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SP1 - Problem?

#1 User is offline   Jedi_Pieman 

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:55 AM

Didn't see a help section or anything...

I bought an SP1, and when I screw in my air (HPA) tank, it leaks at the hose near the velocity adjuster. My dealer told me this is normal...but how do I stop it? Adjusting velocity doesn't seem to work. It leaks a lot of air, and I'm not sure how to fix this. Help?

Preferably SP1 owners could help. Thanks.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:57 AM

Do you mean it leaks at the macroline (or steel braided line, not sure what it comes with) fitting? If so, just remove the fitting, apply some teflon tape or blue loctite (I prefer the teflon, but if you do use loctite, make sure it's the removable thread-sealant version, not the permanent seal), and re-install the fitting.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:03 PM

Thanks, but I'm not going to take it apart. I bought an SP1 before, and got it exchanged for a new one. Last time I took it apart to do anything it made matters worse. My dealer told me this is normal, and I think I can believe him. It has to be something simple, which is why I was hoping an SP1 owner could help me out. I know for a fact I shouldn't have to tape it straight out of the box.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:05 PM

That is something simple... all that's required is a small wrench. If you find teflon taping a fitting to be too complicated then you're going to find maintenance extremely difficult, I'm sorry to say. And taping a marker like that out of the box isn't uncommon, the factory tends to do a sloppy job on that sort of thing pretty often.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:08 PM

If it is indeed the macro fitting that's an extremely simple fix, you're not taking the marker apart. You're basically unscrewing a bolt, applying Teflon tape and screwing it back in.
If you can't do that you honestly shouldn't be playing the game.
The only way you could possibly screw up is if you cross threaded the fitting or stripped it which is hard to do in my experience.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:11 PM

Yes, I see what you're saying but I am extremely timid to do anything to this gun - I've had very bad experiences with messing with an SP1. I doubt tape would do the job anyway, it is leaking a lot more than you think. Not a little hiss. I'm talking huge leak.

I screwed it in, shot a few times, then it would stop shooting. So, I tightened the tank a little more, same thing. Screwed off the tank and back on, and now its leaking. A lot.


EDIT: By the way I've been playing paintball for nearly 6 years now, I'm not an idiot...Do either of you actually own SP1's?

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:13 PM

I think you're underestimating the power of teflon tape. If you're too timid to teflon tape a fitting, this marker will not survive very long in a useful state, because teflon taping a fitting is much, much easier and far less risky than even simply lubing the bolt.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:19 PM

Right off I'd say you're using CO2. That reg has a relief valve to vent air when the pressure builds up. Often CO2 will expand in the reg and the added pressure vents more often than a hpa system would.


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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:20 PM

View PostJedi_Pieman, on Mar 15 2008, 03:11 PM, said:

Yes, I see what you're saying but I am extremely timid to do anything to this gun - I've had very bad experiences with messing with an SP1. I doubt tape would do the job anyway, it is leaking a lot more than you think. Not a little hiss. I'm talking huge leak.

I screwed it in, shot a few times, then it would stop shooting. So, I tightened the tank a little more, same thing. Screwed off the tank and back on, and now its leaking. A lot.


EDIT: By the way I've been playing paintball for nearly 6 years now, I'm not an idiot...Do either of you actually own SP1's?

No, but I've owned an Ion which is basically the more complicated version of the SP1.
And Teflon 'tape' isn't tape in the sense you're thinking of. It's a thread SEALANT, it's job is to stop leaks.
If you don't believe me look it up.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:21 PM

View Postslinkyaroo, on Mar 15 2008, 03:19 PM, said:

Right off I'd say you're using CO2. That reg has a relief valve to vent air when the pressure builds up. Often CO2 will expand in the reg and the added pressure vents more often than a hpa system would.


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That could be it, too, but I still think he should at least try taping the fitting...

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:24 PM

Easy. Why you're being hostile, I don't know. I know what Teflon tape is. The only reason I'm not doing that is because I'm hoping someone who has owned an SP1 will to me what they had to do. I have several guns, none of which I have ever had to apply Teflon Tap to straight out of the box.

Did your Ion leak straight out of the box?
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:25 PM

I'm not being hostile, I just don't understand why you're so resistant to taping it. It's not like if you do tape it and the leak continues that the tape will make it any worse.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:28 PM

View PostJedi_Pieman, on Mar 15 2008, 03:24 PM, said:

Did your Ion leak straight out of the box?



His ion has nothing to do with your problem. You have a max flo reg that vents - the ion doesn't.

http://www.smartpart..._QuickStart.pdf
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:28 PM

View Postslinkyaroo, on Mar 15 2008, 02:19 PM, said:

Right off I'd say you're using CO2. That reg has a relief valve to vent air when the pressure builds up. Often CO2 will expand in the reg and the added pressure vents more often than a hpa system would.


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I am using HPA, unless the idiot at the shop managed to fill it with Co2, thats not the problem.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:30 PM

wrong link - sorry

http://www.smartpart...s/Max-Flo_R.pdf
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