Element removed from a coaster

Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:13 PM
A recent thread brought up the inversion that was removed from Drachen Fire, and it made me wonder....

Can anyone think of another coaster that had an inversion (or any element) removed,?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:19 PM
Well, there's Phantom's Revenge... kind of an extreme case. :)

Lots of woodies have been reprofiled...  that's all I can think of though.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:20 PM
Colossus @ SFMM had the double dip after the second drop removed after a woman was ejected from the seat in the 70's. 

Im pretty sure that both the Texas Cyclone and the Texas Giant have had elements removed too.  Anyone have any specifics on these two? 

They failed to add many of the elements of Mr. Twister when they 'rebuilt' it at the new SFEG

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:31 PM

Mustang said:
Colossus @ SFMM had the double dip after the second drop removed after a woman was ejected from the seat in the 70's.

its sad too because she was pretty much forced into the car and the restraints weren't locked down right
what i dont get is why they didnt just fix the cars so people wouldnt fly out of them, instead of taking the opportunity to add another trim brake

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:38 PM
Racer, recaR and Beastie's last dips at Kings Island. :)
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:44 PM
Whoops, we all know that woodies get reprofiled.  I think that list would be too long!

Let me try again....can anyone think of steel coasters (other than DF) that have had elements removed?

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 12:21 AM
I know that the Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas had a double dip removed sometime in the mid 90's. They morphed the double dip into a regular drop. :( Too bad really, but it is still a great coaster!
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 3:57 AM
I beleive they changed Demon @ SFGAM from having two hills to the two consecutive loops it has now.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 11:10 AM
Thunder run at SFKK now has a straight away to the turn around.  The used to be 3 dips before the turn around.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 1:59 PM
Both Demon coasters were changed, I think in the same year...Turn of the Century was the original name...before adding loops and removing speed hills.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 2:37 PM
The Ultimate and Flight of Fear and Flight of Fear all had their shoulder bars removed....... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 4:25 PM

gatorwoodie said:
Both Demon coasters were changed, I think in the same year...before adding loops and removing speed hills.

Nope, only Demon @ SFGAm was altered. It was changed in 1980, the PGA Demon was built 1980.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 5:12 PM
Rideman good point. If you look at it that way Robin just got lapbars, and Batman is getting them soon on the Chiller@ Gr8 Adv.  Hersheypark added seatbealts to the Comet. The seatbelts are unecessary, but what can you do? ;)
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 5:24 PM
Nope. Both Great America's opened with Turn of the Century 1976, and both rides were simultaneously modified in 1980 to the Demon by steepening the first drop and replacing the 2 speed bumps with 2 verticle loops.

PGA's Demon was modified once again in the late 80's, the slammer first drop was replaced with a standard 45 degree drop, eliminating the awesome ejector airtime that SFGAM's still has. Then Paramount recently removed the head chopper rocks around the verticle loops, and has never maintained the light and sound effects.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 6:30 PM
The only two that I know of is Collosus @ SFMM and Goliath originally had a second helix, but they didn't build it for some reason.  They ended up building it at Six Flags over texas though as Titan or something like that.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 6:37 PM
Texas Cyclone had it's first drop lowered by about 8 feet 10 or so years ago. They also got rid of the "coffin cars" cars that had head retraints that blocked everything you see around you. It's great now with the new cars.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 8:51 PM
The most extreme case of reprofiling I can think of is the Rattler at SFFT. The drop used to go all the way to the ground and now it stops about 25-30 feet short! It also goes ridiculously slow at points, thanks to other major changes. However, the Rattler also used to seriously beat people up during it's first year, since the blueprints were changed during construction to compete with Mean Streak, if I remember correctly.

-djansi

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 8:56 PM
I thought of another...  Ultra Twister @ SFAW.  Didn't its lift used to be 90 degrees instead of 45?
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 9:18 PM
You are right, bit0mike.  I wouldn't have thought of that one too easily. 
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