Sanwa JLF-TM-8T Ball Top Joystick

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£26.40 - £29.99 (Inc. VAT)
£22.00 - £24.99 (Ex. VAT)
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The Sanwa JLF-TM-8T is a high quality joystick, manufactured in Japan by Sanwa Denshi Co. Each joystick comes complete with a flat mounting plate, 2 x dust covers, 4 x D44X microswitches with 4.8mm terminals & a 35mm ball top handle.
PLEASE NOTE: This joystick is now fitted with soft clicking D44X Cherry microswitches.

By default, this joystick has a square restrictor gate and is set to 8 way. This can easily be changed to 4 way mode by simply removing the plastic restrictor, lifting the centre piece and rotating it to the 4 way position. We also sell the Sanwa GT Y Octagonal Gate if you prefer more precise 8 way control for games like Street Fighter, which will allow you to pull off combo moves with ease.

Please Note:
The Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Ball Top Joystick is the most suitable joystick when modding a fight stick.

Compatible Restrictor Gates:
Sanwa GT Y Octagonal Gate
Sanwa GT 2F 2 Way Restrictor

QanBa Octagonal Restrictor Gate
QanBa Round Restrictor Gate

Mounting Plate Dimensions:
Length: 95mm
Width: 53mm
Thickness: 1.6mm

Product Features:
* High quality Japanese joystick
* Switchable 4 and 8 way square restrictor
* Includes 35mm LB-35 ball top handle
* Fitted with soft clicking D44X Cherry microswitches

Sanwa JLF Joystick Product Codes Explained
There is often some confusion with the product codes for Sanwa joysticks and we often get asked to explain/help with the different codes. To try and explain the product codes, please see below. We hope this information helps and makes the different models of joystick easier to understand.

The most popular model with flat mounting plate attached.

Same joystick as the JLF-TP-8YT but with the flat mounting plate removed

Same Joystick as the JLF-TP-8YT but with a JLF-P-1S stepped mounting plate attached

Same Joystick as the JLF-TP-8YT but with 4 x MS-0-3 microswitches with 4.8mm terminals.

JLF-CD Shaft Cover Set
By adding a black shaft cover set to the above models adds -SK to the end of the product code. For example: a JLF-TP-8YT fitted with a black shaft cover set becomes a JLF-TP-8YT-SK.

Wiring Info
This joystick is fitted with 4 x Microswitches with 4.8mm terminals.
Each microswitch will require 1 x 4.8mm crimped wire for ground connection and 1 x 4.8mm crimped wire for signal connection. 

Pre-crimped wires and daisy chain ground harness can be purchased separately here: Wires & Cables


  • 5

    Posted by Stephen Thornber on 13th May 2022

    Great price, fast delivery and very helpful staff when I had a problem! Recommend 10/10

  • 5
    Excellent quality sticks

    Posted by Stuart Mckendrick on 4th May 2021

    Used some cheap zapp sticks until I tried these beauties. More expensive yes but you get what you pay for. Awesome quality, great for fighter games and executing those combos. Sturdy, responsive and just a purchase you won't regret. Highly recommended from someone who has spent hours and hours playing on arcade machines since the 80's!!

  • 5
    Arcade world service

    Posted by Andrew Cornelius on 22nd Jul 2020

    Can't recommend arcade world enough. Bought a lot from them over the years, they've even made custom orders for me from Japan. Great customer service and an all round decent bunch of people.

  • 5
    Excellent joystick.

    Posted by Chris on 20th Mar 2018

    As we all know Sanwa makes great products and with this joystick you can't go wrong either.
    Personaly I like this joystick with a 2lb tension spring, so if you can spare £ 0,99 test it out and judge yourself.
    When playing 4 and 8-way games on one cabinet and you don't want to swap the restrictor every time, than use a GT-Y restrictor to play 8 way games the best and 4-way games almost as good as with a restrictor set to 4-way mode.

  • 5
    Fantastic joystick, perfect for shmups and fighters

    Posted by A on 14th Mar 2017

    The action is light and smooth, and it feels great for 8-way control. If you're playing something like Donkey Kong or Pengo that require fast and accurate 4-way control, then this is not the best choice, as it's much too easy to hit a diagonal. Of course, there is a separate plate to make it a 4-way controller, but not many people will be swapping frequently between the two.

    It's a great joystick though, and a thousand times better than the Zippee one I had installed previously.

  • 5
    Don't scrimp on these

    Posted by Nick Spencer on 11th Mar 2016

    Building an arcade machine i scrimped the first time round on the joysticks. Playing SFII was very difficult diagonals were hard to hit. This Joystick is another level, diagonals are there when needed and combos are much easier to pull off. Highly recommend this joystick! Especially with the Sanwa GT-Y Octagonal Gate.

  • 4
    Quality as expected

    Posted by Nick on 21st Feb 2016

    Went for these to play all games but mostly for fighters. The quality is what I've come to expect from Sanwa products - that is top notch. These lost a star however because they aren't suitable for Street Fighter due to it's stringent diagonals requirement. Upgraded with TP-MA boards (thank you Andy you are a legend) resolved this. Lesson learned - if you're playing particular games contact Arcade World UK for assistance and they'll make sure you have the correct kit!

  • 5
    Very good

    Posted by John B on 10th Jun 2015

    ok I did something silly, I thought a cheap joystick would be fine on my home built arcade. It's only up,down,left and right,right? Why bother spending this much on a joystick? Having tried to play games on a cheap joystick your realise that there is a natural play were UP is not always 12 O'clock - it moves to 4 and then 5 minutes past then clock until you have to twist the handle back and they can be slow and clunky and generally spoil gameplay. So I spent a bit more and got this and what a difference!! I should have bought this from the start! It 'feels' professional -a gentle click not a gear-change! it is true- you really do get what you pay for! so much more professional. Just buy it!

  • 5

    Posted by erdem gerim on 23rd Feb 2015

    its my first time using sanwa joystick its a very qualty joystik
    now i know why fighting game fans say sanwa is the best

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