I was able to dissemble the stick, but could not figure out how to tighten the ring around the stick. At least your article showed how to take it apart, thank you.
My problem lies with the metal stick being loose so that there is play between the joystick handle and metal post to the base. Also the P2 switch does not work so I have to open the base to tweak or replace the switch. All of the LEDs work fine. I only have these two issues. Have you any exploded photos of these?