I think these are the final modifications I'll be making to this game. I'm still not 100% happy with how the right turnaround shot rattles on some shots but I don't see anything I can do about it. Notes beneath every photo.
LoopOverview (resized).jpgHere's an overview shot of the loop. You'll notice that I added curvature to the ball guide so that the ball would hug the outside rail for the entire shot. This is different than what Yelobird did. This photo was also before my end-of-loop modification shown later.
LoopBeginningOutside (resized).jpgBackside of the loop entrance showing the three repositioned screws
LoopLEDs (resized).jpgThe rail now butts up against two of the LEDs and the black plastic posts.
LoopScrewHole (resized).jpgHere you can see how far I pushed the rail back and the now exposed screw hole
LoopEndBefore (resized).jpgThis shows the end of the loop ball guide AFTER my first modification and the trajectory into the diverter. This is what causes the ball to rattle at the top of the loop, hitting the ball guide where the diverter/elbow is. It is not a smooth transition point.
LoopEndCompare (resized).jpgNotes on my changes
LoopEndAfter (resized).jpgFinal positioning of the end of loop ball guide
GarageOverview (resized).jpgGarage shot modification overview
GarageRail (resized).jpgI had to loosen the wood rail to get the post underneath for the curvature I wanted, plus I had to remove one LED :/
GarageShotSide (resized).jpgGarage shot rail from the other, visible side
RightOrbitFlipper (resized).jpgUpper flipper rail re-positioned. I ended up removing one screw from the wood rail and bending it, ever so much, to the right. Without bending it I was not getting the proper angle for the flipper nor the fix I wanted for the ball bouncing off the rail and into the turnaround. The second screw seen here was crucial to keep the wood rail bent ever so slightly. Without it the wood rail would push against the ball guide creating a bump.
Next up is the scoop now that I have a few tips to work from. I'll be streaming again on Saturday if anyone wants to see these modifications in action.