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Heya all, first time posting on this ballers forum, woot!

Anyway, I bought this 98 custom and the guy got this 18" evil barrel kit for it, but it doesn't thread all the way into the barrel like the stock does... will it effect the speed or leak or something? Any tests I can do?

EDIT: it has 5 different barrels that can thread into the marker, but none of them fit. :(


here is the marker:

Tippmann 98 Custom ACT Paintball Gun - Silver at ActionVillage.com : Paintball

Here is the barrel kit:

Evil Pipe Back Model 98 Barrel Kit - Black at ActionVillage.com : Paintball
 

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Does the evil kit have a longer threaded section than the stock barrel?

Open the feedneck so you can look into the breech. See how the stock barrel looks when it's threaded in and then see how the evil barrel looks when it's threaded in. As long as the Evil kit threads in as far as the stocker and seats tight against the end of the chamber you are fine. If it doesn't, then you need to find out where it's hanging up and address the problem.
 

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Sounds like the shells for your 98 were made before Tippmann redid their molds so they have the "Old style" 98 barrel threads while the Barrel has the "New style". They did this some time between 2002 and 2003.

You should be fine. But if it bugs you LAPCO makes an adapter
 

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right on Judy, it doesn't thread all the way down into the marker like the stock barrel does, Just a little too long.

How would I "address" this problem?

thanks for the reply
 

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Did you buy a front for the kit? Not that that would effect the threading.

Mort is probably right on with the thread change being the problem. I have an old 98 C (several of them actually) and my friends new barrels don't thread on them right.

I get around it by loosening the three forward most screws on the body and putting the barrel in, then retightening them.
 

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It's not real old, it's a 98 Custom ACT, been used twice, maybe three times... Yeah, I have a tip for the barrel, silly... adds up to 18", quite proud, but none the less, will it effect the paint?
 

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So the barrel threaded section is too short and the wider part of the barrel keeps it from being threaded in all the way, right?

If the suggestion to loosen the screws works for you, you could try that but if it was me, I'd call Tippmann and tell them the problem and see if they can help you out. They may send you a new body, I know I got a new body for my original M98 way back in the day....

If Tippmann can't help you out, the next option is to remove metal from the barrel or the body so the barrel can thread all the way in. You don't want a gap between the chamber and the barrel because it will cause problems with consistency, efficiency and will probably cause breaks in the chamber or breech end of the barrel. You could try to widen out the very end of the M98's body where the barrel threads in to allow the wider part of the barrel to fit in so it can be seated properly in the body. A dremel, a steady hand and slow going with lots of test fitting would probably yield satisfactory results with nothing visible on the outside once the barrel is installed. M98 bodies are pretty cheap so even if you mess it up, you could probably get a replacement or something nicer pretty cheap. Since the barrel kit probably costs more than a new body, definitely cut the body and not the barrel backs.

Start with a call to Tippmann and see if they'll help you out. I can guarantee you are not the only person to have this problem so they'll know what to do.

Let us know how it turns out.
 

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Great, I'll give tippmann a call, sounds like they're friendly enough.

Thanks for you help!

~Romoko
 
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