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SCARED STIFF Club...Members Only

By spfxted

7 years ago

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#3550 73 days ago

I apologize in advance regarding this question as I am not sure if it has been asked in various ways.

Is it common to have an issue with the right VUK not always kicking the ball onto the ramp above? I am looking at a restored SS and it seems that early games seem to fire up and onto the ramp with success and then it seems to be fit and miss. the current owner has bent the blue steel flap up a little which helps but sometimes the pin tries a few times and then the ball ejects under the ramp onto the PF.

Let me know your thoughts.


#3553 72 days ago

Great to hear! Thanks for the detailed suggestion

#3555 72 days ago
Quoted from Pbgixxer:

Anyone know why there is two holes in the remote and two under the flipper pivot points . I know about the adjustment holes . I’m thinking maybe there is suppose to be a wire guide or something .

You are correct, there are holes for a ball wire guide under each flipper. I am not sure they were never installed but the clear dimples into the holes.

#3556 72 days ago

Officially joined the club tonight with a gorgeous restore!

The VUK does have trouble kicking the ball up to the ramp sometimes. I will have to try some of the suggestions and maybe slow motion video capture the action.

Fun pin though and a cool theme.

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#3582 45 days ago

Still having issues will the spider VUK kick up and forward. Although it often works, there will be times when it doesn't.

I had a friend send me pics of his, which never has kick out issues and see that he has this metal arch over the hole on/above the ramp. Any references online show this as a ramp 'ramp fix U bracket'. I've seen a couple of other owners in here with this installed. Is this supposed to solve the kick up problem or help protect the ramp and spine?

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#3585 38 days ago

Went to a friend's place tonight to look at his scared stiff and I am clearly missing a full second flap! (lower gate trap door and flap). Although I have now found a detailed description of what is missing, there doesn't seem to be either any photos or detailed diagram anywhere, including in the manual.

The description of the assembly is:
'Bally SCARED STIFF pinball machine A-21032 Trapdoor Assembly'.

Of the itemized parts which make up the assembly, I do actually have the 01-14385.1 bracket installed along with the #12-7365 wire gate on it. This is the wire/gate on the upper side of the spider hole (when you short plunge, the ball opens the wire gate and drops into the topside of the spider hole). I assume that most SS owners have this bracket and wire gate, as well as the flap which is riveted right on the beast ramp itself, covering the back portion of the hole in the beast ramp.

Now on the 01-14385.1 bracket, there is an extended top which has two holes to hinge (using the straight wire/bar hinge 12-7346) the missing the gate trap door, which should also have a long flap riveted to it. This flap goes through the beast ramp hole and rests on the front (not the one that sits above it riveted to the actual beast ramp. So when the ball is kicked up from the spider VUK, it hits the underside of the long flap on the gate trap door bracket and lifts letting the ball up and onto the beast ramp, it then closes behind to prevent the ball from going back down into the VUK.

04-10457.1 gate trap door (this is apparently not pictured or available anywhere)
12-7346 Wire hinge (straight wire/bar)
2 rivets and flap (although I don't need the 2 rivets)

Here are some pictures of what is full assembly, installed is supposed to look like. If anyone know where to order the 04-10457.1 gate trap door, please let me know otherwise I will try to make something.

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#3588 37 days ago
Quoted from Nihonmasa:

I actually removed it on mine, flap was hitting it, causing rejects.
I've set it aside just in case but it works better without it in mine.

Quoted from rpageler:

Same. Works almost flawless without it so i kept it off. sometimes takes 2 tries but overall 95% success.

Very interesting to hear this. Everything on this SS in that area is brand new (or new old stock) from the full ramp to the full spider VUK assembly but I am just getting too many rejects. I've tried everything that I can think of to dial it in but still rejects too often. I will try to make this piece up but it doesn't give me a lot of hope hearing this.

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