(Topic ID: 18292)

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 (6 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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#161 6 years ago

Hey Vid, you got any tips on zipper flippers? Not that they don't work, you just seem to know how to make things better.

2 months later
#227 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Hey Vid, you got any tips on zipper flippers?

Well, here they are. I decided it's time. This settup is quite the engineering marvel for it's time, but over the years it can develop slop. Fireball is a great game, but when the flippers have a two and a half inch gap when open, it's time to take action!

This will be an easy fix because the fat round washer that acts as a stop is worn down on one side. Loosening the screw and turning it will bring it back where it should be.

I will disassemble the whole unit, clean it, lube it, new coils and hardware, and adjust out any other slop.
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#237 6 years ago

I called MacGyver,

I would have called vid first.

2 months later
#288 6 years ago

Hi vid. I just upgraded my Black Knight's lower flippers using late model parts, and although it is an excellent, cost effective way to repair this machine with great action, it seems I have lost about a half inch of travel. I know they had two different kit's during the 90's, I'm not sure which ones I used, as I have had them for a while. What exactly is the difference?
Thanks

#290 6 years ago
Quoted from mof:

Is there any chance you went from a set without grommets to one with? Just had to ask since if you remove the grommets you get much more range of motion.

Yeah, I just figured that out. I would still like to know what the difference is in the early vs. late 90's flipper kits.

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#309 6 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

NEVER PUT A MODERN FLIPPER INTO AN OLD STYLE MECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is there a source? Pbresources site refers you to the one piece later style if you need the shaft for the two piece.

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#350 5 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

Get stronger.

+1

Of course, I have seen people try to turn the wrench the wrong way before.

#353 5 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Each side turns left, correct?

Counterclockwise on the nut- correct.
But don't use a nut driver. Get some leverage. A six point socket or wrench of quality is your best bet And make sure you hold the allen steady, so you don't break something.

#355 5 years ago

And watch those knuckles!

#357 5 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Is there a "normal" way to "back off the nut"? Hell, I'd settle for an abnormal way. I'm sure my wife would too.

Just have her snap one on!
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