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Etek2 or Ego8 Hmmm....

Poll: The Etek2 vs. The Ego8 (21 member(s) have cast votes)

Which is the better choice?

  1. Etek2 + Star Frame (3 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  2. Ego8 straight up (18 votes [85.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 85.71%

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 07:19 PM

Howdy fellas, it's been a LONG time since I've been on the forums. I just started playing again and can safely say it feels great. But anyway, I pose a question to the high end owners here on spec-ops, more directed towards the Planet Eclipse owners but i appreciate all comments. Currently I am shooting a DP G3 as my primary, and have a Threshy (HAPPY!!!!) on the way. But I'm in the market for a new primary and have narrowed it down to two markers.

I guess first off would be the Etek2. I tinkered around with one for a little while today, and while noticably heavier than the G3, that thing can seriously rip. Now, at this point I suppose I should mention that speed is not as important to me as opposed to efficiency. I want to shoot as much paint as possible off of a single fill, where supposedly this is where Egos and the like shine. My plan would be to pick up the Etek2, and eventually nab the star frame for said marker. But this makes me think, and leads me to my next choice.

The Ego8. Now, I held an 09 model today and it is essentially the Rolls Royce of any paintball marker i have ever touched. But the insane $1,300 price tag is just a LITTLE bit out of reach right now. And I personally like the style of the 08 model better. But the big thing here is the amazing price drop the 8's have taken since the new one popped up. 8's are going for about $700ish brand new right now, which seems like a sweet deal. I think it's actually cheaper than the Etek2 and star frame, if only by a few dollars.

But anyway, i would appreciate any input anyone has, especially that of Ego/Etek owners. How's the maintenence? Any problems that need correcting? Thank you guys and girls!
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:47 PM

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:25 PM

Yeah, just go for the 08. I doubt you'll notice that big of a difference between the etek2 and the g3/threshy.
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 07:51 AM

I would say just get the 08, I loved mine to death. My friend has an etek2 with the star frame, and while it feels nice, the 08 feels so much better.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 06:57 AM

etek with star frame is to ego as fully upped ion is to g3... you do the math. eteks do the job, but without the 'nice' factor. i hate eteks, but egos are most deffinately passable

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:33 AM

Go for an 08.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:32 AM

View PostMitch Force, on May 30 2009, 10:51 AM, said:

I would say just get the 08, I loved mine to death. My friend has an etek2 with the star frame, and while it feels nice, the 08 feels so much better.

His 08 was amazing. I loved shooting that gun. It can rip. My friend has an 07 Ego, and that think was better than my ETEK. I'd say go for the Ego.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 05:27 PM

The Eg08 is amazing. I have had mine for more than a year now without any problems whatsoever. Its effecient, easy to maintain, comfortable to hold, and user friendly. People say spool valves shoot smoother. Yes they do, but I love the distinct sound and feel of an Ego when it shoots.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 11:46 PM

View PostQC MAD KID, on May 31 2009, 06:32 PM, said:


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Just go for the Ego. Eteks are just downgraded Egos anyway and adding a new frame doesnt make them better in anyway other than the way they feel really.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 03:20 PM

EGO all the way. With the prices on some 08 and even 07 EGO's they are by far the best value on the market.
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 08:35 PM

Etek 2, for one simple reason: The valves on the Egos are junk.

Take that Etek valve/ ram sleeve to a machinist. Ask him to use a ball-end mill inserted vertically to add a 'dimple' to the bottom of the valve body cavity, and chamfer the front surface of the valve body opening (inside angle chamfer). Have him use a high-speed turning operation to add a small radius to your cupseal (approx 3/32 is good). You now will have a gun the size and weight of an Etek 2 that shoots more similarly to a Cyborg RX.

The valving on the Ego line has a crucial flaw. The entire design puts size at a premium, with no regard whatsoever for flow characteristics. You have tiny guns, but they shoot like blowbacks. The Etek line has a more 'normal' valve design, which can be tuned ever so slightly to actually be worth shooting due to the extraneous material afforded by its significantly larger bore. Look at the famed MacDev Red Valve. It's huge. Look at the valve on an 09 Ego. It's the size of a Bic Pen cap.
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 06:08 PM

Hey thank you all for the replies, I'm going to take all of your words on it and hunt down an Ego8, but the process is proving a little challenging. In reality it'd be SO much easier to grab an '09 because there's been about 10 of them in every shop I have been to in the past two weeks, but I simply can't justify the $1300 price tag. As sweet as they are, I'd rather save six hundred bucks and grab an '08. If anybody has any ideas on where to snag a Gray/Fern Green Ego, I could use the help. Ebay is not being very productive, and I have a hard time dealing with the Nation sometimes.

Thank you all again for the replies, and please keep coming with the pros/cons of each!!!

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:19 PM

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View PostQC MAD KID, on May 31 2009, 06:32 PM, said:


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Posted 05 June 2009 - 09:19 AM

View PostTHE GIVEN DEATH, on Jun 3 2009, 07:08 PM, said:

Hey thank you all for the replies, I'm going to take all of your words on it and hunt down an Ego8, but the process is proving a little challenging. In reality it'd be SO much easier to grab an '09 because there's been about 10 of them in every shop I have been to in the past two weeks, but I simply can't justify the $1300 price tag. As sweet as they are, I'd rather save six hundred bucks and grab an '08. If anybody has any ideas on where to snag a Gray/Fern Green Ego, I could use the help. Ebay is not being very productive, and I have a hard time dealing with the Nation sometimes.

Thank you all again for the replies, and please keep coming with the pros/cons of each!!!

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Shoot me a PM with what you want to spend and what you want and I will see what I can find. I allways come accross really good deals on EGO's any year so let em know what to look for and Ill send it your way.
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