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Samducksa SDL-301-DX-S Joystick Lever (2018 Model)

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  • Product Description

    The Crown SDL-301-DX represents Samducksa's latest joystick lever evolution, merging the sensitive control of industry standard Sanwa JLF, and the increasingly desired appeal of the Korean lever.  This time, the company aims to make the lever more accessible to lower profile Fightsticks by adjusting the height of the shaft and actuator.

    Inspired by RZR INFILTRATION

    RZR Infiltration Profile (credit Razer)More commonly recognized as the INFILTRATION lever, the renowned Korean professional player lent his experience and preferences to develop the SDL-301-DX into a lever that he would personally utilize in fighting game tournaments.  The lever features a removable battop design, allowing for interchangeability with other battops - a first for Crown.  You can utilize Sanwa compatible battops for customization.

    Please note: from our tests, we found that ball tops are not compatible; among other factors, the included shaft cover does not extend all the way to the balltop.

    The SDL-301-DX also adopts the MJ style low-profile collar, allowing for compatibility with most Japanese SS joystick mounts commonly found in Fightsticks.  This places the lever just a few millimeters below the panel.  The low-profile collar corrects some of the control issues that are found in earlier models such as the 303-FK, which removed the collar altogether.

    Shorter Shaft for Better Clearance

    In 2017, the SDL-301-DX debuted with a low profile collar, similar to the Crown CWL-309MJ-KMS-ST25 Joystick. While this and its Japan-friendly mounting plate indeed allowed the Korean lever to fit in a number of Japanese-style enclosures, its shaft height still posed challenges to lower profile Fightsticks. Often the shaft would scrape against the inner housing, which affected play.

    The recent 2018 model aims to address this issue by reducing the shaft height by 2.3 millimeters from the bottom. The actuator is also .95 millimeters shorter. This places the shaft further into the housing, which should provide better clearance for lower profile Fightstick enclosures. As always, it is helpful to check specifications to ensure proper fit in your specific model. Spec illustrations are available for review below the comparison chart and in the photo gallery.

    Original Short Difference
    Actuator height (in millimeters) 22.30 21.35 0.95
    Shaft (in millimeters) 88.90 86.60 2.30
    Bottom part of shaft (in millimeters) 36.55 34.30 2.25
    SDL-301-DX 2017 and 2018 shaft height comparison SDL-301-DX 2017 and 2018 assembled model comparison 
    SDL-301-DX-2017 and 2018 shaft height comparison SDL-301-DX 2017 and 2018 assembled model comparison

    Default Octagonal Gate

    Octagonal gate included with SDL-301-DXAnother departure from Korean levers is the SDL-301-DX's default use of an octagonal gate.  Octagonal gates are designed to allow smoother circular control while retaining a defined corner you can feel during play.  Samducksa's model is a hybrid of circular and square control, with a very subtle corner. This helps to retain the authentic feeling of a Korean lever, while introducing something new and uncommon to the line of joysticks. The gate is secured by 8 long screws, and removable.

    Available separately is the Crown SDL-301-DX Round Restrictor Plate, which offers the more common circular control of a Korean lever.

    Softer and Harder Tension Grommets Available

    Available separately, 25 tension and 40 tension grommetsThe SDL-301-DX-S contains a 35A shore tension silicone grommer. Available for purchase separately are two rubber grommets - the white 25 tension and red 45 tension.  Higher tension offers quicker return to center, while also catering to those who simply desire more tension when playing - similar to our Sanwa JLF 2lb and 4lb springs.  On the other side of the spectrum is a lighter tension that is closer to Sanwa's JLF joystick lever, which remains a player favorite within the industry. 

    Gersung A3 Microswitch 

    Gersung GSM-V0323A3 Microswitch Included with SDL-301-DXEach SDL-301-DX utilizes the Gersung GSM-V0323A3 microswitch.  This earlier model remains a solid choice amongst players, with a slightly higher tension which works well with the 301's softer 35A shore grommet. 

    Will it Fit My Fightstick?

     While designed for use in Japanese mount-compatible Fightsticks, the 301-DX's tall construction does create difficulty when attempting to install into low-profile hardware.  Documented compatibility so far:

    • Razer Panthera/Atrox
    • Hori VLX
    • Qanba Dragon
    • Hori RAP N
    • MadCatz TE2 (very tight fit)
    • Qanba Q4RAF
    • Qanba Obsidian
    • Qanba Crystal
    • Hori HRAP v4 (PS4/PS3), v5 (Xbox 360/Xbox One)

    What's Included?

    Partial assembly requiredEach Crown SDL is packed within its own box with padding.  Some assembly is required as Samducksa separates the battop from the housing. Along with battop and shaft cover, You will receive the following separate pieces for installation:

    • SDL-301-DX actuator
    • E-clip
    • Dustwasher
    • Assembly Instructions

    Please review our Support tab for install instructions.

