I do like the Atari CX40 joysticks. These little fragile bastards help me to score well in MultiJoy matches. One of the weakest parts of the joystick is the white internal stick that pushes the switches on the PCB when you move the stick. It simply is not durable enough.
One of these internal sticks haven't survived Atariada 2017. One of the fellow Atarians managed to break it. I don't blame him, these things happen. Besides, now I have other (shall we say... expendable) joysticks to lend.
As I had anticipated this before, I accepted an offer of 3d-printed replacement internal sticks in this OldComp.cz thread and ordered two of them. You can get the sticks in various colours. I have chosen black. This is how the replacement stick looks like.
In essence, it is more durable version of the internal stick. The stick is shipped in two pieces (to keep the package flat and reduce shipping cost) that you have to glue together (base and rod). It is a very simple procedure. Then all you have to do is to remove the old white internal stick and replace it with the new one.
Your CX40 is good as new and will last longer.
A true durability test awaits for the Platariada event. The joystick works well, so far. A gaming competition named "Who will be the first forced to pay another replacement stick for Baktra" is in preparation...
Merchant's footnote: Czech post website indicates a trackable shipment (up to 500 g/1.102 lb) from the Czech Republic to UK is 167 CZK (5.40 GBP), to USA is 209 CZK (8.50 USD) Four replacement internal sticks will fit in the package. If the sticks are still for sale, it can be a reasonable deal. I also ordered 3D-printed SIO connectors - inexpensive and of a great quality. PHU contacts included.
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2017 5:50:56 GMT by baktra: Added shipping cost to US and package weight limit
One of the two big Atari dealers, either B&C or Best, have a replacement internal stick too, that is more robust than the original. But it is still not a solid base like this 3D printed one you have, that looks much more sturdy. Though it could depend on the quality of the resin used, if it can became brittle, etc.
I need to rebuild several CX40's myself, and I was planning on getting the heavy-duty gold replacement boards and contact bubbles, (again sold by one the big two Atari dealers, or they may each even have their own line) and then the better sticks from which ever has them. But maybe for now I'll just buy replacements for one CX40 and try out one of these 3D printed ones too.