The Sanwa JLX-TP-8YT is a high quality joystick, manufactured in Japan by Sanwa Denshi Co. This Sanwa JLX-TP-8YT joystick features some updated product enhancements, including the material that some of the components are made from, which enhances the movement of the joystick and leads to increased input accuracy. The full list of product enhancements can be viewed below.
This is the joystick of choice for fighting game enthusiasts, especially Street Fighter fanatics and is 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 and TP-MA board with soldered microswitches. 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 2LB tension spring or 4LB tension spring.
By default, this joystick features a new GT-X square restrictor gate and is set to 8 way. This can easily be changed to 4 way mode by simply removing the plastic restrictor, removing the centre piece and rotating it to the 4 way position, then re-inserting the centre piece. 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.
JLX joystick lever guide
By improving the materials of some of the joystick components, the dimensional accuracy is improved and the stability of input is improved when compared to the JLF series.
The JLX-TP-8YT has mounting compatibility with JLF series.
What is the difference between the JLX-TP-8YT joystick and the JLF-TP-8YT Joystick?
1/ JLX-P-2 M base material changed from nylon to POM (polyacetal resin).
It is less susceptible to environmental influences such as temperature and humidity.
2/ By increasing the thickness of the washer for the M base, rattling of the washer during operation is reduced.
3/ Adjusted the shape inside the M base where the bearing fits.
Less rattling of the bearing than before.
4/ Changed bearing material from POM to nylon.
Abrasion resistance and slide ability against the M base are enhanced.
5/ The material of the micro printed circuit board is changed from paper phenol to CEM-3.
It is less likely to warp than paper phenol and has improved durability.
6/ Uses a white actuator JLF-P-W. (The same actuator in JLF-TPRG-8BYT-SK).
It has higher dimensional stability in molding than the conventional black actuator and reduces variations in input accuracy.
In addition, it is about 0.12mm thicker (0.24mm in diameter) than the black actuator, but it was adopted because of its good usability by location tests and e-sports gamers.
7/ Combinations of the same materials have poor slideability and wear rapidly.
JLF bearings and JLX M base (POM), JLF M base and JLX bearings (Nylon) are not recommended.
8/ JLX’s PS pipe (JLF-P-5 on JLF) adopts the current silent joystick’s white pipe (JLF-P-W).
9/ The switches on TP-MA are the same. But the material of the board has a difference.
10/ M-base (JLF-P-2 on JLF) and Pivot (JLF-P-4 on JLF) material have a difference.
11/ Main guide changes from GT-8F to GT-X.
How To Identify A Genuine Sanwa JLX-TP-8YT Joystick:
We have been importing genuine Sanwa parts from Japan for many years. We guarantee 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 the Sanwa brand name.
Connecting To A Screw Terminal PCB:
To connect the Sanwa JLX-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 JLX-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
Sanwa JLX 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 JLX-TP-8YT but with the flat mounting plate removed
Same Joystick as the JLX-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 JLX-TP-8YT fitted with a black shaft cover set becomes a JLX-TP-8YT-SK.