Polar Fringe loose joystick

@a_digital_index Do you have a link to the bearing grease you used? I don’t have any experience with it but would be willing to give it a shot if it seemed to work for you.

Yes, link to the bicycle grease, please! We tried a few things we had on hand here, but nothing that increased the friction. I wouldn’t worry about using grease or lubricants on that joystick; it can only improve the response, and anything with moving parts will need occasional servicing anyway. @a_digital_index Any chance we can coax you into a little tutorial video?

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Hi,

I used Park Tool Polylube 1000. Also called PPL-1.

To do so I removed the module, removed the back plate of the joystick area, and adjust the joystick so that I could see ball as clear as possible. Then I applied a little bit and exercised that joystick until the grease was distributed around the surface. Then I did it a few more times.

I don’t recommend putting a lot on all at once.

Definitely improved the fluidity of the movement and it stays in place much better.

I’ll try to put a quick video together this weekend.

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I did a bit of poking around the internet and think we might be looking for something like damping grease. I have never used it but from the literature and other information I see it seems to fit the bill.

https://shop.newgatesimms.com/damping-grease/

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Interesting! I’ve ordered some of both materials mentioned and we’ll report back after testing here. Maybe we can parcel some into little bags and send along with a dispensing syringe as a service kit for Polar Fringe.

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That’s great Lars. I’m happy with the Park grease. Curious to see how often I would need to add more grease. Please let us know how the two compare. Progress!

Will do. We have plenty of spare joysticks here to do some testing on.

Mine’s gotten loose enough to warrant a little servicing, will poke around the house & see what works and report back. Prolly just going to smudge some dielectric grease in there more than likely. Noteworthy - I run mine in a vertical section of the case, so it tends to want to inch down…it’d be fine if it was horizontal but that’s not where I like it.

Alright folks the solution I’m suggesting here is using Nyogel 767a damping grease.
A small swath along the inside of both tracks of the joystick has improved tactile performance dramatically. Smooth travel and solid hold.




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@eyesnoface thanks Jonah!

I keep playing the video back to vibe to the tunes!!

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For people who want the grease but don’t want to buy a $32 tube, we’re too overloaded to deal with parceling it up into kits or dealing with RMA upgrades right now, but we’re happy to do a round robin shipping plan with the tube we just bought. We’ll ship it to one of you, and that person promises to ship it to the next person on the list, and then so on. That way you guys can get your fringes greased in the meantime.

Who’s in and who’s first?

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I am in. Thanks guys!
Will PM you the deets… I will mail it on to the next person… sounds like a good plan.

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Great! We’ll ship it out this week.
To the next person to read this thread who wants the grease, PM @DesertMuseum with your address and be prepared to ship it along to the next person.
Feel free to squirt a bit out into a little jar if you want to save some for the future.

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I’ve thought about starting a video synthesis book/video sharing via this same round robin method
great idea!

my polar fringe joystick still feels great so if there are people who’s response is lacking currently I’ll let them go first but I’d love to get in on this tube sharing

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Ok! Who is next? PM me with your shipping address and I will get this grease in the mail. Worked great for me!!

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I’ll take it. Will let you know how it works compared to the first kind I used. Will PM you my address via FB as that is where we usually chat.

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Anyone else need this? Happy to ship it out

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@destroythings Do you still need a solution here?

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Yes but I’m away on tour for another month so won’t be back to my modular until then.

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I noticed mine getting a bit loose, I’ll take you up.

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