Cant unscrew the ball top off my SE Stick


#1

Hey guys, just wondering if anyone can help with this little problem Im having…Im trying to replace my ball top with a bat top, but I can not unscrew the ball from the stick to save my life. I know from watching many youtube videos and reading guides here that all you have to do is get a flathead screwdriver and hold it in place while you unscrew the ball. But it is just not coming off. I have never touched it before, so I dont know if it was just screwed extremely tightly by Madcatz or something. I have tried holding the ball while trying to turn the screw but that doesnt work either…any ideas? I have been at this for the past hour. Thanks!


#2

One person had to cut off the Shaft because the Ball Top wouldn’t come off.
So after cutting the Shaft, the person replaced Joystick with a Sanwa JLF.
Laugh.

The stock Mad Catz for some reason just wouldn’t come off for him. :sad:


#3

Are you unscrewing in the right direction? If not, then you’re not applying enough strength.


#4

I’ve seen and heard of some weird things with the insides of the TE/SE sticks. it’s possible that the put some locktite on the balltop threads. if you’re not worried about trashing the stock SE balltop and have (or access to) a bench vise. you could clamp down the balltop and see if you can get it to break loose.

or a bit of soft rubber, like those things they make for getting a jar lid off, just something to give you a better grip.


#5

Thanks for the responses guys…I know Im twisting the ball counter clock-wise, so I dont think thats the issue. I would like to keep the ball and stick intact, as I am keeping the stock stick until I buy a new JLF in a couple of weeks…im not sure whats up with this ball lol…ill try the soft rubber, but any more advice will be appreciated!


#6

a small shot of penetrating oil (WD-40 will work if you don’t have anything better around) and heat may loosen it up.


#7

try one of these on the ball top.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71THQK5MCDL.SL500_AA280.gif


#8

If im not mistaken I believe your talking about my post

http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=199242

check there as well if all else fails do what i did good luck


#9

Don’t hold onto the screwdriver and turn the ball, hold onto the ball and turn the screwdriver.

Might get you that extra bit of force you need to loosen it.


#10

Yup, that was your Post SeeKay90 that I referred to.
You are not mistaken.

I would have pulled it up if I remembered what the Thread was.
Laugh.

Thank you.


#11

If you have any paint thinner you can soak it in that for a while, if it wasn’t the red locktight it should come off after an hour of soaking with grip pliers around the shaft while turning the balltop.


#12

thanks guys…more tips welcomed


#13

old t-shirt + vice-grips + firm grip on balltop (twisting in counter-clockwise direction…) might work well


#14

That’s what I did except I used pliers instead of vice grips. Same concept though. Still put up one hell of a fight though.


#15

Thanks…rubber grip didnt work…Ill try pliers, and if not maybe paint thinner…Im so mad because not only I cant put my bat top, but i also cant put my new octo gate in as well since the damn stock gate wont come out either after trying for hours. I saw some tips in a thread about it as well. Just not my day I guess


#16

locktite on the se? talk about no tampering…


#17

I finally got it off by using pliers on the stick and just twisting the ball off after a 10 minute struggle. Luckily the pliers didnt mess up the stick that much. Thanks for the help guys