It seems many of the reliability issues are still present, but the launch seems to be the biggest factor for downtime as the staff was constantly working on it throughout my visit, even while the ride was in operation.
As a result of the topper track, the ride has been running way too fast and overshooting the brakes frequently. Nearly every train by the end of the day on had to be backed up in the station because they were just going too fast in the rain. The ride also only ran with one train the entire weekend and was down all day Saturday apart from one lucky train of riders that made it through the course. I was told they opted for one train out of fears that could result in another Steel Vengeance Opening Day 2018 scenario as a result of the overshooting. It seems many of the reliability issues are still present, but the launch seems to be the biggest factor for downtime as the staff was constantly working on it throughout my visit, even while the ride was in operation.
From what I've been told a lot of the main problems are stemming from the physical launch mechanism. The launch has to launch the train not only forward, but also uphill, and this all has to happen at the same time, and the train has to be constantly accelerating in unison in order to go from flat to uphill. Any small error with the launch will send the ride into an immediate E-Stop and the launch will come to a halt. Squirrels and other critters will commonly climb on the track or the launch and trip the sensors in the process, forcing an E-Stop and shutting the ride down for an extended period.I'm hoping that these launch issues are more so stemming from them uninstalling and reinstalling all of the launch and brake hardware for the retracking.