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Ultimarc J-Stick Joysticks
I got my Japanese sit down cab, I decided to replace the joysticks.
I wanted something like the originals but there was not much to choose
from here in the states. Then Ultimarc
started selling the J-Stick
which is made by Sanwa in Japan.
||Here is the
J-Stick next to a Happ Super. The Happ is slightly taller.
||The main difference
in the sticks other than the handle shape is the Sanwa uses a 4/8
way restrictor plate that can be rotated at any time.
|The Happ uses Cherry switches,
the Sanwa uses Omron.
plate in the 4 way position keeps the joystick from tripping more
than one microswitch at a time.
plate in the 8 way position allows the joystick to hit two microswitches
at a time for diagonal moves.
some discussion on how these joysticks would compare to the Happ joysticks
for feel and travel. I did some measurements, but they are far from
perfect. The numbers I came up with are not what I would call scientific
fact. With that in mind...
|Happ in the
upright position - 0 Degrees
||At point of switch trigger
- 3 Degrees
||At motion limit
- 8 Degrees
- The switch trigger points on the Sanwa are a longer throw than the
Happ. This is the opposite of what I expected. Part of this may be
that the Sanwa sticks are taller than older Japanese sticks that I
have seen. See below. Also, the Sanwa "feels" like a tighter
stick. Note: I had the Happ joysticks set up as 8 way, which has a
larger actuator. If you have them set up as 4 way, your results will
most likely vary.
on the left is an older Sanwa. The one in the middle does not have
a name on it, The new Sanwa is on the right.
on the mounting plate sizes - the new Sanwa is in the middle.
||The old and new Sanwa
use the same restrictor plates.
All in all, I am very
impressed with the Sanwa. I think it is a better made stick than
the Happs, and I really like the restrictor plate - especially for
a Jamma cab where you might have both 4 and 8 way games.
I also want to mention
that Andy over at Ultimarc
does a great job and the customer service is top notch. Don't hesitate
to deal with Ultimarc.