this looks like it will fuuuke your vita up if you mess up
Please study all pictures, comments, and watch the video at end of thread before tackling this project.
Things you will need:
-Precision Screwdriver set to open the vita.
-Soldering Iron and Solder
-Dremel Preferably, with cutting and sanding bits.
-Metal or cheap finger nail file (or sand paper for the hard way)
-Lexan .093 Thickness (Comes in 8x10 Pieces Most the time)
-30 Gauge Wire
CLICK PICTURES TO EXPAND.
Below is a pic of the completed mod:
You will want to dis-assemble your Vita and remove all the circuit boards, if youre unsure how to do this refer to the tear down guide here:
Below is a picture of the custom made clear buttons, please watch the video for a short "how to" of the making of buttons from a piece of lexan. You will need to reuse the rubber contacts found under the stock buttons. The buttons are glued to the rubber contacts and you will need a razor blade to work in between the stock buttons and rubber contacts to remove.
What they look like in the Vita:
After you have made your buttons, pre-wired your leds, and dis-assembled your vita, you will need to prep the areas in which the wires will lay for the led mod. You will need to notch out a area in between where the +/- volume buttons lay for your led, look at picture below for all notch points including the areas you need to notch for the wire to lay flat and not interfer with the re-assembly of your vita.
The picture below is roughly how your wires will look when in place, notice the ground wire for the led stops around the mounting bracket of the motherboard and daughter board, you will ground at that point. Continue down with the positive led wire.
After you have the led and wires in place go ahead and re-install your motherboard first then that side daughter board. Be sure your wires are laying in the grooves you cut to ensure the motherboard isnt interfering. Run the positive down the center between the 2 boards and come out near the bottom between the gap of the 2 boards.
Moving on to the other side you will need to drill a hole so that the led and wire will have enough room to come up beside the power button. Drilling the hole allows you to stay on the innerside of the trigger button so that the trigger is not effected and will still move freely. The drill hole is noted in the picture below along with the notch you will need to make right above it where the clip for the button bezel snaps in, the led will rest there:
The picture below shows one more notch that will need to be cut for the positive wire for led to lay so that it doesnt interfere with the re-installation of the daughter board on this side:
Below is what it should look like after the leds are in place with the wires running through the drill hole and routed down, this wire route is important so that it doesnt interfere with re-assembly, notice again that the ground wire for led stops near the top coupling bracket, this is where we will ground at. Continue down with the postive wire and make sure its laying flat in the grooves so not to obstruct re-assembly:
After you have got that side reassembled it should look very much like the picture below. The positive and ground wire positions are noted in the picture. The ground wires are sandwiched between the brackets and the boards to create a solid ground. The positives are run down and come out near the bottom, pay attention to the routing and keep the postive wires on the inside of the lower circuit board set pins, watch video for better explanation:
Important Watch Video
PS Vita Clear Power/Volume Button Guide Video
If you ever need to send it in for repair, just remove mods, and when they ask why it has holes drilled in it and notchs cut out, tell them you have no idea what theyre talking about and you are very surprised to hear such a thing, it was obviously like that when I purchased it, lol.
You're welcome for English!
DAMNIT :'( i haz 3 years of warranty left 109.99$ no questions asked
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