Seimitsu models LS-32 and LS-40 are well known for a variety of features including their short throw distance. Smaller frame models, such as the LS-56, LS-58-01, and LS-60-01 have medium to far throw distances, as explained on slagcoin.com (opens in new window). Shortening the throw distance in these models is desired amongst both fighting game and SHMUP fans. KOWAL again returns with a simple, low-cost answer: increase the distance between the top and bottom housing.
Long Arm, Short Throw
The KOWAL LS.ST Short Throw Mod uses up to two 3mm acrylic spacers to extend the distance between the top housing and bottom portion of the joystick. The extension restricts the normal throw distance as the shaft's bottom portion hits the inside edge of the housing, but does not affect the ability to engage each of the directional microswitches. At just 6mm, the increased length does not affect the upper portion of the joystick, rather it only extends downward. Your joystick will continue to fit in most case enclosures without issue.
Because the spacers can be stacked, you can even remove one of the spacers and increase throw distance if you prefer.
Use Existing Restrictor Gates
Seimitsu LS-56, 58 and 60 models can use the Seimitsu LS 56 Octagonal Restrictor Plate for octagonal control. The LS Distance Mod lets you keep your choice of square or octagonal gate, instead of committing to a dedicated short throw gate.
The KOWAL LS.ST comes with two acrylic spacers sized to match the housing of Seimitsu LS-56-01, LS-58-01 and LS-60-01 joysticks. In addition, a set of four 25mm screws are provided to accomodate the increased length.
The construction of newest Seimitsu small body joystick - the LS-62-01 - matches that of the LS-56. This allows for compatibility with the KOWAL LS.ST Short Throw Mod. That said, due to its shorter shaft height, you'll want to see how the stock joystick feels before considering this performance mod.
The KOWAL LS.ST Short Throw Mod represents one of the performance solutions under the FA Plexworks banner - items designed in-house using our laser etching and cutting machine. This affords a unique degree of cost control and personalization. Each unit is etched and cut on 3mm thick quality acrylic to Kowal's specifications.
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. With his permission, we introduce the KOWAL™ brand of performance solutions that highlight accuracy and compatibility above all else.
LS-56-01, 58-01, 60-01, LS-62-01
- First remove the 4 original screws at the bottom of the white restrictor plate. This will also remove the bottom portion of the joystick housing.
- Install both KOWAL LS.ST Short Throw Mod spacer units into the top housing. Holes will line up with the small columns inside of each. As a guide, the KOWAL logo will appear at bottom left when properly installed.
- Attach the bottom portion of the joystick housing and white restrictor plate and secure with the 25mm screws that came with the kit.