Thrustmaster TWCS throttle stickiness fix / review

The Thrustmaster TWCS is a nice throttle, especially for the price. Unfortunately the throttle is a little “sticky”. This makes precise speed control rather hard.

I bought this replacement slider for the Thrustmaster TWCS throttle a couple of months ago. Impulse Slider mk.2 Thrustmaster T16000m HOTAS Throttle | Etsy

Having the proper bearings in it made the slider butter smooth, providing the precision over my speed I really like.

Installing the mod was very easy, 15 minutes with a screwdriver and some patience was all it took. The guy who made this mod has a really nice video on YouTube explaining how to install it.

For me, this upgrade was absolutely worth it. For 30 euro (incl shipping) it transforms the throttle into a much better product. I bought the metal bearings. They are a little noisy, but for me I don’t notice it at all during actual game play. The other option is to get polymer bushings. These are supposed to be more quiet, but not as smooth. I have no experience with them.

Unfortunately it seems he’s sold out and will only have new product in a couple of weeks. This guy seems to have a similar product, can’t comment on the quality or service. Slider Upgrade Kit Thrustmaster T16000M TWCS Throttle | Etsy

I am still looking to upgrade to the VKB throttle when (if) it comes out, but for anyone who does not want to wait (or spend that kind of money on a throttle) I heartily recommend this upgrade to the Thrustmaster throttle.

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If you want to make it yourself with a 3D printer :slight_smile:

Any recent update to the VKB Throttle? By the time it comes out, I may already have the Warthog … lol

Latest update on the VKB throttle I read today is that the VKB Quadrant & button box will come out in a few months, but no release date for the throttle yet. So could be quite a while :frowning:
(source: VKB TECS: MODULARITY FULL AHEAD - Page 21 - VKB-SIM)

Virpil throttle might be a better option than a Warthog.

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True, but I don’t know anyone making profiles for Virpil.

…and here I thought it was the humidity. Thanks for the post!
BTW, my first stick, a HOTAS X, had the same problem (I’ve since graduated to a T.160000)

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