Sanwa modded my hori with an octogonal gate. And now the stick won't hit the switches

I believe i assembled the stick the wrong way or something… as it’s the only thing i can think of. but everything seems to be in place. when i move the stick it seems stiff and not held in place and it wont move enough to hit the buttons.

I assembled it by putting the first white piece on the top part of the stick, then the other white piece that goes into the spring, then the spring, then the last white piece then that god forsaken E clip. Anyone encounter this problem?

Hori ex2**

It also seems like the spring is not pulling or pushing at all.