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10 July 2009 - 06:13 AMStill got the stuff. Just let me know.
Powertube is no longer needed, taking the one from nightmarez at this time.
Hey, I've got an X7 hopper, a few barrels and a saw and longbow stock for the a5 that I need gone if you're interested.
Don't need a barrel, what price are you looking for the hopper and Longbow stock shipped?
08 July 2009 - 02:29 PMDepending on the original poster's intents, or uses for the A-5 there can be a couple different ways to approach this product for improved performance.
As with most Tippmann "bashing" or down talk, many companies have looked into offering some of the high end marker technology into a lower priced product. When the SP Ion came out it was quickly becoming a popular item because of the cost, name of company to back said product (for some yes, for others no), and because of the capabilities of that type of marker to "out-perform" on the field compared to the normal Tippmann users in woodsball. Regardless if you think of the Ion, or any other "higher-end" marker out there, some people prefer to stick with the least expensive initial investment and work on something "familiar" or "simple" to them. Most players buy a Tippmann or Spyder because the cost is low, and they see it as being less expensive buying said marker and upgrading it, rather than saving the money all up and buying something in the $300-500 range depending on the amount spent for modifications.
When I look back at all the work I had done on my A-5s (3 of them) I do see where people suggest other markers instead, however I am extremely familiar with a Tippmann and I like the amount of options to take with them. I had one A-5 setup with a few modifications more suited to a speedball type play setting, two others for the woodsball/scenario stuff that I played primarily.
If you want to run anything but a stock trigger system (ie no Egrip or R/T system), then the modifications you want to look at are very few that will be worth the investment over its period of use. Polishing the internals is a must on the Tippmann line of products, cheap, easy to do yourself and will yield smoother cycle rates. Whether you are running CO2 or HPA, I would suggets purchasing a Palmer's Stabilizer as it works with both to help keep a stable operating pressure. If you are running a lower operating pressure, then and really only then (unless stock spring is damaged), should you need to change over to a Spring Kit to add more spring force to the bolt for cycles.
If you are not running a stock or mil-sim setup, consider modifying the FVA in the powertube and switching over to an RVA instead as it is more efficient for HPA/CO2 consumption/conservation. The reason an RVA is more consistent and conservative for air usage is due to the design of the FVA in the powertube. The FVA is simply a pipe plug that protrudes into the air flow path of the powertube to the front bolt. The same amount of air is passing through the valve no matter what the FVA is being adjusted to, it simply deflects the flow of air (more details on this can be found in the January 2007 Issue of RECON on page 60).
If you plan to install a R/T or Egrip this is when you will want to consider the modifications I named above, but along with a QEV, or even better now days than when I played with the A-5, the newly designed feed cylinders which will likely give you more success/flow for cycle feeding on the cyclone then the small QEV of days gone by. With the higher rate of more "constant" firing cycles, the stock cyclone ratchet, and possibly even the feeder rod may wear out much quicker, or become damaged beyond working properly. Upgrade these components only if you seek a higher firing rate by the use of a Egrip or R/T trigger system, if staying with regular trigger there is no need to replace until they eventually (if ever for you) wear out.
From my perspective, and looking at coming back into paintball after 2 years of being away...I would likely buy another Tippmann A-5 only because I know the product, its capabilities, limits, and initial investment price. There are other options for myself or others to look at and consider, which I have, but I am more of the "laid back" woodsball/scenario type player instead of getting a product more hyped up for faster paced play....besides I'm getting too old and my knee is not as forgiving now hehe.
07 July 2009 - 06:25 AMpm'ddddd
I got a JCS Red Hot Power Tube for the A-5. And I might be able to find my X7 hopper.
Let me know if your interested.
Has the powertube been modified at all? $25 shipped, or not shipped? Also do you have paypal
08 June 2009 - 10:51 AMWelcome back and welcome back with the original name! I am one of those guys who remembers that name...from YEARS ago. Even before the spec ops forum took off
Whats up Mills! I remember you from when I was still playing in Minnesota and I started on A5OG. Good to see you are still kicking!
08 June 2009 - 07:26 AMIf you rip off a piece of paper towel and put it on the end of the rubber squeegee (which I usually do) will the fibers get caught in the porting?
Well why would you need to put a paper towel on the rubber squeegee though? The rubber will actually work best in barrels if they are a good squeegee. I know most players swear by a swab but really that can leave a nasty film inside the barrel even. The rubber squeege is basically the same as the windshield washer things at the gas stations. Sponge on one side and a squeege on the other. Run that across the windshield and see what happens to the water...the same effect happens (or should with a good rubber squeegee) in side the barrel.
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