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Number of Reviews: 3
Average Rating: 6.7 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $70

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Converts your stock ion to the more stylish, more simplified bolt out back design. Includes on XE body shell, inner receiver, bolt sleeve, bolt stop, and feedneck adapter ring
Product Availability 
The Smart Parts Ion to Ion xe conversion kit is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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cosmonaut Sunday, February 24th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month5 of 8 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
SmartParts SP-1
Spyder X-tra
Spyder VS1
Tippmann 98 custom, and A-5
Marker Setup: SmartParts ion with 14" freak Jr barrel
68/45 crossfire tank
eVLution III hopper
Firebolt, QEV, and on/off ASA
Strengths: Looks good, and helps a lot with cleaning and maintenance.
Weaknesses: Kit didn't come with any instruction or grips or regulator cover.
Review: When i first got the kit, I was surprised to find out that there were no instruction on how to install it. I was able to easily figure it out but if your not a technically literate person then you might have trouble with the installation. But if you have any questions on installation, the package does tell you to call SmartParts for help. It took me about a half an hour to get it installed and ready to test. I gassed up my ion and pulled the trigger just to make sure it worked before I shot paintballs out of it. To my surprise the NewDesigns Skeleton bolt I put in the gun from my old ion body didn't work for some reason. When the bolt flew forward it got stuck there and began to leak air out of the front of the chamber. I immidietly turned off my ASA to figure out what the problem was. When i went to push the bolt back manually (after it was de-gassed) the bolt wouldn't go back. I had to take off the back cap of the body to get the bolt back and eventually out of the gun. I took the whole gun apart looking for broken O-rings but found none and I wasn't sure what the problem was. So I put the stock bolt back in the gun to see if it would work with it instead, and the gun worked great with the stock bolt in. It was also working at an unusually low dwel setting of 25 (the one I had set for the skeleton bolt and QEV). I still have to call Smartparts and find out why my skeleton bolt wont work with it but I will update my review later to let you know.

I contacted SmartParts about the bolt problem and they simply said that bult just doesent work in the bolt out back body (i got no explination why). I also asked my local paintball shop why it doesent work but they also could not explain it.

I have noticed online all the questions about the feed neck The new body will take old ion Q-locks. The kit comes with a threaded ring that screws into the NXT threaded feendneck threads, and adapts older impulse threaded feed necks. Thats how I have my Q-lock screwed on.
Conclusion: I recommend the body kit to anyone with an ion. The kit helps you easily clean the gun without completely dismantaling it. If you dont have to touch the hoses on the inside of the gun then that means there is less of a chance of a leak.
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 3:42 pm PST
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new ion? Saturday, May 24th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
stock body
Marker Setup: Ion, Ion - XE conversion kit, 360 QEV, Kila Detents, Qlock, Empire Micro rail, Bloodline Branks Asa, Crossfire 68/45 HP
eVLution 3
Strengths: CHEAPEST BOB BODY (its full bob too :D)
Weaknesses: Back cap is kinda hard to grab onto... different breeches are out of the question

Review: i just got this last night, and i already love it. i had troubles cuz i got alot of other upgrades, and my battery harness was messed.

the threaded ring, it raises your feedneck a bit. im not quite sure exactly how much, but i should be getting some pics and i will do a comparison. the bob function is a HUGE bonus, cuz it sucks having to take apart your WHOLE MARKER to get at the bolt.

comes with new gripframe screws that are necessary to be used. it also has a new bolt stop.

you may want to lube the orings that are attached to the back cap, it is easier to turn this way.

about the different threaded breeches, the whole firing can/ breech is one piece. so if a company were to make a cocker threaded breech for it, it would need to replace the entire tube.

the feedneck, you could go with the stupid ring, i say just get a new qlock and sell yours to your buddy who happens to have an epiph.
Conclusion: my final statement is that it is an awesome upgrade, and any ion owner should get it. PLUS deadlywind makes bolt stalks for the XE now, so you can get a hollopoint bolt for it.

makes cleaning so much easier.
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at 12:02 am PST
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nerdykev Saturday, February 28th, 2009
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Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: -Smart Parts Ion-
Freak Barrel Kit
Halo B w/ Rip Drive
Crossfire 68/4500
360 QEV
Ion to Ion XE conversion kit
Smart Parts Q-Lock

-Tippmann 98 Custom-
Flatline Barrel
Cyclone feed
Double Trigger
32 Degrees Remote
a different front grip
Strengths: Cheapest bolt out back available for the ion
Weaknesses: Screw Holes didn't line up rendering product useless.
Review: I encountered two problems with the

When i first installed this kit and gased up my Ion, I could hear a small leak coming from the gun. I found out that the leak was coming from one of my internal hoses. The Ion Xe conversion kit must have different lengths from screw hole to screw hole because one of the hoses was contorted in a way that allowed air to escape. So i took my gun apart and cut the hose. sure enough this fixed the problem.

The other problem i encountered (after fixing the leak) was that the holes from the new breech and body kit did not match up with the holes on my stock trigger frame. I can not get the body kit attached to my trigger frame and therefore the entire kit is useless to me.

The Feedneck is another thing i had a problem with. The feedneck threads are no long on the breech, they are now attached to the body kit. This adds a small amount of height to the marker. When you add the thread converter to the equation, you get even more height to the marker. This is another drawback to this kit.
Conclusion: Maybe other people will have better luck than I did. Maybe I just got a defective part. Due to the fact that I could not even use the body kit I can not give it anything higher that a 2 and I'm only giving a 2 because it was a good try by Smart Parts.
2 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 11:24 pm PST
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