Can you post the dimensions of the bolt holes for this Leaf-Pro joystick? How big should the opening be on the control panel for the joystick to go through? I didn't see these details on your web site?
The bolt pattern is a 60mm square. 3/4" hole should be plenty. The 4-ways will need a washer or two as spacers on the bolts, or a little extra routing around the center, to accommodate the slightly higher restrictor.
Also, how close will this joystick (with 4-way restrictor) be to the revered original Pacman 4-way leaf joystick? What are the differences? I've always wanted to put a Pacman original stick on my control panel but I have a wood control panel (and don't have an original joystick anyway).
The major difference is that the original used a rubber grommet. This will give a joystick a very distinctive feel, and it's something that no
spring centered joystick can fully mimic. That being said, I've spent a few hours playtesting and I believe that these sticks in the 4-way configuration will provide an unparalleled experience for this type of game. The ability to tune the switch actuation points is what puts it above any other current 4-way (or 8-way in 4-way mode) out there. It has a short throw, and true 4-way operation, just like the original control, and it's very "fingertip control" friendly if that's your style.
I just picked up a Raiden II cab. It has the Happ american style joysticks which I don't really care for. I was thinking of upgrading to Seimitsu LS-32's like I've done in the past but I may give these a shot just for fun. Would these work well for shmups (i.e. short throw, capable of small precise movements)?
These will work great for shmups.