The Official TE2, TE2+, TES+, PANTHERA EZ MOD Thread


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Hi everyone! I wanted to take a minute to create this thread so everyone can ask questions, get help, etc. from one location with the TE2 EZ MOD.

What is the TE2 and TE2+ EZ MOD?

The TE2/TE2+ EZ MOD allows easy installation of the [Brook Universal Fighting Board](Brook Universal Fighting Board Thread in all Madcatz TE2 sticks (and NOW TE2+ STICKS). If you are not familiar with the Brook UFB, check the link out. It’s a PCB (or brain if you will) that allows your Fight/Arcade Stick to work with the following consoles: PS3/PS4/XBOX 360/XBOX ONE/Wii U (Pokken) and of course PC. It was released earlier this year and is a very welcomed addition to the community.

Why install it?
It mods your single stick into a multi platform beast quick and easy. Perfect for traveling around to tourneys, local events, etc. It works with all variants of the TE2 and, in my opinion, can’t be installed improperly. It requires one minor modification to the stock wiring of the stick, removing the soldered on USB connector wires. They can be clipped right at the board easily. It fits in the stock location for the TE2/TE2+ so it looks clean when installed and keeps the Brook UFB swappable to other sticks as well because the connectors are common and top mounted.

What’s included in the kit?
The TE2 and TE2+ EZ MOD Board is included with all necessary cables and connectors that require soldering to the Brook UFB. Can’t solder? Don’t worry! The shops carrying the TE2 EZ MOD will have Brook UFB pre-soldered for painless and solder-free install upon arrival.

TE2 EZ MOD Board Picture:

TE2 EZ MOD Board Installed into an XBONE TE2:

Install Video Part 1:

Install Video Part 2:

Basic Install “How To”

Where to buy it?
You can get the TE2 EZ MOD from the following retailers later this month (June 2016) as the production run is being finalized now. Yes, each board is professionally manufactured and assembled.

Arcade Shock
Paradise Arcade Shop

You can get the TE2+ EZ MOD from me at EVO2016. Yes, each board is professionally manufactured and assembled.

FAQs (TE2 EZ MOD)

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[] Price? - I am leaving this up to the Vendors, however, I expect about $30 for the kit with some special combo deals from time to time when purchased with the Brook UFB.
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] Will this work with the LVT3? - Yes. It should work fine. The Power Connector “U$8” aka "TO LVT3 or LED BOARD provides the necessary power to the stock MCZ LED board and the LVT3 board.
[] What are the jumpers in the kit used for? - You connect them to pins on JP4 (RIGHT BUTTON on the AUX Panel) and JP5 (LEFT BUTTON on the Aux Panel). These let you set those buttons to either L3, R3, TP Click, or Turbo.
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] What does JP6 do? - This is a programming header. Do not connect anything to this. It is not used by the end user.
[] Can you use this to connect a PS360+ ? - Absolutely. In this case you will only need to connect the 4P USB interconnect and the 20P ribbon cable between the two boards.
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] Can I use a Kaimana Khameleon with this setup? - Absolutely! The only modification you will need to make is making your own mini-USB to Molex 4 pin connector cable. Simply cut the non-mini end off of the cable and connect the wire ends to a molex 4P KK housing. Here’s a link. Don’t forget the pins!
[] What do the LEDs on the Aux panel end up doing? - On sticks that have it, the LOCK button indicates Turbo Function. Solid = Turbo activated, Blinking = Turbo in effect for the button you are pressing. The Player LEDs work as expected lighting up for what player you are on the system. The remaining don’t do anything. The one fun part is on XBONE variants all LEDs do a Knight Rider chase on power up. How fun!
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] Do you have other EZ MODs? - Yes! The PS4 version of the Hori VLX has an EZ MOD available as well.And a TE2+ EZ MOD is being produced now. I have no immediate plans for TE+S EZ MODS due to military commitments and relatively low sales of that stick.
[] My MCZ LED Board doesn’t light up! - Don’t worry, we can fix it. It’s not clean but it will work until you can update to an LVT3 LED controller. On the 3 pin LED Board Connector, connect the middle pin and the pin closest to the start/select header. You can clip the wires and then solder/splice them together or even bridge the pins on the EZMOD board underneath. The LEDs should fire right up. Thanks @Megahurtz for being the guinea pig on this work around :wink:
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] My Aux panel buttons don’t work!? - You most likely failed to install the jumpers on J4 and J5 labeled LEFT BUTTON and RIGHT BUTTON respectively. Please install the jumpers to set the buttons to your liking. You can make either of them L3, R3, Turbo, or Touch Pad Click. 100% of the issues with these buttons not working after install is because the jumpers weren’t installed.
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Here’s an image of what the jumpers look like to set the LEFT and RIGHT AUX buttons. You should have TWO in your kit. Colors do not matter.

