The Sanwa and Seimitsu FAQ


Yes, you can just replace the stock balltop on the T5 stick with the LB30N bat top.



On the US T5 stick, can a seimitsu ls-32/ls-32-01 be installed? i noticed the mounting area is not the same as the hrap series as the hori stick is not mounted on with a plate so would i need the ls-32 flat mounting plate or the ls-32-01 s-shape mounting plate? or no mounting plate? thanks.


Yes, you can mount an LS-32. You will probably have to drill new holes in your mounting plate or the brackets on the T5 since I dont’ believe they will align. You will want an s-shaped plate since the LS-32 has a shorter shaft and you will want it to mount as high as possible. Since you will want the s-shaped plate, I would recommend just going and getting the LS-32-01. It comes stock with the s-shaped plate and with a PCB and wires harness which make things easier anyway.



Just tought on hoping by and give fat props to you Paik4Life. Kickass guide. Many thanks.


How is a Sanwa BAT-top going to compare to say a Happ competition?




Ah sorry, missed your question. I can’t honestly compare them due to the fact that it’s been a long time since I’ve played on a US style stick. In terms of size, they are roughly the same, but the stick won’t feel like a US style just because of the bat top attachment obviously. It’ll still feel like a Jap stick for all intents and purposes. If you’re worried then I say to buy it. It’s not that expensive and you can always take it off if you don’t like it.



I can’t let this thread die…I put too much time into making it! Bump it up!



It has been a good thread so far. Sanwa was on top for a while, but Seimitsu got up with a dragon punch and hasn’t relented since.


I just put a LS 40 in my HRAP, is that as good as ths LS 32? It seems a bit tighter to play with from what I can tell.


Updated the first post to reflect the new catalogues.

Well, LS-32 is more often used and is said to be the “best” of the Seimitsu line, especially for fighting games, but it’s all opinion.



So now that Sanwa has the new button color with the black beazel , is it now possible to make Seimitsu button colors with sanwa buttons?


Yes, in a sense. You can obviously change out the plunge from any other 30 mm button and have yourself a Seimitsu like button. I’ve talk to Per about this, and he is going to see if Sanwa would be willing to do more/all colors with the black bezel. That would be nice. The only bad part that remains is that it’s snap-in. No black bezel screw ins.



I was curious.

For the Tekken stick, would Sanwa OBSN-30 Buttons and a Sanwa GT-Y Octagonal Gate fit into the stick? A friend is looking to mod his stick with better buttons and a octagonal gate. So I was suggesting these, but was’nt too sure if they would be compatible.


The octagon gate only fits onto JLF series. The stock T5 stick is not JLF. It’s not even Sanwa. So, the answer is no.

No real arcade buttons will fit in without modification. But if you do the correct modding, yes they will fit.



Alright, I was’nt too sure so I just wanted to get that cleared up, well, the button question anyways. I just completly forgot that the gate only fits into the JLF series and did’nt take that into consideration. D’oh!

Oh yeah, great thread!


Actually you’re wrong, HRAP1 layout, also known as console layout is found to be on Super Neo 29 Cabinets if you make the cabinet an 8 button cabinet, so it’s Neo Geo Layout. HRAP2 layout is well the other cabs (versus city, blast city, naomi, and cyberlead?) layouts.


Actually he is not. Take a look at any Astro City-format 2L12B panel manufactured by Seimitsu or Sega, you’ll see each player’s button layout is rotated differently. For panels manufactured by Sanwa the difference is much less noticeable though.


Quick and easy question:

On a LS-32 stick (the one without the pcb) which tab is the ground? The top one or the bottom one.


Either is fine.