A very common problem with Hori Real Arcade Pros of all flavors is the cord getting weak and breaking right where it comes out of the stick. I recently just realized that this can be prevented with about five minutes of work and a philips head screwdriver.
Here are step-by-step instructions with crappy pictures:
5)Make sure the cord is secure and then put the metal plate back on and screw it down.
I hope this is a solution for anyone who has went through many HRAPs with broken cords.
EDIT: Thanks for bringing up the issue regarding sharp metal plates. Here are some pictures of what I did to prevent cord damage if the metal plate is really sharp. Again, I haven’t experienced any damage from the metal plate with any HRAP, but clearly it can be a problem.