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Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:04 am
by AgentCupcakes
okay I know I put up a thread asking how to fix a N64 controller a couple days ago. But a few months ago my friend gave me his old wavebird. The only problem is all the rubber from the joystick is gone. Can i replace the joystick or get a new rubber cover for it?

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:22 am
by Medical Dust
^ Sorry I can't help you. However I myself have a Wavebird problem: the controller seems to be completely dead. I've tried several sets of fresh batteries, yet no light ever comes on. Should I give up, or buy the gamebit screwdriver and disassemble the Wavebird?

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:48 am
by CRTGAMER
Finally! A question not asking what game to buy.

For the stick repair maybe epoxy trimmed end of a rubber tip from hardware store?
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As for Wavebird not working at all is the receiver channel matched to the wavebird?
Maybe also clean the AA battery holder contacts, might be corrosion?

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Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:30 am
by dedalusdedalus
Just swap the nub with the wired controller you don't use anymore.

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:33 am
by AgentCupcakes
dedalusdedalus wrote:Just swap the nub with the wired controller you don't use anymore.


and how would I go about doing that

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:08 am
by dedalusdedalus
AgentCupcakes wrote:
dedalusdedalus wrote:Just swap the nub with the wired controller you don't use anymore.


and how would I go about doing that


If you have a tri-wing, you can detach the top half of the shells. Once you have the top half detached, you can pop off the joystick cap from the wired controller and put it on the wavebird becase they're interchangeable.

It really doesn't get any simpler than that.

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:08 am
by Droid party
dedalusdedalus wrote:Just swap the nub with the wired controller you don't use anymore.
. That's what I did. It helps if you have a dead one to salvage from.

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:26 pm
by Hobie-wan
I've seen rubber caps for thumbsticks around before, including at Gamestop. I'm not sure if they were intended to replace missing ones or "Increase your grip 537%" or some marketing nonsense.

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:40 am
by s1mplehumar
CRTGAMER wrote:Finally! A question not asking what game to buy.


Amen.

Re: Fixing a wavebird joystick

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:34 pm
by slowslow325
You could probably take apart your old wired one. It probably has a joystick that's just screwed in with a plug, it's probably really easy to swap.

But, if you aren't skilled at all and just want a quick, easy fix, you can buy rubber joystick grips.