Unless you really like the stock art that came with your joystick, you will want to replace that decal with something a little more to your tastes with something cool looking; something that will make this joystick truly yours. Look for a nice high-resolution piece of art and download the templates here to size up your artwork perfectly. There is no use to start on this project unless you have the art printed and laminated. Once you size up the image file and have it printed out, head over to your local FedEx Office and have it lami-labeled.
Lami-label is the quickest and easiest way to protect your art from the oils in your hands. It’s a laminate with a sticky siding on the backside; it will literally turn your printed pic into a laminated sticker. Now that you have your art laminated and ready for install, let’s proceed with the actual mod.
- One (1) Hori Fighting Stick EX2
- Your lami-labled art work
- Six (6) Sanwa “OBSF-30” Pushbuttons with Vertical Micro-switch (color of your choosing)
- One (1) Sanwa “LB-35” Joystick Ball Top
- One (1) Sanwa “GT-Y” Octagonal Restrictor Plate
- Soldering Iron
- Solder Sucker
- Phillips and Flathead Screwdriver (4-in-1)
- Razor Blade
- Four (4) “Cherry” Micro-switches
- Dremel Tool or a file
- 18 gauge wire (In this walk-through I used solid wire, but now a days I prefer stranded wire because it's easier to solder, in my opinion)
- Wire Stripper and a Side Cutter
- A container to hold the spare parts. (I used a plastic cup.)