FAQs (TE2+ EZ MOD)

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[] Price? - TBD, but I hope to keep it between $35 and $40. I didn’t make as many of these so volume pricing won’t be as good.
[
] Who sells it? Just me at EVO 2016 right now. If its popular and the TE2 EZ MOD does well, I suspect other shops will want to carry it as well.
[] Do I have to use Jumpers? Nope. Not on this one. The TE2+ had all the right buttons this time!
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] Does the UNLOCK/LOCK button work? Yes, as TURBO. To keep the board low cost and minimize the number of processors and programs to deal with I chose to NOT make that function work in lieu of using the Turbo Function.
[] Does the Touch Pad work? Yes and No. It is setup to work once Brook implements the Touch Pad connections into the UFB Firmware. The TP click does work.
[
] Will this work with the LVT3? - Yes. It should work fine. The Power Connector “U$8” aka "TO LVT3 or LED BOARD provides the necessary power to the stock MCZ LED board and the LVT3 board.
[] What does JP6 do? - This is a programming header. Do not connect anything to this. It is not used by the end user.
[
] Can you use this to connect a PS360+ ? - Absolutely. In this case you will only need to connect the 4P USB interconnect and the 20P ribbon cable between the two boards.
[] Why are there LEDs on the board? What do they do? Two indicate the two voltages on the board, VBUS and VCC. If they are lit, power is working properly. The final LED is a “heartbeat” this indicates that the processor is working. If it’s blinking, the EZ MOD is working
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] Can I use a Kaimana Khameleon with this setup? - Absolutely! The only modification you will need to make is making your own mini-USB to Molex 4 pin connector cable. Simply cut the non-mini end off of the cable and connect the wire ends to a molex 4P KK housing. Here’s a link. Don’t forget the pins!
[] What do the LEDs on the Aux panel end up doing? - The LOCK button indicates Turbo Function. Solid = Turbo activated, Blinking = Turbo in effect for the button you are pressing. The Player LEDs work as expected lighting up for what player you are on the system, except there is a twist! The Player 1 LED lights up Blue if you are Player 1. Then if you are Player 2, Player 1 and Player 2 LEDs light up RED. If you are Player 3: Player 1, 2, and 3 light up GREEN. Player 4: All 4 LEDs are ON and Purple! Fun! Also, the Knight Rider woosh goes on startup and the Player LEDs cycle their colors to show everything is working. Finally in XBONE mode, all 4 LEDs are on and glow WHITE.
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] Do you have other EZ MODs? - Yes! The PS4 version of the Hori VLX has an EZ MOD available as well and the TE2 EZ MOD.
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Bug Fixes and Applicability

** IF YOU HAVE A TE2 EZ MOD WITH AN XBOX 360 TE2 ONLY. EZ MOD SHIPPED AFTER 7/1/16: Player 4 LED is always lit due to a software bug we found and fixed compliments of @Feargus001100 (thanks Copy and Paste)! If you received your EZ MOD from ArcadeShock or ParadiseArcadeShop and find that the Player 4 LED on your XBOX 360 Version TE2 is always ON please contact me for a fix!

LVT3 USERS

Some of the LVT3s designed for the MCZ TE2 are not compatible with the EZ MOD. Specifically, the XBONE version. The others ARE compatible but may not work right out of the box with the TE2+ and TE2 but may require a cable fix that connects the LVT3 to the EZ MOD. Basically, if your buttons don’t work after install, you need to tweak the included LVT3 cable. What is happening is the button signal connections from the LVT3 are being connected directly to the GND plane and the GND plane of the LVT3 are being connected directly to the button signals. Clearly, nothing will work this way. Here’s how the connector on the EZ MOD is setup:

Here’s the link from Paradise Arcade discussing what to do to swap the wires around:

http://support.paradisearcadeshop.com/support/solutions/articles/14000026297-te2-and-te2-with-the-lvt3

*** UPDATED 6.18.17 - ADDS RAZER PANTHERA EZ MOD INFO

What is the PANTHERA EZ MOD?

The PANTHERA EZ MOD allows easy installation of the [Brook Universal Fighting Board](Brook Universal Fighting Board Thread in the RAZER PANTHERA (PS4) FIGHT STICK. If you are not familiar with the Brook UFB, check the link out. It’s a PCB (or brain if you will) that allows your Fight/Arcade Stick to work with the following consoles: PS3/PS4/XBOX 360/XBOX ONE/Wii U (Pokken) and of course PC. It was released earlier this year and is a very welcomed addition to the community.

