Hey people D-Rod here to show off my newly “customized” Mad Catz SE Fight-Stick.
While the stock stick is good enough, having been an Arcade Rat for most of my youth, need something a little better and also my own…
I took the SE stock stick and six of it’s stock buttons and replaced them with a Sanwa JLF-TP-8T stick and GY-T Gate/Plate ( also topped with a Clear/White Seimitsu LB-39 Clear Joystick Ball Top) and 6 Clear/White Seimitsu PS-14-KN 30mm Pushbuttons.
I left two stock buttons for future use in another game if need be.
The great thing about the Mad Catz sticks are that they seem to be made for modding( Be forewarned…opening the stick WILL VOID your Warranty!!!) with what I found to be VERY easy removable parts and connections. Everything was readily marked with a certain color and in a common sense order.
Here is a pictured step-by-step on what I did…
The stock stick, the new parts ( which I ordered from lizardlickamusements.com and HIGHLY!!! recommend…) and essential Snacks and Bevri’ ( which of course is Latin for multiple beverage,)
This is the SE opened with all of it’s stock parts.
This is the new stick which we will have to ‘mod’ in a bit. ( LizardLick NOW sells the CORRECT stick that does not need modding to fit the SE)…That clear plastic piece is known as a Gate or Plate. It limits/controls where your stick can go. This ‘Square’ gate is for 4-8 directional joystick movement and is the popular gate in Japan. Americans use a different style…
We will remove the stock stick by removing the four screws on it’s mounting plate. Notice the red stuff on the screw…this is meant to be a marker so MC will know if you opened it or not. Most people have had HUGE problem getting it off, my stick had 2 screws with it on and they still just came off no probs’
5)Here is the NEW Sanwa stick (which has better microswitches and a stronger spring) Also added is the ‘American’ Octagon gate. I like this gate cause it lets you feel a TRUE 8way direction movement. You can slam the stick down and feel where D-DF-F are to do a consistant and smooth Fireball motion.
6)The good thing about the SE set-up are the Quick-Connects. Just pull (maybe a little roughly) to disconnect the plugs (don’t worry about which one was on what pin…).
Make sure to do one button at a time as the colors need to be in a specific order…
- After disconnecting, push the smaller tabs on the side of the button (side that’s IN the case) and slip out. Some people have experienced difficulty getting the buttons out.
8)NOW…for the Hard part of the Mod…the A-Button.
The stock Buttons are called Snap-Plug/Fit style. The other style Button needs a Nut to tighten it to the board it is going through. The buttons I ordered are the later style. The case was NOT made for these style buttons, BUT!!!, you can still use them if you follow My easy steps…
(the reason why the Nut-style will be harder is the Joystick mounting plate extends too far over near the A button to allow an easy tightening, some people have had to file the nuts down to get them to fit…)
A)Put the nut in FIRST, under the mounting plate. (you might have to jimmy the plate a bit…)
B) PUSH the button through the A-button hole…
C) Now, screw the Button INTO the Nut. while holding the nut still…
- Now repeat the same steps, 6-7-8abc, with the other buttons till all that you need to replace are done.
I took the last two buttons and simply switched the ‘plunger’ colors ( I’ll show you that later…)
…and there you have a completed ( in about 40mins.) Modded Mad Catz SE Fight-Stick…
I really could not have done this with the Forums hereat SRK.com and LizardLicksAmusements.