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Heavymetal 01-19-2013 06:59 AM

Tippman factory F/A help
Hi i have a tippmann F/A that i am trying to get to work properly, but the sears that controls the rate of fire is not engaging. think it is not enough oil in the shock unit.
So the question is, how do i fill the unit, and what oil to use?

This is my first post here, and i am not used to write in English as it is not my first language, so please bear with me.

Fubarius 01-19-2013 12:56 PM

Fixing the rate of fire sears can be a bit of an adventure. There's a few tricks.

There was a video that shipped with these (or was available, can't remember which) that detailed all the maintenance and adjustments. Luckily we have youtube :D

part 1

part 2

part 3

For the fluid, any hydraulic fluid should do it. I picked up a quart (or liter) at my local farm supply store, though auto parts stores should have it as well.

It's been a while since I had to refill one of these so I'm going by memory. You may have to experiment a bit. This should get you close.

For refilling you want to make sure that no air is in the cylinders. Easiest way is to fill a bowl with the hydraulic fluid and put the entire rate of fire assembly in it for assembly.

Pull both cylinders off the assembly and turn the left hand adjustment screw (when facing from the front), which adjusts the rate of fire, most of the way in (but not all the way in), and the right hand adjustment screw, which I like to call the timing screw, in about half way.

Put the assembly in the bowl and make sure all the air comes out of the assembly. Insert one cylinder about three quarters of the way in. Now insert the second one about half way. The first one should start to come out as the second one is inserted. Take out of the bowl and wipe off.

Re-install the assembly and tune as per the video. If the sears don't engage turn the timing screw in. If they lock and don't release turn the timing screw out. With the rate of fire screw most of the way in the full auto rate of fire should be very, very low. You'll be able to see what the sears are doing, so you'll better understand how the whole mess works. Once you got that it's easier to figure out adjustments.

punisher068 01-19-2013 01:04 PM

Ah my favorite old gun.Pics plz

Axel 01-19-2013 10:55 PM

Check out this thread in the Tippmann forum. Echo might be willing to help out, too, if you send him a PM.

Heavymetal 01-20-2013 08:18 AM

I have seen those videos before i started to mess with the marker, nice that people is posting that kind of useful information so it wont get lost.

thanks for the information on the shocks i will try it as soon as i get my hands on some oil.

I do not have a useful camera at the moment but here is the picture from the seller. The marker itself is like new, i even got the manual and warrantycard :D
Does any here know what it is worth on the US market? i am also interested in the possible trade value.

sniper42 01-20-2013 07:14 PM

There haven't been many of these for sale recently. The last one that was up for sale went for about $350 I believe. They are great fun, I love mine.

JaKaL 01-21-2013 01:30 AM

That one is in what looks like exceptional condition!

punisher068 01-25-2013 04:35 PM

Awesome pic,looks almost unused.Ive been shot with one :D

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