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Could you re-upload the pictures for your guide? I'm very interested in trying this mod with my spare JLF. Thanks!


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Links fixed. Sorry for the delay.
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Thanks!


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Imo the stock JLF is fine. The only problem is if you're playing on a heavily modded stick if you ever play on someone else's stick you're going to run into problems. Besides, most people's problem with accuracy, especially a light action Japanese style stick, can be fixed by experimenting with grip or just plain old fashioned practice.
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