(Topic ID: 5798)

Flipper rebuild question


By Dewey68

8 years ago



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  • Latest reply 8 years ago by Atomicboy
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#1 8 years ago

When do YOU decide on when it's time to rebuild your flippers? I'm considering rebuilding mine on my LW3 that I recently purchased, but not having played this pin in it's prime, I'm not sure that it needs it. I can make the ramp shot when timed correctly off the right flipper, and every once in a while a left-flipper shot will limp it's way up the ramp.

Any input is appreciated.

#2 8 years ago

if a backhand flipper shot makes it up the ramp, then you're probably ok. If you want more aggressive flippers, go for a slightly bigger coil.

#3 8 years ago

You should be able to send a well aimed and well hit ball to the extents of the pf. If you have a flipper that cannot generate the force needed to traverse the pf as intended (whether it be up a lane or ramp, etc), then the next step is to determine why. I may be limited to a dirty plunger, mushrooming sleeve, etc. I suppose if the game has a lot of miles on it, you might "want" to rebuild the whole thing...but generally there will be only a subset of rebuild parts necessary to get it swinging as it should.

#4 8 years ago

I take mine apart and look at the plunger and coil stop. If there is any mushrooming then I rebuild them. If you do a rebuild, don't forget to replace the playfield bushing too as they are not in the kits.

#5 8 years ago
Quoted from SealClubber:

take mine apart and look at the plunger and coil stop. If there is any mushrooming then I rebuild them. If you do a rebuild, don't forget to replace the playfield bushing too as they are not in the kits.

It's amazing that only the DE/sega early kits have bushings, yet all come with new EOS.

As soon as I get a game. Always replace bushing and sleeve. If the plunger doesn't even remotely look new (tapered slightly at the end), I replace at least that and the link. If the coil *stop* (edit) is even slightly ill formed, replace that too. I will see if the spring, either type, looks good as well.

I keep all used parts for fixer uppers down the road, and for extra parts in a pinch, or to give to my other pinball friends at Christmas.

If it is a high end game, I don't even think twice, I replace the pawl/plunger, sleeve, bushing, bat, spring, clean the plate and clean the EOS. EOS switches rarely need replacing, unless then are broken.

Don't f around with flippers. They are the single greatest thing that makes a game "feel" good. Even if you are hitting ramps, you will notice a difference, and likely the bats are misaligned.

#6 8 years ago
Quoted from Dewey68:

Any input is appreciated.

OK, but its OT. I LOVE your default pic! (and a big tongue out to you, GFLM!!!!) lol

#7 8 years ago

Looks like a flipper rebuild kit is in order! ;P

Thanks guys

#8 8 years ago
Quoted from Atomicboy:

If the coil is even slightly ill formed

Meant coil *stop*, sorry. Coils are rarely replaced, only if you can't get a sleeve in there smoothly anymore, likely due to a previous locked on flipper.

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