I've owned a Secret Service since the early 90s. Its my only pin, and its been in storage for years, but overall its survived quite well. Recently, I've been bringing it back to life. I'm new to Pinside and I have a few questions for you all:
1) I'm looking for the part number (or weblink) for the outhole switch. It seems like the hooked arm is over 2 inches long to get the hook all the way to the right spot, but that does not seem to exist anywhere on any of the part sites. Even when they say its for Data East outhole its only 1-3/4 inch. Am I measuring from the wrong place or do they not make the really long hooks like SS needs? Right now, I just bought a blank microswitch with no arm and have the original, old ~2 inch arm taped to the actuator. It works but it needs adjusting every 50 games or so. Id rather just replace it.
2) Im having a problem setting up the skill shot off the shooter up the ramp. I know its tricky to get right the angles right, but it really seems like I cant get the shooter rod low enough to contact the ball in the middle (seems to be too high relative to the ball, and just grazes it and gives the ball topspin). I literally cannot move the shooter housing any lower without making new holes in the cabinet. I know for a fact that it worked well back in the day (ran up the ramp most of the time), so I cant possibly have to make new holes? Is there a way to adjust the angle of the rod to point it more down? Ive fiddled with the three screws but wondered if I am missing something
3) The notorious weak upper flipper. It works intermittently, but mostly its weak or doesn't flip. Here, I have tried everything. There is a new cabinet switch behind the button, totally new flipper parts, new coil. I've checked that the ohms are about right at flipped and resting (~100 and ~4). I even convinced myself to get a new flipper power board. Still not good. Any ideas? I'm not sure I could rerun all new wires, and I'm hoping that there is something else to try first.
4) I have new-ish bridge rectifiers in place (not original - replaced circa 2009), but I saw on Marco that there is a new little board (Inkochnito Bridge Board) to deal with them failing. Is it really a common problem? It hasn't happened ever on mine but the rectifiers are getting several years old now. So wondering if its a worthwhile upgrade or just something that can be solved with new cheap rectifiers from an electronics shop at a regular multiyear interval?
Really enjoyed reading through this thread. And seeing all the cool redone decals and plastics, which I am sure I will get in touch about some of those at some point.