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burns130 Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
3 years
Products Used:
Shocktech SSC body (much better)
Marker Setup: goes
2 X A-5's (set up the same way except for barrels)
R/T (1/8 inch tubing)
Cippard MEV-2 (QEV)
JCS Jet Click
X-7 paddles
X-7 hopper
Palmers Stabilizer
Cabela's brand 30mm red dot scope
Allen brand aluminum front grip covered with black diamondback grip (fits perfect, feels awesome, looks downright mean)
remote with quick disconnect
Crossfire 70/4500 HPA with black empire stubby cover
Flatline with thumb screw kit (gun #1)
J&J Edge Elite Kit with 10/12/14 fronts (gun #2)

2 X ions (set up same way except for color/different bolt out back bodies/one polished red and one polished blue)
NDZ skeleton bolt
Clippard MEV-2 (QEV)
clamping feedneck
NDZ small rail
Empire Reloader B
CP on/off ASA
stock reg (for now)
stock board (for now)
Shocktech SSC bolt out back body (red)
Strange Ion bolt out back body (blue)
Crossfire 70/4500 HPA with black empire stubby cover
J&J Edge Elite kit (10/12/14 fronts)

Autococker trilogy sport

Chrony A1 chronograph

Strengths: Bolt out back design
Pretty good looking
Weaknesses: Heavy
O'rings with kit leak
Review: I purchased two different BOB bodies for two new Ions. One Shocktech SSC and one Strange Ion kit.

Shocktech SSC:
The kit took a while to install (you can read my full review under that kit) and the body kit required larger firing chamber O'rings to prevent leaking. However, the kit is absolutely fantastic looking and weighs just a few ounces more than the stock polymer Ion body. When I took the marker to my local shop, the tech was amazed that the marker felt the same weight as the stock Ion behind the counter even though I had a CP on/off ASA and small drop on it (the skeleton bolt at 10 oz helped). The marker now weighs 2.4 lbs vice 2.2 stock. The Shocktech is a fantastic body with weaknesses being installation (which was the same for the Strange Ion below) and high cost. The kit gets a 9.

Strange Ion:
As with the SSC, the Strange kit takes a while to install due to the need to remove/replace the dunut clip (takes a special tool...can be done with two sets of needlenose pliers and 4 hands). Also, as with the SSC, the firing chamber o'rings were a bit too small and leaked until replace by slightly larger rings. This seems to be a trend with aftermarket BOB body kits. However, unlike the SSC, the Strange Ion kit is a beast. It weighs a bit over 9 oz and you can feel it. After I place the kit on the marker, it was difficult to get past the extra half a pound of weight on the marker. Some will say, suck it up. However, any even somewhat serious player knows that carrying around an extra half pound of dead weight is silly. As a result, I took the body off of the gun. I will sell it on ebay to recoup some of the cost. I also ordered another SSC (this one in blue vice red). Bottom can get this kit for $50-$75 dollars versus the $90 an SSC currently runs but you will regret it if you ever see or hold a marker with the SSC body. I know first the SSC. The Strange Ion kit gets a 5.
Conclusion: Shocktech SSC is a far better body. No extra weight since the rear plug also doubles as the donut ring. Body is light and very good looking. Weakness is high price.
Strange Ion is pretty good looking but does not hold a candle to the SSC in that area. It is also a beast. It's primary strength is that you can purchase it for a little over half of an SSC body. However, it's much heavier weight (about double that of the Shocktech)makes the SSC a much better kit.
5 out of 10

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