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Started building mine and it's working out great..Except for the stabs on the thumb keys though..it seems to be getting stuck. Anyone else in this drop who has the same problem? and what are the possible solutions to it?
There is not enough room between the two plastic legs that stand on the aluminium plate for the white plastic pieces pluged in the keycap to slide correctly. I had to put a small amount of pressure to bend the legs a little (when I say a little I mean the difference is not even visible). If you have not soldered the switches yet, it is easier to press on the middle of the horizontal part that links the two legs from under the aluminium plate. This will also increase the space between the two legs. Also, be sure your keycaps have been pushed all the way down. Despite this, don't expect anything near perfection. I have been thinking about removing the stabilizers for a long time.
Yeah I also tried sanding the stabs down a bit and that fixed the stabs getting stuck but still the feel is horrible. I decided to use it without stabs and felt a thousand times better.
I don't have the problem of the 2U thumb keys getting stuck but I do have a problem with the stabilizer attachments getting themselves turned sideways after packing up the keyboard and taking it to work and back. They are rather loosely connected with the key (which I suppose is good for removal...) and I too have been wondering if it's worth keeping them installed. I might try a little lock-tite on the key if I wasn't planning to replace the current key set but then I'd worry about it coming apart at all later.
Put a little bit of masking tape on top of it. The one that goes inside the keycap so that should add a bit more size to it and make the connection to the keycap tighter. That's what I did on most of my DSA and GMK mods since they are also loose on costar stabs.
for me the plastic on the stabilizers was sticking to the stem on the keycap itself. i used some 150 grit sandpaper and sanded the stem on the keycap a little to give it room and it fixed the problem for me
I got mine with Zeal switches and I think the metal bar is catching on the housing or my DSA caps are rubbing on the stabs. I just totally removed the stabs and it works fine. I really would like to use the costar stabs though, I hear they're pretty good.
Good for you. but for me that's a no-no. I wouldn't risk sanding my GMK and DSA caps considering how much it cost me lol. But if it's one of the cheap keysets then that would be an option. For now, not using the stabs is the way to go for me at least :D
Yeah, That is the issue. Costar stabs are really good, at least on my Filco TKL board and I really prefer how they feel compared to Cherry stabs that I have used on some boards I owned before. I hope Input Club can change their switch plate design for the costar stabs just like how filco does it on their switch plates.
One possible solution is if the stems attached to the stabilizer were a little longer, it would work perfectly. As it is, it's terrible, at worst the keys are stuck almost always at the bottom. Sometimes the action is just.. muddy feeling. If you get it to work right, then the cap is probably not at the right elevation and it's a hair's width away from popping off of the stabilizer completely, in which case it will either be lopsided and nearly inoperable, or at best the stabilizer is effectively removed. It's EXTREMELY difficult and frustrating to get the stems positioned just right inside the cap so that it works as intended, and it's unlikely for it to stay in that position anyway. Just the tip of the stem is in the cap. If the stem is pushed all the way in so that the ridge grabs the cap, which is the way it's supposed to be used, then the key gets stuck.
Massdrop could get longer stems and mail them out to us, or mail caps with thinner stems. Maybe I should send them an email? I would file the sides of the outer cap stems like batosi if I had a suitable file.