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 2-piece Seimitsu LS-56 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 link attachment to your joystick, or to carry around a spare balltop or battop for them to use.
You'll receive the following items with your purchase:
- Link base and shaft
- Hex key for install
The Link - in Sanwa JLF form - 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. The LS-56 form is likely to receive the same positive feedback, as it is built upon the same design:
Seimitsu joystick lever is not included with purchase.
Please lubricate your Link Quick Release Shaft prior to use. Seimitsu LS-56 shaft and dustwasher sets are incompatible with the LS-56 Link.
Greasing the LS-56 Link for Optimal Results
- Remove the Link and wipe the base clean
- Take a small bit of the FA.DAB.S .20 Ounce Shin-Etsu G-501 Silicone Grease Vial for Seimitsu Joysticks 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."
- Re-assemble, making sure there's also a thin layer of grease on the pivot bushing as well for good upkeep measure.
The wider base of the Phreakmods LS-56 Link Quick Release Shaft makes it incompatible with existing Seimitsu dustwashers. If you choose to get a custom dustwasher made for the LS-56 Link, make sure that the inside diameter is at least 12mm or .472 inches. The LS-Link is incompatible with existing joystick shaft covers.