The new wheels and leg levelers went in without issue and feel really nice. Playing on the pads on legs is like playing with shock absorbers. It's a totally different (and better) feeling than playing with the pads flat on the floor.
Here is a comparison of some of the old arrow panels next to the newly installed ones:
It doesn't really come across in the picture, but the old panels are flat-matte looking in the light while the new ones are all glossy and shiny. The new ones also feel more flexible and just better overall.
While replacing the panels I stumbled upon the solution for the player 1 down arrow getting stuck problem. It seems what was happening was that one of the washers holding the top L-bracket was getting stuck on a groove in the paint caused by wear. This would pin the L-bracket down until it was jostled loose by another action. I stripped some of the paint to smooth out the area on the L-bracket and replaced the washer which seems to have remedied the issue.
I also installed a small usb wireless adapter so that I can remote into the machine to make changes or add songs without having to connect a keyboard and mouse every time. This is currently how I am shutting down the PC when I'm done, which is less than ideal. I'm looking into alternatives for this currently.
Here is the machine as it stands today - running Stepmania with all the replaced parts so far:
Next up is reconnecting the bass neon. I will hopefully will get that done today.
The machine is in pretty excellent working condition, but there are still a lot of things left to do:
- fixing the inside switch on the player 2 left arrow (wiring issue)
- replacing the burnt out bulb in the player 2 select button
- replacing the micro-switches for the select panel on the cabinet (I bought 6 to replace them but the blades on the switches are too large - I guess there are multiple standard sizes for these things...)
- printing a new custom marquee image to replace the ink-jet printed bootleg Extreme one
- figuring out what's up with the lights on the left side of the marquee (wiring issue)
- replacing a few missing miscellaneous screws
- cleaning the cabinet and replacing the wheels/levelers