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13 Mar 2011
Ordered a new orange bolt and Virture board. Thought I would give this gun a new look on the inside. Eventually there won't be anything stock except the bolt lol.
6 march 2011:
It seems the regulator has failed. So the stock regulator is off to have a slip on sleeve made,reanodized and reengraved with the originol first name.
Will be adding a Virtue Redefined board to this gun. Might as well get a little zing to my play.
4 November 2010:
Well the gun arrived and shot right out of the box, dirt and all. Well I was really happy with the performance.
Rule #1: If it works don't mess with it Yep after I cleaned it and replaced all orings,I blew the Solenoid and The regulator leaked like a water faucet. The snap ring under the reg adjustment screw even fell out. So these vibes have seen a lot of field time.
Rule #2: If it's a rental, you take your chances of it woking or not. Then again that's all the fun of buying a "BEAT ALL TO HELL" rental.
Rule #3: Don't get mad,just take a break and walk away for a while.
Rule #4: Have fun doing the fix.
Mine actually said SC Village on the side of it,so if that's where it came from,then it's expected to look the way it was. You can tell this gun had a lot of play time on it. The dirt, thousand of rounds of paint that was soaked into the body and the smell was all that was holding this thing together.
Maybe the Hot water and Dawn Dish soap scared it.
5 Nov 2010:
Break thru on the regulator. I found out I had to close the regulator all the way and feed air to the gun slowly. Plus closing it,helped to seal the orings in place.
Well the gun shoots and the reg holds air. Tried it on my ION. The only issue I have is that the noid is leaking and I know it's my fault. So I'm waiting for GOG to send a new one.
10 Nov 2010:
Well the new noid and regulator arrived. Guess I'll hold onto the regulator,because the old one works just fine. It seals well and the gun shoots just fine. I have added a freak tip and it will also get a refurb along with the body and frame. So the gun has been aired up and fired. Guess I'll be looking for a Blackheart or newer board. I'm just going to shop around till I find the right price.
Will be posting more pictures once the gun body comes back from Oregon Hydrographics.
11 Nov 2010:
I ordered custom made grips from Stinger Paintball Designs.
Stinger Paintball Designs - Custom 1911 Pistol Gun Grips - SPD Custom Paintball Gun Grip Manufacturer
I'm going to "THEME" this gun. It's something I always wanted to do with a gun and it's something that I really believe in.
16 Nov 2010:
Just in from Stinger Paintball Desings
The order shipped today confirmation number 9101128882300415574027.
Stinger Paintball Designs, Inc.
Providing the Ultimate Enhancements for your Marker!
Stinger Paintball Designs - Custom 1911 Pistol Gun Grips - SPD Custom Paintball Gun Grip Manufacturer
Office: (951) 461-6662
Fax: (951) 696-2522
18 Nov 2010:
I am now officially into cost over run. I decided since I was going to give it a new look,I might as well give it a brand new stock board. This will give me the option of CO2 or HPA. I'll have select modes of fire to enhance my play on the field. Plus the new board will also go with the theme I have for the new look.
I'll keep the stock rental board as a back up for that "Just in case situation".
So I am now beyond the cost of a new VIBE/ENVY. That's what builds are all about. I estimated I am now $96 dollars beyond the real price of a VIBE/ENVY. Even with sponsorship help it's still costly. I still need to buy one more item and then I'm done.
19 Nov 2010:
Custom grips from Stinger Paintball Designs arrived today.
20 Nov 2010:
Since no one is reading this now,I can safely post up what the body graphic will be and what the grips will look like.
1 Dec 2010:
As of today,body was prepped,painted and dipped. Should be going to clear coat today or tomorrow. As soon as Mike sends me some pictures I will post for all to see.
7 Dec 2010:
Got word that the marker is being shipped back today. It's all completed and now ready for assembly. Should be here before Saturday. Just depends on UPS delivery.
9 Dec 2010:
Body came back today. I have started to assemble it. It's not ready to play with,still a few more things to be done.
19 Dec 2010
Well I have been able to locate a lazer engraver. We talked about what I needed and had no problem with it. So the parts are leaving this week. I have the gun together and it shoots. I'm using a different regulator for it. It's alot smaller then the originol. I have put in a multi select fire board.
