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Old March 29th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Ion XE firing issues

Hi,

So have read a couple of threads and saw something similar but not sure.

My problem is that i have a new Ion that i used twice so far. Both time no problem. This past weekend after loading everything up I tested shooting and it seems fine.

When i got into the first game, the first shot goes out fine but the next shots are basically duds and not there is not enough pressure so they almost fall out of the barrel or get stuck, so i wait about 5 seconds or so then fire and 3 or 4 paintballs, depending on how many times i pull the trigger shoot out the barrel.

I took it to their pro shop and their estimation is that i should change the regulator b/c SP ION XE reg's are garbage (what they said). The tank is full, no leaks, properly lubed. I have not really changed anything else except for cosmetics.

A bit of a novice so would appreciate any helpful suggestions.

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Old March 29th, 2010, 01:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it MIGHT just need turned up, but I wouldn't recommend cranking the output pressure up on it because that could potentially harm your gun's solenoid.

You should probably have that paintball shop do the following (unless you're comfortable doing it yourself):

1) tear down the reg, inspect o-rings and the reg seat, relube and reassemble.
2) attach to a pressure tester (really no more than female ASA threads with a gauge port and vent of some sort), and test the regulator's output pressure and flow characteristics by watching the gauge as you vent air out of the reg tester.

Chances are the reg just needs cleaned or a new reg seat.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! that is very much appreciated.

Don't know if this helps but just thought i would mention. The regulator has a gauge on it as well. I did notice that that gauge is steady throughout the day even with the issues that i am having. I would assume that the output is consistent, but again i am just talking out loud (no real understanding of it all). But if this is not related that i will surely try the info you mentioned.

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Old March 29th, 2010, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Interesting. Have you ever watched the gauge while firing off a couple shots? Your reg output might be dropping significantly after one shot and taking a long time to creep back up to normal.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 02:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hmmmm... did not notice that. When i get a chance tonight, i will look closer. Post my results.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 08:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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OK, so i did some dry fire, to test the pressure. I noticed that right after i fired the gauge on the regulator dipped a bit to 175 PSI or so then took a few seconds to go back up to the average 200 PSI. If i double tapped the trigger it would shoot the first one fine, then the second like there was just not enough air to push the bolt forward.

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Old March 30th, 2010, 01:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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make sure your tank is fully screwed in and that your asas is fully screwed in as well. If that's true, then you need to relube the High pressure regulator. If THAT doesnt' work, you've got something blocking an airline.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 02:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Tank is fully screwed in and asa is also. Regarding the regulator, how often does it need to be relubed? I will try these suggestions though and see what happens. I plan to take to a pro shop if all else fails to maybe check the airline, or is this something i can do. As i said i am a novice but have taken the gun apart before so i know how to disassemble properly.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 04:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Are you using a tank with a HP reg?
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Old March 31st, 2010, 06:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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After a LONG time of no use or every 10 cases or so, you should maintain the regulator
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Thanks guys for all the suggestions. Took to proshop, changed micro line, reset to factory settings re lubed, replaced battery and magically worked fine after that. I think i will just have to pay closer attention when maintaining.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #12 (permalink)
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A little regular maintenance is usually all it takes. Sometimes these spoolies can be finicky with too much grease, so watch out for that. You want to apply just enough for the seals to look 'wet.' Same with the reg innards.
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