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Purpose of small square rubber dot on apron?


By AlexRogan84

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    What is the purpose of the small square rubber dot / pad on the apron? This is on a Data East Lethal Weapon 3 machine. It is just in front of the Data East logo. Is it meant to be a sort of padding in case someone leans hard enough on the glass and it takes the weight onto the apron / playfield? Mine is sticky, that's why I ask. Feels like there's adhesive on it. Probably just the rubber deteriorating over time though.

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    #2 3 months ago

    I believe they are there so when you pull the playfield up it can have something to rest on the front of the back box to minimize damage

    #3 3 months ago
    Quoted from AlexRogan84:

    Feels like there's adhesive on it. Probably just the rubber deteriorating over time though.

    It is decomposing. Other manufactures have a rubber plug that is the same thing.
    It is a glass dampener.

    #4 3 months ago

    It keeps the playfield glass from bending/bowing/breaking from players pressing hard in that area. Machine manufacturers have been putting that rubber there for over 50 years now.

    #5 3 months ago

    Beauty. Thanks for the replies. I'll probably remove the sticky, deteriorating one I have and put something new in it's place. Cheers!

    #6 3 months ago

    I always though this rubber at the apron

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    Was to compliment this rubber in the back of the playfield

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    So when the cabinet is stood up on its back the playfield would be snug and not teeter back in forth during transport.

    #7 3 months ago

    Interesting. I don't have any of those rubber pieces snugging up the playfield or glass into position. That's a good question about how much the playfield would move once up on it's back when moving. Not sure what the answer is. Probably changes over time and with each specific machine, i.e. condition and things becoming loose or worn down.

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