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The Link Quick Release JLF Shaft

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$26.95 (USD)
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PHREAKMODS-JLFLINK
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  • Product Description

    Players sick of their joystick shaft jutting out from their backpack or messenger bag can rejoice! The Link by SRK's PhreakMods is a fantastic new 2-piece JLF shaft design; once installed, removing or attaching the protruding joystick shaft with balltop or battop is incredibly simple and hassle-free.

    The Link comes with a spring-loaded top piece, a bottom shaft piece for install into the joystick housing, and a MadCatz TE-compatible hex key for easy tightening of your accessory balltop or battop. To use, simply pull up on the spring-loaded top piece with your thumb and forefingers, then pull off.  To reattach, again pull on the spring-loaded top piece; while holding this in place, rest it on the bottom piece, and release the top piece.  The Link is made of stainless steel, and ball-bearings inside the top piece make it incredibly sturdy during heated gameplay.

    Space-Saver & Swift Customization

    Let's face it: traveling with a joystick isn't easy. For those with who travel to tournaments, you're aware of the looks and occasional spot check by airport security because you can't place your joystick in a typical messenger or book bag. The Link is ideal for the casual players looking to save some space, and for traveling tournament players who need to cram as much into their bags as possible.

    For those who like to share their joystick with fellow players, you no longer have to worry if your friend wants to use their favorite battop or balltop.  It's very easy to attach their JLF link attachment to your joystick, or to carry around a spare balltop or battop for them to use.

    Finally, The Link also features a hollow shaft.  This feature makes this joystick accessory a fine choice for LED balltop projects!

    What's Included

    You'll receive the following items with your purchase:

    • JLF Link base and shaft (Sanwa Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Joystick not included)
    • Hex key for install
    • Phreakmods Link sticker (while supplies last)


    Positive Reviews

    The Link has already received favorable reviews and news from several sites, including Shoryuken.com.  Check out these sites for additional photos, video coverage and player reviews of The Link:


    How to Install

    Please refer to the YouTube video produced by SRK's Vivovicko for a very helpful install guide for most joysticks that use a Sanwa JLF.  You'll find it in our Product Videos section on this page. 

    The Link in Pictures

    Several players on Shoryuken.com have shared their photos of the JLF Link in their attractive custom and modded joystick cases.  Please see our photo gallery for a taste of what how slick the JLF link will look in your custom joystick design.

    Important

    Please lubricate your JLF Link prior to use. Dustwasher for JLF-TP-8YT will not fit the Link. JLF-CD series shaft cover will not fit the Link. JLF series dustwasher will fit snug on the Link. FA Nippon ALU series dustwasher will not fit without modification. Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Joystick, balltop or battop is not included with purchase of JLF Link.

    Greasing the JLF Link for Optimal Results

    1. Remove the Link and wipe the base clean
    2. Take a small bit of the FA.DAB .20 Ounce Shin-Etsu Silicone Grease on your finger tip and spin the link base to apply it in a thin coat (from underneath the tapered head down to the e-clip), it's easiest to hold the tip of the base between your other hand's fingers and just spin it. You only need a thin coat, just enough to basically make the piece look "wet."
    3. Re-assemble, making sure there's also a thin layer of grease on the pivot bushing as well for good upkeep measure. 

    Phreakmods is providing us with a helpful video to illustrate the procedure.  Stay tuned.

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    Removing 2nd Dustcover insert

    Some JLF series joysticks have a inner dustcover that rests underneath the control panel, right over the pivot bushing. This is prevalent in the MadCatz® TE/SE and QanBa® brand joysticks. Removing that insert from your JLF will ensure normal operation of The Link in your joystick case.  A descriptive guide explaining this is provided with every JLF Link purchase.

    Custom Plexi Dustwashers

    Custom plexi dustwashers may have an adverse affect. If you find it's popping out during play and you have a custom dust washer. Remove said dustwasher and test the compared performance, you should see an improvement. A workaround to this is to put a counter-sink into the inner-diameter of that dustwasher, as it will alleviate problematic pressure on the collar of the Link from that hard angle.   

    Spacing in Shaft When Connected

    When connecting the JLF Link's upper and lower pieces, you may notice a very slight space when attempting to lower the upper piece into the buttom pieces.  Please note that the space is normal, as the upper piece is accomodating the lower piece snugly.  There is no affect on its functionality.  The photo diagram at right - taken by SRK's FreedomGundam - shows how the pieces appear when disconnected (top), and later connected (bottom).  You can view this diagram in the product photo gallery.

    Yes, that's normal operation for now. The collar won't go "all" the way down, it will stop a mm or two short. It shouldn't ever come off while playing though. Future iterations will more than likely change that and it will go down further.. for now it should operate just fine even though it doesn't not.

    Full excerpt and details are available in the official JLF Link forum thread on shoryuken.com.

    http://shoryuken.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-link-the-quick-disconnect-jlf-shaft.137216/page-10#post-6105285

  • Product Reviews

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    1. Excelente

      Excelente, un accesorio indispensable para realizar un stick box y así poder cerrar la tapa como en un maletín, El tiempo de espera fue muy corto, unos 10 días hasta España y el envío por parte de FA perfecto. Muy contento, volveré a comprar aquí sin duda. Recomendable. on Dec 5th 2017

    2. Should come Stock on EVERY Fight Stick

      We've all traveled with our Fight stick be it in a fancy bag, thrown into the trunk, or having someone hold it while we drive. Whether your stick has a fancy internal compartment for detachable cables or is sealed by screws, this is a must buy mod. I put this on my Razer Panthera PS3/4 fight stick and it works great. The only caveat is that I had to take out my lower dust washer which was mentioned in advance.

      This is a MUST buy if you travel with your fight stick at all.
      on Oct 8th 2017

    3. Great design

      Easy to install and made from good material. Great for my fight stick. on Jul 21st 2017

    4. Excellent piece of hardware

      Good engineering and manufacturing quality. Install took 3 minutes with simple tools in my lap while I watched TV. Quick release handle attaches easily but solidly with no detectable play. The allen socket in the removable shaft makes it easy to attach the joystick ball tightly. Pretty slick all in all. on Jan 10th 2017

    5. Great buy!

      Super easy to install and works great! I'm using it with a Razer Atrox so it's really easy to just pop it off and store it inside. on Aug 24th 2016

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