Having Trouble Removing Spring from Seimitsu LS-32


#1

This little piece of metal holding the spring in place on a Seimitsu is a pain in the ass. I’ve done this a million times with JLFs but this little guys a bitch and I don’t want to accidentally break it taking it off. Anyone know the best way to go about doing this?


#2

You will break it removing it unless you have the correct tool. Pull it off and replace it with an E clip from Home Depot.


#3

Throw away the C-clip on the LS-32. Even with the right tool – not worth buying, IMHO --, the C-clip eventually degrades and will no longer “clamp” onto the end of the shaft as well as the day it was put it on. The C-clip becomes an awful, unreliable piece of hardware after a very few removals. The E-clip is much better for keeping any joystick together. This is one mod you want to do if you ever take the LS-32 part for whatever reasons. It makes the LS-32 a lot easier to dis- and reassemble in the future.

Get a 3/8" or 3/16" E-clip for the replacement part… They’re all Customary/English units… I’ve never seen metric E-clips sold in US hardware stores.

7/16" E-clip supposedly works, too.

I prefer the 3/8" over the 3/16" because of the thicker metal. The thinner 3/16" bends and looks like it could easily break.

Also, buy 2 E-rings. I ruined one E-ring removing and replacing it… They generally do slide onto the stick shaft easier after the second or third time they’re taken off.

The E-rings do look awkward on the LS-32 shaft but they don’t affect the restrictor gates at all as long as you stick with the recommended sizes…