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mandrill7
02-18-2006, 02:30 PM
I have a Logitech Extreme which - perversely - I quite like because the ergonomics suit me to a 't'. However, it quickly became quite slack and wobbly in both the x and y axes. This is a real pain when I'm trying to line up a shot and avoiding the wobble is becoming 80% of my shot solution strategy these days.

Is there any way to "tighten" the stick and end the slackness? I'm otherwise very happy with the stick and prefer it to the Saiko and CH offerings I have seen at stores.

Would a FF stick resolve the wobbly problems?

Sergio_101
02-18-2006, 02:43 PM
Junk that stick.
Try another brand.
Logitech sticks are extremely un reliable.
The pot's wear out in record time.

I had two of them, I would love to have
seen the face on the person that opened
the box the last time I returned one.
actually there was two of them completely
atomised. It took me an hour on a Bridgeport
milling machine, but it fealt good!

Bummer, they did not "repair" them.
They sent me a letter saying they do
not warranty products that have been
intentionaly damaged.

Boycott Logitech.

Sergio

rnzoli
02-18-2006, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by mandrill7:
Would a FF stick resolve the wobbly problems?
The answer is definitely a NO. I had the FFB version, and it became horribly inaccurate as well.

What I found out however, that the pots were all right, it was the mechanical bearings that became loose. So I 'stuffed' some soft material inside, to increase its tension, and it made the stick bearable for another few months.

I also like the ergonomics of the stick (Logitech are marketing geniouses - perfect touch in the store, worry about quality 3 months later), so I re-used the handle for my modded joystick.

tagTaken2
02-18-2006, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by Sergio_101:
Junk that stick.
Try another brand.
Logitech sticks are extremely un reliable.
The pot's wear out in record time.

I had two of them, I would love to have
seen the face on the person that opened
the box the last time I returned one.
actually there was two of them completely
atomised. It took me an hour on a Bridgeport
milling machine, but it fealt good!

Bummer, they did not "repair" them.
They sent me a letter saying they do
not warranty products that have been
intentionaly damaged.

Boycott Logitech.

Sergio

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

I spent several months trying to compensate for a logitech's deficiencies.

Kocur_
02-18-2006, 05:48 PM
Logitech? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif

Akronnick
02-19-2006, 02:47 AM
Logitech sucks

fly_zo
02-19-2006, 03:18 AM
Originally posted by mandrill7:
I have a Logitech Extreme which - perversely - I quite like because the ergonomics suit me to a 't'. However, it quickly became quite slack and wobbly in both the x and y axes. This is a real pain when I'm trying to line up a shot and avoiding the wobble is becoming 80% of my shot solution strategy these days.

Is there any way to "tighten" the stick and end the slackness? I'm otherwise very happy with the stick and prefer it to the Saiko and CH offerings I have seen at stores.

Would a FF stick resolve the wobbly problems?

Try contact-spray , i'm doing it once a week.

hope it will help.

mandrill7
02-19-2006, 06:48 PM
My dumb!

What's "contact spray" and where is it procurable. Or are you just playing?

horseback
02-19-2006, 09:44 PM
The question is, is the problem in the springs that hold it steady, or is the problem an electronic issue, worn potentiometers etc.?

If the ergonomics is what you like, keep the stick handle and use it to mod the handle of the reliable stick you replace it with. I have to agree with you, their sticks' handles are almost perfect.

Unfortunately, the rest of the product fails to live up to the initial 'feel.'

cheers

horseback

fly_zo
02-19-2006, 11:39 PM
Originally posted by mandrill7:
My dumb!

What's "contact spray" and where is it procurable. Or are you just playing?

It is spray for cleaning el. contacts, it comes with thin tube so you can apply it without need to disassamble the stick. ( sorry for bad english http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif)

CornbreadPattie
02-19-2006, 11:49 PM
Originally posted by Sergio_101:
Junk that stick.
Try another brand.
Logitech sticks are extremely un reliable.
The pot's wear out in record time.

I had two of them, I would love to have
seen the face on the person that opened
the box the last time I returned one.
actually there was two of them completely
atomised. It took me an hour on a Bridgeport
milling machine, but it fealt good!

Bummer, they did not "repair" them.
They sent me a letter saying they do
not warranty products that have been
intentionaly damaged.

Boycott Logitech.

Sergio

I have had the Logitech Extreme3D Pro and it's been pretty great. I chose it specifically for the resistance it gives. I find other joysticks to respond too sensitively and by trying all of the other sticks I could find I decided that only one had a good feel. The only regret is that it doesn't have more resistence like the old Thrusmaster series did. Now I can't afford a badazs joystick but it flies my virtual planes second to none.