Well I had just finished and posted a few pictures up in the “The Custom Stick” Thread and a few people had asked questions on how I mounted the artwork, switched the buttons out, ect. ect.
A few things to know about this guide before I start.
1.) I did nothing with the stick what so ever, except replace the ball top. If you’re looking for how to switch out the Hori to a Sanwa, I suggest looking for a different FAQ.
2.) This was my first mod, hell, this is the first stick I’ve ever owned, if I sound kinda noobish anywhere in the guide, just ignore me or ask me what I might have ment, I got some crazy terms that I use.
And with that said lets get down to business.
This isn’t that difficult of a mod to do, simply replacing the buttons and the artwork. I’d say it’s about a difficulty of 2 out of 5.
Philips head screwdriver
Flat head screwdriver
Solder Sucker (You can get one from Radio Shack)
Cresent Moon File (Half Circle File)
3M Contact Glue (Comes in a spray can)
Part One : Removing the Buttons
Alright, first you’re going to remove the six screws on the back plate of the stick. Slide the plate off and you’ll see two boards and a crap ton of wires.
Start on the “U” shaped board, heating up the solder then sucking it away. Carefully pull the board away from the button connectors and go to work on the bigger board, your target is the two larger dots of solder between the large black squares, then a bit above it are two more, those are the last two buttons.
With all that removed, you can pull the boards away from the buttons a bit, to give yourself room to take them out. Using the flat head screw driver, press the tabs on both sides of the buttons and push them out, the ones that were attached to the main board are somewhat of a bitch to get at, press the tab that’s harder to get at first and shimmy the button out, works alot easier then trying to press both down at the same time.
Part Two : Removing the Artwork, Preping for New Parts
With the buttons removed, you can now remove that ugly sticker. First I would suggest removing the balltop on the stick to make it easier to pull the sticker off.
Using our exacto-knife, peel up one of the corners and get a good grip on it, and just start to pull it off. It should come off in one piece, streched slightly but you really don’t need it from here on out so throw it away.
This is where you should take off the metal plate and grind down those little tabs with the Cresent File, also go around a few times with it to open up the holes for the buttons that you’ve chosen. I used 30mm Sanwa and you have to take just a bit more out of each hole. So grind away, fit the button, grind some more until you can fit the button in without a problem.
Part Three : Replacing the Artwork
Alright, when you got your artwork printed out and laminated, you should take off the metal plate on the stick and make yourself a template. I used a minilla folder, something that would be sturdy and worthy durring all of my cutting.
You don’t really need to cut out the holes in the template since when when you glue the artwork down, I just cut it out on the metal plate.
So using the template, you can get the exact shape that the metal plate needs, also I suggest cutting out the hole for the stick otherwise, you won’t be able to test fit it before gluing.
Now, in a well ventilated area (The glue smells like sh*t, honestly even outside it was bad) spray a nice even coat over the back of the laminated work, carefully fitting it and pressing it down onto the attached metal plate. As Akuma001 told me “I used a full can of coke to roll out the bubbles”, this technique worked out great.
Let this dry for a good half an hour or so, it does only take about 5 minutes to set but rushing isn’t the best way to do things. Now very carefully, poke a hole in each button slot and cutting along the edge of the metal plate, make the spots for the buttons. I found out with my first error it’s better to cut in then out, this means cutting with the artwork facing you and going into the accual base of the stick itself. Even if you mess up, the buttons will cover up minor mistakes if you over or undercut.
Part Four : Replacing the Buttons, Finishing Up
With the holes cut out, you can now add in your Sanwa/Semisetsu (Spelling?) buttons, but first you need to change the connectors inside of the buttons. Using our flat head screwdriver, press in the smaller tabs on the original buttons removing the accual button itself. Inside is a small back box with a white tab, this is what we want to remove from the new and the old buttons.
Replace the larger ones (Sanwa) with the smaller ones (Hori) so that the Sanwa have the smaller ones inside, seal up the all of the buttons then you can place them into their place. Line up the connectors with the boards in the case so it makes soldering much easier, you can even test fit if you really want.
Finish soldering all the connectors and buttons into place, put your balltop on and get out there and play with your new modded stick.
If you got any questions about methods or how I did something in more detail, feel free to post here, or even PM me if you can’t get a hold of me.