Please keep in mind this is my personal thoughts and opinions.
I personally gotten sick of all the JLF mods. I even getting tired seeing people trying to mod the JLF. If the JLF is so great why are you modding it?
(this don’t include some of us that have to meddle and mod with everything we get our hands on)
At the end pf the day your modded JLF will never have the durable feel of the Happ\IL joystick or have the precision of a Seimitsu joystick.
Only thing the JLF got going for it is a smooth pivot. A Modded JLF will only feel like a modded JLF.
The JLF is very lose when it comes to precise inputs but the JLF is more forgiving.
Happ\IL are designed for durability that is it, with no concerns of precision or accuracy. these joysticks were designed for American Arcade owners who wants a long lasting cheap part for their wooden cabs and does not give a care how well the actual machine plays as long as that machine still makes money. I look on Happ and IL users lower on the scale than JLF users (and JLF users get a pass as its the most common joystick).
Seimitsu Joysticks have tighter inputs, but the LS-32 suffers from a bad pivot design, The LS-55 and 56 aren’t bad but they needed to be mounted high and is a little small for some folks.
The LS-40 its the one Seimitsu Joystick I sill need to try out.
Hori Hayabusa, The best way I can describe it, it feels like the JLF if you fix almost everything that is wrong with the JLF joystick. Only issue I have with it is the length of the throw.
So that leaves me with the JLW, it got the smooth pivot of the JLF but a much shorter throw, engage and dead zones compared to the JLF. And its a Durable joystick than can mount in wood like a Happ\IL joystick.
All that leaves out is Korean parts, which at this time I have no desire to try out.
The issue there is the acrylic circle gate has a smaller area than the square gate. And as the gate material is brittle, smaller gate + brittle acrylic + strong shaft and Spring = cracked gates.
Too bad no one offers aluminum or derlin gate options.