-Better button design
-Melts into your hand
-Weird eye ribbon mounting on the board
The PMR Ultralite frame is a huge improvement over the stock frame design wise. In addition, it feels great and totally changes the look of your marker. Here are a few key strengths and weaknesses:
Aluminum composition: Yes, the stock composite frame is probably just as strong as the Ultralite frame, but the Ultralite frame “feels” sturdier in you hand. I am a huge fan of aluminum parts.
Nice trigger: The UL trigger is smoother and is easier to walk then the stock trigger in my opinion. The UL trigger has ball bearing pivot point, where the stock trigger does not. The UL trigger is also aluminum, therefore making it not as “sticky” as the rubber coated stock one. The UL frame also has a bigger trigger guard that allows more finger space.
Improved button design: the UL frame has aluminum buttons in a separate housing in the frame. The bottoms don’t fall out on you when you open up the grip to switch setting like the stock buttons.
Improved dovetail: The ASA mounting screw for dovetail ASAs is adjustable from the side of the frame vs. inside the frame.
Melts into your hand: The UL frame is definitely the nicest feeling frame on the market for any marker. Its curves fit nicely into your palm, and the frame itself is generally less blocky then other 45 frames.
Looks great: The Ultralite frame is far superior aesthetically then the stock frame. The frame completely changes the look of your marker. The UL frame flows nicely with the body of the marker, and the ano job matches well [at least with dust black PMRs].
Weird eye ribbon mounting: the eye ribbon mounts perpendicular to the board, and is bent by the grips. This is just a weird design on Dye’s part.
Funky manual: the manual that came with the frame is for Dye markers, not Proto marks, and especially not the Rail. It fails to mention that one of the trigger adjustment screws has been removed, and has been replaced with another screw in the trigger itself to make room for the solenoid. It also fails to mention that you need to remove the little rubber “nubbin” on the noid that the stock trigger spring attaches to in order to make the frame fit on the body of the marker.
Overall, the PMR Ultralite frame is a huge improvement over the stock frame design wise. However, it is definitely not a necessary upgrade. The UL board and stock board are essentially the same, and the Ultralite frame does not really directly improve the marker’s performance. The UL frame is more of a “luxury upgrade”. It definitely feels and looks better then the stock frame; it is up to you on weather or not that is worth $200. For this, I give the PMR Ultralite frame a 9 out of 10.
You had to remove the "nubbin"? I installed mine last night and didn't have a problem with it. Hopefully, it's not something that I overlooked.
Yeah, I also wish the manual actually matched the part. It's kinda half-ass compared to their marker manuals.
Added this the next the day after testing:
Dude, you were so right on about the nubbin! After a few shots, the black "nubbin" at the bottom of the solenoid put enough pressure on the top of the trigger to not allow it to return it it's start position.
I scraped that thing off and now it's great. Thanks again dude!
Last edited on Saturday, May 12th, 2007 at 8:29 pm PST