HIGH GRADE Aluminum Control Panel [HORI RAP4 KAI] CHOOSE TYPE

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


Taking the HRAP4 Kai to the next level

This panel will directly replace the stock panel that is currently on your Hori RAP4 Kai


Choose between VEWLIX, NOIR JP-22 or NOIR KR-35 button layouts

  • 2mm Brushed Aluminum Panel
  • VEWLIX (Stock Layout)
  • NOIR JP-22 (22mm cut out of the joystick collar)
  • NOIR KR-35 (35mm cut out of the joystick collar - made to fit full collar Korean Levers)

Stock Panel Removal Process

Remove the bottom panel by unscrewing the screws with a philips head screw driver.  Remove the joystick and all the pushbuttons.

The stock artwork panel will be removed from the top.  It is held by a strong adhesive. A heat gun (set at a moderate temperature, otherwise you can damage the plastic casing) used at one of the corners of the panel will help lift the edge, which will allow you to pull the rest of the panel off.  You can also pull the panel off without a heat gun, by lifting one of the corners with a small flat head, however, this is a bit more difficult due to the strong adhesive, but a little muscle will accomplish this

Engrave your Panel

Add a personal touch and uniqueness to your aluminum panel with our laser engraving services.  Please read the instructions carefully to ensure the quality of your image is ready to be engraved.  If it does not meet our specifications, this will delay your order

Instructions on How to Prep your Files

Please read the instructions above carefully.  As a reminder, you need to submit at least 2 files.  One will be the .svg file of your artwork / logo.  The other file is the template that shows where you would like to engrave it on the panel

(+$ 35.00 to Add Your Custom Engraving )

$ 49.95

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