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TheRef_C Friday, February 5th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
6 months0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Stock A-5 Cyclone
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
RAP4 Complete Cyclone Upgrade
Apex Barrel
Low profile hopper
Strengths: Relatively cheap
Easy to install
Weaknesses: Axle not up to spec
Rod/Ratchet pin does not fit securely
Review: Installation took almost an hour (mostly lubing it up). I did notice that the pin used for the ratchet/rod linkage did not fit securely - it fell out without the cyclone's bottom cover in place.

The real problem is the fact that the soft paddles can rotate independently from one another around the axle. This is a MAJOR problem, since it causes missfeeds which can result in ball breaks in the cyclone - this can be a quick end to a good game!

After about three months of usage (and thus three big games), I had my first ball jam/break. Three balls tried to enter the marker simultniously, resulting in one breaking, and two jamming the cyclone. The paddles had to be removed to clear the jam.

I have been in contact with RAP4, who appears to be aware of the problem, but unable to find a solution for it.
Conclusion: Get more opinions before buying the RAP4 complete cyclone upgrade. Perhaps investigate alternate products. I am giving this a low rating due to the lack of support from RAP4. I have had issues with my A5 as well, and within three weeks of contacting Tippmann, I had replacement parts in my hand - international shipping and all! That is how it should be done, especially if you KNOW about a problem.
2 out of 10

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