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Click Modding Alps 101
« on: Tue, 09 February 2016, 19:32:58 »
Did you know you can modify a tactile Alps switch to make it clicky in just a few very simple steps? This modification is a great way to breathe new life into some of our less well-loved switches (I'm looking at you, cream damped Alps!), or to get the clicky Alps keyboard you've always wanted without paying today's ridiculous prices for blue Alps switches.


A handful of click-modded, cream dampened Alps from an AEKII. These ain't your father's cream damped Alps.

So let's take a look at how to click-mod tactile Alps!

I first learned about click-modding in the Alps Appreciation Thread a while back. It's a pretty simple modification: just take a tactile Alps switch, open it up and bend down some metal tabs on the tactile leaf.



It's so simple, in fact, that I actually had a hard time wrapping my mind around how it works.

To see how this works, I cut away the side of an Alps switch to observe what goes on inside. Let's watch a clicky leaf first:


Notice how the click-modified leaf pulls away from the wall of the switch housing as the slider is pushed down. Then as the slider gets past the bump, it rapidly forces the leaf back to its original position, slapping it against the switch housing resulting in an audible click.

Now let's look at the tactile leaf:


Notice how the tactile leaf does not pull away from the wall. It's hard to see why this is by watching the video alone. But it actually has to do with the part of the switch housing that I cut away. The leaf is held in place by a slot in the upper housing. I've circled this slot in red below:



That's where the tabs come in. Let's go back to that tactile leaf cutaway:



This red line shows where the slot wall should be:



In our cutaway switch the slot wall on the near side has been removed, but the far side slot wall is doing a good enough job holding the leaf against the outer housing wall. But once you bend those tabs back, there's nothing to hold the leaf against that slot wall. And so that's how you make a tactile leaf clicky.

It's worth noting that when the leaf pulls away from the outer housing wall, it also changes the angle of the leaf's bump, thereby affecting the tactile feel of the switch and decreasing the necessary actuation force. This is why a click-modded cream Alps, which is normally a very stiff switch, ends up feeling a lot more like a clicky blue Alps.

I hope this was helpful to some of you who are interested in this mod. It certainly helped me understand my Alps switches, and it gave me a much deeper appreciation for the engineering behind them. I'm thoroughly impressed with the elegance of the design. The tactile/click leaf is completely separate from the electro-mechanical components, allowing for a single switch design to support click, tactile and linear action by simply changing or removing a tiny piece of bent metal. Compare this to Cherry MX switches, which require significant changes to the internals.
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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 09 February 2016, 19:44:54 »
Bonus Information

I had some left over photos, so I'll post them here in the hopes that they're helpful for new modders.

Here's how I open an Alps switch:



Those are teeny tiny slotted screwdrivers. I use one on each side and pry them up.

Here's one caveat that got me early on: the Alps slider is not symmetrical. One bottom side is round, the other is flat:



Make sure the round corner goes against the switch plate, and the sharp corner against the tactile/click leaf. Otherwise your switch will feel wonky.

Likewise, the upper housing is not perfectly symmetrical. The inside top is different on the front and back. One side is pretty much flat (the switch plate side), and the other one has two raised pads (the leaf side, circled):

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 10 February 2016, 04:04:53 »
Thanks for the detailed writeup (and sacrificing a switch)!   :thumb:  Also gives a nice view of where to lube, which was what I wanted to try next...

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 10 February 2016, 08:04:26 »
Cool thanks for sharing this! I was curious how it was done. I kept thinking people were swapping leafs between switches.
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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 10 February 2016, 08:28:29 »
One of the best things that I see here is that the actuation force is decreased - to me that sounds like a click-modded orange has the potential to be even better than a blue.
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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 10 February 2016, 09:07:58 »
Thanks for the detailed writeup (and sacrificing a switch)!   :thumb:  Also gives a nice view of where to lube, which was what I wanted to try next...
Two switches, actually. The first one didn't survive. Fortunately I have extras.

I'm curious, what kind of lube do you plan to use? I've had bad results with Krytox grease. Lots of folks talk about dry lube for Alps but nobody seems to know what kind is best.
Cool thanks for sharing this! I was curious how it was done. I kept thinking people were swapping leafs between switches.
Now I can see why you were so curious whether it's worth it. That would involve opening twice as many switches, and potentially losing half of them.

