Replacing the housing shell case on your Switch sounds like an easy way to create a custom theme for your console, but don't be so sure about that. I took one for the team and tried it out.
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I did it with my switch and got the smoked transparent ones. I broke the ZL and L/- buttons (on the same ribbon). I bought just the replacement buttons on amazon for about $20. The buttons work and I cant tell a difference on the L/- buttons but the ZL button travels a little more and you have to press a little harder than before. I still thought it was completely worth it because I like how the transparent joy-cons look and how they are pretty unique.
For what it's worth, I had far fewer issues with my basstop joycon and backplate shells. Didn't break anything, though I had to reassemble the right one a couple of times because tightening one of the screws too much makes the + button stay pressed in, and I had to cut away a little bit of the top shells to get rid of a bulge where the new shell meets the joycon plastic rail piece.
You didn't have to buy a new joycon. I have the same joycon connection issues from time to time. All you have to do is go to settings then scroll down to controller and select disconnect then reconnect. Works fine after that. Advice for other people are having joycon connection or registration issues
You need to have a delicate hand when it comes to disassembling and reassembling the Joy-Cons. Sure, people like Zack from JerryRigEverything make it look easy, but unless you have the proper tools, you could end up breaking your switch and voiding the warranty.
Lmfaooo 3 days?!? It took me an hour and I didn’t break anything it’s not that bad at all...you just need the proper tools and they need to be high quality tools so you don’t strip the tri-screws...the right joy con is a pain in the balls that I will agree on
i put on the see through atomic purple shelling, i always liked taking things apart and putting them back together, so the joy cons were pretty easy for me and got it done in about 2 hours. The only problem i had was putting the back plate on the switch because i stripped a screw badly, so i cant change it now. but the joycons look cool, and i think it was worth it, as long as you're careful and confident.
I spent $11 on a pdp protect and play skin. Gave me a screen protector with race tracks and mario kart logo, sins for my joy cons that make the gray pop more, and the back has an amazing red mario kart loading screen look, as well as a dock cover with a rainbow mario kart, all for $11. Buy that, dont buy this bs Bob worked on it didnt even make the thing look cool
Lol this stuff is child play. Just flip those little doors and the ribbon will come right out. The triwing screws are stupid though, i stripped 2 of them ended up drilling them out. I swapped them out with the Philipp head the kit came with. If any of you are going to do this, just be gentle but firm with the small pieces. And go slow. The more you take your time and look at how everything is set up the better. It's honestly not that bad.
Its really not that hard to do housing swaps on the joycons, theres very many videos on youtube and ive done it multiple times and i havent broken a joycon yet, you may screw in the motherboard too tight in the joycons and that will keep the face buttons pushed down and the joycon lights wont do anything when you press any button and seem like you broke it, but all you need to do is not over tighten the screws and test the buttons before you completely assemble the whole thing, if you already have the tools to do the housing swap and you buy the housing id recommend to go for it, just handle it with care like you would any other electronic and it will come out fine, he made it seem much MUCH harder than it really is
How did you break all that? Probably impatient and unexperienced. I did the clear mod with my Switch and yes it took me an hour and a half, but I got it first try. And I have NO experience working on electronics. But it is just unplugging and then plugging ribbons. Thats it. Everyone thinking about doing this, it is worth it. It is NOT as hard as this guy makes it seem. If you have experience with a screwdriver and patience, it is easy. This guy probably has never had to do something for his self in his whole life. Lol
Oh this hurts to watch. As an electronic repair technician (fixing game systems, cellphones, computers, tablets, and other various electronics) watching you use a screw driver to lift that trigger ribbon cable hold down (6:02), the conductive "book binding"glue, and so many other little things just hurts.
Next time use a plastic spudger, or guitar pick, or anything not metal... to lift those ribbon cable hold downs (also called a FPC back flip connector or Flexible Printed Circuit connector which is similar to a FFC connector (flexible flat cable) but those are more like what you see connecting laptop keyboards to the motherboard they are usually white with blue reinforced tips).
I'm not saying I can do better but next time take your time and take lots of photos. Also I know ifixit had a guide on how to do this lang before you made this video so why not follow that?
As a side note the ifixit kit you bought is great but the bits can and will strip if used everyday. If you want a very good set that will last generations then PB Swiss makes some great stuff but its insanely expensive like $200 for a set that only has a dozen or so useful bits and they are just phillips, slotted, and torx. Something a little cheaper is the WITTE Wittron set but its still $50 for 7 drivers. So the best priced for quality I'd say is the Nanch set. Its basically what you got but $20 and more durable. This wont last generations like the PB Swiss stuff will but it will last quite a few years with everyday use.
did this to mine with the transparent blue & the dpad mod, luckily nothing like that happened
i did end up only using one spring on the ZL/ZR buttons, they still work perfectly fine though
also i realized i put the minus button in backwards and i really don’t feel like going back in and fixing it 😞
Wtf, how the heck, you're literally just unscrewing the case a moving the internals over. I think you're over exagerating a bit or are just really bad with tech and repair. Shouldn't take longer than 45mins
I did this with the atomic purple/clear kit with minimal problems. I had to partially disassemble one of the joy cons again because it kept shutting off, but one of the ribbon cables wasn't fully connected. My only real issue is that the triggers feel a little loose, but they're responsive, so no big deal. The whole thing felt like taking apart a smartphone, which I really enjoy. And the clear purple takes me back to great memories of my childhood Gameboy Color.
