I’ve minimum experience modding sticks (only previous swapped out stock sticks for Sanwa JLF’s and replaced buttons) but yesterday I began modding my long-held Sega Virtua Stick Pro (HSS-0130) to make it PS4-compatible. Pad hacks sounded too complicated due to soldering (although I am willing to try).
I cannibalised the PCBs from a Venom Arcade Stick and it all went about 90% fine, although I’m left with a couple of buttons I’m unsure about how to wire/connect to my standard Sanwa snap-in buttons (OBSF-24 and OBSF-30s). The problem is that they’re not connected/activated in the Venom stick in the same way most other buttons are (two wires coming from a 30mm arcade-like button). The Venom SHARE and OPTIONS buttons are on a separate mini PCB within the Venom stick and activated by small rubberised buttons. I’m not sure how I’d mod/translate this action so I could connect and activate it via a Sanwa two-wired OBSF-24 button.
I’ve currently got the PS Home button connected to the far-right 24mm Sanwa button but don’t think I’d need this usually on the PS4; once in-game I’d be using OPTIONS (Start button in effect) and the SHARE button potentially.
The two 24mm buttons on the top of my Sega 1L7B panel are what I want to activate SHARE and OPTIONS, so am I able to wire this up internally or do I need to poke the mini PCB out the back of the HSS-0130 body and activate some other way (in which case the pre-cut cable holes don’t appear large enough for the ribbon cable to come through)?
Final question I’d have is if I needed to extend one of the wires from one of the standard Venom buttons (the L2, bottom-right) because it didn’t stretch to another button, then would you usually replace the wire/metal connectors for a longer wire (in which case, what type should I buy?), or are there extender wires you can get for internal button wiring jobs? I was thinking in case I wanted/needed to connect L2 to the far-left 24mm button to the left of the Sanwa JLF stick (for whatever reason); it doesn’t reach currently.
The mod mostly works at the moment; directions fine and the main PS4 buttons (cross, circle, square, triangle, R1, L1, R2).
I also filmed a poorly-shot time lapse video of the mod here (again, first time trying and didn’t do a great job of it):
Thanks for any help