As it happens, you often have to open Alps to clean them anyway. This is just one extra step before reassembly. And it's hard to screw it up!
One of the best things that I see here is that the actuation force is decreased - to me that sounds like a click-modded orange has the potential to be even better than a blue.
The click modded oranges have a stiffer bump, which makes them feel heavier even though they have a lighter spring. Not a bad feel, but I like stock oranges well enough not to bother click modding them. Creams, on the other hand, are in need of serious rehabilitation.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 10 February 2016, 09:50:14 »
Simple but helpful. Thanks!

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 10 February 2016, 23:53:11 »
Two switches, actually. The first one didn't survive. Fortunately I have extras.

I'm curious, what kind of lube do you plan to use? I've had bad results with Krytox grease. Lots of folks talk about dry lube for Alps but nobody seems to know what kind is best.

Yeah, from what I've read it seems like some of the older blue/oranges came with dry lube, so I was going to give this a try since I have one lying around.  http://www.rz-50.com  No idea how it's gonna turn out, not even sure if it's even safe for the plastic casings...but part of the fun is in the experimentation  :))

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 11 February 2016, 06:32:33 »
Two switches, actually. The first one didn't survive. Fortunately I have extras.

I'm curious, what kind of lube do you plan to use? I've had bad results with Krytox grease. Lots of folks talk about dry lube for Alps but nobody seems to know what kind is best.

Yeah, from what I've read it seems like some of the older blue/oranges came with dry lube, so I was going to give this a try since I have one lying around.  http://www.rz-50.com  No idea how it's gonna turn out, not even sure if it's even safe for the plastic casings...but part of the fun is in the experimentation  :))
I think PTFE is just Teflon so you should be safe. Applying it to little parts with a spray can might be a pain though.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 11 February 2016, 06:48:00 »
Have you tried bending all four tabs? It seemed a little bit clickyer, but maybe thats because I only tested with two different switches.
It worked allright still.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 11 February 2016, 07:01:03 »
Have you tried bending all four tabs? It seemed a little bit clickyer, but maybe thats because I only tested with two different switches.
It worked allright still.
I did not try this because it looks like the bottom tabs hold the leaf at the bottom, acting as the pivot point. Seems like bending those down might affect the reliability of the action. Besides, stock click leaves have the bottom tabs, so I figured the Alps engineers know what they're doing.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 11 February 2016, 07:10:17 »
Nice writeup, and thanks for the detailed explanation! :thumb:
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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 11 February 2016, 09:04:52 »
Two switches, actually. The first one didn't survive. Fortunately I have extras.

I'm curious, what kind of lube do you plan to use? I've had bad results with Krytox grease. Lots of folks talk about dry lube for Alps but nobody seems to know what kind is best.

Yeah, from what I've read it seems like some of the older blue/oranges came with dry lube, so I was going to give this a try since I have one lying around.  http://www.rz-50.com  No idea how it's gonna turn out, not even sure if it's even safe for the plastic casings...but part of the fun is in the experimentation  :))

I used some dry lube with PTFE(Teflon), that did NOT have silicon, and it seemed to not have any noticeable effects. 
I'm wondering if the silicon lubes make a difference.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 12 February 2016, 07:29:17 »
Great explanation, Thanks!.
One suggestion. At the head of the OP, how about prefacing the details with a short explanation of why someone would want to perform click modding. I was reading the article thinking this is an interesting explanation, but I'm not sure where we are headed. It wasn't until 3/4 of the way through that I deduced the purpose.
   

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 12 February 2016, 12:41:00 »
Great explanation, Thanks!.
One suggestion. At the head of the OP, how about prefacing the details with a short explanation of why someone would want to perform click modding. I was reading the article thinking this is an interesting explanation, but I'm not sure where we are headed. It wasn't until 3/4 of the way through that I deduced the purpose.

This is good feedback. I've updated the OP as per your suggestion.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 12 February 2016, 15:12:40 »
Great explanation, Thanks!.
One suggestion. At the head of the OP, how about prefacing the details with a short explanation of why someone would want to perform click modding. I was reading the article thinking this is an interesting explanation, but I'm not sure where we are headed. It wasn't until 3/4 of the way through that I deduced the purpose.

This is good feedback. I've updated the OP as per your suggestion.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 13 February 2016, 01:38:31 »
I think PTFE is just Teflon so you should be safe. Applying it to little parts with a spray can might be a pain though.

