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  • Product Description

    Sanwa Denshi is arguably known as the standard bearer among Japanese arcade joystick manufacturers. Since its inception, the venerable Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Joystick has and still does appear ubiquitously in Japanese arcades, most high-end, commercially manufactured Fightsticks, and countless personal builds. Today, Sanwa introduces the evolution of its technology driving one of its the most popular models - the JLX.

    Unmatched Accuracy: New Material Construction, Pivot, Spring Seat Washer, P-W Actuator 

    The Sanwa JLX has achieved high-precision molding and improved input accuracy by changing the material of the component parts. Please review below some of the technical improvements over the JLF:

    • LX-P-2 M base material changed from nylon to POM (polyacetal resin). It is less susceptible to environmental influences such as temperature and humidity.
    • By increasing the thickness of the washer for the M base, rattling of the washer during operation is reduced.
    • Adjusted the shape inside the M base where the bearing fits. Less rattling of the bearing than before.
    • Changed bearing material from POM to nylon. Abrasion resistance and sliding against the M base are enhanced.
    • The material of the micro printed circuit board is changed from paper phenol to CEM-3. It is less likely to warp than paper phenol and has improved durability.

    The Sanwa JLF P-W Actuator from the brands' JL-C line rounds out the list of improvements in the JLX. The JLF P-W Actuator is 16.2mm wide at the base - just over .4mm wider than the original Sanwa JLF actuator at 15.8mm. This is the same actuator used in the silent JLF-TPRG-8BYT-SK. It has higher dimensional stability in molding than the conventional black actuator and reduces variations in input accuracy. It is also it is about 0.12mm thicker (0.24mm in diameter) than the black actuator, but it was adopted because of its good usability by location tests and e-sports gamers.

    Actuator Specs

    Below is a visual of available actuators for Sanwa JLF. The original JLF actuator has a 15.8mm diameter. Following this are actuators of increasing diameter. Use this to experiment with your preferred engagement sensitivity.

    Sanwa JL-C-ALL: Explanation of Actuators

    GT-8X Restrictor Plate

    Sanwa introduced the GT-8X restrictor plate with its line of JL-C performance mods. This gate is now the default in the JLX. This plate is compatible with the GTN series of lever guide tips/inserts:

    Guide Tips

    Guide Tips are inserts for the Sanwa GT-8F 4/8-Way Restrictor Plate that comes with your JLF. Each guide is color-coded and designed to provide a unique enhancement to lever travel, from the tried-and-true octagonal control of the yellow GTN-Y to the hybrid rounded square of the GTN-B.

    Sanwa JLF-C-ALL: Explanation of Guide Tips

    Wide Compatibility with Prior Sanwa accessories 

    While the JLX is a marked departure from its previous model, many of the accessories, such as balltop and battops that use the M6 threading, still work with Sanwa's newest hardware. This is great news for most players who invested in Sanwa's lever ecosystem. However, guide-tips/inserts that were compatible with the JLF may not work with the GT-8X restrictor plate. Some of the newer accessories and performance mods include:

    The Anatomy of JLX and Compatibility Notes

    Sanwa JLX-TP-8Y components and compatibility with JLF

    Certain components that comprise the JLX are compatible with the original JLF-TP-8YT.  However, some are not. It's important to know this before purchasing individual parts in an attempt to upgrade the JLF.  It is recommended that you do not perform this, as the mix of different materials may lead to a degraded experience.

    • #1 LB-35 sold separately.
    • #3 JLX-P-4: JLX dedicated bearing (Incompatible with JLF-P-4)
    • #4 JLX-P-2: M base dedicated to JLX (Incompatible with JLF-P-2)
    • #5 JLX-MW: Washer for JLX M base (Incompatible with JLF-MW)
    • #11 XTP-MA: Printed circuit board with JLX micro (Compatible with JLF)
    • JLF-P-W and GT-8X are compatible with JLF and are already on sale as custom parts for JLF.

    What's Included?

    You will receive the following with your purchase:

    • JL-PP1 Dustwashers
    • JL-P1 Mounting Plate

     and other mounting plates are available separately.

  • Product Reviews


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    1. Hate the new actuator

      I was expecting better diagonals but got significantly worse diagonals. I've read most people swap the actuator with the old one.... ehh, on Jun 5th 2024

    2. Solid product

      It's a nice improvement on the JLF and would order another if I were to get 2nd fighting stick on Feb 5th 2024

    3. Great product

      I bought two of these and i love them if i had money to build another fighting stick i will still buy this product on Sep 30th 2023

    4. Solid lever. I want another one!

      This JLX replaced a JLF in my 8bitdo Arcade stick. Installation was a simple drop in.

      Now, the feel of the lever is definitely a step up. It gives off a very solid feel when the micro switch is activated. It’s very difficult to explain, but it’s a very good feeling.

      I’d like to get another one and install a phreakmods link 2!
      on Sep 7th 2023

    5. Worth buying OVER a JLF

      You can definitely feel a very slight difference for the better in almost all aspects compared to a standard Sanwa JLF, however, this doesn't translate into any actual performance advantage in my experience. there was nothing i could do that i couldnt do on my JLF, its just all felt a bit more comfortable while doing it. that being said, at only $2.50 more its admittedly a no brainer if you're looking for a sanwa stick. on Aug 31st 2023

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