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I'm trying to find suppliers / distributors of actual 'mouse wheel parts' but so far I've had no luck. It seems that unlike other electrical components / switches / etc, finding these things is quite a bit more difficult. Any ideas on what terminology to use / where to look for these things would be greatly appreciated.

Back story:
Basically I dropped my mouse one too many times, and one of the clear plastic shafts (for the LED) inside the wheel (connecting to the rotary switch) broke...I tried repairing it (I won't bore you with the details), but in the end my hand done fix is having too many problems (I would try to 'machine' new shafts myself, but I don't have much equipment that isn't scissors and hammers...).

If anyone wonders why even go through the effort, essentially this is by far my favorite mouse ever, and unfortunately it was discontinued so I can't get another.

*Update:
Link to new 'repair thread' ( Repair Thread )
Edited by boddole - 8/27/16 at 9:55am
post #2 of 11
If it's a Deathadder, there are tons of replacement wheels on ebay.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately no, its a Cooler Master Storm Recon (or just Recon):
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by boddole View Post

I'm trying to find suppliers / distributors of actual 'mouse wheel parts' but so far I've had no luck. It seems that unlike other electrical components / switches / etc, finding these things is quite a bit more difficult. Any ideas on what terminology to use / where to look for these things would be greatly appreciated.

Back story:
Basically I dropped my mouse one too many times, and one of the clear plastic shafts (for the LED) inside the wheel (connecting to the rotary switch) broke...I tried repairing it (I won't bore you with the details), but in the end my hand done fix is having too many problems (I would try to 'machine' new shafts myself, but I don't have much equipment that isn't scissors and hammers...).

If anyone wonders why even go through the effort, essentially this is by far my favorite mouse ever, and unfortunately it was discontinued so I can't get another.

Not sure if this is applicable but on ebay people are selling pretty cheap CM Storm Octane mouse (~$10) and maybe you can just pull that apart and use parts from them? They look similar and from same comapny, thats all im going off of.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Interesting, might be something to try if nothing else pans out (I'm probably going to make a 'repair post' and see if anyone has tried that / been successful with that). I was also looking on Ebay for single wheels but it seems like the Recon wheel is different than most. Instead of having 'solid / flat' sides on both sides of the wheel, it actually has 1 flat side and 1 concave side where they stick a circuit board extension in with a small LED in it to light the area. Very tidy design but it sure making this difficult...
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by boddole View Post

Interesting, might be something to try if nothing else pans out (I'm probably going to make a 'repair post' and see if anyone has tried that / been successful with that). I was also looking on Ebay for single wheels but it seems like the Recon wheel is different than most. Instead of having 'solid / flat' sides on both sides of the wheel, it actually has 1 flat side and 1 concave side where they stick a circuit board extension in with a small LED in it to light the area. Very tidy design but it sure making this difficult...

Looking at them closer now, they do look a tad different, but its possible they connect the same?
post #7 of 11
Mech encoder wheels are actually rather tough to replace. Reason being that there are several mouse specific things that need to match:
1 - wheel diameter - obvious one, so that it fits in the hole
2 - wheel width. See above

3- distance between wheel and hex end that goes into the encoder

4 - diameter of the shaft that presses the wheel switch

5 - diameter of the shaft that connect to the encoder (the hex bit is almost always the same)

So these have to match up in order for the wheel to fit and not wobble.
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post #8 of 11
Realistically speaking, you have at least 2 options:
1) Buying a used (or broken) recon and transplanting the wheen from it.
2) Learning basics of CAD, designing and 3d printing the wheel at shapeways or a similar service.

First one is more solid imho, because of better tolerances etc, however second one is more creative. There might of course be other options, but these 2 are what i thought about first.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by M1st View Post

Realistically speaking, you have at least 2 options:
1) Buying a used (or broken) recon and transplanting the wheen from it.
2) Learning basics of CAD, designing and 3d printing the wheel at shapeways or a similar service.

First one is more solid imho, because of better tolerances etc, however second one is more creative. There might of course be other options, but these 2 are what i thought about first.

Good luck finding another CM Storm Recon though, they seem to be out of the market for years now. Attempt to see if other scroll wheels fit, if not then I would just look in the market for a similar shaped mouse and try it out.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone for your opinions and ideas on the matter. I decided to make one more post about making the actual repairs ( Repair Thread ), if anyone cares. Thank you again for your ideas, I really appreciated it.
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