Nascar Pinball Tach Mod Install
I recently installed and tested the Nascar Tach Mod created by Hooked on Pinball in my Stern Nascar pinball machine. The mod is installed on top of the right hand side spinner bracket. I was chosen to help the company beta test the mod with installation and playability. The installation was fairly easy.
The screw hole that holds down the tach mod to the spinner bracket was not drilled in the correct area on the beta I received. The hole had to be re-drilled and moved over 1/4 inch to the right. Next the test car sign needs to be shifted over to the left over the test car bash toy. The bracket that holds down the test car sign to the spinner bracket needed a longer screw. When installing the tach mod, you need to overlap the test car sign bracket with the tach mod bracket and fasten both down through the same hole.
Next I removed the right hand side ramp to access the hole to drop down the mod wire underneath the playfield. The wire that drops down through the hole powers the mod to the power source underneath. The wire to the mod connects to the spinner wire with a Z connector and also the other half of the cable connects to the power connector underneath the shooter lane. The installation was pretty easy and straight forward.
The only issue that I have encountered so far is that when the middle drop down target lowers, the tach needle within the mod powers on. In return the needle advances to the 8 rpm and stays there until the middle drop target resets and comes back to the upright position. I tried contacting Hooked on Pinball about this issue twice and have not gotten any response. It is a beta but I hope a resolution is found.
The look and playability of the mod is well done. I recommend the mod to anyone who wants to put some fun back into a 10 year old machine. Hopefully a resolution will be found with the drop target issue powering on the mod. The release of the mod is very soon according to Hooked on Pinball.
Below is a link to the game play and also installation pics.