It will come apart one more time so I can put in the detents. So far I have not put paint thru it. That's not going to happen till everything is back together.
25 Dec 2010:
Well final pics are up. I changed out the Bottle ASA to a black CP. As always I have one piece of chrome as my trade mark. Everything that I have used goes well with the whole look that I have chosen. Just one more thing to add and it will all be done and ready for the 2011 season.
8 Jan 2011
Thank you to Paintballer 187 who did an excellent Lazer engraving job. I really appreciate it. The regulator is back and is installed and the project is completed. Just one more thing left to do.
11 Feb 2012:
An MCB member posted that Virtue was having a sale on boards. So I head on over and find Vibe/SP1 boards at $67. That is a very good price. So good, I bought two of them. I'll be buying two more in the very near future for both my SP1s.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO TITUS
Great person and great Sponsor. Thanks for buying this RENTAL LOT of "All Beat To HELL" Vibe paintball guns. Now we all have a winter project.
Not sure what it looks like. I'm waiting on it to come from Titus. Can't argue for $25.00. This is from the big gun lot sale he was kind enough to purchase for the MCB crowd.
So here is where everything will unravel,from start to finish. Hopefully not a lot of repairs,but only minor ones.
I'll learn about this gun just like everyone else on MCB will. So if you have suggestion or knowledge on/of the/this marker please let me know I would appreciate any help you can offer.
Very skanky looking
Let's try to air it up before we clean it up:
Aired up and shot beautiful. I was really amazed at how well it shot. The dirt and crud didn't affect it at all.
Let's take it apart:
had to replace all the orings. Look how nasty this was inside. I guess rental fleets are all that well taken care of.
Good thing Oring Monkey is my Sponsor:
Here's some of the dirt that I pulled out of it:
Let's clean it up:
Cleaned all the body and internals. Replaced oring. Dawn Dish soap and Hot water is a good cleaning combination.
What do I have to order or repair:
I need a new solenoid and regulator. At this moment,my regulator is unsafe for use. Also need new detents. Actually the reg is working properly now. However the adjustment screw snap ring fell out. I'll find a new one at the local ACE hardware. I just ordered the new reg and solenoid. They should be here by This coming Friday.
The grips were a little worn,nasty and ripped. I replaced them. Detents looked as if they were never replaced. They were a little beat up and I had a little trouble getting them out.
So if I wouldn't have blown the Noid,my total repairs would have been $15 for detents instead of $55 for noid and reg.
Off to refurb:
Going to my sponsor Oregon Hydrographics. Going to give it a new look.
Freak Barrel System:
Decided to purchase an ION freak back from a member on MCB. Might as well,since this is an unofficial MCB build. I have always liked the Freak Barrel system,I just have not found anything better other than boring my own barrels. Since I have alot of tips laying around and I also own an ION,this is just smart money to spend,two for the price of one.
Replacement parts arrived:
Detents are here.
Solenoid is here.
Regulator is here.
Freak Back is here.
Custom Grips are here.
Feed neck is here:
Early sneak a peek pictures from OHG:
Here are a few pictures I received. Not a great look but it's something.
Back from Oregon Hydrographics:
Off to Lazer Engraving:
Few more things to add. Not done yet. This was a last min. idea.
What the plan is,to have the names of MIA/KIA added to the reg and freak back. Like I said this gun is suppose to send a message and that is to "Never forget that some are still not home". Iam a military person, and to me the more I show this gun,the more people will not forget.
So some pics before it goes off to Paintballer 187. It's done and ready to play with,just needs the laser engraving completed:
This how the printing will sit ont the body of the regulator:
New Orange Bolt:
Let's see how this bolt works out. Found it for $20 new on ebay. If it works out, then I'll put one in my ION.
Here she is all assembled,not leaking and functioning as if it were new from the factory.
First off I would like to thank John (DUCE on MCB),for giving me the HONOR and allowing me to put SPC Jimenez's name on this Gun Project.
