You have to pay for this crap. Leaks or blows o-rings.
Ok, so I have my Ego tuned to darn near perfection with the stock valve. Super efficient, absolutely no kick. I hear about Lucky's new valve and thought "hey my Ego is superior to just about every other gun on the market for reliablilty, efficiency, weight, speed. Why not see if I can make it even better and try out this new valve?" BIG MISTAKE ON MY PART! I should have left well enough alone. I bought the valve $56 and change. I installed the valve into my Ego (be assured I know my gun inside and out so I know what I am doing). I get the valve in get everything back together, and the darn thing leaks. I figure maybe I might have pinched one of the o-rings since it was a very tight fit. I took everything apart and notice a very small nick in one o-ring. The valve did not come with any spare o-rings so I got on Lucky's websight and found only one type of o-ring stated for the Ego AA valve so I order them. They come in and not in very good time I might add and they are not what I needed. The o-rings I bought would not even fit the poppet valve. SO I contact Lucky. A guy says he will ship the correct size o-ring to me. I waited for about a week and a half which boggles my mind considering I live just a couple hours south of where Lucky is located here in Illinois. I finally get the o-rings, replace the nicked one and reinstall the valve. LEAKS! No matter what I did I could not get the darn thing to stop leaking. I uninstalled and reinstalled like 5 times. NO LUCK. I emailed lucky once again and again and again and again to get an RA number so I could send my gun in to let them intall the valve themselves. Finally i got an RA number. I sent the gun in. about a week later I get it. I get out to the field and air up, no leaks thank god. I chrono in cuz they set my reg to zero. it takes nearly and entire tank of air and 3.5 pods to get the thing to not sound like a freakin cannon but this is all I had time for. I did get the gun chronoed. So a few weeks go by I have a tournament to play (last Saturday) I go to chrono, FPS is all over the place and then all of a sudden BAM! the valve just lets loose empying an entire 70/45 and just drechning the gun with paint because the sound of the air blowing out makes my reloader feed, and the force of the air is blowing every ball. I have never seen such a mess like this one.
I recommend staying with the stock valve. I had my gun tuned to perfection with the stock valve. The lucky is not worth the money or the hassle when you can be just as efficient and have no kick with the stock. People that say the Ego kicks too much with the stock valve have no idea what they are doing with the gun.
1 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 at 9:48 pm PST
Regular Maintenance is Lubing Poppet Every 6 Cases
I bought a used kit for my 05 EGO and installed it myself. It worked as advertised, allowing me to lower the cycling mass while maintaining consistency, velocity, and efficiency. Sound signature was also decreased.
With the LAAV, I was able to use the PBW Ti Rammer (with LAAV stock spring), Cure bolt, and 125Customs aluminum bolt pin. My LPR also had Bump's LPR piston. LPR was set flush. Dwell 10 (Tadao Board).
In three months I put about 6-7 cases of paint through the LAAV. I found that running such a low cycling mass required that the other parts of the firing system need to be in top shape, such as a well maintained solenoid and regulator. A quick fix for any velocity problems was to increase the cycling mass, such as using a bolt with stock pin instead of aluminum pin.
Lucky recommended that the poppet is lubed every 6 cases. Some have been able to run much longer with no problems. When lubing the poppet, care should be taken so that the small air assist channel that runs inside the poppet does not get clogged with lube. The previous owner of the LAAV had clogged the air assist channel with lube. This is easily remedied with careful application of pressurized air from a macroline placed at the base of the poppet to blow air through the air assist channel.
Months later, when I bought an 06 Infamous Intimidator, I noticed the kick and sound signature was comparable. The 06 Intimidators uses a balanced valve built into the design of the marker, however air is routed around the poppet in a different manner. Maintenance of the Intimidator's balanced valve is recommended every 12 cases, but some have been able to run much longer with no problems.
This is not a beginner upgrade. This is a high performance upgrade. If you can totally strip your marker down, put it back together, and still have it working flawlessly, you might be able to handle this.
I give it a 10 because it worked as advertised for me. I can't speak for those who were not able to get theirs working, but I can say that there is a high potential for user error with this upgrade.
EG05 with Cut Bolt, Poished Gold CCU Kit, and LAAV
DM5, UL Frame, Virtue Board, CCM No Pro Feedneck, Dye On/Off, Hybrid Bolt Guide, Lucky Bolt and Bolt Guide.
Redz Pepper Stickz Kit
Takes a bit to install
Ok, people, this is an AMAZING product. The guy that gave it a 1 doesn't know how to work on an Ego. It takes a little while to totally take apart your ego, but once it is installed, it is the best thing to happen to an Ego. It made my Ego have No Kick PERIOD, and I can already tell a difference in effiency! BUY THIS if you can get your hands on one!
06 ego w/lucky air assist valve and Nexus bolt
Pure Energy 68/4500 tank
Close to ZERO KICK
A little more Air efficient
It was kind of a pain to install, but well worth it.
Overall this is a great product by Lucky, my ego has close to zero kick. It was sort of a pain to install and applying the loctite to the Qev's. But again not a big deal. I also get more shots per tank it seems now but not a whole lot. I would recomend this for your ego if you are used to matrixes and think your ego kicks too much. I gave it a 9 because it was kind of a pain to install.
Again I would recomend this product for your ego, it makes it a whole lot better and is worth the 60 bucks. But if you buy this product I would bring it in to a local store to have it installed. Or you can watch the installment video on the lucky paintball site. I installed mine myslef but had problems because I assembled it wrong. But the local store here fixed it up in no time and now my baby RIPS!!! BUY ONE!!!