Ricochete Apache electronic hopper. Just as good as the Cyclone, the only draw back is that it uses battery. But it feeds reliably like the Cyclone, and is tough like one too.
Tippmann 98 Custom with J&J Ceramic Barrel, response trigger, Richochet Apache (the updated 2005 model), double trigger, Clear Dye Sticky Grips, Rocket Cock II, Dead On Rear Velocity Adjuster, Skull drop forward and Dead on X-core expansion chamber.
Mechanical, feeds exactly what your gun needs every time, ability to fix jams.
Hopper is flat in front, RT requires you call Tippmann for the T screw.
I ordered the Cyclone feed for the 98 Custom two weeks after it came out. Because this is such a new product, right now most people havent even heard about this yet. Many will be surprised to see you have a Cyclone feed for a 98 Custom. People will even begin to think you some how got it off of an A-5 and installed it at home to your 98 Custom if they do not know any better. It is very much identical to the A-5 cyclone feeder. The only difference is that it is designed to fit on to the outside frame of the 98 Custom. Pretty much anything you can do to the A-5's Cyclone feeder, you can do the same to this one, because the design is nearly identical. For example, if you want to upgrade your Cyclone feeder's stock hopper to the R-5 hopper from Ricochete, you can do it to this one like you would to the A-5. I bought mine right along with the R-5, because I used to use a Ricochete Apache and I am used to having its design on my gun. Now it is like having a mechanical Ricochete feeding my 98 Custom. Also it will increase your capacity to 230 paintballs and give you that "deflective engineering". For some people it doesnt deflect like advertised. But I have noticed that some paintballs have indeed deflected off of its sharp angled body a few times. Look at the shape of the Ricochete, and look at the shape of the stock hopper for the Cyclone feeder. The stock one has a flat front that will for sure cause a ball break when hit from the front. I dont know about some others out there, but I rather go with the sharp angled hopper that at least has some chance of a bounce. With the Response trigger the Cyclone will feed every ball in there with no problem. However, you must call Tippmann and ask for a T screw to place on to the powertube of the 98 Custom in order for you to have both the Cyclone and the Response Trigger to work together. Or you will have to choose which one to have. Its quite easy, I just called them up, and they were very helpful and they jot down my address and name and sent me the screw for free. Installation is easy if you have the Response Trigger. Its almost as fast as placing an electric one right on there. The only difference is the removal of the old screw, to the T one, and place the hose line of both the Response Trigger and the Cyclone on to the T fittings. The whole process takes just 2-3 minutes. I also love how they kept the advantage of being able to flip the hopper to the side to give you access to the chamber of the 98 Custom. Its just like having an electric hopper with out the electronics on to your 98 Custom. The price is about the same as an electric hopper ($60.00). And even if you do get an electric that is lower than the price of the Cyclone, you will still end up paying more over time because of the batteries. You know that annoying wobble on your stock 98 Customs feed tube? Yeah, its not just you and me, apparently 98 Customs have that wobble. Well this fits so snug, there is no more annoying wobble. Contrary to popular believe, no, this does not use up more gas. Just like the Response Trigger, it is using excess gas that is going to be wasted anyways during the guns cycling process as you fire it. When you install this, you add to your Tippmanns reliability, because you get rid of the electrical part of you gun and makes the whole set up completely mechanical (unless you are using the E-Grip).
I definately recommend this product, because it doesnt have any weaknesses to its competition, which is electric hoppers. The Cyclone costs about the same, is more reliable, weighs about the same, wont damage in weather such as rain, is simpler, feeds faster and more reliably, installs almost as easily. I am trying hard to think of an advantage the electrics have, but nothing comes to mind. Get this if you have the Response Trigger, or E-Grip. Or just want to say goodbye to constant ball breaks.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 at 12:14 am PST
I have asked them, but they wanted to charge me six dollars for one T fitting! I just called Tippmann and they sent it to me for free in three days. Unless you must have the fitting right then and there, its better to call and get it. Unless your shop is generous.
Last edited on Saturday, February 11th, 2006 at 10:41 pm PST
Look on their website, you will find it there under the contacts section of the site. Here, try this link ( http://www.tippmann.com/ContactUs.aspx ) Make sure you call them during the day though. Their customer service is great. Just make sure you tell them that you have the cyclone and you need the T-FITTING, not the banjo fitting, or they might send you the wrong one.
Geeze i am sooooooooo glad this site exist! im sitting here at 1:30 am puzzled as can be, wondering what am i not understanding! ok no problem it took me oh 20 minutes to get the cyclone hopper on great........ now what the heck do i attach this RT to? im just glad i hear so much good stuff on this set up! THE ONE THING i would mention is this! the hole punch sucks! you have to punch out a built in tab on this and at 1:30 am? thats enough to piss a guy off! live and learn. well im about to paint this town yellow the second i get my hands on that t screw!
I have a problem, i have the RT and the cyclone feed on a 98c act platinum series. i also have a starfire bolt, aluminum powertube, and i am runnin hpa 3000psi. i got everything installed right, but im breaking paint like crazy. it doesnt do it until i open up full automatic though. what could this be you think? any ideas? i took the starfire bolt out and it still does it. any input would be awesome. thanks