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These do look very good in the sides of the gumball machine and are a very popular mod for the TZ.  The kit has enough to fill the globe. Several different people offer these and most of these are the same product. Mine is a bit different in that I don’t give you the ugly black balls. Some offer glossy gumballs and that is just a ceramic marble version of the same thing. I personally prefer mine as they have a satin finish more like an actual gumball. Also the plastic balls are much easier on the globe than a hard marble ball.

Installation:

There is some controversy over the installation of these balls. Some advertise that they install in about a minute, not true. Some say they are easy to install, not true either. I will give you two methods. One is faster, but involves more force and risk of damage. The other is painstakingly difficult.

Method 1: Remove the gumball machine lid and force the balls into the sides with your fingers. I would recommend, “rolling the ball” on the globe side of the ball to ease it in. This puts a lot of stress on the globe, especially the inner pinball guides. I did mine this way and nothing broke. You would be unlucky if that were to happen to you, as replacement globes are hard to find. This is the tried and true method and is mentioned on the infamous “TZ Mod FAQ” Internet site. I of course cannot help you if you manage to break the gumball machine.

Method 2: Loosen or disassemble the gumball machine and install them. This is a safer way but will probably take an afternoon. The directions for disassembly are in the manual, which is available for download at the Internet Pinball Database.

I hope you enjoy your gumballs in the gumball machine. I prefer mine without the ugly black balls that you see in the other kits. I also prefer not to put all of the balls in, just about half of them. This way you can still see the pinballs.