Quoted from markmon:
For the ramp flaps, what about loosening the ramps up and putting some foam to support the ramp under the ramp flaps?
I used to be a machinist tool and die man before all that work went to china.
I loosened my ramp again last night.
The flaps bent easily, looked like thin stainless steel.
The problem is the material is too soft.
They should be spring steel of a high quality, maybe .008 or .009 in thickness
I might try the .007 steel that pinbits sells, but I think its too thin.
It is true that multiple ball strikes will anneal and soften even the hardest materials, but I think a high quality spring steel will last long enough if its hard enough. I dont care about rusting, I will just wax it like everything else.
Its a PITA to completely remove the ramp just to re-rivet the ramps, but I will if I have to.
Im inclined to wait a bit and see what JJP is offering before I tear it all apart.
Maybe give Ken over there a call and see what he thinks, he is an actual engineer.