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    DESS keys, trouble getting 'it right'

    Hey doo'ers,


    Just reporting on something I have found with my key...

    All from the word go, its been a pain in the ass to get it to sit 'right',
    Usually taking quite a few goes to get the double beep instead of the single beep.

    I noticed a while back, there was a 4 point metal spacer located inside, it appeared to be glued in...


    I removed it yesterday after I noticed it was moving around, and now the DESS key registers perfert every time....


    Is there any problem in not running this little spacer? Its about 0.3mm thick.
    Will there be any faster wear on the key?


    Has anyone else got this spacer?!


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    What Ski is it?, and have you noticed the VTS vanishes for a short while if you try to move it at all while the key is not working correctly?

    Sometimes the keys appear to get water in them from what I can tell.

    I have one on my ski, and it really just wants to be a pain. No pattern to it failing either.

    Am gonna blank it off the table, and re-install it in 5 mins, and see how it works then.

    Will get back shortly.

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    Ok, I have done some playin around, and worked it out.

    The DESS key is predominently rubber moulded, and the two contacts at the center, and the strips on the outside have to make good contact.

    I have noted that the outer strips on either side of the key on the slightly duff one were bent slightly inwards toward the center, so as soon as you release it, it rolls sideways, and the contacts fail to maintain good contact.

    We are probably all guilty of prodding the DESS key, and thumbing it in our hands, which seems to bend these contacts inward over time.

    I took a small set of pliers, and GENTLY bent them back to parallel to each other..... Re-hashed the DESS KEY table on the BUDS system, and bingo, problem solved for me.

    Try to gently bend the outer contacts back to parallel with each other, and perpendicular to the inner contact.

    Contrary to popular belief, scratching the inside cotact does absolutely nothing for the key, and will cause damage.

    Problem solved here, what about your key?

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    Yeah, mines been great since I removed the centre plate, I reckon it might have been attached poorly, or just 'well used', if you know what I mean.... (refer to first post) And water was getting in behind the plate.

    So after that spacer plate was removed, all was good!

    Good to know you can straighten the buggers out.

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