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(Topic ID: 196627)

Star Trek, Screw/soft rubber near pop bumpers?


By camcamaro1991

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Hi Pinside family,

Got a question does your ST have this little soft clear rubber on the playfield near the lowest pop bumper? never noticed this until the pop bumper light when dim on me, and I was back there. hidden little thing!

I don't see it in my owners manual as a part. It seems to mess with my ball and stop some pops.

Does not seem like a factory part.

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#2 3 years ago

No. Mine appears to be just that stupid screw head.

#3 3 years ago

This is a commin fix for ball hang ups. I implemented something similar when i set mine up out of the box.

#4 3 years ago

Nothing there on mine but I could probably use it, the ball does like to come to rest there.

#5 3 years ago

Is that screwed into the playfield?

#6 3 years ago
Quoted from Spitfiren8:

This is a commin fix for ball hang ups. I implemented something similar when i set mine up out of the box.

There has to be something better than putting a screw in a playfield... ugh...

Quoted from ktrain315:

Is that screwed into the playfield?

yes, unfortunately it is. I never saw it when I bought the game, its fairly well hidden.

Quoted from gunstarhero:

Nothing there on mine but I could probably use it, the ball does like to come to rest
there.

Thanks for checking and providing feedback.

Quoted from Buzz:

No. Mine appears to be just that stupid screw head.

Thanks for checking and providing feedback.

#7 3 years ago

"edited" because I was incorrect about said screw

#9 3 years ago

So I took a closer look and my game has a screw there too.

Since I know no one just drove a random screw into my PF it looks like all that happened on the OP's post was someone used that screw to put a bit of rubber there to smooth that area. Reversible mod and no damage done.

#10 3 years ago

I bought my STLE NIB I had the same issue with the screw in Pop's. I made a fix years ago and posted it on my youtube channel . I will post link my fix works great :

#11 3 years ago
Quoted from ktrain315:

OP, it's not the biggest deal, is hidden, and doesn't affect gameplay (probably enhances actually), however I would disclose this if/when you go to sell.

WRONG.
The screw head absolutely effect game play 100% . Fix is needed and simple .

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#12 3 years ago

Yeah I said I was wrong and edited already, calm down

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from RobKnapp:

WRONG.
The screw head absolutely effect game play 100% . Fix is needed and simple .

Thanks for the Video,

Quoted from ktrain315:

Yeah I said I was wrong and edited already, calm down

no worries Ktrain315,

everyone.... ( I myself am guilty of getting heated on here) guys in the spirit of keeping the thread useful I'd rather focus on a better fix, its messing with my pop bumpers, its not smooth at all bouncing around up there.

possible fixes:
fat o-ring (squeezed under the screw head)
Stern post (replace the screw entirely)
felt/rubber bumper dot (as per RobKnapp's vid)
?
?
?

#15 3 years ago

Thanks Ktrain, makes sense to search for ball stuck vs ST pop bumper screw.

#16 3 years ago
Quoted from camcamaro1991:

Thanks Ktrain, makes sense to search for ball stuck vs ST pop bumper screw.

I read that old entire thread 3 years ago when it was relevant . I took all the (info) and came up with my viable , easy solution . No need to look any (further)
. It was a pain in the ass having the screw head cause pinball to hang up and also metal head would scratch the pinball. I fixed many of my Colorado Pinhead buddies STLE with my ( felt ) adhesive 3/8 circle hard pad . Your search is over it works great ! Fave fun . Great pinball machine ! Peace

#17 3 years ago

I would removethe rubber and see how it plays. I used to have problems with the ball getting stuck there but not in a long while.

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