Dance Stage Repairs to Metal Pads

Introduction: Dance Stage Repairs to Metal Pads

Hello there's , this is my First InStructable so go easy on me here .

Well Here today i'm going to show you how to repair your damage DDR metal pad , Well somewhat of it . My pad recently stopped working or only abit , I re-checked my contact pads under the steps they were fine, So i thought the brain of the pad was damaged ,After looking underneath and pulling out the centre, It broke all the other wires around it -__- So i had 2 DDR PSX soft mats i never use anymore , So i thought *i'm gonna wire this into my metal pad as the new brains.

Enough or my boring story ,lets begin~

This'll be covering:
Ghost/Phantom steps
Non responsive steps or
Replacing the brains of the Pad with a DDR soft mat

The Tools you'l be needing .

Step 1: Starting Off With Gutting Your Metal Pad

Ok you don't have to fully follow this as there are afew different pads out there ,So follow this as a guideline.

Unscrew all bolts and corners holding down your Acrylic Steps.
Cut The wires and remove the contact pads.
Continue until all steps are off and left with the centre pad .
Check around the centre sides to see any screws holding the centre in place.

This part is abit hard , My Centre pad wouldn't budge ,So underneath were rubber feets with screws inside holding the board from below , Unscrewed 4 Bolts/feet and the top was able to pop off with alittle force .

Step 2: Now for Cutting Open the DDR Soft Mat

Got an Old DDR mat laying around? Grab that Stanley blade , were cutting that thing open~

Now i Urge you to cut around the edge for this as you don't wanna damage anything inside, After cutting around the edge you can then get to removing the box above the mat.
Under the box on the front containing your new controller board , there should be 4 small Philips screws , Unscrew thoses and pop the case open , now you see what is shown in the picture

Step 3: Listing the Control Buttons

Ok now that we've got the soft mat exposed , You'll notice there some foam holding the plastic sheet to the board , Peel those off , Now see the first down below is what you'll have all mark to where each block controls what:

{top left}
{middle left}
{bottom left}
{Front panel} 
{= The other half where it contacts a connection  =}
{Bottom panel }
{bottom right}
{middle right}
{top right}

Step 4: Now for the Testing

Now i haven't solder the wires just yet , i'm using the Glue gun for testing to check if the board does fully work .

Doesn't matter which wire or colour go's where , it's only coloured so you know which wire is .

Step 5: Now to Soldering the Wires and Placing Into the Pad

Pictures always help

Step 6: And Were Just About Done

finish off and check for any minor faults before putting back together. Apply all pads back on and bolt's/legs covers.

Hopefuly your pad will see another day of DDR maddness.

I dunno if this helps or not i just wanted to help some people that might of been in the same boat as i was .

In future if i have to do this again , I would really stick to drilling holes into the button blocks for the wires to sit and create less mess .

Also if you still have the problem of the ghosting steps , use that foam sheet that came out of your Soft mat and cut/place into your pad.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    My pad has wires for the top panels.Do you know how to wire those?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    So does replacing the guts in the center really help the pad stop missing arrows? The up arrow on my metal pad is skipping about 1/4th of the times I hit it and I've tried replacing the arrows, but it still does it. You think it's just the sensors?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    If there was no other option of it working i'd swap the guts .

    But sounds like it could be poor connection between the sensor and the brains,
    Are the wires connected or show any signs of wear?
    Also there can be crud or dirt obstructing the pad from making full contact.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Cus i cracked one of the acrylic panels , So i temporary swapped them for a less used panel