(Topic ID: 200047)

Does the Bally/Williams trough shim work?


By CUJO

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Getting occasional Trough Switch #52 error 2nd on Popeye.
My hunch is the trough may have divots keeping the balls from rolling downhill. Plus magnetism...
I removed all 6 balls and dropped them in with Switch Test active and all the trough positions lit up correctly.
Then the switch error went away...so is my assumption correct? I need this shim?
And for those that have used it, how did it fair?
Thanks in advance!

http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/03-16809

#2 1 year ago

I’ve had positive results

#3 1 year ago

Works good

#4 1 year ago

Cheaper than a new trough! Yeah it works...

#5 1 year ago

Are you sure your balls are not magnetized?

#6 1 year ago

works great !

#7 1 year ago

I was having an issue with divots in my Demo Man trough. Slapped one of those in, and it fixed it instantly. Highly recommended.

#8 1 year ago

The one I have in my shadow works great but for some reason it keeps getting pushed out, I find it in the bottom of the cabinet constantly

#9 1 year ago

Works fine in all my games.

#10 1 year ago

Didn't work in my STTNG. Ball was getting hung up on the outside edge of the trough somehow. Swapped the trough out for another and problem solved.

I've also had trouble getting the shim to stay in the trough.

But most people seem to have better luck with it, so worth a shot as they are not expensive.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from CUJO:

may have divots

May have ? Have you looked ?

If so. Remove the ball trough. Remove the opto boards. Remove the end. Stick a flat bastard mill file in that end and file each side of the "V" grove smooth. 5 to 10 minutes.

Clean everything. Reassemble.

LTG : )

#12 1 year ago

The sleeve works great and yes it can back out with use, that is why I use double stick tape on 3 points when installing and you will never have a problem.

1 week later
#13 1 year ago

Does any body know if someone still makes the metal shim? The plastic ones say they are for IJ and later games.

Otherwise, has anyone tried to use the PETG one in Addams?

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from CactusJack:

Otherwise, has anyone tried to use the PETG one in Addams?

Different trough design. Won't work on Addams.

LTG : )

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from LTG:

Different trough design. Won't work on Addams.
LTG : )

Thanks Lloyd. I didn't realize they still used the older design on early WPC. I was thinking the new trough was introduced when the went WPC. I was wrong . Been too long since I have been inside some of these games.

#16 1 year ago

Still haven't gotten the shim yet but will soon. Someone is supposed to bring me 2 to a local pinball parts shop that just opened a few miles from me.

The balls might be a little magnetic in there but I'm curious if plastic shim makes the ball trough a little quieter since it's not metal on metal anymore.

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from LTG:

May have ? Have you looked ?
If so. Remove the ball trough. Remove the opto boards. Remove the end. Stick a flat bastard mill file in that end and file each side of the "V" grove smooth. 5 to 10 minutes.
Clean everything. Reassemble.
LTG : )

I did this to my ST:TNG when I got it years ago. Took care of the issue but looking for the lazy way out this time.

1 year later
#18 4 months ago

Does anyone know if the shim will work in JJP games? I would like to use one in Dialed In in order to use Ninja Chrome balls.

#19 4 months ago

It fits JJP. Same exact trough as WPC 95 games. It won’t solve ultra magnetized ball issues, though. They’ll stick to each other and jam anyway. I have had this exact experience.

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