Quoted from Pecos:
I’m having a terrible time with slingshots breaking on my routed games with regular white rubber rings. Super-Flite alone has gone through five in eight months.
I could save a lot of time, money and grief if the Competition Silicone Rings hold up better. Any experience with this? I would gladly pay a little more for rings that don’t split.
I want to report on my experience with Competition Silicone Rings on a Williams Black Knight routed at D&D Pinball for six months. It got thousands of plays.
- Compared to regular rubber rings, they don't collect much pinball dust
- What little grunge that ends up on the rings is easily cleaned completely off with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
- The surface stays nice and soft, unlike the rubber rings
- They maintain their shape well, better than rubber rings
- There was no color fading that I could tell
- The flipper rings, that always have wear on the end by the outhole, had no noticeable wear
- I had no broken rings
I am very pleased with the performance of the red and yellow Titan Competition Silicone rings that I put on Black Knight. The only negative I can say is that they cost a little bit more than regular rubber rings, up front. But, considering how well they have stood up to all the play they got at D&D Pinball, I expect them to be much cheaper in the long run because I will be buying fewer replacement rings. As an operator, a trip to replace a broken ring is expensive. I had peace of mind knowing that I wouldn't have to be replacing any of these Titan Competition rings - another good reason to pay a little more for these rings.
In short, I don't know how they could be improved. Great product!! Thanks Titan Pinball!
I plan to start converting my SS pins to the Competition Titans. I will also be ordering slingshot and flipper Competition Silicone rings for my EMs.