(Topic ID: 92287)

Future Bumper 'Carbon Ring' Replacement Solution- Ideas Wanted

By SteveinTexas

5 years ago

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  • Latest reply 5 years ago by SteveinTexas
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    #1 5 years ago

    So what are we going to do after the generous person that is '82 trooper' uses up his stash of carbon rings and has none left to share?

    Steve Fury was going to make some somehow until '82Trooper' came to his aid. I know if Steve had to, I would not have to ask this question because he would have solved the issue.

    I had this issue a while back and replaced them with a spoon type bumper solution. lets call this solution #1 and is an excellent idea but we are losing the original mechanism. I was able to do this with 'Ken Layton's' expert assistance. The tutorial topic link is as follows;


    But what about replacing the ring? We need the second final solution. I can try to make them, cost them to replace and prepare a tutorial at least, If some more electrical savvy person tells me where to get the 'correct' material i.e. is it carbon or graphite or is this all the same. I will make them on my lathe as one way. possibly the solution is to press them and we need a die maker assistance.

    What to you all think?

    Steve J.

    #2 5 years ago

    The problem is that the original design sucked badly. The carbon ring and skirt-with-nail and tone arm wire was very primitive. Even in 1945 the design was still crappy. When I first saw that stuff on pinball machines I thought to myself, "Boy that is stupid".

    I favor converting over to modern spoon switches and pop bumper skirts.

    #3 5 years ago


    I agree, but if you have only one ring missing do we convert it to a more modern bumper? I did following your guide and changed all no regrets. If I remember the guys at PBR asked me did I really want to this? So there are people that want a more original change and a method to get alternate carbon rings seems a good solution.

    That all said as no one is feeling like adding a comment i an probably dealing with a rarer problem than i thought and will forget this idea for now.

    Regards Steve J

    #4 5 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words.
    It is a good idea to look for alternative solutions....I am working on securing 50 more rings as we speak!!!
    However, these are likely to be the last of them....

    I will share what I have as soon as this deal comes thru.

    #5 5 years ago

    You are so welcome. To me and others here this is the best part of the forum when we help each other.

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