It was a bit tough controlling the amount of lube, but I figured I was going to be lubing almost the entire slider anyways (the front and back, plus the side rail portions), it was ok to miss by a little bit...

I used some dry lube with PTFE(Teflon), that did NOT have silicon, and it seemed to not have any noticeable effects. 
I'm wondering if the silicon lubes make a difference.

I just tried lubing the clicky oranges with the rz50, and it seems to feel smoother.  Maybe because they were dirty and the lube helped smooth it out?  Main difference was the initial ramp up seemed to have been reduced - a bit easier/smoother through the bump.


Also noticed while experimenting was that you can see the clicky leaf action if you just reassemble the switch with the top casing off.  To see the tactile action then use something like a pair of tweezers to hold the leaf in place.  :D

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 13 February 2016, 03:49:57 »
You really only want to lube the sides of the slider where it rubs along the top housing, and possibly the bottom front and back edges where it rubs against the two metal leaves. “Almost the entire slider” is somewhat exaggerated.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 13 February 2016, 08:40:48 »
I haven't started on this yet, but if this lube sprays on and dries, would it not be easiest to lay them all out on a sheet, spray one side and let it dry, then turn them all over and do the other side? A tiny paint brush and 100+ switches seems like a lot of effort. Also, if you squirt the spray out into a small bowl then paint it on, isn't there a chance of the liquids separating and settling?
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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 13 February 2016, 09:41:45 »
I haven't started on this yet, but if this lube sprays on and dries, would it not be easiest to lay them all out on a sheet, spray one side and let it dry, then turn them all over and do the other side? A tiny paint brush and 100+ switches seems like a lot of effort. Also, if you squirt the spray out into a small bowl then paint it on, isn't there a chance of the liquids separating and settling?
I don't see what would be wrong with turning all the sliders upside down and spraying them en masse. You would get some dry lube powder in the spring pocket, but I don't know if that would hurt anything.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 02:27:15 »
I haven't started on this yet, but if this lube sprays on and dries, would it not be easiest to lay them all out on a sheet, spray one side and let it dry, then turn them all over and do the other side? A tiny paint brush and 100+ switches seems like a lot of effort. Also, if you squirt the spray out into a small bowl then paint it on, isn't there a chance of the liquids separating and settling?

I think this would be the easiest way.  I took and sprayed each slider individually, so it took a little longer.  I'm not sure you could spray it into a a bowl and then brush it since, as advertised, it dries almost instantaneously, so it would probably dry up before it can be brushed on.

I don't see what would be wrong with turning all the sliders upside down and spraying them en masse. You would get some dry lube powder in the spring pocket, but I don't know if that would hurt anything.

I tried to spray as minimally as I could to avoid getting any on the inside of the slider, but there were definitely a few uncontrolled blasts that probably got some in there.  So far so good though (maybe it even helps a little?  :)) )

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #21 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 08:14:58 »

I tried to spray as minimally as I could to avoid getting any on the inside of the slider,


Why would the inside be a problem as long as it stayed there and did not settle to the bottom? Numerous mods specifically focus on lubing the springs.
James McGill Buchanan decided he needed to influence policy at a deeper level. In the ensuing years, he sought to lead an economic and political movement in which he stressed that “conspiratorial secrecy is at all times essential” to mask efforts to protect the wealthy elite from the will of the majority. In September 1973, Buchanan held the inaugural meeting of the International Atlantic Economic Society, arguing for the need to “create, support and activate an effective counterintelligentsia” to reshape the way people thought about government. He believed the center-left controlled academia and “effectively indoctrinated political actors in both parties,” MacLean writes. To fight back, conservatives needed to develop new surrogates who could be “indoctrinated” in turn with right-wing ideas, and then “mobilized, organized and directed” to disseminate them.
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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 13:44:59 »
Awesome guide; was much easier than I anticipated! Will be using this for my clueboard build with orange alps! :D

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 16 February 2016, 02:36:45 »
Why would the inside be a problem as long as it stayed there and did not settle to the bottom? Numerous mods specifically focus on lubing the springs.

