Shadowhaxor, it’s rather easy. Here is what I did.
1st I took out the old joystick and disconnected the wires. Make a diagram of which wires go to which directional microswitch that way you know where to attach them on the sanwa. DON’T THROW AWAY THE SCREW’S THAT HELD THE ORIGINAL JOYSTICK IN THERE.
2nd. Take apart the Sanwa stick by removing the octagon(or square)plate. Remove the circuit board and set it aside.
3rd. Take upper part of the sanwa stick align it with the hole on the joystick box. Do this from the INSIDE, not the outsite. Make sure its centered and just hold it in place or have someone hold it in place. There are 2 holes on top and bottom you can use for mounting the stick. Take any wood screw(has a sharp end, made for drilling through wood) and make a small hole to mark the spot to drill through. Do the same for the other end.
4th. Once you make your marks start screwing the wood screws in but stop once you see the sharp point start to poke through the top of the control panel. Take the screws out from the bottom and start screwing them in from the top of the panel. you should see 2 small pinholes …use those as guides. The reason you wanna do this is because if you drill all the way through from the bottom you run the risk of pulling up the black finish of the control panel. By doing it this way you are pressing it DOWN into the panel and not AWAY from the panel. Drill the screws all the way in and then remove them completely. You should have 2 holes now.
5th. Take a nail clipper and trim the excess black control panel trim that may be sticking out from the screw holes.
6th. Take 2 the original screw bolts that held the original joystick and screw them into those 2 holes you just made. It’s going to be VERY tight but the wood is soft enough so they should screw right in nice and snug.
7th. Mount the main part of the Sanwa stick…it should fit right onto those 2 screw bolts. Take the nuts that came with those scew bolts and tighten down the sawna stick.
8th. You may or may not want to strip the wires for the Up down left and right microswitches but I did because there was hardly any exposed wire to solder too. Soldering to a Sanwa stick is EASY!!! You only need to solder ONE ground because the ciruit board already daisy chains them together for you. What makes it easy is that you solder to the microswitch and NOT to the board itself. Easiest way to solder onto the switches is to:
A: Get a fat bead of solder and plop it onto the microswitch…do this for all of them…make sure you do this for the function sides, NOT THE GROUND SIDES.
B. Take another fat bead of solder and hold the exposed wired against the dry bead on the switch…then just sandwich the wire between the hot solder and the dry solder…EASY AS PIE!!!
This whole process took me 30 mins because I was watching TV and eating…so you should be able to do it in 20 mins.
As for the remaining holes from the previous stick…you can either leave them or fill them with some kind of sealant…I plan on using JB Weld since it’s black and dries fast. Or you can get some more of those black screws and just put them in there. Personally I don’t like screw heads rubbing on my hands when I play. What’s great about this mod is that the Sanwa fits nice and firmly with just 2 bolt screws and the screw heads arent even noticeable during gameplay!
Here are the pics!
Pic 4(Competition Buttons with Stock Pelican Switches)