I did the washer fix on my Street Fighter SE stick and by far the hardest part was removing the square gate off the joystick. I chewed up the plastic a bit trying to do it, nothing damaging but just looks a little worn now.
The reason I ask this is because I ordered a Sanwa joystick to replace it along with the circle gate that I thought I would replace the square on the Sanwa with. However I don’t want to dig up my new joystick. So was the Madcatz joystick just a cheap POS and that is why the gate was a pain to get off, or is it a nightmare on all joysticks?
I honestly have gotten used to the square gate and my just leave it if it’s a pain on all of them.