*TUT* Xbox 360 Controller Thumbstick Mod Installation

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*TUT* Xbox 360 Controller Thumbstick Mod Installation

Postby Almurray42 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:25 pm

The Brilliant Thumbstick Flex Mod kits really do add an amazing touch to your Xbox 360 controllers, and they are Very easy to install; IF you know how!

YOU WILL NEED:
    1x Thumbstick Mod Kit
    1x Soldering Iron + Solder
    1x Torx T8 Security Screwdriver
    *Optional - Blu-tac or glue
    And obviously; 1x Xbox 360 Controller

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First you will need to remove all the screws from the controller shown below.

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Next Pop off the back of the controller, Remove the Rumble motors, and take out the circuit board; Flipping it over and placing it into the back part of the controller. You should now have what is shown below.

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Remove the flex circuit from its antistatic packaging, and gently move the circular bits away from the main part.

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Carefully Position the Flex circuit onto the controller and solder on the three points shown below; (For different the RGB kit you only need the bottom two points)

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Next you will need a steady hand for the small soldering of the sync button point shown below. IF you have a controller that has a small component by the Blue circle below, use this solder point INSTEAD of the direct sync button, as it will be easier.
PLease note when soldering the direct snyc button point ensure you use the MIDDLE pin, and do not bridge the solder to the other pins or this will NOT WORK!

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All the soldering is done! (Almost!) - Pop your battery pack in and test out the controller. For the Red/Blue Kit hold down the right trigger and press the sync button to change modes (Provided the controller is on) For the Red/Green/Blue kit, Hold the sync button for 3 seconds To turn on the kit, for two seconds consecutively to change the modes, and 3 seconds again to turn off.(Again, with the controller ON) If the circle bits light up you're good to go! If not, then check for short circuits or bridged connectionswhere you have soldered.

Find the Sticky circle pads, and carefully place them on the underside of the LED rings.

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Then remove the other side of the sticky pads and carefully place the circles on the thumbsticks; taking care not to touch the solder points on the bottom of the circles with the thumbstick potentiometer casing.

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In order to hold these down properly, solder on each of the two "Corners" (I know, They are circles :P) to the actual corners on the potentiometers. (See the red Circles Below)

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Finally, this step can really help to solve problems with jammed/blocked buttons and sticking thumbsticks. Using hot glue, superglue or Blu-tac (I took the quick option) ensure the wires do not get in the way of any pads or buttons and are not too close to the workings of the trigger potentiometers.

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Now just reassemble the controller, and enjoy the show!
If you have any questions about this tutorial or problems you have come across after installing these kits, feel free to ask as I have a couple of simple quick fix's for many issues that arise after modding ones controller!

Happy Modding!
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