O3DS XL Circle Pad has a lot of friction

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    I just got an o3DS XL, and the circle Pad has way more friction to it than my 2DS. I looked closely and it looks like there is nothing in-between the rubber pad and the XL's shell, so I know that that's where the problem lies. My 2DS's rubber pad sits elevated from the shell somehow, and I noticed that if I pry the rubber pad just a bit on the XL, it gets that elevation that my 2DS has and it moves perfect. However, the instant I apply downward pressure, it gets pushed back down again. I'm thinking that I could cut a tiny plastic circle with a hole in the middle to act as a washer, but I don't believe that I can safely get the rubber pad off without breaking it (correct me if I'm wrong). So what should I do, besides replacing the entire assembly?
     
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    Did you buy the console used? if so, you should probably just replace the rubber thumbstick. They get worn down so the grey rubber piece rubs up against the housing, causing the friction you describe. I think the washer idea you suggested would probably work, but I don't know how to pry the grey rubber part off of the stick and then reattach it. It's connected with a bit of adhesive. You can get the replacement part for about $4, so if you ask me it's not worth the effort of trying to fix the original.
     
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    Yeah, it was preowned. I was hoping for a DIY fix, but for $4 I'll just do that. Thanks for the help!
     
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    My friend had the same issue, I got him a third party slider (hard plastic without rubber) and it seems to work fine for.
     
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    Thats not a bad idea, no rubber no friction. If the replacement I ordered doesn't help I'll try this.
     
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    They get worn over time, I noticed when I got a n3DS that the circle pad was a lot smoother, but it's now starting to become gritty like my o3DS XL.
     
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    Well, I fixed it. I just took a REALLY tiny wad of paper and put it in the pad's hole (insert anal joke here). It's now stuck in the elevated position permanently, thus making for a nice smooth ride B-).

    I am a bit pissed that I already bought a replacement stick though :glare:.
     
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    Atleast replacing it is better than a temporary fix.
     
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    I got a 3dsxl that had a rough slider from day1.
    On the other hand my launch day 3ds is still butter smooth.
     
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    Yeah I did eventually put the newer one in anyway.