(Topic ID: 239155)

Surfer Flipper Replacement


By Fifty

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by fixintoplay
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#1 1 year ago

Hi guys,

I am at the stage where I want to replace the flippers on my Surfer. They are cracked and badly faded.

I am looking at PBR and they are talking about thin and thick flipper shafts. I am not sure which I need. Do I need them?

http://www.pbresource.com/flippers/gtb-a13154.jpg

http://www.pbresource.com/flippers/gtb-a15531.jpg

Does anyone know which one Surfer uses? I do not want to take apart the flippers until I have the new parts as this is the only pin I have at the moment and it is playable.

Thank you!

#2 1 year ago

Pretty sure Surfer uses thick, but I'm sure a quick call to pbr can confirm

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Pretty sure Surfer uses thick, but I'm sure a quick call to pbr can confirm

I get nervous talking to him over the phone. I think I've heard one too many stories about not being prepared when you call PBR. Ha!

I am sure someone here knows. I'll play the waiting game and hope for a few more posts from members.

#4 1 year ago

Email is much easier than calling, if a bit slower

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#5 1 year ago

zacaj I agree, but the email draft I have put together has over 20 items I am ordering and I didn't want to add any more confusion to it.

Is the image you posted from the Surfer manual?

So... THICK shoe and shaft?

#6 1 year ago

It's from the 1978 parts manual. The thin shoes seem to be for the older style, two part flipper mechs, while the thick shaft is used on the newer single part mechs because of their unique double bushings. My surf champ uses that style mech, I assume surfer does as well.

#7 1 year ago

Thick...….bought them myself recently

#8 1 year ago

zacaj mrbanjo Thank you!

mrbanjo I'll have to visit Ottumwa some day. Sounds like the sister city to my location.

#9 1 year ago

I think he just wants to replace the white bats. He should use bat # A13150 ($1.95 each).

http://www.pbresource.com/flippers.html#3in

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

I think he just wants to replace the white bats. He should use bat # A13150 ($1.95 each).
http://www.pbresource.com/flippers.html#3in

I was going to replace the bats and the shoe/shaft. I'm guessing they shaft has never been replaced. Is it metal or plastic? I can't tell from the picture as it is all black. My guess is metal so maybe I don't need it.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from Fifty:

I was going to replace the bats and the shoe/shaft. I'm guessing they shaft has never been replaced. Is it metal or plastic? I can't tell from the picture as it is all black. My guess is metal so maybe I don't need it.

Metal, yes. Sometimes they do get rusty though, so can't hurt to have one on hand

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from Fifty:

I was going to replace the bats and the shoe/shaft. I'm guessing they shaft has never been replaced. Is it metal or plastic? I can't tell from the picture as it is all black. My guess is metal so maybe I don't need it.

The shaft can get nicking and scarring on it where the set screws are tightened down. If someone has put the flipper in the wrong location and then wrenched on the set screw hard, it can be difficult to adjust. They're cheap, just replace them.

#13 1 year ago

EMsInKC is spot on -- just replace the shafts when rebuilding flippers. No-brainer. And I empathize with you about talking to Steve Young -- I avoid it. There's really no need to talk to him about anything. Here's a hint when dealing with PBR: Always send your email order with your machine referenced by title, manufacturer and date of manufacture, in addition to your list of needed parts. You don't necessarily have to provide exact part numbers, although I do when I have them. (In your case: "2 ea. - flipper shafts" is all you need.) Jimmy, who is very knowledgeable, handles email orders and will know which parts to pull as long as he has the right game reference. If he doesn't, he'll message you with any questions to clarify. (BTW - they're the thick ones -- I've replaced them on my Surf Champ, sister machine to Surfer).

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