This tutorial will cover removing Outemu Blue switches from a TeamWolf Zhuque+ and applying the “Jailhouse Mod” – so-named as it stops the mechanical keyboard switches from “clicking” when depressed. What’s great about this mod is that it also retains the tactile feeling of the switch, and slightly increases the force needed to bottom out.
An interesting side effect was that these switches became very quiet! If there’s interest I can also post a video with a comparison of before and after, and compared to Zealios + Zealencios, Gateron Browns, Gateron Browns + Zealencios. Just leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
Note that it took about 6 hours to do this for each switch on the board, though admittedly I was watching a movie at the time, and it was New Years Eve. Also be prepared for some eventual pain in your fingers: Outemu switches are a bit hard to pry apart in this fashion, but I’m open to suggestions for easier methods.
Tools we’ll be using for this tutorial
- A “spudger” – available at Mac repair shops
- A 2.5mm size flathead screwdriver
- A switch removal tool (or a soldering iron, if the board is not hot-swappable)
- A set of JSpacers from the Van Keyboard
A note about the keyboard used:
1. Remove the switch from the board using the included switch remover
2. The removed switch
3. Put the screwdriver under the top (clear) part of the switch housing
4. Insert the screwdriver into the other side, being careful not to push the lose side back on, and pop the top off the switch housing
5. Rotate the screwdriver slightly and push in order to get the top of the housing over the retaining clips
6. Insert the screwdriver slowly at an angle
7. Place the flat head screwdriver between the top and bottom of the switch housing
8. As you pop the second side off, make sure to press firmly between the thumb and forefingers as there’s a spring inside just dying to get out!
9. A dis-assembled Outemu Blue mechanical switch
10. Wedge the spudger in the middle of the slider
11. Gently rotate the spudger to pop the two apart
12. Place the Jspacer on the slider, ensuring that the longer edges are rotated to fit between the opening in the stem side clips
13. Put the tactile white plastic piece over the slider and Jspacer
14. Place the switch spring on the switch slider
15. Place the spring and slider into the notch on the bottom half of the switch housing, ensuring that the clicking mechanism is facing the switch itself (copper coloured in photo)
16. Hold the combination of switch bottom, spring and slider together between thumb and forefinger of one hand – you’ll need the other hand free in order to attach the top
17. Click the top half over the bottom half quicklly and firmly in order to ensure that both sides “click” at once
Modding complete! A removed, assembled Outemu Blue switch
Final Step. Put the blue switch back on the board, then place the keycap back on – you’re done!
Doge. Because the beauty dish was already setup, I figured I might as well pay the dog tax!