That's true, it shouldn't be a problem even if it got on the inside of the slider.  My initial goal was just to lube the outside of the slider where it touches the rails, leaf and backplate, and try not to overspray.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 16 February 2016, 06:46:06 »
I'd love to see a side by side comparison of these and blue Alps. How do the click plates compare? How do the spring weights compare? They should feel very similar.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 16 February 2016, 07:06:26 »
I'd love to see a side by side comparison of these and blue Alps. How do the click plates compare? How do the spring weights compare? They should feel very similar.
They are pretty similar, weight-wise, with blues maybe just slightly heavier. The biggest difference between the click leaf is that clicky Alps have a little pill-shaped protrusion stamped onto the back side, which acts as a "hammer" against the housing wall. Honestly, though, it doesn't seem to have that big of an impact on the sound or feel of the switch.

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Offline Moistgun

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 02 March 2016, 14:40:26 »
Currently modding 60-ish for a 60% AEKii
Going lubeless for now, but i'm liking how they feel.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 02 March 2016, 21:06:11 »
Currently modding 60-ish for a 60% AEKii
Going lubeless for now, but i'm liking how they feel.
Are you modding cream damped Alps from the donor AEKII? That's my plan for my next Alps build.

Alpine Winter GB | My Personal TMK Firmware Repo
IBM Rubber Band "Floss" Mod | Click Modding Alps 101 | Flame-Polishing Cherry MX Stems
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AEKII 60% | Alps64 HHKB | Ducky Shine 3, MX Blues | IBM Model M #1391401, Nov. 1990 | IBM SSK #1391472, Nov. 1987, screw modded, rubber-band modded | Noppoo EC108-Pro, 45g | Infinity 60% v2 Hacker, Matias Quiet Pros | Infinity 60% v2 Standard, MX Browns | Cherry G80-1800LPCEU-2, MX Blacks | Cherry G80-1813 (Dolch), MX Blues | Unicomp M-122, ANSI-modded | Unicomp M-122 (Unsaver mod in progress) | 2x Unitek K-258, White Alps | Apple boards (IIGS, AEKII) | Varmilo VA87MR, Gateron Blacks | Filco Zero TKL, Fukka White Alps | Planck, Gateron Browns | Monarch, click-modded Cream Alps

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 03 March 2016, 12:17:56 »
Currently modding 60-ish for a 60% AEKii
Going lubeless for now, but i'm liking how they feel.
Are you modding cream damped Alps from the donor AEKII? That's my plan for my next Alps build.

yeah NJ
I desoldered an AEKii and have been modding the switches when im not casting caps.
I took a dremel to the plate from the aek and mad it fit into a poker case.

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Re: Click Modding Alps 101
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 05 April 2016, 21:35:18 »
I finished building my Monarch tonight, which means this is my first chance to try out my click-modded Alps on a real keyboard.



I apologize for the dirty keycaps; they're all I have available until the corrected Alpine Winter order arrives.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the feel of these click-modded switches. I had to open them up to clean them anyway, and with the help of mrbishop's handy Alps opener tool, it went pretty quickly. I picked away at a bagful of switches while watching Psych on Netflix. It took me about two-and-a-half episodes to get through the bag.



I'll just come out and say this--click-modded cream Alps are not blue Alps. But they are better than white Alps and, IMO, a worthy alternative to throwing out what I would consider otherwise worthless cream Alps switches. I absolutely do not regret using them on a pricey custom kit such as the Monarch.

Alpine Winter GB | My Personal TMK Firmware Repo
IBM Rubber Band "Floss" Mod | Click Modding Alps 101 | Flame-Polishing Cherry MX Stems
Review: hasu's USB to USB converter
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AEKII 60% | Alps64 HHKB | Ducky Shine 3, MX Blues | IBM Model M #1391401, Nov. 1990 | IBM SSK #1391472, Nov. 1987, screw modded, rubber-band modded | Noppoo EC108-Pro, 45g | Infinity 60% v2 Hacker, Matias Quiet Pros | Infinity 60% v2 Standard, MX Browns | Cherry G80-1800LPCEU-2, MX Blacks | Cherry G80-1813 (Dolch), MX Blues | Unicomp M-122, ANSI-modded | Unicomp M-122 (Unsaver mod in progress) | 2x Unitek K-258, White Alps | Apple boards (IIGS, AEKII) | Varmilo VA87MR, Gateron Blacks | Filco Zero TKL, Fukka White Alps | Planck, Gateron Browns | Monarch, click-modded Cream Alps