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How to Replace Cams on a VCSO Joystick (Video)

Watch the video above or the read the steps below to learn how to replace cams on a VSCO heavy duty, industrial joystick.

Tools Needed:

  • Phillips Screw Driver

  • Flat Screw Driver


Removal of Current (Old) Cam

  1. To access the cam, the surrounding contact block will need to be removed. Using a Philips head screw driver remove the two (2) body screws that are in line with the contact block, as well as the body clamps that are located underneath them.

  2. With your fingers, simply slide the contact block off of the body of the joystick. Please make an effort to keep the joystick stationary from this point forward. If your joystick has in-body detent stops, they may fall out of place if the joystick is flipped.

  3. Using a flathead screwdriver, remove the screw and washer that’s located on top of the cam.

  4. Next, lift the cam off of the shaft. Use your flat head screwdriver to wedge the cam off, if necessary.

Inspection / Maintenance Tips

Before installing the new cam, use this opportunity to lightly grease the exposed detent, roller, roller groove, and pin. This quick task will ensure the longevity of your joystick’s core mechanical parts.


Installation of Replacement (New) Cam

  1. Grab the new cam and put that on to the shaft.

  2. Assemble the small lock washer and screw, and then tighten the screw on to the cam using a flat head screwdriver.

  3. Once tight, the contact block will now need to be reinstalled. Find the side of the contact block that has 2 small pins and then slide the block back on to the body of the joystick with the pin-side side facing down.

  4. Add the two (2) body clamps and two (2) Philips screws back on in each corner. You may need to push down on the contact block slightly to allow the clamp to sit flush.


Visit the support section on our website for additional info and documentation on joystick servicing and parts. If you have any questions or if you need to order spare parts, contact us today.

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