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    I haven't been at this center to long, but I sure can see why it has such a bad rep for ball damage. The lift rods are so far out of wack it's unreal. On 6 of the twenty lanes the ball was literally riding up the elevator support [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif[/img] .Well anyways I've staightened alot of the real bad ones out, but they were so neglected that I'm not sure how to make some of them work properly again. I know zot and quality have space kits to move the clapper over to center them better. Do they work??? I've never needed to try them before. Also I get a ton of pins going up the lifts w/the ball. Never had much of a problem with this before either. Again I know zot and quality make different styles of pin ejectors. Do they work??? Which do you prefer???

    Thanks Joe [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]

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    Re: lift rods/ ball damage

    Welcome to the site Joe.
    I found that rebuilding the lift rods seemed to elimante these problems without buying kits.
    Replace the oilite bushings in the clapper box.
    Check your lift rod spring rod.
    The inside of this rod can wear and also wear the lift rod stud.
    Causing ALOT of side to side slop in the lift rods.
    As far as the pins going up Bowl techer Masternut has come up with a bungee cord trick to stop this.
    Look through the old posts and you will find it somewhere or maybe you could e-mail masternut.


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      Re: lift rods/ ball damage

      Check your spring rods for slop/too much wobble when the stud is through it,too much play will cause liftrods to move too much,yes...use the liftrod arm rebuilding kits,they should help out alot.I use nylon clothsline cord for my pin deflectors,much cheaper than bungee cords.I use 2 per lane and no more pins in tracks,subways,floors etc.I run one low to catch the pin sooner and one up higher to catch it just in case the lower did'nt get it.No more chasing stupid pin in track(p.i.t.)calls.


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