So I have a sega saturn Hss-0130 and I wish to replace both the sticks and buttons to Sanwas. Now My knowledge of the types of sticks and buttons is fine, plus I know how to solder since I was trained in soldering at college. So I’m not an entire noob to electronics and arcade stick types. I have been saving for a while now so that I can buy in what parts etc that I need but I am confused about some things.
1st problem: The Stock stick is a Seimitsu LS-32, it is mounted to the metal panel via an S type mounting plate to metal bracket thingys sticking out from the panel. The mounting plate looks different in design to the modern Seimitsu mounting plates (hence the Hss_0130 is like 14-15 years old). In my mind buying the Sanwa with an S plate and then attaching it to the same place that the Seimitsu S plate used to be is what I should do. Are the holes where attach the S plate the same diameter(hole placement) as the Sanwa’s S plates holes? Will it be deep enough?
2nd problem: The seimitsu stick has individual connectors coming from each of the little microswitch boxes. When I get the Sanwa it will have the 5-pin universal joystick connector. Will this be an issue connecting it to the PCB (the PCB is another problem lol)
3rd problem: The sticks connectors run to a PCB which has the buttons soldered to it. Then there are cables running from that PCB to another main one further in the chassis where the Sega saturn controller ports run from. Basically its not a very common stick setup regarding connectors etc, and I dont know how to go about replacing parts. One idea I have is to buy the Sanwa OOM-8-6AR-H astro city panel, which has the sticks and buttons already attached (saving me hassle replacing the stick in my present panel), though connecting it to the strange PCB setup will still be a problem.
Any help would be much appreciated.
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