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Tatsu Being Repaired at Six Flags Magic Mountain
It was absolutely gorgeous this past Sunday at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and since it was a Bring a Friend Free Day, it was also fairly crowded. Unfortunately, one of the more popular roller coasters is currently down for repairs. Tatsu is getting a new lift hill chain and possibly a new motor.
People have been commenting on a new green fence that has been put up on Samurai Hill, just in front of the Sky Tower, hoping that something is finally being done to the “standing but not operating” attraction:
It has nothing to do with the Sky Tower. Rather, it is just blocking off a staging area for the work currently being done on Tatsu. You can see new upper and lower sprockets for the lift hill chain, and I suspect that the blue tarp is covering the new chain itself:
If I’m not mistaken, this is the gearbox from the top of the lift:
These new sprockets are heavy duty and I’m sure weigh quite a bit:
Off to the side is the old, grease coated plastic chain trough liner. The chain slides across the top of this as it comes back down the hill, providing a smooth surface on which to slide, preventing the chain from wearing out due to metal on metal contact:
Over to the other side is the massive lower gearbox, which houses the lift chain motor. It’s unclear if this had to be removed in order to replace the chain, or if it came off to replace the motor itself:
I imagine the Tatsu trains are also being refurbished while the ride is down. It’d be silly not to, unless they were recently rebuilt. However, since we are in the off season, I suspect they were due. The good news is that once the ride reopens, there shouldn’t be any maintenance issues for awhile, keeping the ride open and operating for your enjoyment.