PLEASE NOTE: The KOWAL Hayabusa Octopus is not compatible with the Hayabusa Silent Optical joystick, as it is constructed differently. The KOWAL Hayabusa Octopus is not designed for the Sanwa JLF, Seimitsu LS, Crown, Suzo Happ, IL, or other joystick - it is designed specifically for the original Hori Hayabusa joystick.
At the moment, Hori - manufacturers of the popular Hori Hayabusa Joystick - have not indicated plans to offer an octagonal restrictor plate. Kowal, well known for the Kowal 1mm Oversize Actuator for Sanwa JLF Series Joystick, Flat Plate Converter and Japan S Plate Converter, took the challenge to design an integrated solution that could be manufactured and installed easily, called the "Hayabusa Octopus".
New Features: * The new KOWAL Octopus is made of a durable nylon plastic. It is moulded into an attractive shape that greatly compliments the Hayabusa's construction. * Octopus' internal gate is several millimetres deeper than the acrylic model. Most importantly, it is bevelled inward to best accommodate the tilt of your joystick shaft. For those who to like to ride the gate hard, this approach greatly reduces wear and tear of the actuator over the previous model. * The underside of the gate is recessed around the centre. This was designed specifically to fit the Kowal 1mm Oversize Actuator for Sanwa JLF Series Joystick, which is also compatible with the Hayabusa.
Smooth Around The Corners: Inspired by the Seimitsu LS 56 Octagonal Restrictor Plate, the KOWAL Hayabusa Octopus factors both rotation and diagonal range that is lost in the Sanwa GT-Y's Octagonal gate. This standard creates two contact points on each corner of the gate, creating a small gap between actuator and the gate. The actuator never fully rests on the corner of the GT-Y. The Octopus is instead designed to have a large, single contact point on the rounded corner - the actuator rests directly in this corner. Not only does this design provide you with a smoother rotation when performing circular motions, but also provides a greater diagonal range.
Add Kowal 1mm Oversize Actuator For Shorter Throw: One of the benefits of the Hori Hayabusa joystick lever is its ability to accept mods normally compatible with Sanwa JLF. Many have installed the Kowal 1mm Oversize Actuator for Sanwa JLF Series Joystick to their stock Hayabusa gate, though rounding on the wide edge of the actuator is required to use properly with that gate.
With the 1mm oversize actuator and Octopus installed together, you can actually retain the diagonal and rotational benefits of the Octopus while shortening your throw and without needing to round the actuator's edge.
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Works great on my hori rap haybusa stick, this is a must since the stock gate is squared compared to the circular gate this one provides.
Easy to install
Posted by Pedro on 8th Oct 2018
It's really easy to install and improved my gameplay - can't get used to the square plate. However, I feel that the travel distance to the edges is longer. I may get a bigger rubber in future.
A bit too small
Posted by Jarek on 24th Apr 2018
Not a huge fan. I've had previous experience with octo gates on sanwa sticks and this one is a bit too small. let me elaborate:
The limit of corner movements (bottom-left for example) is extremely close to the switch activation point. Basically you have to push your lever all the way to the "corner" for the move to register. For me personally it proved to be extremely difficult when doing quick QCF's. Switched back to square even though i definitely prefer octo gates and it fixed the issue.
I also feel that the smooth corners don't feel "restricting" enough. It feels too round for my liking.
Anyways, these are my 2 cents. Hope that helps
Easy to install
Posted by Keith Smith on 4th Apr 2018
A easy to install, solid gate that works well with the Kowal 1mm Oversized Actuator and a 2lb spring.
Does what is says on the box!
Posted by Blix on 6th Mar 2018
It performs exactly as expected. It has improved my QCF/QCB movements a lot. I would recommend also getting a 2lb spring for the Hayabusa stick, as it feels kinda loose with the stock spring.
Amazing Restrictor - Wonderful Work of Kowal
Posted by Ulisses Medeiros on 15th Nov 2017
the octagonal restrictor is essential for those who do not adapt to the square and improve inputs along with kowal actuator and spring 2lb or 4lb
Posted by Drago on 24th Oct 2017
Bought this for my RAP and it works like a charm, you can really feel the movement of the stick.
Posted by Andrei Ghiuzan on 13th Oct 2017
I like this one better than the default square gate
Posted by Stefan Finseth on 12th Oct 2017
Super easy to swap to and does exactly what it says on the tin.. Changes your hayabusa to an octagonal gate and I couldn't be more happy if I tried.