(Topic ID: 259293)

Metal bumber posts and plastic posts


By fooflighter

38 days ago



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#1 38 days ago

Looking to close up an outlane just slightly...Is it acceptable to replace the metal bumper posts which have a 7/16" OD rubber ring with a plastic one that has a slightly larger 3/16" ID? Is there a physics reason behind why the manufacture uses one vs the other in specific spots? The reasoning is I'm trying to close the left outlane slightly on my SW Premium (the plastic post is all the way down, not in the picture below but now it is - smallest outlane opening) but still get a fair share of unfair drains. The metal one just below it which has the smaller ring would be the one I'm looking to swap with a larger plastic one. Are the metal posts where they are because they take more abuse or is it simply based on their size? Thank you very much all. I don't want to use the siamese post trick as it doesn't fit 100% proper.
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#2 38 days ago

No reason not to try the plastic post. Those types of posts are also made from steel. The plastic should be fine.

#3 37 days ago

Yes, completely acceptable to change posts to anything you want to get the desired effect you want. The manufacturers put what they are currently using for posts in places that they've "percentaged" the machine at - for a desired ball/game time. (Generally 2.5 minutes I understand).

Different skill levels demand different machine setups - it's not fun to play a 10+ minute game of most games if you're unable to drain. I like them difficult.

#4 37 days ago

Thank you much for the info... Normally I wouldn't even consider it... But the left outlane on the Prem/LE SW seems to be slightly unfair than it's pro counterpart with an extra post below the drop target bank... and I've just had too many balls zip into the drain without any ability to nudge save it due to the speed and geometry

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