This thread is full of awesome. Thanks, vid!
I already had a few flipper rebuilds & bat/rubber swaps under my belt, but I learned tons more reading this entire thread over several lunches at work!
- I got an Addams Family bundled with 2 flipper rebuild kits for the bottom flippers. When rebuilt, the bats didn't go up as much as I'd like, so I trimmed the connecting links. Much better! Fortunately, I did notice the lack of bushings in the kits & replaced those while I was in there.
- On TAF, I went ahead & just swapped the entire 2 upper flipper assemblies, base & all, while I was at it. The Pinball Life complete kits are handy dandy & big time-savers. Per one of your earlier posts, I did get indeed stung by noticing after all this work that the upper left mini bat plastic was cracked. One more order needed to be placed. Those mini bats are a little hard to come by--Little Shop of Games was where I found them. I went ahead & bought/swapped all 4 bats while I was at it--if one was cracked, another might crack soon too.
- After reading your thread, I went back into all 4 TAF flippers & all 4 on my Grand Lizard & used a shim tool (cut up Craftsman Club card) & inserted gaps between the bushing & bats. 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.