Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Ball Top Joystick

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£22.80 - £27.59 (Inc. VAT)
£19.00 - £22.99 (Ex. VAT)
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Expected re-stock date is 10th Feb 2023


The Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT is a high quality joystick, manufactured in Japan by Sanwa Denshi Co. This is the joystick of choice for fighting game enthusiasts, especially Street Fighter fanatics. Widely used in MadCatz & QanBa fight sticks and many Japanese arcade machines. Each joystick comes complete with a flat mounting plate, 2 x dust covers, TP-MA board with soldered microswitches & a 35mm ball top handle. This joystick features light spring pressure but can easily be modified if you prefer a stiffer feel, by adding a different spring, such as a Seimitsu LS-55 spring 2LB tension spring or 4LB tension spring.

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.

How To Identify A Genuine Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Joystick:
We have been importing genuine Sanwa parts from Japan for many years. You can be guaranteed that all our Sanwa parts are 100% genuine and we only deal direct with the factory. There are other sellers and companies on the internet that claim/advertise Sanwa parts as genuine, when in fact, this may not be true.

Ways to identify:
1 - The mounting plate on a genuine Sanwa joystick will have an oily sheen, unlike copies, which will look dull and grey in colour and not feel smooth.
2 - 2 x dust covers will always be included.
3 - The restrictor gate will feature a gold dot along with the Sanwa brand name.

Connecting To A Screw Terminal PCB:
To connect the Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT joystick to a screw terminal PCB such as the I-PAC2, you would choose the JLF-H cable option.

Connecting To A Venom Fight Stick:
To connect the Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT joystick to a Venom PS4 fight stick, you will require the JST-XH Female To Female Connector Cable

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
* Perfect for fighting games
* Includes 35mm LB-35 ball top handle

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-8Y but with a JLF-P-1S stepped mounting plate attached

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.



  • 2
    Good but has issues

    Posted by David Murphy on 21st Jan 2023

    Build quality is fine but you will have issues with double clicking during use/play.
    This is caused by the standard internal spring which makes the stick bounce around too much.
    You might think the switches are the problem, they're not, you don't need to purchase another circuit board.
    The fix is to buy the upgrade kit, and this solves most, if not all of the problems.
    And hence my 2 star review, because Sanwa are aware of the issue and expect you to spend more money rectifying the problem.

  • 5

    Posted by Mark on 13th Mar 2022


  • 5
    A great Joystick for my fightstick

    Posted by Daniel Brown on 2nd Feb 2022

    Amazing fightstick that is really comfortable and easy to use. Been using it for 5 years now and its still great

  • 5
    Sanwa ball top

    Posted by Marc Carter on 16th Jan 2022

    Decent ball. I like the feel of around one in my hand. I can play with balls faster. These balls are really smooth. The size of the ball is perfect.

  • 5

    Posted by Bl1GH7 on 30th Jun 2021

    basically got this to replace the hayabusa on my hori rapv. it is quite better as it is a little bit stiffer and the travel path is shorter. definitely an improvement .

  • 5
    Easy choice

    Posted by John Gilbert on 26th Mar 2021

    It's easy to see why this is the market leader. I've always had American sticks before but in comparison this feels like a real precision instrument. Much smaller than the American ones it's a much better fit if you want a stand alone joystick rather than an arcade cabinet. Very clicky, very positive. Very customizable too. I'd definitely recommend the octagonal gate for eight way operation. I now have two of these, one set up as four way and the other as eight.

  • 5

    Posted by Jali Masalin on 4th Nov 2020

    Excellent joystick for arcade cabinet. Precise and accurate as expected. I would definately use this stick for next cabinet also.

  • 5
    Clicky Good!

    Posted by Heclegar on 21st Jul 2020

    I never bought a joystick and this one was kind of shot in the dark for me, but it didn't disappoint. I love the clicky sounds it makes. I decided to change the gate that comes with it though, as the square shape didn't feel the best for me. I gave it a Sanwa GT-Y octagonal gate and it's like having a whole new product in my hands, even better than before, somehow!

  • 5
    Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT Ball Top Joystick

    Posted by Davide on 27th Jun 2020

    Works fine as requested. Good shipping packet

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