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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the HTC Vive controller saucer panels. You will need to remove these panels before you can access any other components of the controller. Remove the top and bottom saucer panels gently. The plastic clips that hold the saucer panels on can break if handled too roughly.

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    • Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up.

    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer.

    Where can I buy new t5 21 mm screws? Mine are getting stripped out!

    jeremyvanwoerden - Reply

    Where can you get replacement batteries?

    Mike Justice - Reply

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    • Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges.

    • Remove only the top saucer cover by pulling up with your hand.

    My top saucer was REALLY stubborn. Don’t force it with your hand, use the spudger to separate it at the seam. Try not to poke your spudger in too deep, there are internals just inside the seam.

    trevorsklar - Reply

    The second time around, I learned why it was so stubborn. The picture suggests that you should start at the base of the saucer and work your way around, but that’s backwards.

    Start separating with your spudger at the distal side of the saucer and work your way toward the handle. Then for the last part, pull the piece up and away, like peeling a banana. See the second picture for the bottom half of the saucer, below. Do the same on the top.

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    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel.

    It’s Phillips 0, not 00.

    trevorsklar - Reply

    You do not need to remove these screws to remove the bottom saucer. They provide stability to the two halves of the donut.

    pacoavocado - Reply

    I had the same experience. Putting the screws back in made the bottom shell easier to remove.

    Nate Plamondon - Reply

    I concur, you don’t need to remove these screws to take the bottom shell off.

    I found mine had ph#000 screws size, not ph#00.

    Rocko the fixit cat - Reply

    please do not remove the Phillips-head screws it is not necessary to remove them.

    Darkwolf Darkside - Reply

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    • Carefully pull away the bottom saucer cover with your hand.

    • To aid in removing the saucer cover, squeeze the base of the controller with your other hand, as shown in the second image of this step. Squeezing will make the clips easier to release and help prevent them from breaking.

    I found the re-assembly of this difficult until I concentrated on two areas - the lugs which go into the handle first, then the central ring. My earlier concern was for the optical sensors on the wings but these snapped into place easily as the central ring was manoeuvred.

    Doug - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Where do you get the replacement parts?

dmitri.walker - Reply

Vive dont less these parts we need to 3D print them its a Nightmare RN for business especially arcades

superseani2 - Reply

My controller only has 2 screws that are different sizes than a t5 and the 3rd is completely covered up by plastic. I have the sticky button problem, halp pls

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