SUZO 500 Rubber edition

SUZO 500 Rubber edition

I was browsing eBay and found a SUZO 500 that had gray plastic at the base instead of the red I normally find in arcade parts stores online. I know that joystick guru Kowal has mentioned that there used to exist an older revision of these sticks that had a rubber grommet doing all the shaft centering instead of that poor plastic pivot piece that's in use in the "red versions" with the hard springs. I contacted the seller and he informed me that this was indeed the rubber grommet version. I immediately bought one and it arrived a couple of days ago. I promptly installed it into one of my EGRET II cabinets, switching out a "red version" SUZO 500 with a custom shaft. The rubber version came with CHERRY microswitches that has a bit bigger connectors than the OMRON I had installed, so I just took the middle part (with the switches) from the spring SUZO and put it...
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More SUZO 500 modding

More SUZO 500 modding

Fans of the SUZO 500 stick might have noticed that the shaft doesn't center properly due to the pivot being a couple of mm's short of filling the hole in the base. Monouchi (a Swedish guy who did the incredible Do-Donpachi Daifukkatsu stick that you might have seen online) solved this by adding some heat shrink tubing to the pivot. Polish joystick guru Kowal made his own pivot part from steel. I found my own solution for this - just pop an O-ring on the pivot and it fits perfectly, doesn't wiggle around anymore and the friction from the O-ring against the base is negligible. A 5 minute job if you have the O-ring at hand. One other mod I've been wanting to try is using a softer spring than the very stiff original one. Sure, it feels nice with a tight stick, but for longer sessions your hand can get tired. The best way (I've been told) is to heat up the...
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Mounting a (pretty) SUZO 500 in an EGRET II

Mounting a (pretty) SUZO 500 in an EGRET II

Updated 2010-05-02 (added a picture of the screw, extender and washer I use) Most EGRET II owners (or any Japanese cabinet owners) swear by their SANWA or Seimitsu sticks (I used to do that as well), but then I read someone @ the shmups forums write how awesome the SUZO 500 is for shmups, because of the extremely short throw and the lightning fast engage, so naturally I had to try them. The trouble is though, these sticks don't come with a threaded metal shaft that you can fit any ball top you want to with ease, like you might have grown accustomed to with your choice of quality Japanese sticks. Instead you get a pretty sad looking moulded shaft cover/ball top combo with a dust cover thrown into the mix as well. The SUZO 500 can be found in many popular part shops under a couple of different names: Ultimarc (Euro-stik) | Groovy Game Gear (Omni-Stik Basic) | Arcadeshop.de (Multi-way Joystick) As you can...
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2010-09-20

2010-09-20

Bought some nice stuff for my cabinets, since game releases are a couple of weeks away. Still waiting for the pre-orders to open up at my favourite web-store for Do-Donpachi Dai-Fukkatsu 1.5 and Muchi Muchi Pork/Pink Sweets. New buttons for the panel where I put Sanwa RGs before. I went with Seimitus with clear plunger instead: I also bought some more of those lovely Dark Hai meshballs, as they're a perfect fit for any EGRET II panel and fit them onto my SUZO 500 custom shaft as well as my 2-player panel. I also made a little experiment that seems to have worked for the better. I bought a Seimitsu LS-56 8-way restrictor gate and fitted it onto the SUZO 500 and the fit was perfect! At least that's what I thought, but further testing showed that the LS-56's screw holes doesn't line up with the scewed ones on a SUZO 500. I'm gonna have a restrictor made by a friend who's like...
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2009-06-13

2009-06-13

New panel for the EGRET II has arrived and is installed. I've fashioned a harness for it, so it's completely plug 'n play with the EGRET II/Atomiswave SD standards. This panel is fitted with a Suzo 500 stick and Seimitsu pearl buttons, as that's what I've grown acustomed to. I've made an order from SEGAShed in England for an EGRET II 1P overlay, and as soon as that's arrived and installed, I'll upload pictures of the whole installing process. Also changed the buttons in my JK cabinet to white pearl Seimitsus, and installed a custom shaft in the Suzo Inductive that lets me use japanese balls instead of ugly Suzo defaults. Now I just need some fresh screws instead of those rusty, worn down ones in the picture. ...
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2009-05-11

2009-05-11

NEW design! The yellow and black is very nice, but I thought it was time for a new look. Kinda has an EGRET III vibe going on. Also had a look at the links on my misc page and removed those who sadly no longer work + added a few that does. Also, during these last couple of weeks, I have refurbished my JK panel and converted it into one for 1 player only. It now has the same button layout as my EGRET II panel, and a fantastic Suzo Inductive Joystick. No new paint, but a generic overlay from HAPP. I also intend to modify this with a hand made shaft that supports Sanwa/Seimitsu ball top balls instead of the horrible Suzo design. I'm currently awaiting the shaft from Polish joystick guru, Kowal. I've documented the refurbishing process so far with pictures that you can view on my JK page. In addition to the new panel, I've installed a fresnel lense...
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