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Changing out flipper buttons


By attitude05

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I have changed a lot of flipper buttons but it's always been a pain. Does anyone have a trick to getting that nut off the back of the flipper button?

    #2 2 years ago

    I just use needle nose plyers.

    #3 2 years ago

    adjustable 'crescent' wrench, or slip joint pliers to get it loose, then remove by hand.

    #4 2 years ago

    Do you have a push button wrench tool?

    #5 2 years ago

    Needle nose pliers on the inside lip of the nut and then with both hands apply force outward and turn.

    #6 2 years ago

    I have tried the needle nose, perhaps I need smaller ones. On all my other machines I was able to do it but on the new Stern cabinets it seems to have it sunk a bit more into the wood.

    #7 2 years ago

    Needle nose vice grips. Once the nut is loose simply remove by hand.

    #8 2 years ago

    Buy a socket? That's what I did. It's way stronger than needed, but makes the job quick and easy.

    Don C.

    #9 2 years ago

    I saw this early today and couldn't shake the idea of coming up with a tool, so designed a dual purpose tool for removing and tightening flipper button nuts. It clears the flipper button shaft and locates on the inside of the nut so doesn't matter about the lack of clearance on the outside of the nut. It is hollow enough to suit the short and long shafted flipper / arcade buttons.

    The other advantage of this tool is that it is also a second option handle for my stainless IDC wire insertion tool

    https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?type=product&q=swinksidc

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    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from swinks:

    also a second option handle for my stainless IDC wire insertion tool

    .100 tool please.

    #11 2 years ago
    Quoted from GRUMPY:

    .100 tool please.

    yes, thanks for the reminder of making the other end of the wire inserter a 0.100 - I will get on to this

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from swinks:

    yes, thanks for the reminder of making the other end of the wire inserter a 0.100 - I will get on to this

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    #13 2 years ago

    Believe it or not, try to spin it off just by using your hand. Last several sets of flipper buttons on newer Stern games I replaced just by turning that nut with my fingers. That nut really isn't on that tight.

    #14 2 years ago

    grumpy & stumptown

    I designed a second wire insertion piece that is double ended with the proven 0.156 at one end and the smaller 0.100 at the other. I measured off a new non used pinball life 0.100 tool and this piece will fit both handles.

    https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?type=product&q=swinksidc

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from swinks:

    I designed a second wire insertion piece that is double ended with the proven 0.156 at one end and the smaller 0.100 at the other.

    Very clever, thank you swinks!!!

    #16 2 years ago

    Does nobody have one of these?

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    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Does nobody have one of these?

    Where did you get it?

    #18 2 years ago

    Tornado Terry’s. ^^^^ He used to give them with a purchase of buttons. 100% Happ products. I got one years ago when I did an order for arcade buttons.

    #19 2 years ago

    Ray on GRC's Youtube series 'Ray's Tech Tips' (required viewing) recommends a set of duckbill pliers to grab one flange instead of trying to span the whole nut.

    amazon.com link »

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    #20 2 years ago
    Quoted from DngrWillRobinson:

    Where did you get it?

    A bunch of places sell them. Just search for arcade push button wrench tool

    #21 2 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    A bunch of places sell them. Just search for arcade push button wrench tool

    Thank you.

    1 year later
    #22 1 year ago

    Where do I get the little white tips for my flipper buttons.

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