Disclosure: Paradise has sent me parts at no charge for R&D on my own projects and Paradise also sells some of my products. I've worked side by side with PAS at EVO and also been paid for services rendered to PAS. I've also promoted products made by Jasen Hicks and his company at a booth and convention. I've also been sent a product for R&D collaboration by Jasen Hicks. Just being as transparent as possible here on out, especially as I write articles here and there with parts provided by said parties.
No secret that the JLW is one of my favorite sticks ever. It's an excellent stick, very similar to the LS-40, probably my second favorite stick every. The LS-40 was the first legitimate stick I ever bought after using a MadCatz SE JLF knock off. The JLW was the last stick I've fiddled with out of nearly every Japanese stick on the market. I guess you could say, first love still strong and save the best for last?
As much as I love the LS-40, there was always things that bothered me about it. Spring tension was definitely a step up from the JLF, however, the short shaft mounting on just about any configuration you can think of unless using a S plate on a metal control panel always left me wanting. Aside from that, it's a great stick.
JLW, is pretty much nearly the same as a LS-40. Some minor differences but things the JLW has that the LS-40 lacked was an extended shaft (even longer than JLF) and a nice spring tension you can't find in other Japanese sticks. Basically, JLW fills the gaps that the LS-40 lacked. However, there are some things the LS-40 fills that the JLW doesn't, such as, a more accurate gate and how switches sit on the body are handled.
Yeah, so recently I've found myself enjoying little to no switch tension and all spring tension. It makes for a lovely smooth operating stick, something you can't get with a floppy spring and high tension switches. While I still feel high tension switches can be nice, at times, I just want something seriously smooth. This is where Magenta (@armi0024
so ready for it) or Zippy 20 gram switches comes into play. On a JLW, this is a very nice set up. You still have good spring tension and little resistance as you hit directions, something you simply can't get with other stick setups.
This lead me to explore modding the JLW, something I didn't really feel a need to do because for the most part, the JLW is an excellent stock lever, more so than just about every other lever on the market.
I'll cover this in detail in posts 3 and 4 of this thread. For now, I'm going to cover a very simple, but effective JLW mod.
So uh, ever think "Hey, I'd love
it if the JLW had a PCB!" No? Fuck you then! For serious, it's not something that really crossed my mind either but it's really easy to do.
Set of choice switches
Thick gauge wire
.187 quick disconnects
Not going to take a million pictures for this one because it's pretty straight forward.
If you're like me, you probably despise the LS-32. It's a stumpy short dick lever with a bad pivot. Imagine being a super horny female and LS-32 is the guy who takes you home. You unzip his pants and see a short dick stump, but you let him mount you anyway only to find out his lack of length leaves much to be desired and his girth is a little too wide for most practical purposes. Before you're even done, LS-32 busts a nut and rolls over to fall asleep, leaving you unfulfilled and feeling dirty, knowing the next day he'll tell all his buds what a pimp he is and those dudes will tell everyone in turn how pimping LS-32 tis because he's so old school. Yeah, that's LS-32. But hey, guess what? It's not all bad, even after a night of bad sex not all is lost, because LS-32 left his wallet.
In his wallet is a beautiful PCB ready to use on some real hardware. It's 100% compatible with JLW, easy drop in replacement. It's a tad snug, but works amazingly well. The problem is if you don't like the switches, you're a bit out of luck unless you want to do optional mods to it. The switches are about the same tension as the Sanwa re-branded Zippy switches that come with the JLW.
Behold, for here it be on real
hardware. No short dick tree stump girthy levers here, yo!
Optional mods are to desolder the original switches and solder wires to the soldering points, then crimping on quick disconnects for easy switch swapping. I am not interested in tackling this particular mod just yet, but when I do, I will upload pictures and edit this post.
Anyway, once done, enjoy your JLW-01. Makes it a much easier drop in replacement for mass produced sticks. MadCatz SE, Brawl, TvC, and KE sticks will need destructive modding to the case to drop it in because of the mounting plates not fitting. Easy to fix with Dremel.