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#1 thetallguy24 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:36 PM

I've got a couple of Tac-2s where the internal portion of the joystick broke off. Is this something that can be repaired or do the sticks need replacement? Are there even sticks out there to use as a replacement?

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#2 Osgeld OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:14 PM

Heat shrink tube (so the glue won't seap out) and gob it with epoxy?

Edited by Osgeld, Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:15 PM.


#3 thetallguy24 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:08 PM

Heat shrink tube (so the glue won't seap out) and gob it with epoxy?

 

You mean epoxy it then a heat shrink tube? Also, how do you take the stick off?



#4 7800fan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:38 AM

Looks like someone pushed the stick a little too hard.  Yeah try epoxy like JB Weld.

 

I don't know if the stick can come out, never tried to as none of my Tac-2 broke.  It's built like a tank!



#5 Osgeld OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:57 AM

 
You mean epoxy it then a heat shrink tube? Also, how do you take the stick off?


No if I did I would have said that in the pic the plastic looks like it has a crack if it does use heat shrink so glue doesn't run out

#6 thetallguy24 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:19 AM

Looks like someone pushed the stick a little too hard.  Yeah try epoxy like JB Weld.

 

I don't know if the stick can come out, never tried to as none of my Tac-2 broke.  It's built like a tank!

 

Would the epoxy hold up to the stress of the movement and bumping into the contacts?



#7 Osgeld OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:10 PM

People have been known to fix engine blocks with jb weld pretty sure it would be strong enough for pacman :)

#8 thetallguy24 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:18 PM

People have been known to fix engine blocks with jb weld pretty sure it would be strong enough for pacman :)

 

Any idea on how to get the stick off? I can't repair it as is



#9 Osgeld OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:44 PM

Not I have not taken one apart

#10 sdamon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:30 PM

Any one ever figure out a good solution to this problem? Despite the joysticks stellar reputation, I have two of them with a broken shaft, just as posted above. :-(

#11 bah OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:45 PM

First, I haven't had one apart in a decade but from what I remember, that silver ball should have threads on it.  They are broken off inside a metal tube inside the rubber stem.  The rubber acts like a pivot.  The black ball on top is fastened to the other side of the metal tube. Glue wont fix this.  The broken stem needs to be either unscrewed or drilled out for a new ball with stem to be screwed in.

This thing is kind of like a tire valve stem as crazy as that sounds.


Edited by bah, Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:46 PM.


#12 RamrodHare OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:44 PM

It actually is a tire valve. :-o

I've saw a blog a few months ago where a guy had been searching for parts to repair some Suncom joysticks. He found a number on the rubber part and after some searching, it turned out it was the part number for a tire valve. I think it's a longer one than the Slik Stik uses.

I don't have one on hand to work with, but I'm sure I could fabricate the needed metal parts, anyone with decent tools and some DIY skills could probably do it just as well. Once I get my hands on a Tac-2 I'll tear it apart and see how hard it would be to make some spare parts for them.






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