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Roman Legion Friday, February 9th, 2007
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 11 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: A-5
TechT Vortex Mod
BT Apex Barrel w/ M16 Shroud
SpecOps A5A2 Stock
SpecOps A5A2 Foregrip MP MAG
Military Grade Riser Mount/Rail A5
Armotech/Swat Force Tactical Red Dot Sight
OpsGear 3-point tactical sling
Strengths: Much better product than the week plastic
Weaknesses: Severe Chopping
Review: I was a little disappointed in the performance of the new Cyclone Feed Lightning Rod. My cyclone was chopping balls BADLY after installation. Don't get me wrong, TechT made a great mod with the Vortex, but I am not at all happy with the Lightning Rod. I am not the only person who thinks so also. One of my teammates who has an A5 Hammer Double Trouble set up installed lightning rods in his 2 A5s and had the same problem. It doesn't chop when I lessen the amount of paint in my hopper so it is possible that the mod is causing the vortex to rub against the bottom of the cyclone feed inside the housing. The gun is in the shop as I write this trying to fix it.

Finally, the online instructions were impossible to follow.
Conclusion: Seems like TechT had the right idea. It might just be a problem with design and size of the parts.
6 out of 10

Review Comments
TheDarkPrince Friday, February 9th, 2007 | 2:56 pm PST
I have a very difficult time seeing how the rod can cause an A-5 to chop paint. The rod just pushes the ratchet to rotate the paddles. Also, why in the world would you take the gun "in the shop" for a problem you already know exists? If you knew the rod was the problem, you could have just installed the stock rod again. If you are busting paint, I think it's because your using cheap paint through that Apex. Barrells like the Apex and Flatline need good paint to withstand the friction used to cause that backspin.

grey88smokin Sunday, February 11th, 2007 | 3:31 pm PST
Sounds like they were not installed correctly, I want to hear what was causing the chopping.

Kevin M. Monday, February 12th, 2007 | 5:49 am PST
I had this problem with them when I set mine up, I got so frustrated that my new rod wasnt working, but I found that the only problem was not even the fault of the new LR, but the bottom cover of the vortex mod being screwed on a little bit too tight. When I pushed the rod everything seemed fine but it was actually rubbing a little. Loosen the four screws a little, try a different type of paint, and see how it goes. The whole problem is that the vortex mod is just a bit too thick and if you crank the screws tight like you did befor you got the vortex then it will feed the ball only half way into the chamber.
Worst case scenario, the thing is still chopping... lube the **** out of the piston and hand crank it for at least 100 cycles before putting air into the gun. Good luck!
Last edited on Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 at 8:44 am PST

LordOdin99 Thursday, June 19th, 2008 | 9:12 pm PST
It could be a few things. If your vortex is an older one, they changed the design so that it doesn't hit the lightning rod and cycles better. If you have an older A5, the cyclone housing might be an older design, causing the rod to hit the inside of the housing and causing overcycling and ball chopping. I would just contact them because they get back in a real timely fashion. One of the best tech supports I've seen around.

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