Another Data East Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of another Data East Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball. You can find part 1 here.

This game is exceptionally clean and spent at least 20 years in this family’s home. It has a few wear spots but it’s pretty damn close to home use only. Check out the pics below…..

As I said before I always recommend upgrading to LEDs and a Color DMD. The customer received the parts and I went back to install everything. Installing LEDs is straight forward and is only complicated by how much has to be taken apart to get to them.

When buying LEDs, I usually discourage people from buying pre-made kits because then you’re stuck with the color scheme of whoever makes the kits. It can be simpler and sometimes a little cheaper, but I recommend going over the game and seeing what type of bulb is used, 44/555, or a combination of both, and taking note of how many of each color to buy.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to colorize your LEDs, you can go with all warm white. This will preserve the original look of incandescent bulbs while getting the benefit of LEDs.

With the LEDs and colorDMD installed this game looks great! The best part is three weak links are eliminated, the high voltage glass display, the high voltage section of the power supply and the GI connectors.

For the most part installing a color DMD is as easy as swapping out the old for the new. Some games require a little more work or creativity. On the Data East Turtles the display ROM needs to be swapped into the new controller board. The new controller board is designed to be attached to the back of the display, and it can be on some games, but not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The color DMD controller board mounted inside the insert panel.
A closer view, the display ROM socket is just below the ribbon cable.

In this case you’ll need to carefully extend the wires to the inside of the insert panel and mount it there. I suggest getting a set of PCB mounting feet and make a secure mounting, but it should come with standoffs and screws. You can also completely remove the power cables for the old display for a clean look. As I always say, repairs should look like nothing was ever wrong and mods should look like they could be factory. There’s never a reason or excuse to do shitty work.

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