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call_me_jum Saturday, August 12th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock Angel valving
Marker Setup: A4 Fly
68/4500 Conquest
CP Reg
Magnetic MT trigger
Tadao
JDS STD LPR
Intellifed Boosted Cheetahd Halo
Evolve Lite
Strengths: Less kick
More efficient
Valve cap looks awesome
Weaknesses: See review
Review: In the quest to reduce the kick from my Angel and get a few more shots per tank, I bought the Evolve Lite kit from FMA for 90 bucks.

First step in the installation is to remove the stock hammer from the ram shaft. This can be tricky, because the screw that holds the stock hammer in is often loc-tited. Mine was, but I got it out fine. I used two sets of vise grips and some rubber (to protect the ram shaft and the stock hammer) Using the two pliers it's pretty easy to wrench the hammer off. From there, loctite the metal cap of the Evolve hammer to the delrin part of the hammer. That is important! Screw it onto the shaft and secure it with the screw (loctite that too.) Screw the whole ram assembly back in until it clicks against the bolt pin.

Second part of the assembly is to install the valving. Unscrew your left side (valve) cap or volly and pull out the valve pin, spring, and support bobbin. Now, take your Evolve valve rod and lube the cupseal and the small o-ring on the other end. (EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT IS LUBED) slide the rod down the hole in the valve and screw the evolve valve cap on. Now, notice the screw in the cap. This adjusts the tension on the rod. More tension means the valve opens for a shorter time and it takes more force to do so. With the screw all the way in, there should be no airflow through the valve when it is aired up. But, mine had lots of flow even with it cinched down as tight as it would go. Bad, very bad! This is due to the fact that the screw is too short. So, I made a new, longer, one out of a screw I got at the hardware store. Now, with it cinched down all the way there is no flow. Perfect! It should be noted that with the stock adjustment screw and a 300 psi input, I was shooting 350 fps with it in all the way. Yikes.

From here, gas up your Angel and set your HPR to 300 and your LPR to 50, dwell depends on your model. Adjust your velocity using the screw in the valve cap (in equals less velocity, out is vice versa) Here's where I can no longer help you, because every Angel is different: you will need to tweak your dwell, LPR and HPR to work in perfect synch. Generally you can drop your HPR to the 250 range, LPR in the forties and dwell at 7-8. BUT, like I said, what may work for me may not work for you. This is why you need to know exactly how your Angel works! The more you know about it's operation the easier it will be to sweet-spot. In case you are wondering, my settings are HPR 245, LPR 40, Dwell 6-7, shooting 275 fps.

Once I got it tuned, It ripped. It seemed faster than it was with stock valving... odd. But I could not care less! A pod of paint disappears in no time. Efficiency is about 1800 shots per 68/4500. Kick is still there, but at a fraction of what it used to be. I love my Angel more now than ever.

Conclusion: Excellent product if you know how your Angel reacts to settings changes. If you are a newbie to your Angel, I can't recommend it. But if you know your angel inside and out, go for it. Just make sure you have a case of paint and some air for the tuning process.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, August 13th, 2006 at 5:57 pm PST
 

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