Any chance this will break? and more questions


#1

Hello everyone,

I’ll be getting my MadCatz TE stick here soon and I have a few modding questions.

Things I REALLY want to know
Q1. If I open my stick could something fall out and break?
Q2. If I make a mistake while wiring/soldering my stick could it become un-fixable?
Q3. Is it possible to mod button wires without a soldering gun?

Things that would be good to know
Q4. About how much would it cost(USD) to make a stick full custom (case and all parts)
Q5. What kind of buttons are in a MadCatz SE stick?

If any of these are answered in the stickies, i’m sorry :(.

As you can tell, i’m new to this modding stuff (Q1 :|) and I hope I can use it to improve my stick or repair it. Thanks in advance.


#2
  1. Everything is screwed down.
  2. Desolder your mistake
  3. TE and SE sticks comes with quick disconnects. Now sure why you would want to modify button wires
  4. Varies. A custom sticks made from a pro goes about $300. If you’re good, then it will just cost you electronics, stick buttons and materials to build a case.
  5. Clone 30mm buttons.

There are threads all over the tech section. Tutorials will give you a good idea of how sticks work.


#3

Q1: Depending on how well it was taken care prior to opening, then probably not.
Q2: Signals touching any common ground when they’re not supposed is a common mistake, but sometimes fixable by removing the solder from the affected area.
Q3: Yes. PCBs with screw terminals, such as the ChImp board and Aki Shop PS360 board, are good examples of this. Quick disconnects are conductive with wires connected to a signal/ground.
Q4: If you count swapping artwork, getting new buttons and stick, additional PCBs, and maybe even adding a plexi, >$120 and up. This doesn’t count the cost of tools required, either.
Q5: They are actually stock buttons. Knockoff Sanwa buttons that fall short of emulating that authentic feel and sensitivity. They work, but a bad reputation of going out after a while. SE is a good arcade stick case to mod, though.


#4

Thank you syn and Royal :slight_smile: I fell a bit more confident in opening my stick now :slight_smile: