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  • The best parts

    Here are my favorites:

    1. Carpet - Vantage premium
    2. Cups - Amf aluminum
    3. Pit support brackets - New style Amf
    4. Front roller links - Ed's and Bulldogs
    5. Front roller hinges - Amf
    6. Bin straps - Stahls lifetime
    7. Pinholders - Amf
    8. Dist. belts - Quality rubber rough top
    9. Ball exit - humpy
    10. Lift rod cover - Stahls white
    11. Ball lift belt regular - Amf black
    12. Triggering - Bowltronics
    13. Contactors - Bowltronics ss
    14. Rubber rivets - Amf blue
    15. Cushion weldement - Amf
    16. Dist pan wipes - Ed's

    Jerry

    I do want to try the Stahl's carpet...I have had some V premiums that dont want to go around the rear roller with new springs ann the pit rebuilt.

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    Re: The best parts

    dist belts - Quality rubber rough
    Motor SSSS's - AMF or Quality
    Vibration Dampners - AMF or Quality
    Cushion Rivets - AMF
    Cushion Facing - AMF
    Carpets - Vantage Premiums
    any aluminum cast stuff - AMF
    Ball Lift Belts - AMF Black
    Foul Lights - Zot
    *** all other parts - whoever's cheapest

    [ January 23, 2002: Message edited by: Coors ]

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    • #3
      Re: The best parts

      JERRY,
      you forgot one [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]
      the bumpers you like the best or should it be
      the ones you hate the most. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]
      that could be another topic the worst parts of
      all time? gee I wounder who would be at the top
      of the list. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] CRUDDY
      if things aren't going right just use a bigger hammer! DIRT

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      • #4
        Re: The best parts

        Quote:]Originally posted by Coors:

        Vibration Dampners - AMF or Quality
        Cushion Rivets - AMF
        Cushion Facing - AMF
        [/QUOTE]

        I have to say, I think Vantage has the trophy for these parts... the vibe dampers they make are just about indestructible, and cheaper than AMF's, the 'Super Rivet' they make we've been using for several years, and the breakage/pull-thru rate has dropped to almost nothing... the facings they make are about the same.

        I will add, too... the new 'Red Lightning' kickers they sell are about the best I've used so far... Some of the older ones had a problem with hardening up and not pulling, but so far I've had no problems with the new ones, and they've reduced our ball calls by 70% or more...
        <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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        • #5
          Re: The best parts

          to make the life of your rivets longer try the amf velcro facing and the velcro cover.

          i have a high lineage center (15k/week) and the rivets would blow out. started installing the velcro ones and haven't had any problems.

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          • #6
            Re: The best parts

            Good luck getting the facing off. I couldn't without ripping off the riveted piece.

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            • #7
              Re: The best parts

              Quote:]Originally posted by macon:
              to make the life of your rivets longer try the amf velcro facing and the velcro cover.

              i have a high lineage center (15k/week) and the rivets would blow out. started installing the velcro ones and haven't had any problems.
              [/QUOTE]

              I've been buying those cheap on closeout or inventory reductions, tearing the velcro off of them, and then punching holes in them to use 'em with rivets.

              The old AMF rubber rivets had a problem with marking up the balls, and with the heads wearing off of them... the newer Vantage urethane rivets overcame those problems, and they wear like iron.
              <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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              • #8
                Re: The best parts

                meant to hit edit, but hit quote instead, sorry

                [ January 25, 2002: Message edited by: Coors ]

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                • #9
                  Re: The best parts

                  Door Rings-Life Long
                  Dist. Belt-Stahls Black Tuffy Grabber
                  Carpets-Vantage Premium/Amf Pumpkin
                  Bushings-Enviro
                  Cups-Vantage Aluminum

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                  • #10
                    Re: The best parts

                    .

                    [ January 25, 2002: Message edited by: Coors ]

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                    • #11
                      Re: The best parts

                      i realize this isnt the thread for such a "discussion", not an arguement please!!!

                      yes, Vantage Dampners are INDESTRUCTIBLE. i got forty-some sittin on my bench i'll trade 3-1 for shear dampners. Unfortunately what does fail is the support welds and bounce plates.

                      yes, vantage cushion stuff is INDESTRUCTIBLE. unfortunately what gives is the plank or mostly the cushion welds. and of course the "solution", make the planks thicker. . . . .so the rivets get stretched more and the rivets fail earlier instead. I got about a pair of the "super cushion" sittin on my dusty shelf i'll trade for one lane of GEN-U-WINE AMF Cushion stuff

                      only analogy i can give is, remove the shocks on your car/truck and replace them with 3X3 inch blocks of iron. . .they'll last forever

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                      • #12
                        Re: The best parts

                        Coors...true....the stacked vib dampeners are bounce plate beakers. And without layers I do believe it is tough on the weldement.

                        Jerry

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                        • #13
                          Re: The best parts

                          I agree totally with Coors.... they are INDESTRUCTIBLE... but I'll quote an AMF Technical Sales Rep that visited our centre a while back (I dunno if that's a good thing to do, but anyway!!!

                          Say cushion blocks for example, they were initially made out of rubber (NOT urethane) for a reason. Sure, they used to split and chip all the time, but they were DESIGNED to do that. Sure, urethane is tough and basically indestructible, but BECAUSE its so tough and "indestructible", it places more pressure on the cushion weldments etc. We started putting in urethane cushion blocks in our centre, and our weldments were cracking and literally snapping in half due to the urethane blocks not absorbing the shock - what's better? a $40 (australian) cushion block or a $300 cushion weldment??

                          Have fun!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: The best parts

                            Somebody gave me a bunch of the Vantage dampners. I've been drilling a 1/4" hole through the rubber to try to create some "give" to them. Seems to make them flex a little more.

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                            • #15
                              Re: The best parts

                              carpet-Vantage Premium
                              cups-Vantage "pit bull" (aluminum)
                              pit support-AMF
                              front roller links-AMF
                              front roller hinges-AMF
                              binstraps-Vantage
                              pinholders-AMF
                              Dist belts-AMF Black roughtop
                              Ball exit-PBL
                              lift rod cover-Standard AMF
                              Ball lift belt-AMF black
                              chassis contactors-Allen bradley,I get these locally
                              Give me a hammer and some duct tape and I can fix it!

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