HIGH GRADE Aluminum [HORI FIGHTING EDGE HITBOX CONVERSION KIT]

What is a HIGH GRADE ALUMINUM Panel?

Other metal panels on the market use steel or iron and is then powder coated with the paint color of choice.  This method works if it's made for it's own case design, but is not the best method if you're going to use this panel for other cases

Our definition on what makes our panels HIGH GRADE focus on these three categories:   Aesthetics.  Perfect Fit.  Customization.

Aesthetics

When we set out to make our High Grade replacement panels, we didn't just want it to serve the minimum requirement, which is to change the button layout.  We wanted to create a WOW! factor in terms of the way it looks when it's fully assembled.  To us, a premium panel meant it had to add something to the look and also feel.  What we concluded was a panel that was anodized for color and brushed on the surface for a premium look and feel.   Other metal panels out on the market use the powder coated metal simply because it's cheaper to do as well as easier to do, but the end result is a panel that we feel only serves as a button layout replacement, not one that turns heads

A Perfect Fit

Using aluminum, we're able to cut the sheet to the exact dimension of the panel it replaces.  What this means is the length, width and most importantly, height is perfect and fills in all the gaps.  The result?  A panel mod that looks like it came straight from the factory and not one that looks like an after market product

Customization

You can add more of the wow factor by personalizing your panel with custom artwork or logo with our engraving services.  With an anodized aluminum panel (coloring the panel by an electric charge) you're able to create artwork or text that is razor sharp because the whole panel is the color you see on the top, including the layers below it.  What this does is when you laser engrave a anodized panel, you're not chipping off paint (as you would with a powder coated steel panel), but actually "painting" the image with a fine pointed laser

Brushed Aluminum vs Steel Panels

While some say the quality of steel is better than aluminum, we don't argue that one bit when it comes to strength

We agree with this point so much that we use a steel panel as the bottom support panel (for applicable models) for strength, where it's needed and a brushed aluminum panel for the top, where it shines, for presentation.   Read more below to see why our choice in how a metal panel separates us from the rest

Dual Layer

Where applicable, we will use two layers of panels (a bottom and a top) as mentioned above to preserve the stock dimensions.  This is important if you want to keep the original height of the joystick as well as provide more support for the buttons and joystick (less vibration).  Up to this point, the steel panels consist of only one layer, which would include the joystick mount, leaving some dimples behind for where the joystick plate is mounted

Hori Fighting Edge w/ Hitbox Layout

Convert your Hori Fighting Edge from an arcade stick to the stickless option, the Hitbox layout

Making this conversion kit had some challenges as we wanted to mimic the original Fighting Edge design as closely as possible, which means the top panel had to be a similar brush aluminum finish.  Well, the results show, mission accomplished

Additionally, a metal plate below the top panel was also created and produced to hold the buttons place and provide support for solid execution (less vibration)

The final piece to making this work was the custom SOCD board that we designed with MAS Electronics.  MAS was known for making arcade quality arcade sticks, but has long had years of experience in making custom PCB's.  A lot of thought was put into designing this SOCD.  Continuing on our philosophy of the Modding Made Easy series, this board requires NO soldering or even, stripping of wire if you're going to use this with the Hori arcade sticks.  Everything is play and play.  It's that simple

What's Included in the Kit

  • Top Brushed Aluminum Top Panel
  • Bottom Metal Support Hitbox Layout Panel (not shown)
  • Custom SOCD Board by MAS Electronics x ARCADESHOCK
  • Custom Cables specifically for Hori RAP4 / RAP4 Kai / RAP N / Fighting Edge
  • PCB Feet x 2

Quick Link: https://tinyurl.com/FEHBKIT

Installation Guide PDF

See diagram for SOCD Cleaner for wiring.  All cables are included in addition to existing cables that are provided internally by Hori inside the Fighting Edge itself

Please note that you will need to Dremel out some plastic where the 30mm pushbutton is placed.  Simply place the Hitbox panel (bottom) over the area, use a sharpie to mark off the cut area and shave off plastic using a Dremel.  As always for safety, use goggles and respirator mask to perform this task

        (+$ 35.00 to Add Your Custom Engraving )

        $ 64.95

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