View Full Version : Joystick Question

02-27-2005, 05:45 PM
Hello Everyone,
I'm just getting the hang of Pacific Fighters, but it's very frustrating without a proper joystick. A while ago, someone in this forum recommended a decent and cheap joystick (something like 20 bucks at Wal-Mart), but I was dumb enough not to save the post. Now I can't remember the type of stick recommended. Do any of you have ideas?

Thanks in advance,


02-27-2005, 06:01 PM
Oh yeah, and please give me more expensive suggestions. Thanks again.


-HH- Beebop
02-27-2005, 07:15 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bsengupta:
Oh yeah, and please give me more expensive suggestions. Thanks again. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

At first I thought you were being sarcastic. Sorry.

Don't remember the $20 stick but Saitek's EVO
is highly thought of at around $40 IIRC.

More expensive?..........
How about Saiteks X-45

or X-52.

$80-$120 respectively. Finest value for money IMO.

Got lotsa $$$? Go Couger.
According to some the finest ever made and according to everyone who owns one, they last forever.

Just some ideas.

02-27-2005, 07:30 PM
I have loved my X45. However its developed some nasty center play tht makes it very sensitive and will not recenter. The X52 uses the same setup so will ultimately develope this also. I replaced my x45 with my CH fighter stick and Pro throttle. The fighterstick has so many functions that I'll never run out and it was $88 at securemart. The throttle can be added later for the same price. The fighter stick has a throttle wheel, and two trims also so you wouldnt have to get the pro thortle right away. IMO a far better solution than the x52, especially if you have a pedal setup.
The X45 is still the best value overall even with its tenandcies.


02-27-2005, 08:01 PM
If you like the looks and programmability of the Couger but don't have the cash, hop on e-bay and search for the Thrustmaster F-22 and TQS. I managed to snag a set for $70. They are replicas of the same throttle quadrant and stick used in the F-16 and the F-22 has 19 pound springs (better learn to use trim or your arm is gonna be tired!)

Now, these are analog sticks so programming is going to take some tricky boot disk magic but it can be done (even with XP). I highly recommend tracking down a set of Bob Church's digital chips. They replace the factory chips in both the TQS and F-22 and will run another $50 dollars or so. They turn both joysticks into digital joysticks (drivers are included)That and a copy of Fox 2 (a programming utility for Thrustmaster joysticks) and you'll have the next best thing to a Couger without plopping down $300 (plus shipping and handling. Those puppies are heavy!).

After that, unbolt the passenger seat out of your old blue Cavalier that you only use for work anyway and attach it to the base of an old office chair that someone threw out. Then take a 2x4 and slap that on the bottom of the chair and attach both joysticks to either end. Some guys use bungee cords to hold 'em on. I recommend bolting them right to the board.

Now all you need is a set of CH-Pro rudder pedals (again check e-bay) and TrackIR 3 and you have the beginnings of an awesome cockpit!

ummm.....how much did you say you were willing to spend?

02-28-2005, 03:26 PM
Thanks a lot for the suggestions, guys. I'll probably start on the cheap end and see what I can get out of Pacific Fighters before upgrading; but when the time comes, I apreciate all your suggestions.

Take care,


02-28-2005, 06:35 PM
You dont want cheap....... You get what you pay for... You want inexpensive...... remember that.... try here (http://store.yahoo.com/saitekusa/recprod.html) first... for an X45... for that price you cant beat it. The stick normally sells $79 retail..... I suggest you get a HOTAS setup..... cut to the chase. Whatever you do drop the keyboard... Welcome aboard.....

02-28-2005, 06:49 PM

Right you are! Inexpensive is the proper word...

Thanks for the link. I'll have a look around right now.