Quoted from branlon8:
Don‘t you get a lot of right outlane drains? I have been thinking lately about taking the rubber out. This has been discussed at various places in this thread.
What does puzzle me a bit is that there seems to be two switches behind the rubber above the right outline. This little lane is pretty much blocked off because of the rubber so balls only go in there from below on strange bounces. How come the game never gives an error at start up because these switches are rarely activated?
I didn’t notice any difference in outlane drains. I did notice more sound effects from that switch being hit more. Not sure how many games without being hit before the credit dot would appear, but the ball does work it’s way up in there from underneath fairly often. Especially during multiballs, when one might miss seeing it get hit.
Without the rubber installed, the ball does go to the right more towards the outlane. However, most times it shoots the ball back into the center of the playfield, instead of down the Outlane. The pops shoot it off the rubber on the right where the switch is and creates great action.
With the rubber in, and when the ball would go “under” the boulders and hit the installed rubber ring on its bottom side, it would deaden the ball and the ball would slowly trickle to the post between the inlane and outlane. This created a stressful nudging situation that was 50/50 at best. More times than not it would drain out.
Before the “experiment”, I assumed having the rubber ring in would lead to more pop bumper action. Both ways seemed to have about the same pop action.
* With the ring, short, fast ball movement between the pops
* Without the ring, more variety and still fast ball movement.
Having the ring removed gave the game greater ball movement and variety to overall play without any increased frustration with outlane drains. Game is way more enjoyable without the ring.