    Support

     The SDL-301-DX-S requires partial assembly.  Please refer to the instructions below for proper orientation of actuator and e-clip.

    Crown SDL-301-DX-S assembly instructions

  • Product Reviews

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    1. Dont fall for the hype, stick with the 309

      Very short distances to activate the micro-switches, which requires a completely different style of play. (Think FF dash, but you will miss, as you are used to going to the edge of the gate, but you need to go back to damn near neutral to get the switch to reset). The included grommet is way to stiff, but putting in the lighter weight (T25) makes it much too loose. It sounds like its broken, and terrible sound it makes, is very distracting. Even the height of the actual joystick is odd. It sits at the very top of your hand, and gives less control. I gave it a few days, but in the end i had to put my 309 back in. I'm super disappointed i spent so much money on this stick, hopefully i can find a buyer, but i'm not sure i want to ruin someone elses day, by selling it to them. on Aug 21st 2018

    2. Solid lever

      I switched over from ls-32 to this. Have used ls-32 mostly for the last 9-10 years and really like this lever. Bit longer throw like a JLF but feels stiffer than the jlf which I like a lot. Only took me a few hours to get used to playing with this vs the ls-32. Only issue i have is the size. It barely fits in the hori fighting edge. Other than that its a great stick. Just be sure it fits your case before ordering. on Jul 9th 2018

    3. The crown 309 is better.

      Decent stick. the main issue i have with it, is that the distance the stick moves before activating the switch is very small. If you barely move the stick a tiny bit up or down when you have it forward or back, you'll get a diagonal input. Also, even the "soft" grommet is very stiff. Took it out and put my 309 back in. Was very disappointed. Not worth the money at all in my opinion. Not even close. on Nov 4th 2017

    4. Premium price but a quality product as well.

      The price is hard to swallow but I am pleased to report the build quality is high.

      The actuation of the switches is crisp and the corners are easy to find. The reversible actuator for a longer or shorter throw is a nice bonus as well.
      The shaft is long and feels very sturdy, although it doesn't help make this already very tall joystick any shorter.
      I do think the restrictor plate is kind of superfluous. You will need a very light grommet or some serious manhandling to ever actually ride the gate on this thing. The restrictor does act as an additional support for the switches so I don't recommend removing it either.

      All in all this is a large, high quality piece of kit. If you can handle the hefty price tag I don't think you will be disappointed. (Unless you don't have an enclosure that will fit it.)
      on Sep 26th 2017

    5. Crown's best stick so far.

      OK up front it is important to realize that this review has to be weighed against your general feelings about K-sticks. If you have used Korean style lever and already know you don't like them this still might not be for you. In that context, this without a doubt Crown's finest most versatile lever.
      Out of the box, The beauty of this particular lever is that it is essentially a fanta airbag configuration right from the factory. The majority of thing things you would normally mod about Myoungshin or Taeyoung stick are done by the factory here. The result is a responsive rock solid lever that quite frankly rivals it's Sanawa and Hori counterparts. This is a long way from the 303. Personally, I changed it to a 60A grommet (available on this site) and added the Myoungshin standard Gersung switches (also available on this site) to create a defacto Myougshin Fanta Airbag configuration and the resulting stick was then installed into a vewlix (which it fits perfectly, no issues at all), even with the more firm grommet I never missed a single diagonal from the word go.
      Having assembled two custom fanta airbags in the past from stock 307 Crown's I have to say the set up out of the box on this is fantastic lots of performance very little labor. Additionally, those of you who may have done the same type of modding to Crown's may notice Crown has fixed the "wiggle". The tiny bit of play that used to be able to be seen in their collarless models whenever you picked the stick up and moved it around. It is a small complaint but it made them look cheap and loosey-goosey even when they were solid and precise. Lastly the inclusion of changeable tops. really nice in theory...pretty cool in practice. The treading is much tighter on the non-stock tops and you will need to take care when threading it but otherwise a nice inclusion.
      If you're newbie or journeymen looking to find out what all the fuss is about when it comes to K-sticks this is probably your best place to find out. If you're a vet and looking for a change of pace with top-level performance you might wanna consider this also. Like I said at the top, a pretty versatile stick.
      on Sep 15th 2017

  • Product Videos

    • SDL-301-DX Infiltration Lever TEST 잠입레버 테스트
      SDL-301-DX Infiltration Lever TEST 잠입레버 테스트 영상입니다. http://hiba...
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    SDL-301-DX Infiltration Lever TEST 잠입레버 테스트

    SDL-301-DX Infiltration Lever TEST 잠입레버 테스트 영상입니다. http://hibal.tistory.com/1029
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