Valve and hammer are not upgrades. Rex dialer probably won't get used.
Planet makes some excellent products, this kit is a mixture of topnotch and the fairly uninspiring. My only beef, and not for the normal "I just like to whine about how expensive everything is in this sport" reasons, is the price tag and I'll explain in the conclusion.
The Nexus ram with QEV's is truly the best ram I've ever seen. I've played 14years, owned probably about 20 cockers and working as a gun tech for a New England based paintball chain for 8 years I've probably worked on a few thousand cockers. This is the best ram I have ever seen. Simple as that, silky silky smooth cycling. My only knock on this ram is that the shaft has a history of breaking way too soon in its life cycle. Always near the threads where it joins the side pump rod. Personally knowing this I just accept that I am going to buy a new Nexus ram every 6-8 months of heavy usage, its that much better than other rams on the market.
The QEV's are one of those "why didn't I think of that?" inventions that come along every few years. These babies are being adapted to IONs, Egos, and any other application possible, they are that good. Definitely improve cycle time and reduce gun kick and LPR pressure.
The Bolt is excellent, just the right diameter. What does that mean? Bolt orings that don't seal well and bolt with no orings cycle fast and smooth but are bad for efficiency and if enough air gushes up your feedport it can interfere with paint feeding. Bolts with orings that seal too tightly to the upper chamber of a cocker are difficult to cycle and slow the gun down. The Eclipse bolt is the perfect blend, excellent quality of manufacturing. Highly recommend this bolt.
Rex Hammer kit is a mix bag. Quite frankly if you've bought a cocker in the last 2-3 years your hammer is pretty well polished and this isn't and upgrade. Only the sear lug is better polished than current stock sear lugs, this is important if you own and EBlade and the tech installing it didn't bother to polish your sear lug or replace it. Polished sear lugs make it much easier and more reliable for the EBlade solenoid to release. If you own a manual trigger cocker, this is fairly irrelevant, but certainly doesn't hurt.
Externally adjustable rex adjuster is good IF.... you drill a hole in your back block CORRECTLY the FIRST time. (I don't have a lot of confidence in the average paintball player to do this correctly)
IF.....your beavertail doesn't still make it impossible to thread and allen wrench into this new hole, I've seen a few aftermarket beavertails that still make it too difficult to take advantage of the rex kit
IF..... you aren't one of the 90% off cocker owners these days who just adjust your inline regulator when at the chronograph.
Eclipse valve is pure stock baby. I can't even see how they can pretend otherwise. Technically its not stock because its not made at Worr Games, but other than the "E" milled into it......its stock.
I love half the products in this kit and resent having to pay for the other half. The ram, qev's, and bolt are excellent. The hammer and especially the valve offer little to no upgrade value. The rex kit is probably not going to be installed correctly or utilized by the average cocker owner.
I recommend that you buy the ram, qevs and bolt seperately and don't bother with the other stuff
Planet Eclipse don't actually make these products - they were designed by Keith Belsey of Belsales, and are made by a company called Arrow Engineering. Planet have a good relationship with Belsales (they have used Belsales parts on the Eclipse Autocockers for a number of years), so Planet distribute these parts, after Arrow Engineering have added the all important 'e'. Planet's wider distribution network allows for more sales to be made than Belsales would be able to make themselves.
I really enjoyed your review of the nexus kit, i was debating on getting the full nexus kit or just the bolt, ram and qev's for my 05 superstock, I am glad it's not going to cost me $160+ for the full kit. Thanks