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Lawzii
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Nov 2, 2017
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Does anyone know if the spacebar kit will fit a HHKB with JTK sliders? Or am I gonna have to mod the spacebar?
ETA: I was planning on buying Kobe + Blocknet
Nov 2, 2017
Vigrith
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Nov 2, 2017
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As far as I am aware, without further modifications (beyond just putting on JTK sliders) you'll never be able to fit an MX space bar onto an actual HHKB - whenever you see "HHKB-style" space bar advertised what they actually mean is that it'll fit custom MX HHKB style keyboards (duck Viper, the upcoming Fjell pro, etc) as well as some older Cherry boards which use the same structure rather than the Topre version.
Your best bet will be looking for PBT topre space bars elsewhere and finding a colour you deem fit - pink ones are widely available, purple seems fairly rare. Lots of stores sell them though (KBDfans for example would be my suggestion) so keeping an eye out would probably be worth your time, you'll hopefully find something you like!

PS: As can be seen here, the oddity of the topre space bars goes beyond just the topre stem, hence JTK sliders alone not cutting it.
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Lawzii
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Thank you for letting me know! I just wanted to make sure before I bought an extra kit I didn't need. I was already eyeballing some stuff from KBD too anyways.
Nov 2, 2017
Vigrith
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Of course. Yea, KBDfans have been hitting it out of the ballpark lately with their offerings (especially topre-related) - the pink they use for their topre caps is definitely not a match to the one used here obviously but if it were me I'd probably consider the black or even the cyan one they sell.
As said, probably be hard to find a really good match and such is the struggle of topre to MX conversion but gotta make do with what you can! Best of luck.
Nov 2, 2017
MiTo
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Nov 2, 2017
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Well, I think you would. I'm not very experienced with Topre (check my bio). But the 6u Spacebar we offer here has a center stem and that's all you're going to need in order to make a HHKB JTX MX sliders work, as far as I know. I could be wrong though, should probably ask on the Reddit or GH forums.
Nov 2, 2017
Vigrith
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The stabilisers are the issue here though, as can be seen in the picture I attached above - the stabs don't have the usual topre stem, they have some strange rectangular shaped "clips" that just snap on (and are make removing the space bar very annoying at times, even); I don't know if there's a way you could potentially modify them but you'd have to replace the entire stab and the housings etc. Seems complicated, either way.
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