(Topic ID: 212086)

Eight Ball kicker help


By BJM-Maxx

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I have a Bally Eight Ball. I have always had trouble with the left outlane kicker being erratic or weak. The coil is strong, the coil sleeve is new. If I roll a ball down it kicks back nicely most of the time. When I look at videos the ball goes flying back up into the pop bumpers where mine might do that 1% of the time. Sometimes the ball gets kicked, just slows down then carries on down to the drain. The coil is the right one. Adjustment is only fiddling with the outlane switch spacing.

Hoping someone else has fought with this before.

#2 2 years ago

First thing I would do is check the coil and make sure it's the right one. It should be a 26-1200. Possibly somebody replaced with the wrong one along the way.
You should also check the coil bus and make sure it's running at 43v.

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#3 2 years ago
Quoted from BJM-Maxx:

I have a Bally Eight Ball. I have always had trouble with the left outlane kicker being erratic or weak. The coil is strong, the coil sleeve is new. If I roll a ball down it kicks back nicely most of the time. When I look at videos the ball goes flying back up into the pop bumpers where mine might do that 1% of the time. Sometimes the ball gets kicked, just slows down then carries on down to the drain. The coil is the right one. Adjustment is only fiddling with the outlane switch spacing.
Hoping someone else has fought with this before.

Hi fellow Eight Ball owner...and in Ottawa as well, no less!

I have the same issue with my Eight Ball and I have tried the same remedy. I found that adjusting the switch helped a bit, but if I went to far the kicker was susceptible to being triggered by a slingshot or even a nudge. I am now wondering if the issue is that the plastic tip on the kicker has worn down to the point that it is sometimes striking the ball with too much of a glancing blow. I’m sure my coil is fine because when the ball wigwags slowly down the lane the kicker will launch it back towards the pop bumpers with plenty of force. But too fast and the ball can sneak past before the kicker fires (tbh I think this can ALWAYS happen no matter how well adjusted the mech is...that’s pinball) but too slow and I sometimes get the glancing blow with the ball draining back down the outlane).

When I have the apron off next I will take some pics of the mech and post here. Maybe we can compare the location/spacing of the tip. And if a fellow Eight Ball owner with a dialed in kicker can post a pic that would be helpful to compare.

#4 2 years ago

Somehow I was not being alerted to replies to my own thread!

It looks like the tip of the kicker is nicely rounded not worn, and it seems to kick straight but I will look at that again. I made some adjustments to the switch wire form to adjust where the ball would trigger the kicker in addition to adjusting the switch gap. I was actually thinking of removing some turns off the coil to increase the kick force.

#5 2 years ago

Finally got a chance to really look at the machine. It turns out the kicker was mounted a little to the left of center of the ball. If the ball was spinning clockwise when it hit the kicker it would just kill all the energy and the ball would halt then fall down the outlane. I opened up the bracket holes a little and slid the mechanism right. The kicker works a lot better now.

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