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zapp Saturday, April 28th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
Piranha Eforce EXT 2k4
Spider Imagine
Marker Setup: Stock Ion with an SP Firebolt, SP 360 QEV and clamping feedneck.
Run non-siphoned CO2 with a coiled remote
Strengths: Easy access to the bolt.
Looks good.
Weaknesses: Heavy
May need frame modification for QEVs
Review: I found a new one on e-bay for $65, so I decided to try it. I was also looking at the DeadlyWind Negative Ion body, but opted for this one b/c of the Olive color option (I play woodsball) and lower price.

The box it came in was well-padded. The body I ordered was the Olive Green. On the Powerlyte web page, there is a picture with all the colors on it, but it is hard to see the finish- the Olive I have is a matte (dust) finish. If you order from Powerlyte, it looks like Black and Olive are the only options for "dust" finish. I took it out and inspected it- looks very nice, good milling, finish, but it is much heavier than expected. There is an interesting threaded hole in the back of the new donut- more on this later. There is also an extra O-ring for the new donut and a mystery screw that I still don't know what it is for (???).

There were no instructions included (!), but it seemed simple enough to put in, so I went ahead. Took the Ion apart as usual, removing the eyes wires, QEV and rear banjo and then took the old body off. The hardest part was taking off the clip ring to take the original donut off.

The 07 body comes with a rear 90 deg swivel air fitting already attached, so after removing the original rear banjo, I put the hose on the barb connection of the new fitting, greased the donut O-rings and slid the internals (now w/o the old donut) in and attached the QEV, then put the body on the frame.

At this point, I looked for clearance, and noticed quite a gap between the body and the frame- my QEV was hitting on my frame, which did not happen w/ the original body. I pulled it apart, took out my Dremmel and milled away 2 mm of my frame to give the QEV more clearance. Put it back together and it fitted nicely.

The new donut/end plug has an o-ring on the underside where it matches to the incoming air fitting- I greased this lightly so it wouldn't get pulled off, then slid it into place and screwed everything down. I aired it up, checked for leaks and then put a hopper of paint over my chronograph. No change in FPS or shot consistency from the original body, so it appears the new donut and air fitting are working good.

Now the real test- how easy is it to take my bolt out? I take off the rear frame screw and try to take off the end, but there is too little material to get a good grip! Then I put the frame screw I took out into that threaded hole in the back- still very tight, but I can move it a little. I loosen the front frame screw a bit, and then the rear plug comes right out.

So, to remove the bolt- loosen the front frame screw, remove the rear frame screw and put it in the "donut hole" to use as a handle to pull the donut out. A side observation- by putting the removed frame screw in the hole, you also won't loose it as easily. I then used the same open-ended 5/8 wrench I use to adjust the regulator to remove the entire fire chamber and bolt. Took me about 30 seconds, 2 tools.

Putting everything back in is just as easy. This make my Ion ALMOST as easy to take apart as my Piranha... Almost. I really like being able to take it apart without any tools. Too bad it doesn't shoot as nice as the Ion.

EDIT: The instructions are now on Powerlyte's web page
Conclusion: PROS
Finally- an affordable, easy, functional BOB!
Nice milling and finish- looks good!
Good color selection.

Heavy! It could be a LOT lighter by milling off all the excess on the new back/donut. The company name is PowerLYTE.. shouldn't it be... light?
Bottom space a little thinner than stock, may need to do frame milling for QEVs to fit.
Still not as easy to take apart as a Piranha... but that's Smart Part's fault...
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, May 25th, 2007 at 5:07 pm PST

Review Comments
Peter31193 Monday, June 11th, 2007 | 7:06 am PST
would you be willing to make a vid of how to acsess the bolt? it sounds pretty easy but i want to see for myself. thanks.

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