(Topic ID: 153413)

Flipper alignment


By polyacanthus

3 years ago



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

    Should the flippers be aligned with the ball guides or with the artwork? The guides are not quite parallel to the artwork in this case. I'm assuming the guides. Splitting hairs I know, but these are the things that keep me up at night not really

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    #2 3 years ago

    The ball should flow freely from guide to flipper bat.

    #3 3 years ago

    Remember also that the existing indentations in the shaft will often **find** the setscrew tip and return the flipper to the wrong position.

    Sometimes the only fix is a new shaft.

    #4 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Remember also that the existing indentations in the shaft will often **find** the setscrew tip and return the flipper to the wrong position.
    Sometimes the only fix is a new shaft.

    Swapping the left and right flipper shafts usually provides a fresh place for *one* of the screws to bite into. The other one may line up half-way with the old indention and want to pull it into there with the screw point, so for that one you can install a flat-tipped screw and just let it bite the half of the post that's there.

    But I agree, replacing is the best option. Just MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE the flipper is in the correct position before cranking down the screws and putting a divot in the flipper shaft. It's pretty much impossible to fine tune that position with pre-existing divots in the shaft.

    #5 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Remember also that the existing indentations in the shaft will often **find** the setscrew tip and return the flipper to the wrong position.
    Sometimes the only fix is a new shaft.

    Yup I have two brand new shafts, that's why I'm asking The old ones were pretty chewed up.

    #6 3 years ago

    I agree with the response that suggests the flipper face, with ring installed, to be exactly lined up with the feed wire. These two planes should be completely parallel.

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    #7 3 years ago

    How are those new flippers?

    #8 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Remember also that the existing indentations in the shaft will often **find** the setscrew tip and return the flipper to the wrong position.
    Sometimes the only fix is a new shaft.

    That's why sometimes I need to grind that area of the flipper shaft of any previous bite marks from the set screws. It usually works pretty well. If not, then a new flipper bat is in order.

    #9 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Remember also that the existing indentations in the shaft will often **find** the setscrew tip and return the flipper to the wrong position.

    This seems to happen to me every. single. time. What a PITA!

    #10 3 years ago
    Quoted from V_piscopo:

    How are those new flippers?

    I don't know what to tell ya... How are they not?

    #11 3 years ago

    Lining up flippers seems to be a real toughie. Well, I find it difficult and probably 70% of games I have bought do not ever seem to have flippers lined up properly and matching each other.

    I usually get it right by a ton of trial and error and still not sure the best way of getting each flipper the same as with set screws loose. line them up in up position?

    #12 3 years ago

    Clamp a straight piece of wood to the flipper (with new rubber installed) , align it with the lane guide, tighten the flipper pawl.

    #13 3 years ago

    That's actually what I ended up doing last night. My set screws have cupped ends, not pointed, to they definitely wanted to "walk" as I tightened them down.

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from polyacanthus:

    That's actually what I ended up doing last night. My set screws have cupped ends, not pointed, to they definitely wanted to "walk" as I tightened them down.

    You get a second shot by flipping left and right...

    If its off by a small amount you can adjust the stop in or out to correct.

    #15 3 years ago

    Center line of flippers parallel with lane guide(s).

    For ems, it's very tough for me to believe that wasn't the intended setting. It just makes all shots flow. Imo

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    #16 3 years ago

    Fwiw

    This has been discussed before and I believe there weren't any hard facts re settings, but people were 50/50 on it.

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    #17 3 years ago

    flipper shaft before image_(resized).jpg and after grinding

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