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Why install it?
It mods your single stick into a multi platform beast quick and easy. Perfect for traveling around to tourneys, local events, etc. It works with the PANTHERA (untested or tried on the other variants) and, in my opinion, can’t be installed improperly. It requires one minor modification to the stock wiring of the stick, removing the soldered on USB connector wires. They can be clipped right at the board easily. It fits in the stock location for the PANTHERA so it looks clean when installed.

What’s included in the kit?
The PANTHERA EZ MOD KIT is available from www.ArcadeShock.com as a full kit. No soldering skills required or necessary.

Basic Install "How To"
Razer PANTHERA EZ MOD Install PDF

Where to buy it?
You can get the PANTHERA EZ MOD from ArcadeShock.com. Yes, each board is professionally manufactured and assembled.

Arcade Shock

FAQs (PANTHERA EZ MOD)

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[] Does the Touch Pad work? Yes and No. It is setup to work once Brook implements the Touch Pad connections into the UFB Firmware. The TP click does work.
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] Do you have other EZ MODs? - Yes! The PS4 version of the Hori VLX has an EZ MOD available as well and the TE2 and TE2+ EZ MOD. The TES+ EZ MOD will be released Fall 2017.
[*] Does the PS3/PS4 switch work? - No! This switch is NOT required for the Universal fighting Board and as such it is no longer functional when installed.
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TE2+ Updates! The TE2+ EZ MOD is done, programmed, and getting produced. Here’s a few teaser pics on how the Player LEDs function!

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/13417562_2036771506548861_6244940292388175108_n.jpg?oh=4fab9f9b5ad0b0969f50b299d98dd82b&oe=57C7F487

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13450805_2036771499882195_1509805141836027195_n.jpg?oh=9ceeffdcd21cc964726c29f8ec2217c4&oe=580CE493

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13419208_2036771519882193_824559325984851247_n.jpg?oh=37ad30d99c0cfe6bf5ab67d48cd79b71&oe=57CB045A


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Awwww Yessssss Mutha Truckin Easy Mod!


#4

Should just make this the EZ MOD thread - both the VLX and TE2 ones :slight_smile:

I absolutely love the VLX one, I’m sure the TE2 one will be just as good


#5

Huge thanks to SRK for mentioning the EZ MOD on theSRK Front Page!

ArcadeShock now has the TE2 EZ MOD available for pre-order here: ArcadeShock

I’ll update with the Paradise Link as soon as its available!


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LOL @ the first comment re: not tested :slight_smile:

The only reason the TE2 board came about as to what it is now, is due to the testing, otherwise, it would have just been a ps4 EZ Mod, but instead, compatibility across all TE2’s were provided


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Another good note: ArcadeShock has the TE2 EZ MODs available for pre-order. They have just the board kit and a special deal for it and the UFB saving you money! Here’s the linK http://arcadeshock.com/products/ez-mod-for-mad-catz-te2-w-brook-universal-fighting-board-package


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I was one of the early adopters. Plans have changed so If anyone is interested in taking it off of me feel free to reach out via pm.


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I have to say that this looks quite amazing, and I’m very interested. One thing I must ask, as a complete noob to modding fight sticks, is it 100 percent that Arcade Shock’s combination order will be pre-soldered? I mainly ask because of this part of the page: Completely solder free solution (minus the Brook PCB)

I’m not opposed to soldering, I’m just hoping that this will be already ready to go, as I sometime don’t trust my unsteady hands with tiny electronics.

Thank you for your time.


#10

Can’t say 100%, but if it doesn’t say "Connectors soldered to UFB), I would ask them.


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Updated the Thread to include TE2+ EZ MOD information. Yup, it’s done and getting produced for EVO 2016!


#12

So I’ve officially ordered a TE2+ ended up ordering from Amazon UK and it worked out cheaper compared to Amazon US (even when it was on special for 183).

Now the million dollar question is, who can get an EZ Mod for me @ Evo and ship it down under? :slight_smile:


#13

Does anyone know if this will register as an official Microsoft device? There’s some game I can’t use my stick on and I’m guessing that this is why?


#14

with a brook, yes. either by autodetect or hold down 3 or 4p for 360 or xb1 modes, respectively.


#15

Does this board also work with the kaimana mini led pcb?
Can you just connect this to the 20pin connector?


#16

Stack the Mini on top of the Brook, then connect the 20P ribbon cable to the mini.


#17

Thx Jasen

I’ve ordered the Ez te2 mod.


#18

I too have ordered an EZ Mod and UFB and should be on its way.

I’ll be putting it in a KI TE2 which I will swap out the bezels and sides with to put on a TE2+ for an all black finish


#19

The boards we’ve been waiting for are here! :smiley:

Just to clarify: will the TE2+ EZMod be sold online after EVO?


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Depends on if I sell out at EVO and if ArcadeShock wants to stock them. I will be 100% closed after EVO so anything that I make will have to be picked up by a bigger store.