Modding a Saturn Pad for 360 or PS2

Here’s the result of a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It requires that you hack up a Saturn and 360 or PS2 controller for use with a project box. Check out the YouTube Video.

Note: This has ‘evolved’ from when I originally posted it. I recommend reading the entire post and especially the OCD method before following the original steps.

Saturn Model 2 Controller
PS1 Dual Shock or Digital Controller/Mad Catz 360 Common Ground Controller
DB-15 10FT M:F Cables from or SF The cables from SF Cable are slightly thinner and work better if you plan to keep the rubber controller nub intact.
Dremel with Drill and Grinding Attachments (Came with my 300 series)
15 Watt Soldering Iron and Solder
Radio Shack Project Box
Radio Shack Nippy Cutters (Flush Cutters)
Small Zip-Ties from Wal-Mart

Prep the Saturn Pad

1. Snip the Saturn cord and pray that fire does not rain down from heaven for the sin you’ve committed.
2. Remote the IC (little black board below the holes) using ‘Nippy Cutters’ from Radio Shack. There are certainly better ways of doing this, but we’re going for easy here. You can also dremel the legs off but you’re more likely to screw something up.
3. Use your dremel with the small drill bit to make the Mickey Mouse holes shown in the picture. The top two are the normal size it makes which is perfect for a small zip-tie. For the larger hole I used the same bit and then widened it with the little blue grinding attachment. You may want to practice this on another board first.
4. Use a razor blade or Exacto knife to scrape the copper pads I have boxed in. These are what we will be soldering to.

Route the Cable in and Zip Tie

5. Strip the DB-15 cable roughly 3 inches and route it through the largest hole. Run a zip tie through the front so that the little nub is on the back of the board. Push the nub to the side like shown in picture three. Use needle nose pliers to pull it extra tight. Give the cable a tug to make sure that it won’t come loose.

Check the Diagram and Solder the Saturn Pad

Edit: The original directions are below. I’m now doing these what I call OCD style. Here are the alternate steps for that which are preferable:

A. Drill 1/16th holes at these points.
B. Scrape the perimeter of the holes to expose enough copper for the solder to fall on.
C. Route the cables through the holes and trim their excess.
D. Strip the wires slightly and solder them down through the top.

6. Route the cables like I have them unless you’re feeling brave. I’ve obsessively rearranged those until the controller felt stock. If you put them where they shouldn’t go then the buttons/dpad will feel mushy when it’s assembled. Note that the X button was moved over because it felt mushy when it was using the placement that it is expected to go.

Prep the Host System Pad

7. This is straight up pad hacking. It doesn’t matter what the intended system is (360, PS2, etc.) as long as it’s common ground. On the PS pads, scrape off the black coating and tin those points. You’ll regret it if you try using the copper pads.

Solder the Host Pad

8. Solder the host pad using the same coloring scheme that you did the Saturn pad. A = X, B = Circle, etc. Snip 9 inches from the db-15 and strip 3 inches for the cable in the project box.

Prep the Project Box

9. Use the dremel and the brown grinding nub to make cable indentions in the box (also see photo 9). Make sure they’re toward the edge like shown in the picture.

10. Use the dremel and drill bit to drill a small holes for zip ties to go through the project box. This will keep people from tugging on the cables.

Place the Host Pad in the Project Box

11. Run the db15 and host controller cables out the side of each of your indentions. Loop around the host systems cable to the desired length. Zip-tie both cables to the case.

Close Her Up

12. This is what it should look like when completed. Go plug it in and pwn some scrubs (like me) with your badass Saturn dpad.

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