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Old May 31st, 2006, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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98C Power Tube Borked

Ok so I got my new cyclone feeder for my 98C yesterday, and I was gonna install it today. So it's going fine up until I try to remove the air feed line that goes from the tank adapter on the bottom of the grip to the power tube. That thing is LOCKED in. It looks like the guy who put together my gun just slathered half a bottle of loctite on the threading of the air feed line. In the process of trying to get it unscrewed somehow, my power tube cracked and is now borked... Now this is not necessarily bad, as I have the one from my cyclone loader intact. However, the dam thing still won't unscrew! I've tried pretty much everything except wacking the power tube with a hammer to see if it'll unscrew. I've even tried shouting "HULK SMASH!" and using a rather large wrench in conjunction. But on a more serious note, is there any way I can get the valve and an air feed line with the tank receptor and have them not all attached when I get it, so I can attach it myself? and if so, how much would it cost? I now seriously hate whoever put together my marker...
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Old May 31st, 2006, 04:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Locktite breaks down when heated. Hold a lighter on it for a couple seconds, or a little longer if needed. I've had some macroline fittings that were both loctited and nearly stripped round. Those got a good deal more heat.

With the plastic around it that area keep your eye on things.

The valve and the valve threads that hose attaches to are simple aluminum- Much softer than the stainless steel hose you're taking off. Be careful not to abuse it too much or you'll be getting a new valve.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 05:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I won't have to worry about the stock power tube melting anymore. It cracked so much that I ended up pulling it off. Even if I get the gas line off I might have to get another one as the bolt is really worn out from my HULK SMASH! attempts with a wrench and a vise... Otherwise, the valve should be fine. So I'll try out the heating thing tomorrow. Thanks for the advice!

Edit: Ok.. um yea, screw tomorrow. I just tried it out three times, with different heat sources and nada... Just my luck... Plus I have a game on wednesday, so I'm kinda screwed unless it will miraculously pop off... I have a feeling I'm just gonna end up borrowing my friend's tippy and just putting my barrel on it to play that game on wednesday... and I was all psyched up for using my new loader... Oh well thanks for the help anyway.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 09:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just take it to a machine shop. Ask them to dress up any marks you put on it also. If they are nice it won't cost you very much.
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Old June 1st, 2006, 09:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I called Tippmann today and they said to just send it in and either they'll fix it or give me new parts... I'm thinking I'll get a new gas line as one of the octagon nuts is now pretty much a circular nut, with almost no octagon-ness left to it... It won't be so bad, but I'll prolly end up playing on wednesday with my friend's gun instead.

Oh and I don't know of any machine shops around where I live, as it's mostly residential here, and I have no car, so I can't go driving around looking for one...
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 12:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I broke the stock powertube on my 98 and desided that a plastic one would just break again so i went and machined one during my machining class. Also made a new bolt out of darlin

here is just the tube
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Cool! Well I send in my valve, gas line and gas receptor to Tippmann... Hopefully I'll get back new parts, as the nut on the gas line is pretty bad off. Nice pic btw, how does it work for you? Is there a lot of friction or less than the plastic one?
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Nice pic btw, how does it work for you? Is there a lot of friction or less than the plastic one?
Very nicely even though the screw for the velocity adjuster is a little tight

And there is a good bit less friction then the stock plastic one. the hammer almost glides in to strike the valve.

I am gussing that you have also seen a few f the other things that I have done to my 98 (Full auto mod seems to be a popular one)
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 07:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yup, pretty good stuff . After I get my parts back from Tippy I'm gonna lighten my trigger load, polish the internals and maybe add a drop and get a stock for it.
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