Quoted from Galooch:
That is exactly what I'm going to try and do. I realize I need to actually play this thing and not worry too much about what could or might happen. All I can do is just be knowledgeable and prepared (thanks to you all) when things come up. However, below are some preventative items (either relatively simple to do or prevent some major issue down the road) to do before really playing:
- install JJP star posts, washers, mylars on slings
- spot check and address all other posts for ripples
- install all mylars (including star map, BP VUK and overboard area)
- grind/remove T-nut from MAP hole (this one scares me more than it probably should)
- check/align Mystery hole deflector
- Cliffys will need to come later
- test BP VUK power setting (will start with 20)
- check BP/Dauntless cannon alignment
- check upper flipper for SDTM alignment
- spotlight e-tape connections
- check and tighten all loose nuts
- check subway post
I already know where to locate all of these answers and posts. I just wanted feedback on this list. Anything I missed that you guys would do if you were opening a NIB? Anything here that is overkill and I should just worry about later?
Turn slings down to 16.
If your sling posts are ok, just go for small rubber washers underneath. Double star posts are only required if you have rippling around standard posts and/or chipping. Going to star posts does alter sling shot power and affect how the ball travels down the inlanes. Double star posts that have the lower sling groove dremmelled to have the width similar to the original post's sling groove solve the problems. But it's a bit of work.
Only use neoprene washers not the nylon ones. So I did not use any of the JJP star post fix. I did let them know it does not work, but alas no response.
As others have stated, the post rubber in the star map area is a good idea. My sling rubber was worn away in 2 months. It's an inconvenience to maintain the star map area on a regular basis.
Also as stated, grab the shield for the Black pearls VUK.
You seem to have researched everything well. My t-nut did not protrude at all. I can see it level with the wood, but the deflector above makes sure it does not brush on the way down. Also, no ball damage.
Great game. Congrats on your purchase.