OEM Spyder Regulator (if you can consider that pos a regulator)
Lightening bolt mod (inc. polishing)
J&J 14" SS Barrel
Heavy Bolt Spring(at weakest setting on marker adjustment/all the way out)
Drilled out stock expansion valve
3500 psi high pressure setup w/ remote kit
Rigid construction, very good quality, highly consistent, nice grip.
Ports are offset differently and in a uncomfortable location.
After recieving this on ebay(~$40 usd) I was impressed with the rigid/solid feel of this. Upon close inspection the internals appear simple(less to go wrong), and the quality appeared to be very good. At first I was not sure if the internal spring would be able to hold up to the pressure, although after I installed it and pressurized it there were no problems.
After installation I also found that the air inlet ports do not line up where the crappy OEM regulator did (used a makeshift washer as a spacer to get it to line up at a decent location). Also I'm lucky I had a remote kit to attach to the regulator, because the threading and port location of the regulator was radically different than that of the OEM (you would need a new line or thread convertor w/ a 90 degree bend(see pictures) and approximate 2 additional inches of line).
In the morning when I went to chrono, the regulator was very responsive to slight angular changes in the adjustment grub screw. After having installed the heavy bolt spring a week earlier I was clocking noticeable speed variances with every shot. After installing this beautiful regulator, the shots were consistent every time(only took three shots).
Dialing in the fps to 280 took very little effort, although an allen key was needed. I would have preferred a click-lock end knob on the bottom with a rotating numbered ring. This would allow me to perform field adjustments when needed (wink wink) w/o the use of a key. And it would let me zero in the speed with less tools(want to neither rely on the field to have the right tools, nor do I want to carry them).
Used it all day(fired off about 750 shots) and achieved two huge benifits;
1) Kept the balls traveling at an extremely consistent trajectory/speed
2) Saved a freaking ton of air(I usually would have had to refill)
This is by far the 2nd/3rd best mod I've ever done(but really each component works together), the vertical accuracy is simply incredible with this regulator.
I am not giving a 10 simply because of the minor (asthetic/discomfort) fitment issue, and the said improvements that I would have liked to have seen. I would still highly recommend this to anybody looking for a quality regulator at a reasonable price.
you do realize that vertical regulators do not have to screw in completely, right? There is a certain amount of play you can use to line it up wherever is comfortable (rotating until the fitting is in the desired position). I think you can get around1 full rotation and still get a seal. And yes, they were designed to do that.
The click adjustment idea is kinda good, but wouldn't fly on legit fields--which is probably one reason it hasn't been done.
^^to clarify that, a lot of fields do not allow you to enter the field with a marker that can be adjusted during play. This prevents people from cranking their velocity during games, then turning them down after, to pass chrono checks. It's a dangerous thing in the wrong hands.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 at 5:45 am PST