LS 32 gate removal


#1

I heard that the gates on the ls 32 could be removed to create a circular gate with a large throw… I would like to know if anybody has tried this and if there are any drawbacks regarding potentially damaging the joystick by doing so. Any help would be appreciated.


#2

just unscrew the plastic gates away from the stick itself and you’ll have a circle gate

nothing bad happens when its gone from what i can remember


#3

You’re going to destroy the microswitches and actuator. You can buy an LS-32 circulate gate from LizardLick, Akihabara Shop, or any reputable vendor.


#4

ya, the sharp metal circular opening is rip right through the actuator.


#5

Hahaha.

NO.

Stop trolling.


#6

THe plastic on the ls-32’s actuator is quite soft, don’t expect it to last too long without a gate


#7

From slagcoin.com: Joystick Controller - Joystick and Button Attributes and Brand Parts

“Also unique to the LS-32, both the plastic gates can be removed, leaving a large circle gate; the circle with very far throws actually has a pretty good feel to it.”


#8

mr.mortified, kikimaru024 and Nerrage is right, just Unscrew the gate off.
Just remove the provided plastic gate off to have a circular5 gate with the LS-32.
No, removing the gate will not destroy your stick

Also this is a example how people need to read Slag Coin more often.


#9

This is what i had read; which is why I asked the question. I would prefer to know if anyone on the forum has tried this and what their experience was.


#10

To be quite frank, I don’t think anybody has tested this it seems long term. Without a gate, It is in theory possible to push in the snap switches in too far and wear them out or grind against the metal. I say just try it and if it does ever break, well $25 to replace it isn’t that big a deal. You can also order the substrate board from akihabarashop.jp.


#11

Just because it’s mentioned on slagcoin doesn’t make it gospel. It is a sharp metal edge pressing hard against soft plastic. Use your heads people, it will wear out the actuator.


#12

On top of this if anyone actually looks at what the actuator looks like after a year or two of normal use on the standard gate it gets pretty gnarled up by itself. Without the gate it will not last a couple months before it cuts deep into the actuator.

I have to replace the actuator on my LS-32 sticks every year because the plastic is so soft, there’s no chance that the actuator will last on the metal plate alone. To the ppl who say otherwise i question if they’ve owned an ls-32 for more than a couple months(or if at all).

Reading just slagcoin does not make you an expert in modding sticks either


#13

best replies in this thread BY far.


#14

Slagcoin a gospel LOL. Kowal’s actuation tables are far more accurate. Slagcoin actually got his information by asking around on this forum and yes taking the gate off an LS-32 will drastically shorten the lifespan of the stick. SRK forums members have experimented with it it in the past and have had their actuator and switches ruined in less than a month. Just buy the gate. It’s not expensive.

Yep the LS-32 uses inferior plastics for the gate and actuator. I have seen JLF actuators get gnarled up but less often than LS-32s. But hey at least they don’t have severe pivot problems like the LS-56.


#15

thanks for all the info; needless to say I won’t be trying this… i actually bought the circular gate; but not sure if i will be using it as i like the square gate on this better than the jlf’s. for my jlf i got the octogate because i didn’t like the motion through the corners, but the corners on this are rounded. i think I will try as is for a few weeks and then maybe put in the circular gate and see which i like better…thanks for all the replies


#16

I use my LS-32 without a gate. Keep in mind, I have LS-36 modded my LS-32 (LS-40 actuator).

The actuator does not even touch the wider gate or the bottom of the microswitch. The throw distance is limiting it giving it a very round like feel. I have tested it with a lot of force and it has been going strong for a month now.