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embark247
07-29-2004, 04:06 PM
I have had my Saitek X45 for about a year now. After some hard use on it the spring seems to offer more play than I would like it to. I was wondering if there was a way for me to replace the spring or springs in it. I am not sure if you can do this since it isn't as high end a stick as some of the CH ones. If anyone knows anything about this can you please let me know?


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embark247
07-29-2004, 04:06 PM
I have had my Saitek X45 for about a year now. After some hard use on it the spring seems to offer more play than I would like it to. I was wondering if there was a way for me to replace the spring or springs in it. I am not sure if you can do this since it isn't as high end a stick as some of the CH ones. If anyone knows anything about this can you please let me know?


S!
Embark

BaldieJr
07-29-2004, 04:14 PM
I wouldn't recomend it to just anyone. The X45 is a pain to get apart.

I don't think they sell replacement springs either, but if the spring truly is the problem, you can do this:

Remove the screws on the side of the stick handle.
Split the handle at its seam.
Slide the handle up as far as the wires will allow.
Slip the spring up, then thread the wires through it (like a key on a ring).
Once you have the spring off, S T R E T C H it so that it is longer than it was (but not much!).
Put it all back together.

Good luck, its not easy to do.

TX-EcoDragon
07-29-2004, 04:55 PM
I doubt that the spring itself is what is causing the play, I have three of these and on all of them the stick will woble a bit even with a fresh spring, and I can't imagine how much force it would take to get rid of that. . .far more than is reasonable.

Though it looks like Baldie has the answer!

Good Luck!

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JG52Uther
07-29-2004, 04:59 PM
Yep mine wobbles a bit as well,and its only a couple of months old,its always been like that and i dont find it a problem (although its the best stick/throttle i have used,it still feels a bit 'cheap')

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Taylortony
07-29-2004, 05:34 PM
I contacted em after 2 years and 3 months ( Note out of warranty) as the throttle microswitch was intermittent to ask where i could get one and they said no problem and sent a replacement out free of charge that i fitted myself http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Nice that thats uk though

BaldieJr
07-29-2004, 06:19 PM
If you have "slop" around center, the gimbals are worn. Since they are plastic, all one can do is wrap a tiny bit of foil around the parts that pivot.

If you think changing the spring sounds difficult, don't even think about shiming the gimbals. You have to cut the wires going into the handle in order to get the gimbal out. Its a royal pain, be sure.