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I'm in the process of putting mine together. Does anyone have any tips for installing the stabilizers? I've been at this for an hour and I can't seem to get them in (how necessary are they?). Also, do you need to install the stabilizers before soldering?
Edit: By get them in, I mean get the wire hooked around the two outer small plastic guys and the keycap down. I can get 2/3 but never all three.
My advice for installing stabilizers is: don't.
They aren't necessary. You can install them at any time, but I think after soldering switches, but before assembling the case is ideal. I didn't find the instructions as written to be helpful, but that may be due to the Matias switches.
Here's what I did. Maybe this is too hard, but it's the only way I found to get them installed. I didn't have to file or modify anything.
Snap the stab clips into the switch plate. Install the inserts into the keycap, making sure they both face the same direction. Install the wire into the inserts. You'll have to bend it out slightly, but it will snap back into its original size. Bend the sides in slightly so it doesn't fall out.
For this next part, you have to care about orientation, so take a look at the parts to get familiar. The clips in the switch plate have one side where the stabilizer bar snaps in; the keycap inserts are asymmetrical. You want the longer side of the inserts to face AWAY from where the stab goes on the clip.
Install the keycap. Go slow, and make sure the stabilizer wire is centered and the top/bottom are on the outside of the pate clips, otherwise it'll catch on things and torque out the inserts. When you're done with this, the stab will be laying approximately flat, or on top of the clips. Grab a small screwdriver or spudger and pull it out while pressing the key down, until the stab is sitting right in front of the clips where it should snap in. Use your screwdriver or spudger to snap it in, again keeping things centered. If the adjacent switch is installed, you can torque against this, applying pressure to the part of the stab that sticks out. Press the key a few times, it should operate without binding.
Repeat three more times.