For that price I would have just went to Etsy and got custom joy cons and for just around how much you paid I could have got a d pad on the left one and it’s all done by people that do this all the time and they know what there doing... matter a fact ima buy the clear transparent joy cons soon
Took me 3 hours to just swap the JoyCon colors. But I used the gray middle piece, so it was basically cheat mode.
I menaged to break the contacts of the joystick of the right JoyCon. "Luckily" I broke a left JoyCon a few days before and could just use it's joystick (even if it's labeled different than the right one).
After all that trouble, I didn't dare to change the back of the switch. Just in case I might mess something up :D
I feel like the right Joy-Con just has some issues in general. Got a Switch for Christmas, and had to return it because the right Joy-Con wasn't clicking in properly. The replacement is having issues with wireless connectivity.
Might need to do another return which is annoying. Lost a few matches of Mario Kart because I kept drifting after releasing the trigger, and have had a few instances of doing charged attacks instead of regular in Breath of the Wild.
I recommend waiting until your warranty is up.
Then watch a FULL TEARDOWN of the console. Take a look at the sort of tools they use.
Honestly most of Wulff's problems stemmed from two things:
1: He doesn't seem to have any experience doing mobile device repair
2: He was using REALLY bad tools.
Having experience in mobile device repair isn't necessary. It'll make you a lot less likely to fall into the problems Wulff did, but it's possible to avoid those by doing ample research and TAKING the advice that tutorials give you to heart.
Every tutorial i've watch is constantly mentioning the fragility of ribbon cables, and ways that you should and shouldn't apply pressure, or how or how not to open a casing up.
This way by watching several tutorials ahead of time, you learn about a ton of things to watch out for. Every device has these (usually) unintended failure points where just pulling another few mm can damage a component. Watching lots of tutorials ahead of time makes you really aware of these things.
One of the best things to do when following a tutorial is to watch it through several times. Sometimes knowing what's ABOUT to happen in a tutorial is as important as paying attention what is currently happening.
And about the tools, his tweezers were awful, and he was using a very small flat-head to pry.
First of all, if you use a like #000 flathead to pry things, that's probably okay. The tip of it is almost paper-thin, and will fit under plugs and connectors without hurting anything. His was not.
So if you want to do this repair, make damn sure you order a set of "Spudgers" or plastic prying tools.
Like these: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/557b6db2e4b0ff7f4a623e48/t/55971c99e4b0f75fd2993031/1435966627258/
Or these: http://esdproductsupply.com/products/15-8-1b.jpg
They are dirt cheap and they will wear out quickly, but they will make opening clamps and popping plugs off WAAAAY safer.
Secondly, he was using a terrible tweezers. It looks like a cosmetic tweezers or something. A broad, flat tip. No no.
You want a set of small, precision tweezers, like these: https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1jw0wJVXXXXbzXVXXq6xXFXXXw/7pcs-BGA-ESD-Precision-Tweezer-Set-Antistatic-Tweezers-7-sizes-Stainless-Steel-Tweezers-tools.jpg
Again, dirt cheap, they'll wear out after a while, but they make pulling ribbon cables out of their sockets, and pulling up those round coax plugs way safer and easier. I recommend the curved ones.
Honestly if you have these and a set of precision screwdrivers, you have 90% of what you need for any compact electronic device repair.
As always, knowledge and experience are what make the difference here. Research and patience are perfectly suitable substitutes for experience when you have as many great tutorials as Switch Modding has, done by people who really know their stuff.
That brings me to my final point. When you look for tutorials, look for ones from mobile device repair, or electronics repair channels. The Switch is unlike most other gaming consoles, in that it's built a hell of a lot more like a cellphone than anything else.
JerryRigEverything is a pretty good youtube channel, and they have some switch guides as well. Here's their one for a clear switch mod: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3TeP1G5lO0
High res, very close up, well paced and informative narration. Also, you can see how important having proper tools, like the curved precision tweezers, is.
Looks cool..... buuuuuuut, I think I'll just wait for Nintendo to release transparent joy-cons.
I have the deepest respect for those who can modify their consoles successfully and make it look cool, but personally, I don't have enough faith in my handy skills, and I am perfectly content with my Switch working with me not touching anything I ain't supposed to xD
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