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Eskimo 07-03-2012 10:07 PM

Total Nooblet question: Gauges
hey boys,

Quick question: I have a Phantom from SSC, and of course he put that ever so bad *** Timmy Gauge on the back,

generally with HPA it sits around 800 PSI, and C02 is about 850 ish

Yesterday I was playing, to my surprise, when I screwed in my HPA tank the gauge went right to 1200 PSI!

When I removed the tank, the needle dropped to 400... but now its stuck there.
So it permanently reads 400 PSI higher then it should.

Any way to fix this? Remove the gauge and spin a dial in the back?

Edit: IM A GOD

Took a sewing needle and bent the gauge needle 400 PSI backwards, so the offset 400 PSI gauge is equalized by a 400 PSI backwards bend.

alpha434 07-03-2012 10:45 PM

The gauges are a permanent assembly. You can't disassemble them without destroying them. Internally, the tube that converts pressure into movement is damaged and distorted.

You need to do two things...

1) Buy a new gauge
2) Take your tank to the proshop before you plug it into another gun.

EDIT to match Eskimo's EDIT: It's not going to read accurately anymore. And I would worry about it bursting from use after being damaged. Just replace it... They're not expensive at all.

If I would worry about it, you definitely should... Ask others here for my safety policies.

Eskimo 07-03-2012 10:55 PM

I think the Reason My gauge broke is I damaged the Tank O-ring and started vented something exiting. (phantom didnt have a on/Off so its old school unscrew and take a shot once it starts venting to release the pin) once I got a new tank O-ring I used the tank/marker for the rest of the day. thats when I noticed the gauge was off.

I actually just air'd it up. The gauge sat right at 800.
unscrewed the tank, went right back down to 0.
(I did this before I read your warning....sorry. )

Next Time I'm at the shop I'll pick up a new gauge however. Sad face. I'm going to miss my Bad *** timmy gauge face.
Really dont want a "might burst" Gauge right between my eyes (well... infront of my goggle lense) when ever I go to shoot a paintball.

ON a another topics related note: Does anyone know the Outer Diameter of a Stiffi barrel? And if the Regular and Metal Free barrels have the Same OD?

Stripes 07-04-2012 02:42 PM

the thing about the timmy gauges is... they suck.
seriously, never seen one actually WORKING on a gun, they just look cool
best thing to do would be to get ANY other gauge and you should be set
I would find a 1500-1800 psi gauge if I were you

Eskimo 07-04-2012 05:39 PM


Originally Posted by Stripes (Post 2400443)
I would find a 1500-1800 psi gauge if I were you

No reason to. Its the gauge on the back of the phantom valve. Which never surpass 900 PSI

1200 is really the highest i'll need.

are the 1500 more durable? i wouldn't think so

Stripes 07-11-2012 12:31 AM

not really, I was just going with the extra in case you ever use CO2 on a hot day

super_stanchy 07-11-2012 12:36 AM

lol you can get 10 of the bob long gauges for like $35ish on ebay....

if ya wanna go the replaceable route, thats a way to keep your bob long on there haha

ta2maki 07-12-2012 06:42 PM

Since you bent it back, I'd say just use it that way. Those things aren't that accurate to begin with.

Hawkeye20 07-21-2012 12:19 AM

Get a palmer's gauge.

Beest 08-14-2012 09:55 AM

mini gauges at mcmaster Carr, pick almost any range you want.


I guess they are the same as say a PPS/Bob Long etc gauge, they just custom order them with their logos printed on the gauge.

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