Thank You to Eric (Paintballer187 on MCB) for doing the great job of Lazer Engraving on the regulator and for the quick turn around.
This was a special project for me. This is something I have always Believed in. It is something I have always held Dear in my Heart.
This Country and it's People should never forget those who have not returned home,Who are/were missing but are now home, Killed in Action and those who will never return.
Even though I never knew them,they are still my Brothers. They will always be family and will always be in my prayers till I die. I'm not sure what sadness many feel, but the sadness I feel is heavy in my Heart. These individuals have been and given the Ultimate Sacrifice for this Country and for other Countries.
When they were called, they went with little complaint if any. Fought for the Freedom of others and helped to keep the enemy from shores. They were Fathers,Sons,Husbands, and Lovers to many. Many will never feel that touch again. So when you hug you Children, Spouse and Family, remember you are able to do that because of those who can't.
As with all things Military,there is always a story that represents things.
The Lite Grey Body repesents the haze of smoke from Battles past and present.
The Barb Wire represents those that are held captive and have not yet returned home to us.
The Black represents those confined and those who may or will never see the light of day.
The Red represents the blood of those who have given the Ultimate Sacrifice for our great nation and it's people.
The US Army repesents just one branch that many of us have served in and fought along many we never knew, but call Our Brothers in Arms, and would give our life for them if need be.
The Soldier's name is that of one who was taken from us. He represents not one,but many who have been taken from us.The name is printed to the left side of the regulator so that individual and others will always be held close to my Heart and protected with my hand (or others),so they may never be hurt him again.
The Grips are a reminder so that ALL OF US never forget those who have SACRIFICED for this Great Nation.
How does it perform:
I'll let you know.
Have to wait till it's all together and I get a chance to use it.
To be honest it's not a bad gun at all. I would improve the solenoid hoses with regular Cocker or ION hose. I think what they use now actually has to be part of the design. I kind of went over board on this gun a little. I wanted it to stick out and send a message at the same time. I think the color and pattern are what really makes it stand out.
I'm hoping the "Barb Wire" pattern will be noticed. I know some people out there will probably want to say "It's white you can only use it for a speedball gun" Guess what,I don't play speedball. This will be an everyday woods gun. I like things to stick out and be noticed. For me, changing out eye covers from black to green isn't custom. Anyone can do that. This gun might not be all that great,but to a new player,it will have some kind of intimidation,till they realize how bad I suck at playing
I also thought this would give GOG or other players a choice of body coverings. Seem alot of companies now are doing Graphic/sublime anodizing. Well this is a cheaper alternative to sublime/graphic anodizing. This gun body has some beautiful lines to it and I'm hoping it makes the Barb Wire flow.
One thing I do/did was go into "COST OVER RUN". As most of my projects do. I don't know why. I guess once I start looking on the internet and started to think of ideas,and my mind just runs wild. I'm not looking for the ultimate shooter with the best air efficiency,I'm just looking for the best looking marker :rotfl:
Below you will find a few helpful links for the SP/GOG VIBE/ENVY:
Important info from Lomarandil on MCB. Something everyone can use:
First, turn off the marker, remove the battery, leaving the grips open. By depressing the trigger and then connecting the battery, you can flip between three settings:
1 flash = billy ball 0.5bps
2 flash = "rebound ramping" whatever this is
3 flash = semi-auto
Gog Tech service:
From GOG Tech Dept. Now we know they can do repairs and have parts on hand. This is a good sign:
We have all of the parts you looking for. We are also excepting returns for service. We are able to fix all of the old Smart Parts markers.
Technical Service Manager
GoG Paintball USA
100 Station St.
Loyalhanna Pa 15661
Welcome to Gog Paintball
Helpful regulator and CO2 videos:
Smart Parts Vibe Regulator Dissasembly / Reassembly - YouTube
Smart Parts Vibe and SP-1 Tactical CO2 Set Up video brought to you by Paintball Discounters Channel - YouTube
Modes of fire how to change from CO2 to HPA:
Vibe Quick Start Manual:
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|09-05-2013, 05:40 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2009
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Well done - a meaningful and functional piece of art...
Unfortunately "want" and "need" are two very different things...
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