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We all know that there could definitely be a lot less upgrade threads in this forum. Hence the creation of this thread the Ultimate Sticky as a whole. Please consider reading this through before making another thread, we're all tired of them. Thanks.
Tippmann's are some of the most upgradeable markers. GTA accessories are always a good option. Lapco, Wicked Air Sportz, Rufus Dawg and countless other companies make some quality upgrades as well. When upgrading, there is an order in which you want to buy upgrades in. It goes as follows:
- Air System
- Everything Else
Here we go folks;
A barrel is definitely a key upgrade that you're going to want to get. Tippmann stock barrels are notorious for being some of the worse. Almost every reputible barrel manufacturer makes a barrel with 98 or A5 threads. Barrels range in price and with a higher price usually comes better quality and performance. Keep that in mind. When splurging on upgrades, don't hesitate to spend a little extra on your barrel.
Mid-Range Barrels ($30-$45)
High(er)-End Barrels ($46-$100+)
A hopper is good upgrade to lessen your chopping and enable higher ROFs.
Lower-End hoppers (recommended for mech Tippmanns)
High-End hoppers (recommended for RT'd or E-Tippmanns)
Upgrading your A5 hopper really isn't as vital, since it has the Cyclone. If you want more paint capacity however, there are some options:
For an air system, you can do either C02 or HPA. If you have access to HPA, do it. If not, get your C02 tank anti-siphoned and that will work fine. Instead of explaining all the nitty-gritty of both of these, I'm going to give you a couple helpful links. If you don't know that much about either of these power sources, I would encourage you to check out the Air Systems Ultimate Sticky
As I said, C02 can work great on Tippmanns. Get your tank ant-siphoned at your local proshop. Some people will recommend an expansion chamber, but I wouldn't. Anti-siphoning your tank is a much better option. An expansion chamber is a waste of money. Instead, you might want to get a regulator. (See below)
HPA is the better power source. If you're getting an HPA tank for your Tippmann, be sure it is a high pressure, or high output tank. If you have a high output tank, you can just 'plug and play' with HPA. Some brands I would recommend for a compressed air tank are the following:
A regulator is a good upgrade for both C02 and HPA setups. It will increase your air efficience when setup right. Regulators range in price and quality just as everything else. With the higher MSRP comes better performance. If you are using a 98C, Custom Pro, or M98, you're going to need a vertical adapter
to use most of the regs listed. Below are some reliable regs that I would personally recommend for a Tippmann.
Low Pressure Kits
Some people say that the GTA LPKs aren't worth it for a Tippmann, but if you're looking to have some added efficiency and plan on having your Tippmann for awhile, it might be for you. They are rather expensive most places, but there is a cheaper way. If you have some hands-on experience in modding and have little know-how, here is Natural Newbie's guide to Building Your Own LPK
. If that's not for you:
***There are countless other regulators that can be used effectively on Tippmanns. I just listed some of the most commonly seen. If you want something else, search around and read the reviews.
Here I would just keep it simple with a CIP Unimount 2 and On/Off combo.
Drops are completely preference. Instead of linking you to the hundreds available, I'm simply going to send you to Cradles and Drops
. Pick one that works right for you, there's plenty to choose from.