The stick is brand new. I installed it in my HRAP 2 SA last night. The stick registers properly when playing games but the “deadzone” is definitely not as short as the un-modified, nearly-2-year-old Sanwa JLF it replaced. I can move the stick nearly 3mm to 4mm in each direction before feeling resistance and then another 1mm to 2mm before engaging the switches.
I have only used a LS-32 once before and it was over a year ago. But I don’t remember it having this much slack.
Suggestions? Is this actually normal?