(Topic ID: 287079)

Q: Replacing System 80 connectors alternatives?

By pinballplusMN

8 months ago

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  • Latest reply 8 months ago by G-P-E
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    #1 8 months ago

    I just got in a Royal Flush Deluxe. I want to replace all of the connectors. These connectors are brittle and not the ones which are easily repinnable like system 1. Does anyone sell the connector material which can be cut to size where the wires are soldered to connector with heatshrink? I know Docent sells the cut version of connectors with heatshrink etc. Im looking for the connectors I can cut myself as I will have lots of games that need this done and buying all the precut connectors gets pricey. Thanks in advance! JR

    #2 8 months ago

    The connectors should be the same as a system 1 except for the interconnect

    #3 8 months ago

    Correct. suppliers seem to be out of stock. Just wanted to see if I could make my own. If I have the edge connector material in strips . it seems they could be cut to size. thanks! JR

    #4 8 months ago

    Did you find a supplier of these? I'm having the same issue finding a solution that doesn't cost a fortune!

    #5 8 months ago

    They are no longer made. Period.

    There are double sided monstrosities from one manufacturer (forgot their name right now). Expensive and with solder eyes instead of crimp contacts - but is an alternative for a few of the sizes.

    Normally they can not be cut to length. The internal keying is different between the sizes which prevents this in most cases.
    And in all their wisdom, Molex discontinued this connector size which still had a decent user base (arcade/pinball machines is not the only place these are used) and replaced them with a new series which has all new keying and are incompatible. This new series had no existing customer base so nobody knows why they did this, not even the Molex sales when I asked them.

    #6 8 months ago
    Quoted from G-P-E:

    replaced them with a new series which has all new keying

    Can you dremel out the keying and the spacing is still the same? No key would be better than no connector.

    Next time there a show with a decent flea market I'll have to look into the boxes that some of the junk collectors bring for wire harnesses to harvest these parts off of. At some point the repro board makers should consider adding in alternate connectors so new harnesses can be built.

    #7 8 months ago

    You could but the connector seems to loose structural integrity when you do this - depending on size and key locations.

    I absolutely agree that new options should be added for edge connector usage on all gottlieb boards.
    Some are considered doing this to a slight degree by starting to add ribbon cable interconnect option between sys 80 MPU and driver boards. But so far there is no standard in the interconnect pinouts. I think we need to define a standard one of these days.
    I do find it strange that Ni-Wumpf offers driver boards with ribbon cable headers but no corresponding ribbon cables on their MPU boards. And there is this note on their sys 80 page - "Please note that the 50-pin IDC connector at the top of the board is no longer supplied as shown in the picture above"

    The single sided edge connectors would be easy -- match the edge connector to a 0.156" header pin for pin.

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