(Estimated install time is 10-15 minutes) Please note that we are not responsible for any damages done to your pinball machine. Install at your own risk! We suggest that if you are not familiar with working on your pinball machine that you take your time or have someone help you. Always consult your manual for detailed information or have a knowledgeable buddy/technician to help you.
1. Before beginning, remove the playfield glass and translight/backglass. Store them safely so that they are not in the way and do not get broken
2. You will need access to the driver board and so that you can locate the connection for your game, reference the chart below:
3. Remove the contents of the Pin Stadium shipping tube.
Locate the following connectors. ***Important:
PLEASE NOTE: There are now two different styles of Pin Stadiums (they do the same functions just a redesign). Find your matching module and then:
The picture in the middle of the Pin Stadium module (goes left to right lengthwise), make sure you plug the Green/Red flasher on the LEFT and the Blue/White GI connectors on the RIGHT as show below. The power connector (can be orange or white) you will use to connect to the board (PCB) of your machine.
For the picture on the far right (goes up and down) plug the make sure you plug the Green/Red flasher on the RIGHT and the Blue/White GI connectors on the LEFT as show below.
Leave the power connector (Power) unplugged from the Pin Stadium module for now though.
4. Remove the connection from the driver board identified above and plug it into the Pin Stadium connector which is keyed for your specific game. After making the "Z" connection, plug the Pin Stadium connector back into the same location you removed the factory connection from and be sure you have it properly aligned before making the connection to the driver board.
5. With the connection now made to the driver board, drop the other half of the wire and the power connector through the backbox/cabinet into the bottom cabinet. Route the wire in the backbox the way you prefer for a clean look. At this time you can close up the backup box, replace the speaker panel and translight.
6. Remove the balls from the game and pull the playfield to a forward position. The playfield should NOT be raised at this time.
7. Locate the Pin Stadium lights and driver board, as they are connected and rest the lights along the playfield for support: The ribbon cables should be closest to the backbox and fed over the back of the playfield on opposite sides.
8. At this time plug the power connector you pushed from the backbox into the cabinet and plug it into the Pin Stadium driver board that the ribbon cables are attached to.
9. Place the now connected Pin Stadium driver board in the bottom of the cabinet out of the way of any moving objects. The driver board should have 2 additional wires connected for GI and flasher that are currently not connected to the game. Carefully put the playfield back into normal game position (do not replace balls yet)
10. Use the included alcohol wipe to clean just below the playfield glass track. Positioning of the lights will be 1/16th of an inch below the glass channel. Clean about 2 inches below so not to pick up any stray dust. It will need to be very clean and completely dry before proceeding. The wipe is to insure the best adhesion for the Magna-Mount system that hold the lights to the side of the cabinet. This is a VERY IMPORTANT step as this will insure the Pin Stadium lights a solid mount. Take your time here on this one please.
Notice here, I have roughly marked the length of the lights to know where to clean and positioning of the lights is critical for the best effect and clean factory finished look. The ribbon cable should be tucked just behind and under the back playfield glass receiver channel.
11. Carefully peel off the white protective backing for the Magna-Mount system, paying attention to align the lights 1/16th inch below the channel and far enough back to hide the ribbon cable and to clear the backbox hinge. Press firmly all along the entire length of the light channel with your fingers to create maximum bonding. Repeat for the opposite side of the cabinet.
Note: The ribbon cable can be spit to allow for additional separation if need be.
**Caution: You may need to lift the playfield to allow for the splitting of the ribbon cable. Separate the installed Pin Stadium light from Magna-Mount. This allows the playfield to be raised without hitting the lights. DO NOT raise the playfield with the lights attached to the Magna-Mount system on the side as it will damage them. Once the light bars are removed from the mount, secure them on the playfield (usually its easiest to carefully them under a slingshot plastic (or any other plastic/object) or the through return wire forms on the inlane. Each game is different so it will be up to your discretion the best way to secure them on each game.
**Note. This will need to be done to raise the playfield each time.
13. Connecting the GI and Flasher wires:
GI: Raise the playfield carefully watch to not bend or pinch the lights and find the Pin Stadium driver board and attach the GI alligator clips to any GI socket (polarity is not important so it doesn't matter which side you connect them to). The GI wires from the Pin Stadium kit are BLUE/WHITE and usually they terminate in BLACK alligator clips but check wires to be sure. In some cases the alligator clips may not be able to reach into your desired location.
If you are trying to connect to unreachable terminals then please use the wire tap leads lead (small colored stiff wires with black barrel ends). These are great for tapping in the back of a connector terminal. On the opposite end that you plan to clip to, simply fold it over the black barrel so that it has enough width to connect the clip over it. These methods of connection are generally used and can be semi-permanent solutions if done correctly. Optionally if you want a permanent installation then you can solder or wire splice into where you determine is the best location.
Flasher: Then find the trigger flasher of choice and connect the Flasher wire (RED/GREEN wires coming from Pin Stadium usually terminating into RED connector clips but check wire colors to be sure) to the flasher socket. Various connectors are included for flashers where the socket cannot be easily reached. Here you can use the wire splice or wire taps the same way as described above. Then do the same for the GI connector clips (BLUE/WHITE wires coming out of the Pin Stadium module also and terminate generally in BLACK connector clips)
15. Route ribbon cables to create a clean look. The Pin Stadium driver board can be left in the cabinet as it is shielded. Lower the playfield carefully, leaving it in the forward position.
16. Small adhesive ribbon cable clamps are also included to use to attach to the back of the playfield to guide the ribbon cables. They are to be attached to the furthest upper left and right corners of on the backside of the playfield backboard. These are vital as they act as a guide to keep the cables clear of pinching and allow as a memory for your cable lenghth to help keep the cable tucked away and hidden.
Tip: Bend the ribbon cable in half (as shown below) so that it slides easier in the cable clamp. This allow for easier adjustment for slack and helps when you go to tuck it out of site once the playfield is down. You will eventually find a sweet spot that works with each machine. The ribbon cable is designed to be bendable so that you can further tuck it up and out of the way for a nice stealth look.
17. Restore the playfield to normal play position and replace the balls. Attach the Pin Stadium lights to their Magna-Mount backs on the side of the cabinet. Replace the playfield glass and lockbar.
**Important: Remember to always remove the lights and rest them on the playfield before raising your playfield. They will get potentially get damaged if you do not do this. Try to remind yourself as this is SUPER important especially since you are not used to doing this each time when raising your playfield. If you plan to raise the playfield to a vertical position then we suggest that you wedge the light bars on the playfield safely under a slingshot plastic or habtrail ball return above an inlane. Each machine is different and you will need to find a good spot on each machine to secure them
Now enjoy the light show and your new vision of your pinball machine ! Please post up your impressions on the Pin Stadium Pinside thread as many other are really wanting to see and hear the results. It would be really great if you can take a picture in the dark of your machine with the lights OFF an then with them ON! Thank you again for your order and support of this product.