The Sanwa and Seimitsu FAQ


Remove the e-clip on the bottom of the shaft and the rest will be automatic :).


on the subject of e-clips, is there an easy way to remove the LS-32 e-clip?

I’ve had ago but it feels as though it may snap if I use too much force.


i dunno. seems easy to take off for me. Just take a flate head screw driver and pry it off.


Removing the clip off the LS-32 you need a special tool like this one:

Small video I just made:


Do I have to buy that thing from freagin’ Seimitsu or can I grab that at my local electrical tool and supply house?

I guess I gotta go look n’ see next week. :wgrin:


In Sweden you can get them anywhere, should be no problem in the land of the free.


nice one per, just what i was looking for.

There called circlip pliers if anyones interested.


anyone has the dimension of sanwa JLF? maybe I missed it when I was looking through this thread but I didn’t see it.
also I only see the height of the stick, what’s the length and width of this?


I’m just wondering, is the Sanwa JLF still the most popular stick for fighting games in Japan now? From what I have heard, a lot of 2d fighters are now using the Seimitsu LS-32 series in cabinets instead of the Sanwa, and vice versa for 3d fighting games. Just seeing if anybody can confirm/deny this.


I would like to know that. Plus, what is the OEM stick used for Melty Blood and Guilty gear?

One more thing, will the Seimitsu microswitch fit in a Hori button? Ps-14-g to be exact.




I believe the LS-32 are used in most older games like 3rd strike, CvS2, alpha 3, super turbo, etc and the sanwa jlf are used in the newer 2d games like guity gears, melty blood,Arcana heart full!, and most 3d games i.e: tekken 5: dr and virtua fighter.


so a JLW and a JLF only differ in feel and wiring, and the kind of restrictor plates you can get from them?

also, I was planning on using a JLF with an octagonal gate but I read a few pages earlier that octagon plates have problems with diagonals, is this a legitimate concern or is more of a player preference thing?


Just a quick question, the Seimitsu PS-14K snap-in at 2 3 or 4 mm material thickness right ?


Ok, y’all I need some help on this one:
What stick is this?
AFAIK it looks like an old Seimitsu does anyone know the model?


Looks like a Seimitsu LS-32 (no -01)




Seimitsu LS-32 with a Sega custom mounting plate intended to fit their Astro City and older arcade panels (newer panels use a different design).


Can I use newer LS-32’s? It looks like the mounting plate is welded on.


While the mounting bracket is probably welded to the panel the mounting plate should be attached to the stick body with screws. In order to get the correct mounting depth/shaft length you’ll have to remove those plates and reuse them with your replacement joysticks.


I think it’s more of a preference thing. I play worse on a square gate myself.

The best thing to do is just get both and see which one you like better.