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Offline BostonFoos

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Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« on: January 31, 2020, 06:41:45 PM »
Hi everyone - first time posting and hoping someone can help me.  I recently bought a used Tornado F-5 in pretty good condition - however, when I got it home and went to play it “felt funny” and then I realized that the handles/rods had been installed reversed (see pics)!  Any suggestions on how to switch?  I saw that there are punch pins to knock out / replace roll pins for men and handles - but any tips on how to do this as efficiently with minimal work?

Thanks in advance!!

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Offline BostonFoos

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2020, 06:53:56 PM »
Trying to post a pic, but having challenges!

Offline ShopTeacher

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2020, 09:19:47 AM »
You will have to remove all handles and bearings but you will NOT need to remove any men. The bumpers will fit in the bearing hole and the end of the rod will clear the inside edge of the sidewall. If you have a punch and a bearing wrench (or at least some channel locks... dont mar it up) the job should take about a half hr to an hr.... its an easy fix

Good luck

Offline TSR_Brad

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2020, 11:36:46 AM »
Unfortunately, to get the handles on the correct side you're going to have to disassemble the rods... If you just move the rods to their correct position, the men will be on backwards.
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Offline bolt115

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2020, 05:42:35 PM »
Might want to invest in the "super pin driver"  as you will be removing all men.  :)
 https://shop.foosball.com/superpindriver.html

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2020, 10:28:04 AM »
Oops... i didnt think about the men being on backwards.... yes it is going to take considerably longer now. I would get that pin driver. I think its a 5/32" if getting one at the hardware store. Or get the one on this site,  you might want to get extra pins too, possibly clear sidewall trim, handles, and a few spare bumpers/guys if you feel like spending about $100.
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Offline alaskan thunder

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2020, 05:36:37 PM »
Also if the table is backwards, check for other things as well. Make sure the goalie 3 bar is not in the spot of the forward 3 bar (they're different).

Offline BostonFoos

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2020, 11:57:59 AM »
Thanks to everyone that responded - looks like it will be a bit more of a project than I had originally expected!  Should I buy enough pins to replace all of them, or can they be reused?  Thanks again!

Offline bolt115

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2020, 08:40:24 PM »
I have reused pins without much issue but some will probably break.   If it were me I would do 1 rod at a time, flipping the rod so handle will be on other side when you are done. As someone mentioned make sure 3 rod and goalie rod are not mixed up. The goalie rod men are farther apart than forward 3 bar. 

Offline ShopTeacher

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2020, 06:31:42 PM »
I didnt buy these but made my own out of scrap wood and glued leather from an old belt on to them so I didnt scratch up anything. It wedges btwn the rod and play field to stiffen things up for pin pounding.

https://www.shop.tornadofoosball.com/Rod-Block-TFBRB.htm

Offline kgstewar

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Re: Help - reversed handles on Tornado F-5
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2020, 09:47:46 AM »
This bearing wrench does double duty as a rod support when pounding out pins. Perfect size, works like a charm.

https://shop.foosball.com/fts-110-049.html