Quoted from mizzou:
I've got a bit of an odd problem. The little metal bar the separates the left drain and the left flipper lane on my EBD recently snapped off. I still have the part but my guess is I'll need a new one, but haven't had any luck in tracking one down. Does anyone have a good suggestion on where to look or even what this thing is called?
I think I know which metal guide you are talking about. It's probably one shown in the picture I have attached:
It's not that "odd" or uncommon for them to break and you'll find them broken a lot more often than the other wire guides on the playfield. They break when the flippers are not adjusted correctly. The flippers are never supposed to touch the metal bars. There is supposed to be a small gap like the ones are in the picture. I bet your flipper was touching the broken one wasn't it?
Over time though the set screws in the flipper pawls loosen and the flippers start hitting the bars. I remember in another thread someone didn't believe me when I told them about this. I've seen it many times before on Bally pins. I've seen several Eight Ball Deluxe machines with these broken-off too. Sometimes both sides are broken-off.
The first thing you need to do is get the broken-off part out of the playfield. Then you can easily make a new piece and install it.
What I do is buy new ones if I can find the correct length. In this case I don't think I've ever found exact replacements so I end-up buying longer ones and bend them to size. You can get them from the parts suppliers like Marco and Pinball Resource or you can just buy some stainless steel wire and make your own.
I have an assortment of them:
I just use a vise and a pair of pliers to bend them and then cut the legs to length.
The guides below the flippers are short. You can re-swage the ends if you want by crushing them in a vise. This helps secure them to the wood but you can also just add a drop of super glue in each hole before you install them too and that will usually do the job.
Just remember to adjust your flippers afterwards so you don't break them again. You may need to rebuild your flippers to get them to stay in position. After 40 years they tend to be shot. Do it once and you'll never have to do it again.
The proper way to set the flippers is to line the tips of them up with the dimples in the playfield that are located where the ends of the flipper bats will be. That's what the dimples are there for. They are just marks the factory put there as reference points for flipper alignment. If you have an aftermarket playfield or can't see the dimples, just make sure there is a gap between the flipper bats and the metal wire guides and the flippers are straight.