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maloneoni Sunday, April 8th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock body
foehn body kit
Marker Setup: SP Ion
Clippard QEV
Blackheart board
CP regulator
Q-lock feedneck
Lucky 5.1 Body kit
New Designz Roller Bearing Trigger
Dye 70ci 4500 Stubbie
32 degrees drop
Hybrid grips
Freak kit with St!f tip
Empire ASA
Lucky Stage 3 bolt
Halo reloader B
Strengths: BOB, DM detents, laser eyes, comes with bolt, cocker threads, eye covers.
Weaknesses: It is expensive for extra milling. o-ring issues.
Review: This is a great body kit. It replaces the breech-firing can assembly from the stock body kit. It changes the impulse threads to cocker threads.

I bought the cheapest stage 5.1 from lucky for 100 dollars. It does not come with any milling, which was fine with me. The two or three cheapest bodies come with the stage the stage 3 bolt and the more expensive ones come with the stage four bolt. Dont hold me to that, but I know that I have their lesser bolt. The body also comes with a feed neck that is only marginally better than the stock because it does not make your hopper stick up as high. The Lucky also changed the stock Ion detents to DM detents. I personally like the DM detents better. Lucky also sent me two extra sets with the body kit. The stage 5.1 comes with laser eyes which can be easily accessed through the eye covers that are right infront of the feedneck. Lucky gives you red laser eyes with the 5.1. The detents are accessed in the same fashion.

The main thing I was looking for when I was shopping for body kits was bolt-out-back (BOB). The back cap is removed with a 3/8 allen, but I only screw mine on finger tight so it is easy to take off. One thing to look out for when you take out your bolt is that you make sure that you put the firing can piece, the donut, and the bolt back in in the correct order. If you dont do it right, the gun leaks. If you can find a forum to get the directions off of, the are really easy to follow.

The only weakness with this body kit is that as far as I can tell, you can only use lucky bolts with it. I would like to put my warrior bolt in, but lucky changed the design of the bolt to put the o-rings on the back of the bolt on the rear cap. I think that if it take the small o-rings off the back of the warrior bolt, it will work with the 5.1. I will put an edit or something up when I get the time to figure it out. It is not a big deal to me because lucky sends you a bolt with the body kit.

The installation of the 5.1 is simple. It installs the same way as you would put the stock body on. Once the 5.1 is on, the only reason to take it off is to get to the trigger or the board.

I saw that some other people had issues with the cocker threads on the 5.1. Both my freak kit and my friend's revolver kit work flawlessly with the 5.1.

A note to anyone wanting to buy a 5.1:
Something happened with lucky and they do not have a US branch right now, probably never again. The best bet to get one would be through e-bay or a shop. Beware of the 5.1s on ebay, because there was a batch with bad cocker threads. I guess they came out right before they went UK only, so people have not been able to get ahold of Lucky.

EDIT: I tried to use my warrior bolt in the lucky body kit, but it still leaked, even after I played with the o-rings. The stock ion bolt also did not work. I am not lowering the score on my review because lucky sends a bolt with the body kit. The Lucky bolt is a pretty good bolt and I am still really satisfied with the stage 5.1.

EDIT 2: I had a problem with the lucky bolt getting stuck in the back cap. The end of the bolt would get caught on one of the two o-rings on the inside of the backcap. I tried some different o-rings, but it calls for a 12-70 viton or something. I had trouble finding the same o-ring. I replaced the lucky bolt with a techt L7 bolt. Incidently, the L7 is a really awesome bolt. The L7 fixed the problem because it comes with a plug for the backcap which makes the o-ring catching moot. The lucky bolt is a piece of crap.
Conclusion: I think that this is the best body kit available for the ion. It gives the ion all the features that higher end guns come with, such as eye covers and BOB. The body kit is a cosmetic upgrade as well as a functional one.

EDIT 2 RESCORE: I am changing my score of 10 of 10 to an 8 of 10 because I had to spend more another 55 bucks to get my body kit to work. If you are going to get a 5.1, plan on getting a L7 bolt. It makes the marker quieter and operate at a lower pressure.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, April 30th, 2007 at 1:13 am PST
 

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