(Topic ID: 213870)

Short pinball legs or cut a hole in the roof?

By Luckydogg420

3 years ago


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“What do I do to make the game fit?”

  • Cut the roof 11 votes
    24%
  • Find shorter legs 2 votes
    4%
  • Remove the topper 33 votes
    72%

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#1 3 years ago

I have a GoT Pre with the stern dragon topper. I’m moving into a new place and the basement acoustic tile ceiling is about 2-3” to low for my game to fix. I might be able to lower the back legs a bit, but it probably won’t be enough, and the angle would be off.

What do I do?

Can I get shorter legs for my game? I’m not a tall guy, maybe having the game lower might not be that bad.
Do I cut a hole in the ceiling tiles and make room for the topper to fit? (My wife suggested this)
Do I remove the topper? (I can’t believe that I just wrote that)

#3 3 years ago

Remove the topper and use it like a dream catcher above your bed. Sweet dreams...... : )

#4 3 years ago

Use shrink wrap, works every time.

#5 3 years ago

any room above to move the tiles up?

#6 3 years ago

I'm surprised you didn't list the suggestion to dig out the floor.

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

I'm surprised you didn't list the suggestion to dig out the floor.

Brilliant, that would solve the vertical challenge and the topper problem.

#8 3 years ago

Same problem w my WH2O, raised the ceiling over that game 3 1/2 inch. Used 1x4 in grid track and raised a couple panels. Problem solved
Game is gone now , ceiling still raised

#9 3 years ago

Oh I was gonna tell a story aboot how my old buddy jacked his house up a couple feet to fit a game in the basement....then I realized this was all aboot a crummy topper.

#10 3 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Oh I was gonna tell a story aboot how my old buddy jacked his house up a couple feet to fit a game in the basement....then I realized this was all aboot a crummy topper.

Why you gotta be like this?!

#11 3 years ago

My FT topper just about hits the joists in my basement, preventing me from getting the 6.5 degrees of inclination. I put Gottlieb legs on the front of that which are a little shorter. Problem solved and the difference is negligible in the feel of the game.

#12 3 years ago

I don't know what game these legs I got from my friend Drano were from but they helped my TAF topper just clear the ceiling in my old house. You can see next to my Roadshow legs they are much shorter so I was able to get the right pitch too. I think they might have been 4 Blackwater 100 front legs because it had a weird shaped cab and you can see how much longer the backs were compared to the fronts.

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#13 3 years ago

There are other options. I'd suggest heading on down to your local lowrider supply store. A row optima batteries, some hydros, and you can adjust to any height. Not to mention you can get some keen tips for some sweeet sweet scroll work on those chrome legs. Don't forget the intro of the play style opportunities. Instead of bumping the game with your hips, just bump one of the switches for the hydros. You could also add a hydro-dance routine and bounce contest to the mix for parties. I can't wait to see a couple of these modded out machines coin-door to coin door next to a glass metering stick, duking it out vato style for the most air below the adjusters. Please post video when you do!

#14 3 years ago
Quoted from VacFink:

There are other options. I'd suggest heading on down to your local lowrider supply store. A row optima batteries, some hydros, and you can adjust to any height. Not to mention you can get some keen tips for some sweeet sweet scroll work on those chrome legs. Don't forget the intro of the play style opportunities. Instead of bumping the game with your hips, just bump one of the switches for the hydros. You could also add a hydro-dance routine and bounce contest to the mix for parties. I can't wait to see a couple of these modded out machines coin-door to coin door next to a glass metering stick, duking it out vato style for the most air below the adjusters. Please post video when you do!

Great Idea a low rider mod so your game can jump and bounce! Forget the Tilt! But the ceiling... never mind!

#15 3 years ago

Just take the topper off.

#16 3 years ago

Things would be so much easier if you lived in FL. Drop the house.

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#17 3 years ago

I understand that the easiest solution would be to remove the topper; that’s the logical choice. My problem with this is that GoT is my only pin right now and I plan to keep it for a very long time, probably as long as I keep the house. I REALLY like this topper too. I bought the topper less then 6 months ago because it fits the game so well, I don’t plan to sell the topper.

If I can’t find shorter legs, then maybe I’ll put the trooper on a shelf close by.

Quoted from mwong168:

I don't know what game these legs I got from my friend Drano were from but they helped my TAF topper just clear the ceiling in my old house. You can see next to my Roadshow legs they are much shorter so I was able to get the right pitch too. I think they might have been 4 Blackwater 100 front legs because it had a weird shaped cab and you can see how much longer the backs were compared to the fronts.

Thanks for the advice mwong, I’ll have to search for something shorter then what I currently have. Maybe gottlieb legs will solve this for me.

I’m only like 5’8” so a shorter game won’t be an issue

#18 3 years ago

I had a similar problem. I first removed the ceiling tiles and draped some cloth over the exposed ceiling. It looked . . . meh. I eventually redid the basement and took out all ceiling tiles, painting everything above a matte black. That looked great in my opinion. I documented everything here:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/advice-sought-for-redoing-game-room-basement

Even having done that, I didn't have room for the topper on my WOZ, so I made a stand and put it to the side:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/woz-fan-club-members-only/page/60#post-3515712

#19 3 years ago

Just put the game in the living room.

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