After putting a bat-top on my LS-32, the mushy-ness became too much for me to handle. After perusing these forums a bit, I figured changing the spring might solve my problems… easy, right? Wrong. Here are the Chronicles of Gabrius, eternally to be told on the stage of history…
**Problem 1 - the C-clip:**What the hell was Seimitsu thinking?! This is the dumbest little piece of metal ever created… perhaps the bane of my existence. Took me about a half hour to figure out how to remove it, and about another half hour to figure out that there was no way in hell I was ever going to get it back on again. Luckily, finding an E-clip to replace it didn’t pose too big a problem, but why Seimitsu… WHY!!!
**Problem 2 - LS-56 springs do not fit the LS-32:**Ok, so had I looked a bit more, I would have known this before ever placing my order with LL, so this one’s on me. To compound the problem, once I found out that I would need an LS-55, I promptly go back on LL and brainlessly order another LS-56 by accident?! Once I got my brain sorted and ordered the correct spring, though, I was completely unprepared for…
**Problem 3 - LS-55 springs do not fit the LS-32:**What. The. Fuck. This is supposed to fit, Shoryuken - you told me it was so! What’s the problem, you ask? The issue now is that this:
will not press down far enough for me to get the damn E-clip back on the shaft. This is happening because the LS-55 spring’s diameter is such that it sits nicely on the top portion of this:
instead of fitting around it. After a little agonizing, I came to the conclusion that I was gonna make this happen… by filing down the actuator:
^ I took about that much off. Sweet, the E-clip will snap in place now. All is good, right?
**Problem 4 - lack of a wire harness, design blunder # two:**All of this hard work convinced one of the wires glued to the contacts to take a hike… wait, why the hell are they glued to the contacts in the first place?! Ok, ok, let’s not panic, just strip a little shielding off, the wife has a glue gun, easy peasy. Crisis averted, but still, glue… REALLY?!
Problem 5 - Too… much… resistance:…now the stick barely moves, requiring the strength of Hercules to even budge it. Something’s not right. The fat part of the actuator is now positioned in a way where it makes contact with the gate. Let’s try removing the gate… okay that works awesomely, and sweet, true circular movement! But, like momma always told me, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is - one game of Pacman CE DX later, and now I know… the stick jams if pressed too far in any direction. Shit, time to put the gate back on, but how to fix it? Upon further inspection, I notice that the main guide:
has 4 protrusions around the hole… perhaps those are what were restricting movement? Lets try and file this down some:
Oh. My. God… it worked? Errrr… I mean, of course it worked! Although…
**Problem 6 - diagonals still jamming:**Awesome, now we’re getting somewhere… well, almost. Diagonals are still sticking a bit, but nowhere near as extreme as before. I think I know how to fix this one as well… just a little more filing:
Taking just a wee bit off here should do the trick, although it’ll probably just correct itself after breaking it in a little. Either way, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED… hopefully.
So there you have it, the (not so) easy process of changing the spring on my LS-32. Ladies & Gentlemen of the SRK, what the hell did I do wrong? Wasn’t this supposed to be open stick > take clip off > replace spring > put clip back on > done? I knew I should’ve made a left at Albuquerque…