14 March 2011:
New freak front is on the way. Nice red one.
13 Mar 2011:
Spoke with Duce. Said that reg has never been apart lol. Said it did drop off evey once in a while :rotfl: No matter, I can't believe what an idiot I was to never notice this. Maybe this was a Mon,Weds or Fri reg. :rotfl:
12 Mar 2011:
For some reason. IONs are just not my gun,but I'm going to make this work,even if I have to destroy this gun :rotfl:
Iam switching over bodies, from Shocktech CSS body to Deadly Wind O Negative Body.
I couldn't get the Shocktech body to quit leaking so decided to go in new direction Also I don't own anything from Deadly Wind. I know it's the body that is the issue,not the gun,because it shoots just fine with the stock body on.
11 Mar 2011
I have ordered new hose from GoG. This gun really needs to get shooting.
This will be a project in progess. I'll add and subtract as this turns into something better.
You will see alot of the same pictures that I have used on the VIBE an SP1 project. They are already taken and they can be recycled into may projects.
I bought this ION from DUCE a while back. I had an ION when they first came out,but never played with it or shot it. Just didn't appeal to me at the time.
So a few moths back,DUCE had a sale. I figured $80 was a good deal. It shot out of the box,but then I started having problems. Talking with people who owned IONs, it sounded to them like the board. "Great" I thought and Smart Parts went under. Oh well eventually I'll find a new stock board on ebay real cheap.
Well I put the ION away and kind of forgot about it till SP resurfaced as GOG:
Excellent now I can buy a refurb board. Well guess what,it wasn't the board,it was the regulator. After using my vibe regulator,I realized the issue. Well now I have a back up board.
The new Board:
The ION now has a WGP regulator,which works perfect.
However I am not going to rebuild the stock regulator.
HMMMMMMMMMMM wonder why? They are a waste of time and I'm not going to keep fighting FPS fluctuation.
No biggy,now I had a reason to rebuild and use the WGP reg I had laying around
So flash forward to November 2010. I score a raw Shocktech ION body for $35 shipped on ebay.
Now I'm in business to get this ION looking the way I want. I have always liked this body style and always wanted one. That was soon to change. I have had nothing but problems with this body. It blows air everywhere.
So I get frustrated and change all the orings and relube the whole gun. Same issue. Now I'm pissed. SO off to the internet and I go to the Deadly win store and pick up a "Negative Body Shell W/BOB"
This body has some Beautiful lines! At $40 I had to jump on that deal. It's going to be red,which will go perfect with black. Maybe I'll have the whole thing reanodized. I hope they are in stock. Then again look what happened last time I bought a $35.00 body.
Here's a picture from their site. I'll post up more when I get mine.:
Since this body is a rear bolt removal,the BOB cap takes the place of the factory doughnut.I'll post up more pictures once everything arrives.
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I really like these TechT detents,very simple to install.
The factory stock ones looked just like this,only worse.
This is the official one that will be used on this particular gun. I'm bidding on a red freak front now on ebay. Hopefully I'll win it and I can match the tip with the gun body.
Just won this on Ebay. This will hopefully go very well with the new Deadly wind body.
The Frame, the almighty secret metal it contains:
I read about the frame yrs ago and was wondering what the issues were. I heard everything from cheap aluminum to powder coat to cheap pot metal. So off to the ION owners group:
This is what I found. The info I needed and what to use to remove the powder coating:
I imagine once it's stripped and cleaned up with a good buffing it will work out just fine. Well to be honest,blackrain doesn't believe half the stuff I hear floating around the rumor mill on paintball forums,until I see proof or I do it myself.
So here are the finished pictures. This was a fun project and I enjoyed it so much that I'm building another. Just a parts ION. Hopefully the Shocktech body will be okay and I can build an even nicer one. Rebuilding with out a manual and just asking questions only adds to frustrations,but it makes it more fun.So for now here are the pictures.
Nothing special,but it works and shoots. I have yet to play with it. Believe it or not the Reds actually match. Only flaw is the scrape at the barrel tip. For the price I paid for the Freak Tip I can't complain.
This post has been edited by blackrain: 10 April 2011 - 11:19 AM