OK, im going to try and type up a little guide to modding this stick. Its really easy to get, pretty cheap. but outside of that it pretty much sux. First and formeost if you want to get a really good stick on a budget i suggest order the Elecon (mayflash) stick i have found it for as cheap as 15 bucks. once you get it, gut it and put in your stick and buttons of choice.
(I know nothing about the technical terms so bare with me)
But now for this HFS2
when you open it up you’ll see the joystick… cut the wires and get it out of there, its just hld in place by 4 screws. (im also assuming you know to take the ball top off) Its the cheapest thing in the world.
The PCB is HUGE. its also connected to the turbo buttons, the analog switch, and the L3 and the R3. Personally i cut off the L3 and R3 buttons, they were a pain in the ars for something i never will use. The take all the screws out of the remaing boards. Now take out all of the little cheap buttons across the top. Followed by the fruity knock off buttons. They snap right out. So now everything is seperated and your ready to put the new, fancy stuff in.
I did the easy thing first, but your buttons in, i used the Seimitsu PS-14-GN 30mm , snap-ins are best because it is a metal plat. The only rough spot is these little tabs that HORI used in the button holes. file those little tabs down and your good to go.
For the stick I used a JLF Sanwa. I guess you could go two routes here. One saw down all of the plastic and drill holes for the screws. Instead what I did was took the mounting plate off and there are two places on the JLF that match perfectly with the screw from the previous stick.
Now on the PCB you see there is an H in the middle of each place for a button. Scratch off that H to get to the metal contacts. I used an exacto knife, it was like scatching a lotto ticket. Reason for that is to solder the wires which go from the new buttons down to the PCB. The solder wont stick to the board if you don’t scratch that stuff off, I tried. So solder wires to the board and connect them to the switches.
now for the stick. the wiring harness for the JLF has a black wire. Its the ground, connect that to just one ground from the previous stick. (I just spliced the wires, then soldered the connections). Next connect the appropriate wires (wiring help can be foud in the essentials thread).
Now I know you can see this part is sloppy, but this is my first time doing anything like this. I mean i didn’t even have a stick until a week before i attempted this, but after reading all these threads I felt confident. I didn’t actualy mount the PCB because it barely fits in there at this point. But the joystick fits perfectly. Everything is wired so re-attach the cheap buttons across the top, i mean its just start and select so why bother changing them. the problem here is that the PCB cant really go anywhere so just leave it be. If you have opened one of these P.O.S’s up you know there isn’t much else you can do with it besides let it hang around.
Close it up and your all done. Please hit me up If you have any questions or if you have any questions at all, but thats pretty much all I did. I learned how to solder doing this too which is something i’ll use because now I want to do another stick, just cleaner and better the second time around.