Took the main ramp off my TAF at the weekend, I now officially hate playfields that don't pull out...
It actually isn't a hard ramp to remove, but the logistics of actually unscrewing it are a massive pain. I thought I'd post this not as a guide but more of a "these are the issues I ran into" in the hope it might help others.
I genned up on what was involved by reading lots of posts on this thread and elsewhere, but still got caught out. I don't know if my TAF is different to others but the two lights above the Thing ramp were screwed onto the ramp, and cable tied to it, and the connector for them went down a completely different hole in the playfield....
This piece of plastic is annoying..
..you can't remove the ramp fully from the machine without at least loosening it because the two connectors that you unplug from the bottom of the playfield will not fit through the hole. The hole is big enough for the wires, but not for the connectors. That blue plastic piece is screwed onto the wooden rail with two Philips screws. You will need a short screwdriver to access them as they are almost directly under the glass channel (you could remove that instead but I chose not to because I didn't want to have to deal with glass fitment issues afterwards).
I would suggest removing this piece completely and change the two #44 GI bulbs underneath to something like Comet Optix Maximus, as the back of the playfield on Addams is notoriously dark. I went with Ice Blue which is a nice halfway house between natural white and the blue of the plastic above.
If you change the post rubbers at the same time as removing the ramp - as I did - you will likely find, particularly if you buy the Titan silicone ones, that the ramp is a very tight fit when you try to put it back in the game because of the post by the entrance...
...I actually struggled with this part because the Titan post silicone is quite a bit thicker than the standard black one. I would even suggest trying a "Stern slim" one here instead. You can see the difference in thickness here:
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Lastly, the following tool is an absolute boon when it comes to unscrewing hard to reach screws. I managed to remove the ramp from mine using it without having to lift the playfield up at all (other than to disconnect the connectors). It has a wheel you can rotate by hand to unscrew, or it will ratchet screws tight or loose if you want:
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Anyway, I hope this helps anyone removing the ramp. Obviously the other standard things apply - you need to push the diverter in to remove the ramp. If you don't and you've never removed the ramp before you'll wonder why it's not coming off properly...