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VID's Guide to Upgrading/Rebuilding Flippers

By vid1900

7 years ago

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14 key posts have been marked in this topic

Post #6 Get the right EOS switch Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #8 Make System 11 Flippers Feel Tight Like Fliptronic Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #88 Replace Old Series Coils With New Parallel Coils Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #140 Udate Old Solid State Flippers Into Fliptronic Style Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

Post #292 List of games with longer/shorter flipper travel Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

Post #294 Rebuilding 1967-1979 Flippers Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

Post #390 Coil stop differences between system 11 and Fliptronic Posted by vid1900 (5 years ago)

Post #520 Rebuilding Bally Linear Flippers Posted by vid1900 (5 years ago)

Post #710 Classic Bally Early Solid State Flippers Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

Post #712 Coil Stop Wear Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

Post #713 Plunger wear Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

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#387 5 years ago
Quoted from jasonbar:

My Meteor & Medusa use set screws on the bat shafts instead of clamps, so there seemed to be no way to adjust the bat shafts on these assemblies.

Can't you loosen the set screws, adjust the bat shaft (put your gap tool between flipper and PF and push down on the flipper) and tighten them back up? Hope so, I'm doing that to my Xenon (though it would help to have a third hand).

#389 5 years ago

good point, I may have that issue going on. I'll have to see if swapping will help. thanks!

3 months later
#443 5 years ago

Just rebuilt my first flipper ever using this guide and it went smoothly (thanks Vid!) though I have a concern since I'm getting a hum/buzz on hold.

I rebuilt because the right flipper on Gorgar started chattering and I saw the coil was broken at the plastic. Not sure if it had always been like that or I broke it at some point. I replaced the coil and all parts of the mech. I took it VERY slowly, labeling wires and moving most connections one at a time on a bench. Connections seem solid though I am no expert with the soldering iron.

The flipper works and seems strong and responsive but I get a slight hum/buzz when holding. How normal is that? It's not very loud and I've noticed it on Flash before. I checked the other Gorgar flipper and it does it a bit though not as much. I don't mind the noise but want to makes sure there's no problem. My concern is that even though the EOS is gapped properly and I can watch it open, is it possible I'm never switching to low power? I can post pics tonight if needed. Thanks!

#445 5 years ago

Thanks, that's reassuring. I'll check it again but I think I tightened it up pretty good according to your instructions (and also moved the diode side away from the coil stop since the old one was in backwards).

8 months later
#691 4 years ago
Quoted from Bax1:

And no that is not my hand. Got my daughter to help. Everything from the pinball life kit is installed. New bushings, plunger assembly, spring, and new eos switch. The orange coil is set to 1/8. I know it doesn't look like it

Are you saying the flipper bat itself (on the PF) raises higher on one than the other or just that under the PF the blue one is opening the gap more? That gap is definitely too much so you need to bend the switch to adjust, preferably with a tool such as: http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/77-SWK-B

Vid of course will have the more expert/trusted opinion (and hassle you for putting the lugs at the coil stop ).

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