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(Topic ID: 230069)

How to get more power out of a flipper?


By Smart_Bomb

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I am working on a Gladiators pinball machine and the right flipper just isnt as strong as the left flipper. The right coil is brand new as is the sleeve. The arm is clean. The end of stroke switch is qdjusted exact. The right flipper button leaf switch is adjusted exact also. All leaf switches are clean. The assemble itself and its items connected to it are solid and sturdy. The flipper is secured really tight. The ohms of the new flipper coil is 4.9...the manual i believe calls for a 4.7...so i dont think thats an issue. All bases are covered as far as i can see.

*note* the original coil was bad..it was doing the “rapid fire” move when engaged. That is why i replaced it with a new coil, which fixed the rapid fire issue.

So what else can i do or check to give me that stronger “POP” in the flipper?

#2 1 year ago

Check to make sure that the flipper is moving smoothly (no binding or rubbing anywhere). Make sure you have a small gap above the flipper bushing. While you say the end of strong switched is gapped correctly, is it engaging the flipper arm too soon? That will create resistance on the stroke. Check the return spring on the flipper -- has it been shortened? You can replace it with a weaker spring. Finally, you can replace the coil with a stronger one (or take some windings off the coil).

And then there is Vid's guide to rebuilding flippers. It will have more gold than want I've posted.

#3 1 year ago

Check the bushing and ensure that you have a correct gap. They make a tool for it but it can also be done with a plastic credit card, membership card etc. If it is binding, even slightly, you will get what you describe.

**Lyonsden above beat me to it. I think he nailed it.**

#4 1 year ago

Check the spring - maybe it's tighter than necessary.

Less resistance could help as well.

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