The Extended Seimitsu LS 5x/6x Hollow Joystick Shaft adds 11.75mm (.46") length over the stock LS-56 shaft. This shaft was designed to assist installing your LS joystick lever into a maximum 3/4" (18mm) MDF wooden control panel. It is compatible with joysticks from the Seimitsu LS-5x and 6x series, including LS-56, LS-58, LS-60 and LS-62.
Hollow Shaft for Balltop LED Threading
The joystick shaft's additional defining characteristic is its 3mm diameter (.11") hollow center. This allows you to thread wiring for single color or 3mm RGB LED projects that take advantage of hollow balltops or battops. The joystick shaft retains the original diameter of the stock model.
The original Seimitsu LS-5x or 6x shaft e-clip is incompatible, due to the e-clip area diameter needed for the hollow shaft. Each LS-5x/6x hollow shaft will include an e-clip that will fit this model.
Compatibility with Sanwa and Seimitsu Accessories
The hollow shaft matches the threading found in the stock shaft. This means that nearly all balltop and battop accessories that currently fit the standard LS series shaft are compatible. Exceptions include all Seimitsu LS-5x or 6x shaft and dustwasher accessories, since the shaft is longer than the standard model, and the dustwasher conforms to the shaft. We did find that the Solo Sanwa JLF Dustwasher - Fits Sanwa JLF without Shaft Cover (Set of 2) will work with this shaft. Additionally, you can custom order a LS-5x or 6x dustwasher for a model without a shaft cover.
Design Collaboration with KOWAL
KOWAL is the name of a well-respected member on Shoryuken.com forums and elsewhere in the arcade community. He has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of many control devices, and designer of many popular gameplay enhancement products such as the Kowal 1mm Oversize Actuator for Sanwa JLF Series Joystick, KOWAL Hayabusa Octopus Octagonal Restrictor Plate and KOWAL LS.ST Short Throw Mod for Seimitsu LS-55/56/58/60-01 Joystick, plus essentials such as the KOWAL Flat Plate Converter. With his permission, we were able to design a joystick shaft series that precisely measures the specific model and its mounting plate variations, supporting his brand of performance solutions that highlight accuracy and compatibility above all else.