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Zowie FK2 modification question.

post #1 of 15
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So I recently got this mouse and wasn't expecting to love the shape as much as I do. The shape actually allows me to play better which is a big plus and I'm comfortable while doing it. The clicks were a concern when I got it but on my mouse they are nice and easier than the ec2-a but still stiffer than my Logitech g303. The only flaw that drives me crazy is the right side buttons. I'm a finger tip grip player and due to my grip style I accidentally hit these buttons all the time. Also when my finger pushes the buttons down it becomes uncomfortable for my finger due to the sharp edges.

My question is has anyone removed the buttons on either side and made a block off plate or covered the button housing effectively? My plan was to remove the two switches (will this cause issues?) and plastic buttons. Then buy some epoxy or plastic or rubber to fill the hole left behind. Is the plastic zowie uses completely black or is the inside white like razer? Because after I'm done I may need to so sand down the area to make it smooth and uniform. Does anyone have a better idea on how to accomplish my goal or if there is a kit I can buy?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 15
Done pretty much what you've described to my Sensei a while ago. Turned out decent but not completely flat (been pushing way too hard on sandpaper). The vinyl tape evens that out somewhat.

90 percent sure you could cut off the side buttons PCB safely. Suppose there's merely two pairs of M4 and M5 NO pins plus a common pin. Double check as I'm unfamiliar with Zowies circuitry.

Used a rotary tool for small work, a sandpaper (a 400 grit piece and a 2000 grit piece), a compound epoxy (came with application tools included), a texured vinyl tape (optional), patience.

post #3 of 15
Put a space between putton and switch housing to force the side buttons to be always up. A piece of paper folded x amount of times does the trick
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post #4 of 15
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Thanks for the great ideas. Wonder if I painted the side I modify with plastidip if it would hold up over time. What type of texture is that tape?
post #5 of 15
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I worked on it today and it turned out nicely. I removed the unused switches and plastic. Painted with plastidip which I find to have a nice grip and matches close enough . Not sure what it weighed prior to the modification but now it's sitting at 79grams.
Definitely more comfortable that it was prior to the modification.


post #6 of 15
Was one of the issues plaguing me as well when I used this mouse for a short while. You can fiddle around a bit and press them more inwards and glue them somehow so at least they no longer stick out.

Another option would be to fill up the remaining gaps or take the buttons out completely and fill it up with something... black clay? lol

edit: nvm i see you found a solution.

Does anyone really use the right side buttons on most mice? They seem to be a nuisance for most. Perhaps they simply dont place them properly...
post #7 of 15
It's an ambi mouse, for me FK1+ right side buttons posed no problem at all, the only thing I would have liked was if they were enabled as 6. and 7. button so I can bind them and use them but they are disabled and only one side works at a time.
post #8 of 15
Sorry to bump an old thread. Was just wondering how is plasti dip holding up on the mouse? I like the shape of FK2 and KPM most. So I kinda want to remove side buttons on FK2 and was looking if I could find a thread where someone uses some sort of filling to fill up the button holes and then I found this thread.
post #9 of 15
Can't comment on OP's experience but I assume plastidip won't last long on any surface you're going to grip often.
post #10 of 15
Please be aware that iirc plasti dip is not harmless to your skin.
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