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Hori Fighting Stick SS button/joystick mod tutorial

by skate323k137 Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:49 am

How to mod a Hori Fighting Stick SS

EDIT: this has been updated with a sanwa joystick on the next page. read this first to get the idea for how to do the buttons.

It is pretty easy to mod these sticks to have better buttons, and better switches in the joystick. Soldering is pretty much required for this project. You won't really need any special tools. you'll need

1 phillips screw driver to dismantle the stick
2 flat-head screw drivers to drop out the old buttons
Soldering Iron, wire cutter/stripper
4 cherry brand microswitches (for the joystick itself)
8 sanwa snap-in buttons (or 6, and 2 button plugs if you're hardcore). I used buttons from a Hori real arcade pro 2, which are interchangeable with sanwa/seimitsu snap-in buttons except they don't snap in to this case.


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1. (not pictured) take out the screws that hold on the back metal plate, remove it, and then take out the screws that hold in the PCB under the buttons.

2. Trace the button PCB and make note of what buttons go to what pin numbers. my stick has a saturn and PSX plug, I'm assuming yours is the same. if so, I've done this for you but it never hurts to check:
1- GND (COM)
2- B
3- C
4- Z
5- Y
6- X
7- A
8- R
9- L

3. Cut the grey wires close to the button PCB. I split the difference thinking Id have two harnesses, but I was wrong. The button end of the harness seems to be permanent, but the end attached to the "brain" and auto-fire buttons comes right out. That piece will be your new "wiring harness", so leave as much wire on it as you can for attaching wires from your buttons.

4. Use two flat-head screw drivers to pop out the old buttons. there's one clip on the left, and one on the right. push pretty much straight down and they'll come out very easily.

5. Snap in some new sanwa buttons. I used hrap2 buttons originally which didn't snap in securely (they still worked fine, and didn't move around if placed properly)

6. Ground all of the switches together with a common post, and attach that loop to the GND on your harness. In other words, one post from each button should be attached to GND.

7. Solder one wire from each button over to harness, paying attention of course to the layout. I actually put ABC/XYZ where LAB/RXY were for a six button stick. I moved the mapping back to what was labeled when I put in all 8 buttons.

8- As far as fixing or upgrading the joystick goes, take out the four screws first. then you're left with four upside down clips that need to be popped. I was able to do this without removing the ball top with the yellow tool (boot lace tightener) in the lower right corner. the top piece with those clips is what holds the microswitches in place. lift that off and you can replace the microswitches. make sure you use the correct posts on all the switches, I just do them one at a time. Newer "cherry" microswitches may require 1mm or so of filing to fit, it's not bad.

This is a really cheap way to fix up your stick. The buttons are a couple bucks a piece on ebay and the microswitches are dirt cheap. as usual, i accept NO RESPONSIBILITY if you screw this up. On the next page I detail how to cram in a sanwa JLF, but due to space limitations you are left with a joystick that is slightly taller than usual. This doesn't bother me, but may annoy some people.
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by vlame Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:38 pm

are 2 sets of these good?
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by skate323k137 Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:46 pm

those appear to be generic, especially with the 'color may vary' statement. I'm sure they would work, but I'd look for some that actually say "cherry" brand.
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by vlame Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:01 pm

ok. i asked the seller. and that's weird, my stick only has a lead wire to the saturn not the psx.
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by Yackom Sun Mar 23, 2008 5:22 pm

vlame wrote:are 2 sets of these good?


go to happcontrols and check out their cherry switches, those are the best and are most used in real arcade machines
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by baphomet_irl Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:22 pm

I have a Real Arcade Pro, does that have basically the same internals as the Fighting Stick?
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by skate323k137 Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:00 pm

for the HRAP, see
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=132472

check down at post #19 on there. the HRAP is easier than this mod, you've already got wires to work with instead of having to map them out.
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by vlame Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:51 am

Yackom wrote:
vlame wrote:are 2 sets of these good?


go to happcontrols and check out their cherry switches, those are the best and are most used in real arcade machines
the ebay seller said they're x-arcade brand.

so these
the ones that are 97 cents each?

i think i would need a new joy stick. the ball type is too small and doesn't repsond well. most likely it's just worn out. from 6 to 3 0 clock i can't do anything (fireballs rarely comeout). could i get a "50-7608-10 Ultimate Joystick, 8-way, Microswitch, Red Knob"
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by skate323k137 Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:07 am

those joysticks are sweet, but you'll never fit one in a fighting stick SS. replacing the micros will make it work just fine (and yes, those are the right ones)
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by baphomet_irl Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:29 pm

skate323k137 wrote:for the HRAP, see
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=132472

check down at post #19 on there. the HRAP is easier than this mod, you've already got wires to work with instead of having to map them out.


thanks ill check that out
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