(Topic ID: 230013)

Pinball Rubber: Just the facts


By sethi_i

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by zacaj
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    #1 1 year ago

    The sling rubbers on my GotG Prem are beginning to break down and fray. I obviously have to replace them, but I'm thinking of replacing everything. I'm not looking to change the gameplay, but I wouldn't mind adding some color. I've read a lot of threads about this topic, and they are full of "I like this" opinion. That's fine, but I'm just looking for factual differences of the products available. That way I can decide which I want to try.

    I've read that there are rubber, urethane, poly, silicone and maybe more...Some of the things I'm wondering about are listed below. If you can think of other factual differences, please list them.

    What are the bounce characteristics of each?
    What are the trap/catch characteristics of each?
    Do all types come in colored versions?
    Do all types come in flipper, post sleeves and rings, and sling rubbers?
    Are the types specific to a certain application...opposite question from the one above?

    Looking at kits, but willing to buy individual if different characteristics sound like I'd like them in different areas. Thanks for input!!

    #2 1 year ago

    I like Titans for rings and flippers.
    I like Super Bands for posts.

    #3 1 year ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    I like Titans for rings and flippers.
    I like Super Bands for posts.

    What about slingshots?

    #4 1 year ago

    I use Titan rings for slings.

    #5 1 year ago

    I prefer the traditional rubber rings on my location games.
    They seem to last longer than the replacements...

    I do replace post sleeves and flipperfingers with superbands which do last a really long time.

    I don’t really like superbands as rings for the use in slingshots for example as they don’t stretch enough for good slingshot action IMO.

    #6 1 year ago

    Bounce characteristics are always different even between different brands of real rubber. Usually synthetic is less bouncy and more grippy, to varying degrees. I usually prefer Marco's regular white rubber and red for flippers, but titan are also quite nice. I find them the most similar and sometimes prefer them on flippers. Plus translucent looks good on slingshots and everywhere else, no need to worry about whether a color will look good or not.

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