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KOWAL LS.ST Short Throw Mod for Seimitsu LS-56/58/60-01 Joystick

$1.95 (USD)
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  • Product Description

    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 (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.

    What's Included?

    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.

    LS-62 Compatibility

    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.

    FA Plexworks 

    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 Origins

    Kowal is the name of a well-respected member on 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

    1. 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.  
    2. 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.
    3. Attach the bottom portion of the joystick housing and white restrictor plate and secure with the 25mm screws that came with the kit.

  • Product Reviews


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    1. Easy and Awesome

      Super easy to install. Great for my shmups and definitely helped my gameplay! on Jun 2nd 2020

    2. Great mod for an LS-58

      If you're an LS-58 user, this mod is for you. The stock LS-58 has a bit of a dead zone, this helps reduce that deadzone by allowing the actuator to engage the switches sooner. You still get that nice loose spring feeling on return, but with this mod you get quicker actuation, something that shmuppers could benefit from.
      Add an octogate to it and you've got an amazing stick. Kowal delivers again!
      on Apr 27th 2020

    3. Overhyped Item

      Been using the LS-56 and pretty much all Seimitsu parts for over 10 years. The octagonal restrictor gate is really the only modification you need. It's compatible with the new LS sticks also. If you like the old school IL/comp American style from the arcades, add a bat top to your setup. I've found that this item did not offer any additional benefits to gameplay. Another note is the clear plastic on this short throw mod cracks way easily. on Feb 26th 2019

    4. Excelent

      Easy to install. Essential for the seimitsu ls56 to play shmups on Aug 30th 2018

    5. A MUST HAVE for Tekken players using the LS-62 or similar joysticks.

      After using the LS-62-01 for Tekken in my fightstick for a while now, I decided to give these spacers a try. Now, I'm confident in the joystick I'm using thanks to the shortened throw that these provide. I only use one of the two packaged in a single order, but it definitely makes a subtle yet welcomed difference in my return to neutral. Definitely worth the price for anyone using these joysticks for Tekken! on Mar 13th 2017

    6. Doesn't fit ls-58

      ** UPDATE BY FA**
      Each LS.ST mod comes with 25mm screws to accomodate the additional height. Can you confirm that you used these screws when trying to install?

      Please contact if you did not receive replacement screws.
      The screws are too short to accommodate both plates.
      on Dec 31st 2016

    7. Shorter than short !

      As it is announced, this shorten throw distance of a family of joystick on it is already short !
      Easy to install (even if you really are awkward), less than five minutes and you are ready to go ! I've tried it on USF4 and I can tell that a Cannon Spike FABDC to ultra has never been so easy to perform ! For those who really are poor in execution as I am, this associated to a LS58 with an octogonal gate is the ultimate combination ! Just go for it !
      on Feb 5th 2016

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