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Introduction

The first version of the SN30 Pro and SF30 Pro used rubber-coated analog stick caps. While the choice of material made it very grippy, it also made the cap surface wear out easily. You can request 8BitDo to send you replacement parts for free, but you’ll need to install them yourself. Enter this guide.

  1. Place the controller face down on a solid surface. Remove the five T5 Torx screws that hold the back panel in place.
    • Place the controller face down on a solid surface.

    • Remove the five T5 Torx screws that hold the back panel in place.

  2. Lift the back panel, starting along the top edge of the controller. There are two notches along the bottom edge that help keep the front and back panels together. This will be useful during reassembly. There are two notches along the bottom edge that help keep the front and back panels together. This will be useful during reassembly.
    • Lift the back panel, starting along the top edge of the controller.

    • There are two notches along the bottom edge that help keep the front and back panels together. This will be useful during reassembly.

  3. Use a spudger to pry the battery out from its compartment. The battery is secured by double-sided foam adhesive. Be gentle and take your time to avoid damaging the battery. Set aside the battery.
    • Use a spudger to pry the battery out from its compartment.

    • The battery is secured by double-sided foam adhesive. Be gentle and take your time to avoid damaging the battery.

    • Set aside the battery.

    • Be careful not to pull on the wires!

    • The ribbon that connects the analog board to the main controller board is now accessible.

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  5. Unscrew the four #0 Phillips screws that hold the analog board in place. Unscrew the four #0 Phillips screws that hold the analog board in place.
    • Unscrew the four #0 Phillips screws that hold the analog board in place.

  6. Lift the analog board assembly by holding onto the edges of the board. You may need to guide the analog sticks to clear the holes in the front panel while lifting the assembly. Be careful not to pull on the ribbon!
    • Lift the analog board assembly by holding onto the edges of the board.

    • You may need to guide the analog sticks to clear the holes in the front panel while lifting the assembly.

    • Be careful not to pull on the ribbon!

    • Flip the board over so that the analog sticks are now facing upwards. Set it above the controller.

  7. Hold the analog board assembly along the edges, and carefully pull out the old analog stick caps one-by-one. Hold the analog board assembly along the edges, and carefully pull out the old analog stick caps one-by-one.
    • Hold the analog board assembly along the edges, and carefully pull out the old analog stick caps one-by-one.

  8. Note the shape of the hole under the replacement analog stick cap and how it matches the shape of the analog stick shaft. Orient them correctly for a proper fit. Take your new caps and push them into the shaft.
    • Note the shape of the hole under the replacement analog stick cap and how it matches the shape of the analog stick shaft. Orient them correctly for a proper fit.

    • Take your new caps and push them into the shaft.

    • Push the cap all the way down until you hear a ‘click’, which is the analog button being pressed.

    • Make sure that the analog shaft stays straight and centered while you are pushing down on the cap.

    • The replacement caps sent by 8BitDo seem to be a newer, better silicon-coated variant, instead of the old caps that used rubber.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Jose Olarte III

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Great tutorial, but you don't need to remove the battery.

Filipe - Reply

Thanks for the comment! Yes, you can get away with not removing the battery, but you’ll need to be extra careful with that ribbon. I just didn’t want to introduce that risk of accidentally tugging (and potentially damaging) the ribbon, especially since it’s not in plain view unless the battery is removed.

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