Wow so many replies! Ok where to start…
Exactly! The Kowal makes the throw distance much more usable for the octogate, my problem was for dashes, the distance of the throw was really making a rapid succession of dashes difficult.
Yup, stock Sanwa ball top.
Yeah I think this is what is happening. After you called it “pivot jump” I decided to look under the dust washer to see if my pivot was jumping when I felt the feeling of it going “that bit further” and you can see the pivot lift. Honestly I don’t think it takes much extra force to do it.
From the inside of the stick when the pivot jumps it kind of lifts the actuator and looks like it’s pushing it to the side a tiny amount which is why I thought it was an actuator issue.
I took a video of my Kowal vs my standard actuator on the shaft. If you watch the “thin end” of the actuator you can see the Kowal is able to move about on the shaft a bit more, where as the stock one is more stable. It’s hard to capture on video, and the video I’ve taken makes it look a bit worse than it is as there was a bit of left/right movement when I was trying to push the Kowal up/down. The Kowal is the second actuator in the video:
http://sendvid.com/7bmdyx83 <- Sorry don’t know how to embed this since it isn’t youtube.
I also tried my stock actuator on both the octo and square gate and I now get the same feeling - it is definitely the pivot jumping. I guess it’s always been there and now that I’m messing about modding my stick I’m noticing it more because I’m trying to see what configuration I like best. I suppose it’s like a placebo effect - I think something new is happening but it’s always done that.
Anyway, thanks for all the help, you went out of your way to make that video showing pivot jump @PresidentCamacho, I appreciate that. Looks like I need to learn to play lighter!
Edit: Just a note to say I see that two people have clicked “Disagree” on @PresidentCamacho’s thought that it is pivot jump, care to share your theories?