(Topic ID: 300319)

Upper Flipper Switch Gap

By Rhombus

13 days ago



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    #1 13 days ago

    So, don't laugh, but I have been playing pinball for 45 years and collecting for 15 and I just realized that the upper flipper is actuated at a different time than than the lower flipper! Obviously I am a slow learner. On some of my machines the switch gap is huge (GnR) on others its small (JP). What is "spec" on the upper flipper switch gap. Or if not spec, what is "expected" when you walk up to a correctly tuned machine? Thanks for any positive thoughts / input on the subject.

    #2 13 days ago

    GNR has two leaf blade switches on one flipper button. On most newer games if you push the flipper button in slowly, first the lower flipper fires. Then push in further and then the upper fires.

    Or bash that sucker in and they both fire.

    On older pins, an upper flipper might be controlled by an extra set of contacts on a lower flipper EOS switch.

    LTG : )

    #3 13 days ago

    I've never really seen a spec on this. Usually I just leave it factory, but I don't really know if even the factory is doing it consistently. Flipping with only the upper flipper while keeping the lower raised is called "staged flipping" and can be really useful during multiball. For your own games, I'd recommend making the gap a bit wider if needed so thay you can make use of it. Only make it narrower if you're purposely trying to make the game more difficult.

    #4 12 days ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    I've never really seen a spec on this. Usually I just leave it factory, but I don't really know if even the factory is doing it consistently. Flipping with only the upper flipper while keeping the lower raised is called "staged flipping" and can be really useful during multiball. For your own games, I'd recommend making the gap a bit wider if needed so thay you can make use of it. Only make it narrower if you're purposely trying to make the game more difficult.

    Thanks for the input. I set it narrower because the extra time delay really messes with my ability to hit shots with the upper flipper. I guess I will play around with it a bit.

    #5 12 days ago

    I personally think it's kind of cheap to widen the gap so you can stage; but hey, we all like diff'rent things.

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