Ridge Racer Upright Arcade Machine Fix + Restoration

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:15 am

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I've removed the 5V standby, power good and also -12V wires too now. I've also put the PC ON to ground so it will fire up when it gets mains power. Just need my multimeter cables now so i can match the terminal blocks with the correct voltages and then test it to see if it sorts those dots out.

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:19 am

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Well ladies and gents i am BUZZING right now!

All I will say for now is SUCCESS!!!!! Big smile

Started building my PSU today

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Almost done:

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Done and time for voltage checks:

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All voltages were stable as a rock so it was time for testing...

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NO DOTS!

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I am over the moon, the picture is absolutely stunning now. I always had a thought it might be the power supply and turns out, it was...

Good times!

On another note, a friend of mine is sand blasting my coin doors for me so should have an update on those in the week.
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:21 am

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Finally got round to painting up the back panel i made up for the chassis/monitor enclosure.

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Looks much better at last.
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:23 am

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Removed the worn out wooden bars on the back and gave it a polish, it's really coming together now

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Polished up the rest of the cab, it's finally black all over

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Can't wait to get the doors back and spray them up, it's going to look great.

Also really, really loving this screen... the picture is stunning!

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Todo:

Secure new PSU + cable tie wires
Spray coin doors and pedal panel + refit
Glue loose strip down on the bottom right front corner
Move pedals down closer to the floor to compensate for the lack of foot rest
In time, get the red panels powder coated but I'm in no rush at the moment

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:27 am

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Afew little touch ups this evening. There are a number of chips all over the cab which i have touched up and now you can hardly see a lot of them. Certainly looks better than before.

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:29 am

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Little bit more work tonight, redoing the pedal panel bolts

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The coin doors and pedal panel should be stripped tomorrow and I should be able to get a few coats of paint on them later tomorrow. Going to look awesome!
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:31 am

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First panel done...

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Blasted and primed ready for nice new paint. Can't wait to spray these up later!
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:33 am

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Got the parts home ready to spray, didn't have time to do the one last coin door so that will be tomorrow most likely but for now, we can spray the other parts

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A few more light coats to go and should be all ready to fit!

I also got very, very lucky on eBay. I managed to win a BRAND NEW power supply for this cab...

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Will need to have my connectors soldered to it's board as it currently has molex connectors but overall, what a find!!! You can't find these used online let alone brand new! Great to be putting the proper power supply back into my cab. Clap

Only £14 as well! Crazy!
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:35 am

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:37 am

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Pedals are back in

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Had to reset all the values for the pedals as they were off due to me removing things and greasing things up

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It's really coming together at last!

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:39 am

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Last door done, looks great now!

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And now:

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Really, really happy with how they have turned out. It looks so much nicer now.

It's pretty much done for now, just need to refit the new PSU i ordered when it arrives and then it's all done
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:40 am

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Replacement power supply arrived

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Same revision and everything, what luck coming across that!!

Just need to solder on the wires + adaptors to the new PSU and we are good to go!
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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:43 am

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Swapped all the cables over which needed to be swapped

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5V testing

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12V testing

After some long voltage tests, it is now hooked up and working great!

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:45 am

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Another quick little touch up this morning

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:47 am

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One more little upgrade today, conventional bulb on the coin door swapped out for a pure white, much lower wattage LED bulb.

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Post Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:51 am

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Replaced all the rusty screws as i went so it's at least looking abit better than when i took it apart.

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Looks considerably better with those new bolts.

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Post Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:20 pm

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Finally got round to sorting the T molding on either side of the cab!

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After!

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Machine is pretty much done now, it's been a long journey but it feels so good to finally be at a stage where it is looking great and running great!

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The screen looks fantastic and sharp!

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Pretty much done at this point!

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Post Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:39 pm

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One last thing left, a good polish!

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Time to set some world records on the beast!

Project complete!
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Post Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:23 pm

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One little update for the holiday season...

My cab has finally made it to my room! I was actually going to sell it as we are struggling for space but i took all the red panels off and it was possible then to get it up the stairs and get it into my room!

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This could get time consuming...
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Post Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:26 pm

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screen alignment...

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Took me awhile to get it right and i managed to get a belt off something while i had my hand over the chassis too ClapLOL first shock from my cab, hopefully the last. I also turned the contrast and brightness up a bit.

