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Phreakmods EX-Groove Link Quick Release JLF Shaft: Aluminum Chrome

$27.95 (USD)
0.96 Ounces
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  • Product Description

    The Link EX Groove by SRK's PhreakMods is an evolution of the much coveted JLF Link, 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 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.

    Setting the Standard

    The original Phreakmods JLF Link debuted in 2013, representing the first solution to a common problem - fitting the Fightstick in a backpack or messenger bag for easier transport. Its novel two-piece, spring and ball-bearing locking and release mechanism has since seen multiple iterations and variations by other manufacturers in the fighting game market, such as Sanwa Denshi and Crown/Samducksa. Designed for use with any ball top or bat top with an M6 (standard) threading such as Sanwa, Seimitsu, Crown, and KDiT, the Link EX Groove improves on its own standards with a thorough redesign and quality of life additions.

    What's New about EX Groove?

    • Overall outside diameter is consistent with shaft cover (0.5"). This helps to normalize its feel with the common JLF shaft, while the length of the top section should create a space for wine glass and similar grips that is familiar without causing discomfort. Larger area above control panel for laser etch customization.
    • Spring is compressed between intersection of parts. This eliminates "spring pop", an uncommon but detrimental issue found in the original JLF Link.
    • Collar grip is optimized for grip ease vs. space needed. Easy to grip and pull while reducing amount of distance needed for engagement/disengagement.
    • Removable dust washer catch utilizing a rubber o-ring. This is useful for in-case mounting of The Link EX Groove for some users.


    The EX Groove is compatible with the Sanwa JLF Series of Joysticks

    What's included?

    • Steel base, which is installed in the shaft hole of the Sanwa JLF body. Your existing JLF e-clip holds it in place.
    • 2.5mm hex key, used to tighten and loosen a balltop or battop
    • Comes in a stylish branded box

    The EX Groove comes in four of the most popular colors: Chrome/Silver, Black, Red and Teal Blue.  Each are anodized over its lightweight aluminum body, and a protective tape surrounds each unit against scratching or nick damage.

  • Product Reviews


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    1. Good, but with one issue

      The bottom line is the link works; it pops off and makes transporting my stick without worrying about the joystick itself hassle-free. That said I'm a few months in, I'm consistently hitting an issue where removing the stick has become excruciating. I don't know what exactly is happening but I am genuinely fearful of ripping the skin off of my fingers because removing the joystick only happens after pulling with literally all of my strength several times. I've cleaned the insides of the shaft and the stick so I don't think it's an issue of anything sticking. No idea what's causing this. on May 7th 2023

    2. Slightly thicker than shaft cover, otherwise very solid

      Really like this detachable shaft. Had some issues with the shaft binding on the dust washer when it was at full travel (eg diagonals on a square gate), and found out that this shaft is *slightly* thicker than the shaft cover I got with the dust washer. The shaft was dead-on 0.5" (credit to Phreakmods for that), but the shaft cover was about 0.49". This difference meant that my dust washers couldn't deflect as much, so there was a noticeably higher tension in the stick at high deflection.

      Otherwise, I'm really pleased. It feels nicely made and the quick-release mechanism is rigid enough that I'd believe it was a solid shaft otherwise. I would absolutely buy more of these, and I'll probably just take some sandpaper to the holes in the dust washers to address the deflection.
      on Nov 29th 2022

    3. Better than the original

      The Phreak Mods Link EX Groove is the same thing except when you have a battop on your joystick instead of balltop you can remove it easily. Balltops have the same ease of removing as before. With this now your battops can be removed the same as you could with a balltop. I purchased 2 of these for my other home sticks. When more come back in stock I will purchase 2 more because it is worth it instead of un screwing the case of the stick apart to put a balltop or battop on. on Jul 27th 2020

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    Link EX Groove Installation

    Installation video of The Link: Ex Groove This video will take you from start to finish installing your Link into a stock JLF. Install done by Jony Fraze, be sure to check his channel out for other great install videos and product reviews! You can pick up a Link at these awesome shops:
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