(Topic ID: 137725)

Idea for sleeved posts


By bstyles

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    I've used original black rubbers on posts.
    I've also used Cliffy's colored Urethane post sleeves.
    Tried the Superbands sleeves and promptly removed them
    Currently considerng trying out the Titan brand Silicon post sleeves.

    In addition to the difference in recoil, the main other thing I've noticed is that a shot that grazes a post will behave quite differently, depending on the type of post sleeve used.

    In my tests, the original rubber sleeves are the most forgiving.

    The Cliffy sleeves and the Superbands will measurably slow, and sometimes all but stop the ball, even when the ball just grazes one. If the post grazed is at the base of a ramp, as they often are, your shot may not have enough power to make it up the ramp.

    That left me wondering... Has anyone ever thought of creating a post that has a rotating collar around a stationary center shaft?

    The rubber/urethane/silicone/whatever would then rotate rather than slowing down the ball on a grazing shot.

    I'm not suggesting bearings or anything that drastic. Just an ultra-thin metal sleeve around a metal post that ends up being the same diameter as a regular post today?

    #2 4 years ago

    One of the first things I notice playing a game with old rubbers is that the inlane post rubbers spin freely, making outlane drains more common. It isn't that the rubbers are dry, but I think a combination of the black pinball dust getting in there and the rubber losing it's 'pull', taking a permanent shape.

    So with this in mind, how about trying various kinds/amounts of dust/flour/oil/grease on the inside of a regular post sleeve to see if it will spin?

    #3 4 years ago

    Dry silicone lubricant would be the way to go. I wouldn't use oil, or your typical grease, as they will both attract dirt. I use the dry silicone lube at work, stuff rocks!

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