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    Finally after many years, Ive realized just how important these things are to kicker style ball returns. After rebuilding one and re-installing it, how do I know how far out to adjust it? I think I vaguely remember someone state that the front of the pad needs to be just about flush with the filler plates. Correct??? If not, then where? Also, it seems that the only way to adjust this would be to bend the tab that rests against the lift rails. Any quick tricks that would substitute for this?

    Also which pads do you guys prefer? I have a fondness for the Vantage urethane myself but am open for suggestions. Thanks guys.

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    Re: starter pads for kicker asseblies

    Rd Heres one that worked for me in this instance. Take the rubber bushing out of a cushion shock and put that on the staertter pad lever that will the rest against the rail and shim back the pad to give you more clearence. Amf grey worked well for me.
    They say that the **** rolls down hill but the smell always starts at the top.

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      AMF grey rubber is the way to go. The urethane ones are way too hard and unforgiving. I've had too many problems with balls not even coming close to wanting to enter lifts with those buggers on them.

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        AMF grey rubber... Nuff said! [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]
        All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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          Re: starter pads for kicker asseblies

          Okkk then, grey rubber it is! Thanks for the spacer trick Lafarge. Was I right about the pad needing to be flush with the filler plates??

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            AMF is all that I will use and guarantee my work to customers.
            Formerly known as Cyclone Lanes

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            • #7
              Re: starter pads for kicker asseblies

              Not quite flush but close. You still need about 1/8 inch exposed inside ball door for contact. If in to far the ball will just sit there.
              They say that the **** rolls down hill but the smell always starts at the top.

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              • #8
                Re: starter pads for kicker asseblies

                We stack a double bumper for our back starter pads that the kickers rest on, Lets the lighter balls get into the lift easier, Gotta watch kicker belt tension though, May have to up the tension slightly or buy a longer belt for longer lasting wear.

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                  Re: starter pads for kicker asseblies

                  I used to glue a bin bumper and kicker bumper to gether for the kicker clerence that orked very well because it let the ball get in the door farther befor the kicker made contact with the ball. Remember the kicker kicks the ball up the lift. It does not suck the ball in or else they would be called Suckers.
                  They say that the **** rolls down hill but the smell always starts at the top.

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                    Re: starter pads for kicker asseblies

                    Sorry Can't spell to day.
                    They say that the **** rolls down hill but the smell always starts at the top.

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