Quoted from Ian720:
So I just finished screwing around with mine a bit. Came back here to see you guys had basically solved the problem! Freddy is right on; it's all about that guide hole. My big hangup wasn't the play in the kicker during a game; there's a bit, but not too much. My OCD issue was the kicker leaning to the right at rest. I started by actually twisting the entire guide a bit to the left to compensate; no dice. This actually impeded the kicker from "kicking" properly, too much friction in the guide now & I could see that it was going to hangup + wear badly. Put it back. Then I slightly bent the right "tooth" at the top of the guide so the kicker arm actually rested on it when it was in the resting position. Fixed! Straight up & down + the kicker still kicks smoothly. So it really is all about the guide/guide hole & a little adjustment changes a lot on the kicker itself. So gwynners, thanks for bringing this issue forward again, didn't realize how much it was irritating me until you said something.
Hey, no problem, I'll do the same to mine tomorrow and hopefully get the same outcome!
Ps... can I ask a question as you're at the machine?
When we hit the outer left loop, and it comes around the back towards the upper right flipper, we can control the ball by having the right upper flipper out fully, the ball jumps across to the post near the saucer and bounces back to the right to the loop side wall, allowing us to hit a controllable shot to the shadow loop.... I'd like to know if this is the way the table should play or if it needs a different angle maybe...