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Big Valley 184-268 what's a stronger flipper coil #

By Rob-Rock

3 months ago

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#1 3 months ago

Have a Bally 1970 Big Valley with weak flipper 184-268 . flipper assemblies all in great shape and don't need rebuilt. Should i replace them with the standard replacement on marco or is there a stronger coil i can get , and does anyone recommend going to a stronger coil or have done this before ? would like to have stronger flippers so looking for number of a stronger coil replacement number mainly.

#2 3 months ago

Cool pin, I wasn't aware of this title and another early multi-ball. If you pause the video you can see the flipper assembly.

I have a Bally Space Time from 1973 and the flipper assembly looks quite similar. There are a few threads on this early design being quite weak. There is a night and day difference between my Sapce Time flippers and every other EM pin I have. Also have Bally Wizard and that later flipper design is much stronger, no complaints on this pin. I'm also looking to improve the feel of the old Bally flipper design. Is a replacement the only solid option?

Picture of a Bally Space Time flipper assembly.

Bally Time Zone Flipper Assembly (resized).jpg

#3 3 months ago

thanks for the video and info , it is a very cool machine. was going to buy four new solenoids to update the old ones on my two machines, one USA and one German. but wondered if there's a stronger or better one that someone has used before i spend the cash. can't find any info on a stronger better product and it's part number.

#4 3 months ago

As mentioned in your other thread, rebuilding your flippers is the best option to get more power out of an old machine.

If you don't like that, replace the assemblies with updated versions.

A good source of info on the bally linear flippers is here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-upgradingrebuilding-flippers/page/11#post-1855100

Replacing good OLD coils with good NEW coils isn't going to change anything. So unless it isn't currently flipping at all or won't hold, nothing will improve.

If you've done the proper maintenance and you still don't like the power, then take 100-winds out of the coil.

If you aren't comfortable with that, call Steve at PBR as ask for his recommendation. He probably knows every coil ever made and can get you something that will fit.

#5 3 months ago

thanks will call pbr.

#6 3 months ago

PBR is the best source for em parts and as Mark said, he has a wealth of knowledge on EMs. PBR sells your flipper rebuild kit for $67.26 vs. Marcos price of $77.99.

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