Quoted from iamabearsfan:
Yeh, someday I plan to do a post of all of the mods/fixes I did to my machine. I am a little frustrated with JJP in that they could easily proactively communicate to their customers work around/fixes for some of these issues that are popping up all of the time. I did a very simply fix for the bass ramp that eliminated the ball getting stuck at the top. To me JJP should be sending out bulletins or something like that. They have our info right?
I think nothing beats Pinside for hearing about things first and collectively fixing things that are one-offs through the power of the forum. The bass ramp alignment issue is actually very rare. I have probably read all 21,000+ posts in the owners forum and this is mentioned less than 6 times and only happened recently in addition to that. The fix was to remove it and bend the tines (the two middle tines?) if I recall. Some loosening of the spinners fixed for them, etc...
I had my share of little stuff I had to correct/fix/adjust as well and I did it all through the forum's help. I knew what I was getting into waiting 11 months for mine and I am not scared to try and fixing things as it gets me deeper into understanding the pin to be able to keep it running... I spend a lot of time doing that and I am still loving it. This is NOT the machine to buy if you dont want to be pulling glass. I think it requires adjustments and fixes, especially the more you mod it and the more you play it. Between rubbers popping, or switches mis-firing, or needing adjustment, to installing pinwoofer so now the glass rattles and need to figure a solution for that, to pop bumper hangs, etc, its all little stuff generally.
3 days ago I was installing Pinmonks magnet fan and didnt assemble the magnet back tight enough and first game the magnet grabbed and then the ball wont roll off on its own. Had to work through that so I could play again. I was tilting my games trying to shake the ball off the magnet. Sucks when you are in a song and trying to get extra ball and tilt.
I walked up to play it yesterday and looked down and noticed the sling rubber under the pinmonk airball drain barrier plastics was snapped and lying on the playfield near my GNR/AMP lanes.... so much for playing.... had to pull the glass, remove the ramp nuts, remove the plastics there, put on a new sling, and re-assemble all that... now by that time my wife needed me. Oh well, no games for me.... Another day to play...
Went upstairs today and 3 of the LEDs on PinballModz segments on the topper marquee lights went out... I just installed that. Doesnt prevent me from playing but I contacted Kyle and told him ... he asked me to send the segment it to him and he is replacing the 3 LEDs in it. Spend time troubleshooting that to determine it was only 1 segment and again, cut into my playing time.
It is a LOT of work, imo, to get it all working in the beginning after you get it from the assembly line... it is all so new, and needs to get all adjusted and dialed in and things you will not notice until the honeymoon begins, then you play it a lot and just little stuff keeps happening like that. In between there's some damn fun pinball being played, and for me new mods added all the time (just another thing ready to break. LOL).
Keeping the game running is a big part of owning one I have learned, and it can be part of the fun if you have the right perspective and expectations and I think when push comes to shove if you need something serious from JJP, I think they will try and help. Thats been my experience so far. But who am I ? Just barely over a 1yr newbie here telling this to you, a 9yr vet. LOL!