Joystick Tension Adjustment

Materials needed

  • Phillips size 100 driver
  • Plastic pry tool
  • Small wire snips or scissors
  • tweezers
  • Optionally Washers


  • This shouldn’t void your warranty provided you use aftermarket sticks and re-install your old ones. You can contact customer service for better clarification based on your country, laws, and what’s allowed.
  • The Red “warranty void” sticker on the battery and heat pipe does not void your warranty provided you do not damage anything inside of the device and restore it to a factory original condition before the RMA
  • You will have three methods, Option 1 is to add a washer to the factory spring, Option 2 is to stretch the factory spring by 1/8″ to add additional tension to it, and Option 3 you will replace the spring completely with a higher tension one.
  • We ONLY RECOMMEND THIS MOD ON SPARE JOYSTICKS! You can buy additional joysticks with 14-day shipping here. These are a direct fit
  • You will need to have very dexterous hands, these have extremely tiny parts internally and are VERY hard to re-assemble by hand. This mod is NOT for anyone easily frustrated or anyone who cant thread a needle, you have been warned.
  • Be extremely careful when removing the back panel screws, and daughterboard screws as they can strip!


  • Remove back panel
  • Unplug battery
  • Remove ribbon cables from each daughter board
  • Remove screws from each daughter board
  • Unplug the haptics wires from the main board.
  • Gently remove the Left and Right stick PCB
  • Unplug the joystick ribbon cable from the daughter board
  • Remove the two screws that hold down the hall stick
  • Gently bend back all 4 tabs holding the stick base together.
  • Use plyers or hold the joystick from the stem so its upside down
  • Unclip the side tabs and lift off the metal bottom plate
  • Remove the flex cable gently
  • Remove the stem with spring
  • Carefully set aside the joystick being careful not to dislodge anything.

The washer must sit flush with the stem bottom with zero gap!

Option 1: Adding a washer to the factory spring

  • Add washer or replacement spring to stem
  • The washer must not exceed the OD of the stem bottom or it will damage the flex ribbon layer
  • The washer must sit flush with the stem bottom with zero gap!

Option 2: Stretching the factory spring

  • Grab the first and last spring rung with your fingernails and gently pull, you’ll feel it hit its max stretch and start to give.
  • Pull in small amounts until the spring is (1/8 inch) or (3-4mm) longer than it was.
  • Do not over-extend the spring as it will deform and break

Option 3: Replace the factory spring with an aftermarket one.

  • 100g Here
  • 100g has not been tested yet.
  • 150g Here
  • 150g spring makes reassembly a bit difficult


  • Align the L3/R3 pop tab onto plastic pins 
  • Lay the flex ribbon down in the correct orientation
  • From above push the bottom metal panel down onto the housing snapping it in place.
  • Place on a flat surface and test that L3/R3 still works, if not dis assembly
  • Your 4 tabs may break off during the reassembly process.
  • If this occurs don’t stress as its really only needed to keep the stick together when not screwed down.
  • Just carefully screw the joystick to the daughter board and the tension will keep everything together correctly.
  • Reassemble the assembly and bend the 4 tabs back into place.
  • Repeat for both sides
  • Reinstall the thumbstick cap and ensure that there’s no play in it. (if there is now is a good time to apply the thumbstick wobble fix.
  • Reinstall the left and right daughter boards back into the shell.
  • Plug back in the haptics wires.
  • Screw PCB’s back in.
  • Affix ribbon cables back.
  • Plug the battery back in.
  • Close the shell all the way (so the light sensor isn’t tripped),
  • Plug in the OEM charger, press and hold the power button, and release once the screen is on.
  • Once on the Republic Of Gamers screen you must wait around 180 seconds for it to boot
  • Test inputs with Gamepad tester to make sure everything is working correctly
  • Screw case back together if everything is working correctly
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