(Topic ID: 144560)

Data East Batman kicker problems

By Ripcord

3 years ago

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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by jorro
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#1 3 years ago

Does anyone have a Data East Batman (1991) and be willing to post a few detailed pics of the kicker assembly?

I'm troubleshooting problems where the kicker ball rest is positioned too far forward for the plunger to make much contact with the ball. The assembly that's installed has clearly been replaced at some point and is bent in weird ways. I'm trying to see if I can figure out exactly what was really installed originally to figure out the best plan for dealing with my problem.

I've attached a few pictures of what I have now. It's difficult to tell, but the kicker arm is bent laterally towards the pivot so the plunger lines up with the coil (maybe normal? But pretty sure they've bent it). The ball rest/plunger hole is warped, some other stuff is bent. In the second to last picture you can see a weld job that seems okay, though it's weird since it seems like it's fixing a pretty strong part that would be bizarre to break. The mount post is too short to reach all three mounting screw holes, so only the left two are usable (this is what tells me this probably isn't the original/correct assembly - the third mounting hole was clearly used at some point).

It actually kicks fine, but is positioned 2mm or so too far forward, so when the ball rests against the launcher and the plunger is fully extended, it barely makes contact with the ball, so there's almost no power. Ball hardly makes it halfway up the ramp.

Strangely when I first got the pin the plunger was firing okay - not great, but way more power. I'd done no maintenance to this part, but at some point at a party guests started complaining it had no power. I don't see any reason it'd have less power now than months ago, either, which is stumping me (I think possibly the plunger was actually hitting the kicker arm forward, and THAT was launching the ball. And now it's not - it's actually going through the plunger hole. Though that's something I probably would have noticed)






#2 3 years ago

The manual points to the kicker arm as part 515-5467-00, which Marco has as http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/515-5467-00 , which looks identical to what I have. So even more confused about this problem and setup.

#3 3 years ago

Or any other ideas are appreciated =)

#4 3 years ago

I have the same problem. I recently noticed there's no external spring on the plunger.. So the plunger is advancing a bit too far and holding the ball to far forward. I haven't tried fixing it yet. Just an idea I had.

#5 3 years ago

Someone totally removed mine. I have the replacement but haven't installed it yet.Hopefully someone posts pictures for you..

#6 3 years ago

Let me know if this doesn't help. Click on them to make them full size.


#7 3 years ago

Yours looks all kinds of bent up. Mine is straight. Hopefully the pics show that.

#8 3 years ago

looks like this one
maybe call or mail em

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