LAST WMS FLIPPERS
By Todd "PinTed" Andersen
In a previous article covering Williams - WMS Sys 7 through WPC flippers, it was explained that the neck of the original flipper link held the conical return spring while the four tabs in the retaining bracket held the larger bottom of the spring. This pair keeps the spring straight while it compressed during a flip. This is the WMS C-8230 / C-8270 flipper system.
In this article, covering flippers for later WMS WPC Sys games, the link never touches the return spring. Instead, the smaller spring is offset. This is WMS Williams (Fliptronic I/II) A-15205-L/R system.
Directly below is a complete list of later Williams pinball machines that were built with the A-15205-L/R flipper system. The list is arranged by system. The systems are listed by release date, from first to last. The games in each of the systems are arranged alphabetically.
Plunger / Pawl / Crank
The plunger with the correct flipper link is, pictured on the left. The correct part is thicker than the other and even has more material where there once was a tapered neck. The neck of the incorrect part, pictured right, can prematurely break.
The original flipper coil sleeve, pictured on the left, is the same number as the correct replacement part, pictured on the right.
The incorrect bracket is pictured on the right. Though either bracket will work, the more correct and stronger replacement part is pictured on the left.
The incorrect stop is pictured on the right. The correct replacement part is pictured on the left. The stop of the replacement part is slightly longer than the stop on the incorrect part. The stop on the newer replacement part is made of a tougher metal. So, the new stop lasts longer.
The original bushing, pictured on the left, is virtually the same as the correct replacement part, pictured on the right. The new part has a slightly improved design. The improvement makes the bushing stronger.
End Of Stroke (EOS) Switch
The incorrect EOS, on the right, is different from the correct replacement part, pictured on the left. The incorrect part has contact points that are made of tungsten. The correct part has contacts that are plated with gold. The gold affords lower resistance, which works better in modern Stern, The Pinball Factory and Williams pinball machines.
Many different pinball parts dealers have A-15205-L/R flipper parts for sale. But, be sure you get the correct part(s).
It may be best/easiest to just completely replace your old flipper assembly (like the one above) with a brand new assembly.
But, I could only find a few pinball parts dealers on line who have the complete A-15849-L/R flipper assemblies for sale. The dealers I have found are listed in alphabetical order.
As always, flip happy, flip often, and flip safely!
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