The only body kits I've used in the past were Automag/MicroMag.
Ion (Smart Parts) - Two Markers
- QEV (both)
- Strange Body (Stock on 2nd)
- CP Roller Trigger (Stock on 2nd)
- 70/4500 Centerflag Pre-Set High-Presure Tank (45/4500 on 2nd)
- Apache (12V Rev with JT Speed Pods on 2nd)
- 14" Evil Driver (12" SP Progressive on 2nd)
Shocker 2k2 (Shoebox) Vert Feed Turbo / SF (Blue Fade)
- 88/4500 MaxFlo (Blue and Blue Cover)
- Richochet Apache (Blue)
- 14" Smart Parts AA (Matching Blue Fade)
- 114 /4500 CenterFlag Pre-Set High-Presure Tank (Camo Cover) On Big Kapp Drop
- Richochet Apache (Camo Cover)
- 16" CP One Piece (Camo Cover)
Removable Rear Bolt
Installation (read more)
Some QEVs may not fit.
NOTE: This is my brief review from my limited testing. I have acquired, installed, and tested the marker with the body on. I have NOT yet played with it in competition. So long term durability is unknown at this point. I will update after a few weekends of play.
Regardless of your opinion on the Ion. The fact is that it became a very popular marker in a very short time. One of the biggest drawbacks of the Ion is the regular maintenance. While it is simply cleaning and re-lubing the bolt and bolt Orings ... it's a process with many steps.
The Strange Body reduces removing the bolt to a much simpler task. And you only have to completely remove one screw from the marker.
1. Loosen the Front and Center Frame screws 1/2 turn. (1/8" Allen Key)
2. Remove the Rear Strange Cap. (Done by hand)
3. Remove the Rear Frame screw. (1/8" Allen Key)
4. Remove the Firing chamber using the same wrench that was provided with the ion to adjust velocity.
5. You now have access to the bolt.
Reversing the process just takes one additional step.
- Insert and Lineup the Strange Donut with the rear frame screw.
On a Stock Ion to get to the bolt you will have to completely remove 9 screws (counting the banjo fittings):
1. Remove 3 of the 4 grip screws. (Philips head)
2. Remove battery.
3. Remove Three Trigger frame screws. (1/8" Allen Key)
4. Carefully pull the body away from the frame about 1/2"
5. Remove frame banjo fitting. (1/8" Allen Key)
6. Remove board/solenoid from frame
7. Remove Eye Cable
8. Remove Front body Banjo (or QEV) (1/8" Allen Key)
9. Remove Rear body Banjo (1/8" Allen Key)
10. Slide Main body out of the "plastic" cover
11. Remove the Eye board.
12. Separate the breach from the firing chamber.
13. You now have access to the bolt.
The initial main body installation just takes a little longer then the Ion's standard maintenance. I only had one problem with the installation. My ANS QEV needed ALOT of teflon to seal properly. I suspect that some QEVs will NOT fit.
Weight / Size
The biggest drawback is that the Strange body adds almost half a pound more weight then the stock shell. Personally this isn't a problem for me. But I know this will bother some.
If you want simpler maintenance and don't mind a little extra weight. Then the Strange Body kit is a must have.
Giving it a 7 out of 10 due to the weight, QEV problem, and the word "ION" carved into the side.
Ok i dont think that weight would be an issue. I mean if u cant stand a little bit of weight then u should quit paintball. I think u should give it a 9 at least cuz it does make taking out bolt easier.
quote:Originally posted by GloryShark dude, are u saying that u didnt like the word ion carved into the side? if u didnt like the ion sign u coulda gotten a different body or a different gun!!
At the time no other Body offered a removable rear bolt. And it really wasn't a major issue for me. It also didn't greatly effect the score I gave the body. Weight and Not leaving room for a QEV are my main issues with it.
quote:Originally posted by Zaotin I'm just wondering why you have two ions.... not to mention 2 shockers, is the redundancy a tournament thing I just don't understand yet being in a rookie team or what.
On the Ions. One is my primary and the other is for my girlfriend to use. I also take out many clients and co-workers to experience paintball. I like them to have a good experience and not deal with flaky rentals. The shockers are the old big shoebox variety. They are reliable and don't break paint ... perfect for first timers. I've also aquired everything but the Ion's Used so I havent' spent as much $$ as one might initially think.