The result, the screen looks fantastic now!

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All the boxes are straight now on the demo screens and the image looks a lot sharper.

Great stuff!
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Post Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:28 pm

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Sooo... yeah, when i said this thread/restoration was over... I guess i was kidding myself. LOL

Now it's in a room where i can get at it, I'm going to finish it up. Starting with this:

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The coin mech PCB has always been left floating around and when you open the door there is a risk of the solder points touching the metal coin doors so as i don't plan to use coins on this possibly ever again, I plan to remove what remains. The coin slot light has started to flicker and all sorts too so i needs looking at anyway.

Off with the PCB

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Cut the wires and hot glued the ends so they don't touch anything

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The ground and 12V i left out to connect to the old bulb socket

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All done! No more flickery light and i can also open the door now without any worries of sparks flying.

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Post Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:31 pm

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Called the painters today as i thought they might not be quite so busy after new year. There said they were quiet so it's the perfect time to get the panels off and get them resprayed!

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Top panel was also removed to be sprayed. Off to the painters!

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Lots of colors! I finally went with this one...

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It's the closest match to the color of the side art (which is the color these panels were originally I'm told) It will be that color but without the sparkles in it.

I'm also going over the entire cab now while it's completely apart and tidying the entire thing up and also giving all the wiring a good going over. I'm adding some new bolts where needed so the entire machine will have had all new bolts now. I'm also going to take the steering apart and find out why it knocks and also replace the gear stick with a better condition one.
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Post Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:37 pm

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I've removed the foam which protects the glass and ordered some new stuff.

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I've also stripped down the gear stick. I was going to replace this but it's not in bad shape so it will be fine. Just going to clean it (done already) grease it up and also put a new decal on the front.

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Working on refurbishing the gear stick, I'm removing everything, cleaning it up and lubricating as i go with high quality grease.

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I've also got a new decal coming for it

Also got round to sorting out a long term problem the machine has had where the back door doesn't sit flush due to the wood inside the cab being worn away from the lock. I found a metal plate today which will stop this being a problem.

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Sits nice and flush now! Great stuff!

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The panels are being sprayed at the painters currently, can't wait to get them back. Another update and perhaps the biggest of all is I've actually purchased a Rave Racer twin cabinet.

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Unfortunately it was being broken for parts as both monitors are completely dead and the seller just wanted the cab out of the way so instead of it going to the scrap (which is where it was most likely headed) I purchased all the parts from this machine. The machine itself is a Japanese import which means I have a nice pair of steering wheels (awesome import Namco center cap versions). My steering has always had a rather annoying knocking sound so i will be changing my steering mech to stop this and I will also replace the wheel with one off of this cab as it looks much, much nicer!

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I should also mention that I've been in contact with a fairly local arcade who has a Rave Racer cab which is really on it's last legs and needs link up boards, control panels, pedals, all sorts so i've offered to donate the ones i get from this machine to them to make their machine a lot nicer. I hate seeing any machine broken up to be honest but he was beginning to strip the machine when i called him and i don't have any room for a twin cab.

Will be good that it's helping another cab though in a live arcade environment.

More updates soon.
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Post Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:50 pm

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Panel before:

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Time to reassemble!

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Time to fit the marquee and see the color match up! Clap

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Looking good! Time for the control panel.

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They also fitted new bolts all around! Top job!

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Speakers going on..

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New foam to project the screen glass fitted..

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Hmmmm... black or original stainless bolts... choices choices...

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Gotta keep it original...

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Looking good with the brand new bolts!

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One last little touch, the green sign..

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Looking pretty good now!

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Back monitor panel refitted, was going to have a NAMCO vinyl on it but it arrived today and was so old the adhesive was gone so... in the bin that went.

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Overall, very, very happy with the outcome of this! The Rave Racer arcade parts arrive tomorrow so i will be fitting the new Namco steering wheel and better steering mech. I will also hopefully get my shifter decal from Muddymusic in the post tomorrow too so i can fit my gear stick as well with a nice fresh decal.

Good times! A barn find well and truly brought back from the dead.

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So, the gear decal arrived!

Time to fit, and get this machine DONE!

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All fitted! Looking great now!

