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Old December 24th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Invert Mini upgrades

I just got a mini and I love it! Upgrading from tippmann i got back in 2005 so you can imagine the jump. I went from having a very simple gun to the mini. I mainly play woodsballs as there are no good speedball fields within 20 miles. So I stay on semi (havent taken it out yet to the field yet, going this saturday!) I have a ninja 68/4500 and a halo too. everything else is stock I'm looking to upgrade anything to make this gun even better than it is. any ideas?
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Old December 24th, 2012, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Boss bolt and that's it.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old December 24th, 2012, 08:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Put a new asa, bolt (eigenbolt or boss), numnech drop forward and possibly a grip extender
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Old December 26th, 2012, 08:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I"m gonna go with:

Go out - and shoot the marker for 2 months. No changes.


When you finally finally FINALLY get a feel for the marker after 6-10 cases, think about making changes to it.


There's this common thought that any upgrade out there for anything is better than what you already have. There's also this thought that you absolutely need to upgrade a marker to make it shoot smoother/nicer/better.

The truth here - is that most aftermarket preached upgrades run 20-50% of the marker's retail value, only minorly boost efficiency, and you'll find out... do nothing but remove money from your paint budget.

It used to be true that upgrades could overhaul or massively change the inner workings of a marker. Those that balled back in the early 2000's (and possibly prior, can't speak on that) remember how you could put $100 into a few upgraded parts on a marker, and you'd see night and day difference. Replacing a stainless steel bolt with a delrin one? Awesome...etc. Now, manufacturers have gotten much better at making a finished product.

Taking a current, common example -

TechT bolts for ETEK3/4:

They're $44, which is about 10% the cost of an LT. They improve efficiency...but is that needed? I pushed 8-9 pods through my ETEK3 this last weekend on a hot-fill 68/45 without glancing at the gauge. I wasn't out of air.


TL;DR - Go out and shoot your marker. Then put 5 more cases through it. Then...and only then.. look into upgrades. You may be trying to fix something that isn't broke.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ya i agree ^^ shoot it first. i had a mini for about 2-3 years, most upgrades are not worth it if you are happy with it, bolts can help a little but in my experience did not have a huge effect but the nice thing is they are fairly cheap for the mini. If you are happy with the way it feels there is no need for a grip extender or drop forward, i did put a new trigger in mine to get a different shape but again, if you are happy with the stock one dont bother changing. the one thing i will say on triggers though is aftermarket ones typically come with bearings so the travel is smoother with less side to side play.

find a nice barrel, if you ever get another marker chances are it will be autococker threaded as well so you can go nuts on the barrel if you want to.

if you dont have a nice hopper tank and mask i would work on those first though
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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