Quoted from Djshakes:
It's not a flawed solution. It is the best solution. People didn't start building these just because. I too had the switch extender, the issue is a very weak shot that barely makes the ramp doesn't have the momentum to roll past the switch, it hits it, rolls back and stops at the ramp. You have to that keep hitting the diverter button in hopes to get the ball rolling but that often won't work as the diverter doesn't hit the ball directly. It sort of just pushes it like you were slapping the side of the cab and rarely works. You then have to pull the glass. With the switch further down the line the ball has enough momentum to get passed the switch as long as you have it properly adjusted. Trust me, I wish you didn't have to have the extender and I'm sure every game is different but the three shadows I had all had this issue.
No offense, but your solution is the worst of the three because you switch isn't extended as long as the one you can buy and it doesn't even clear the wireform. With a enough momentum the ball rides up the ramp and up on the top of the wire form and launches clear over the switch. Especially if you have strong flippers. I noticed with the mantis ramps this is even more prevalent because I believe they are tad steeper. At least the ones I had were and I switched back to the originals and it remedied a lot of the ball flight issue.
agree with this. I installed my switch extender, not the switch arm, and it works 100% of the time and is nearly invisible when playing. Not sure why it would be considered flawed. As for the switch arm extender, it is more visible and looks a bit odd. the original design is horrible, its just too close to where the ball makes the sharp and fast turn. All that matters really is what solution works for the individual. If the switch actuator extender works 100% of the time and people are happy with that solution, that's what you are after. I am very happy with my switch extender as it works 100% of the time and not having that switch register was a huge frustration. for $12 and 5 minutes with nothing more than a small screwdriver, you really can't go wrong with the extender.