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And with that... It's done! I've decided to leave the foot board, It works as it is. It may not be original but hey, for a barn find which it literally was... It's done bloody well in my book.

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Here is a list of all the work i've done on the cab...

Chassis refubished
Custom PC Power supply made to test PSU causing dots on screen and later power supply replaced with new original replacement
New marquee light flo bulb + starter
New locks all around
Coin doors stripped, primed and resprayed
Pedal panel resprayed with new bolts which are also stripped, primed and resprayed black
New monitor/chassis rear panel + painted black
New gear stick decal + complete strip down, clean and regrease
New exhaust fan
Wiring clean up and removal of dodgy connectors with proper block connectors
New mains filter (SCHAFFNER FN 283-6-06)
Mains filter bracket and mains switch bracket sanded down and resprayed
New coin door LED bulb
Pedals greased and aligned properly
Wooden board which hold the PCB and PSU screw hole brackets replaced
New screws on the PCB wooden panel
New screws on the marquee light panel
New alan key bolts all around the machine
Damaged wooden bars on the rear of the machine removed
Exterior chipboard touched up and returned to black color
Remaining rotten foot rest chipboard removed and T molding cut to size and fitted either side to make it look original
Original footboard metal plate fitted to the bottom of the cabinet to make it look original without the footrest
New center panel lock fitted as it was originally
Holes filled with flat head bolts which were also sprayed black
Screen alignment fixed
Marquee panel and control panel resprayed in red
New foam fitted for the control panel where the glass sits
Fitted metal plate for the rear lock bar, chipboard worn out causing rear door to not sit flush
Steering wheel center cap replaced with a nicer rare Namco center cap version (from a Rave Racer import)
Pedals replaced for longer reach, shiny pedals


Some before and after comparison shots:

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DONE!

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Post Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:46 am

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One last final touch...

The steering has always had a knock when turning I intended to fix it with the Rave Racer parts however they were completely different so thanks to a kind UK VAC member I managed to purchase a better condition Happ steering mech.

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Unfortunately the "new" mech came damaged the and the cogs weren't lined up i could of straightened them out but instead i just used my bar as the potentiometer had the correct wiring for my loom anyway so easier to just swap them over

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The old mech

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New and old mech side by side

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Something else i noticed was the newer mech was missing a spring, of course i have these so it was a case of remove one and fit it... took about half an hour to get the spring back on... real pain in the ...

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Fitted to the panel...

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Putting the potentiometer back on

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Now i had a look at the blocks for the steering wheel to fit on to and the newer one had been worked on and was missing the woodruff key so i choose to use my original one with my original wheel.

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Removing the original parts

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Woodruff key fitted to the new mech

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Block back on...

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new bolts for the steering wheel

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All done

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I'm happy to report that this was a success and the steering is silky smooth now with no knocks what so ever!
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Post Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:13 pm

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One last thing... (yes i will finish this one day i swear!)

I've always had to play this with my feet raised to compensate for the foot board being missing but I had a brain wave today about the pedals... I had a think about those Rave Racer pedals which were similar to mine but they had adjustment holes which i never thought to look at on mine.

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I had a look and they do indeed have adjustment! It makes sense as the Deluxe cab pedals sit at a different angle to mine but they are both Happ controls. I adjusted them to the lowest setting possible with the hope that there was enough distance on the pedals to go full throttle etc but also low enough to the floor to use comfortably and without raising my feet on a box. LOL

After adjusting one pedal i reset the values.

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After that i went back into the test menu to test the pedal and....

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1449 out of the desired 1500, i can live with that!! As you can see on the next picture the machine gives an "OK" notice when it reaches 1500 but honestly, 50 less isn't going to make a lot of difference.

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A quick test in game...

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Works perfectly! You can really see how much adjustment has been made with the picture above.

After i knew it would play ok I then did the other one...

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It really does look original now even without the foot board and you can play it perfectly on the floor like you would the original foot board. Even better news is once i fitted the pedals back in place i was getting a value of 1489 on both pedals in the test menu, 11 less than desired by Namco. It plays perfectly in game.

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Happy days! Can't believe that solution was there all this time and i never even thought about it. That being said, it wouldn't of worked originally as the pedals were too short. Thanks to the Rave Racer pedals i fitted which are longer it is now possible. Funny how things work out.

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Cab really is finished now, good times!
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