I not too long ago got from eBay a broken Dreamcast Innovation Arcade Fight Stick.
Here is the stick as it appears on eBay. It looked about the same when I received it.
Plug it in to my Dreamcast, yep its not working, so lets go open this sucker up.
No insulation on many of the solder points, yes this stick had built in rumble support.
And here is the propriety stick. The mount plate is also the restrictor in this stick.
I took the stick apart to find that it uses levered micro switches. I Did not want to have the hassle of figuring out how to fit a Sanwa JLF or a Seimitsu LS. So I tested the switches, they checked out, and I cleaned and lube this joystick.
As you can see here, the default ball top is smaller than a standard Sanwa ball top, but the threads matched.
A quick dry fit to see how much room I got to play with here. And yes that is a receiver to a wireless PS2 controller from Game Stop.
Trouble shooting this board got nowhere quickly, no true common ground, the PCB is warped and there is a white substance all over the pcb. I did keep the PCB that had the contacts for the Start, Slow, Turbo and “CLS” buttons
I desoldered the PCB from the micro switch array that the 6 face buttons went to.
All the micro switches work, and they appear similar to Sanwa or Seimitsu style push button switches, so I decided to keep them.
I checked the button holes for size, they are too small for 24mm push buttons and each button hole is too close to each other to try to wide. So I decided to keep the stock push buttons as well.
Back to the smaller PCB that held the contacts for Start, Slow and Turbo.
I cut and redirected some traces, I also soldered off the tack switch button for the cls button since that will not be used.
Now we got 3 common ground buttons ready. I made these the Start, Select and Home buttons.
Here is the stick all wired up. I decided to use the metal plate the button switches were attached to as a "ground plane’. 2 system cables are wired to the MC Cthulhu, a USB cord and a Game Cube cord. I also decided to keep a switch as a Tournament Lock, which is places on the ground line going to the Start, Select and Home buttons.
Yes I gutted out all the parts that went to the VMU slot on the stick.
And the Finished Product
I had the smaller ball top replaced with a larger Sanwa top in the same color to match the color scheme.
Of encase your wondering I going this to a friend for his birthday, he has a PC and a Wii; hence why I wired only a USB and Game Cube cord with no RJ 45 pass though.
I later had to do some repairs on the joystick, I ended up fitting 24mm screw-ins for replacement buttons. So you do not need to stick with stock buttons.