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#1 bikeguychicago OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:34 AM

I'm trying to determine how reliable untested Super Action Controllers would be should I buy a pair from eBay. I've had good luck so far with the Driving Controller and Roller Controller that I bought but I've heard that the Super Action Controllers are not as serviceable as the aforementioned devices. 

 

If anyone can provide some insight or your own experiences, I'd appreciate it. 

 

Thanks!

 



#2 mumbai OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:45 AM

In a word: poor.



#3 phattyboombatty ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:40 PM

Hit or miss.

I receive and refurb these controllers often, and there are a number of weak points in the design and technology. If the plastic nibs (on the 8-way switch pressure piece) are warped, then it's difficult to make the SAC stick work accurately. I don't know of a replacement part for these, but I'd love to have one made.

Buttons and spinner controls can often be flaky due to age/wear/dust/corrosion.

That said, many SACs can spring to life with a solid cleaning if it has no broken parts.

#4 Jeremy Popp OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:42 PM

I don't have experience with many of them, but I once bought an untested pair on ebay and after a good cleaning they worked great.  Of course, by good cleaning, I mean I took them apart cleaned them inside and out using rubbing alcohol, q-tips and a pencil eraser for the contacts.  As long as there is no damage to the wire, a lot of them can be restored.  Just depends on how mechanically inclined you are.



#5 scobb OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:21 PM

I've had bad experiences with them...they don't hold up well and most will need to be refurbished / cleaned.  Buyer beware!

Scott



#6 Yurkie OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:36 AM

Worse thing in my experience is the white piece with 8 legs that sits between the bottom of the joystick and the contacts, they tend to be extremely brittle and not glue-able.

 

I believe Phattyboombatty was saying this above in his post.



#7 Lord Innit OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:11 PM

I recently bought a boxed set and with one controller it is quite difficult to get diagonals working. UDLR all work perfectly making Frogger a real joy to play. Would the 8 way pressure piece be the likely candidate for the difficulty with the diagonals ?

#8 coleconut OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:59 AM

I just have a helluva time taking them apart without breaking those little tabs



#9 Nebulon OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:01 AM

Hit or miss.

I receive and refurb these controllers often, and there are a number of weak points in the design and technology. If the plastic nibs (on the 8-way switch pressure piece) are warped, then it's difficult to make the SAC stick work accurately. I don't know of a replacement part for these, but I'd love to have one made.

Buttons and spinner controls can often be flaky due to age/wear/dust/corrosion.

That said, many SACs can spring to life with a solid cleaning if it has no broken parts.

 

If you ever decide to make a YouTube video of how to refurb a Super Action Controller, please let me know.

 

I have a few that with cracked plastic above the 8-way switches. It's the white plastic ring with the bumps on it for the contacts.






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