stock body, pain in the rear to field strip and clean.
shocktech body, less of a pain, but still can't clean the eyes.
dm\pm\dmc, same type of layout. Most comparable to pm, except without the lpr.
2k4 eclipse cocker, fully upgraded. Zero B, Cp reg, CCM neck\pump arm, 3ds back block\pin. Cp on\off, full Nexus kit (ram,springs,valve,rex dialer), samurai trigger
Lucky S5 olive milled body, stock frame, Lucky S4 board, CP reg, CP on\off, CCM neck, RPM trigger, hybrid grips, Clippard qev, Lucky top hat mod ring.
Bolt out back. Access to eyes.
Milling imperfections. Finnish imperfections, feed neck, No o rings on bolt tail. (see below)
This is for the newer Stage 5.1 body.
I got my body last week. Valentines day to be exact. I ordered it about ten days prior. The packaging was quite nice and offered adequate protection from the rigors of shipping.
My son and I (I built the gun for him for his birthday) looked it over under some light. The first thing I noticed was the hazy finish in some places, it almost looks like tape adhesive residue. I later tried to buff it out but couldn't. There were also some spiral mill marks left on the top of one cutout and the bottom of the other. The milling is not symmetrical, but it is only noticeable around the eye covers. I am not unhappy with what I have found, not a bad job for a few guys with a small shop. The bolt easily slides out the back with the firing can and bolt stop. Lucky switched to a new v4 bolt, it looks like the v3 except it has no sail o rings. The 2 o rings are housed tin the bolt cap. I personally do not like the design but it can be changed. The cap uses a 3" key but you only need to screw it in finger tight. Eye access is only a .050" wrench away. The eye cover is a little stiff to slide out, I use a fine pick to lever it up a little. The laser eyes work perfectly, nice red light in the neck.
Assembly is easy for anyone who is familiar with the ion. Lucky has a video on their website if you need help, and their tech support is awesome. Begin by removing the body and board however you see fit. Then install the qev, I used the clippard over the sp 360 since I don't need to disassemble the gun to do anything. Re-install the air fittings and connect the eyes, you will need the original wire. Slide the board in and replace the screws. BAM! The only leak was from the qev, but some teflon tape fixed it. The feed neck is adequate, but a clamping design would have been better. It is a basic slip in with o rings, both my suicide halo and pulse were loose. So i switched it out for a ccm. Overall the installation was as easy as taking the gun apart.
I have no chronograph at home so I could not check velocity, so I tuned it by ear and the gauge. Initially I set the pressure to 180 most ions shoot around 270ish at that pressure.
Screwed in a 16" ultralight and a 45, put the pulse on and got ready to shoot. When first dry fired it made a tapping sound but after 2-3 shots it was gone. So I dumped in a pod if good inked' and unleashed a fat long rope. I was very impressed, my son and I looked at each other and smiled. We dumped 5 pods through it until the tank was empty. No problems, a few barrel breaks but no problems attributable to the body. At this point I was very impressed.
At the field
Saturday and Sunday was the real test, my son and I played both days. Velocity was low at 180psi because of the top hat ring, now runs at 200psi shooting 285fps with a dwell of 20. Saturday there were no problems at all! None! We shot 2 cases through it.
On Sunday the only problem was the o rings in the bolt cap. Since the v4 bolt has no sail o ring the cap contains them (this is the only problem i have with the design). The rear ring has a tendency to wear quickly, you can tell when it leaks out the back. You can order #12 rings by the gross or buy the cap for the basic body form Lucky, it will work with regular style bolts. Bolts with double rings need to have the front one removed. this is the route I will take. Still, changing the o ring is no big deal with a pick. Somehow Jr managed to break a ball in the breach. Thankfully cleaning the eyes is easy. Just don't lose the orange spacers behind the dm\pm detents. Other than a breach break and an o ring, no problems.
This body totally rocks! I tech at my local field and am constantly working on busted ions. 50% of the time the gun needs to be cleaned and the person doesn't know how to take the gun apart. This body makes it much easier to maintain your gun. This is in my opinion the best thing to get for your Ion.
I would give it an emphatic 10, but I must be critical. The milling marks, lack of symmetry, the hazy finish, and the tight eye covers did lower the rating but not by much. It still is a good upgrade to the gun.