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Old 02-28-2014, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pro-Lite Gas Line, different from Macro?

Hoping someone may know for sure, I have a prolite that needs a new gasline, and while it looks like macroline I have heard macroline is not appropriate for CO2.

Is the gas line on the prolite something else entirely, or has the macroline actually survived all these years on Co2 without incident?
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been running co2 through macro line for years. its all about getting GOOD macro line.
most people who have had issues purchased low grade stuff, probably without even knowing. don't buy any from Valken. last batch I got, had to be tossed. don't go with colored, its not as strong.
For co2 you are not worried about flow, so you want a stiff line with thick walls. (meaning it will have a small air hole). if you can get it.
problem is most distributors don't know (and don't care)what they are selling. online "macro specialist" guys are buying it in bulk to turn a profit, they don't care about quality.

as a rule if its soft and flexible it needs to have thick walls. if its stiff as hell, it can have thinner walls.


Call Tippmann and see if they still sell it. if not go to your local store and check out what they have. the last batch I got from Kee was good, but distributors shift where they get that kind of stuff on a whim.

I have 17 guns that have macro on them and run co2, half of them run siphon. Never had a line blow.
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Thanks for the info!

I figured there must be more to it than just "never use macro+Co2" given the age of these markers and the fact it made it made it this far without busting.

I see TippmannParts.com lists a kit that includes the line and replacement compression fittings, I'll probably grab it just to be safe. In the meantime I've hooked it up with some thick-walled stuff I had laying around to at make sure the marker at least works.
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Another thing to do is see if you have a store that specializes in pneumatic and hydraulic lines. They might have "the good stuff" and you don't have to wait for shipping if it is in stock.
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Off hand, I think brake line is usually rated for 800 - 1000 psi at a minimum. You could just get a stronger version of it.

Hydraulic line is usually rated at least 2000 psi (usually closer to 3000 psi).

Steel line with quick disconnects, though the most expensive, is my favourite. Bacci is pretty fair in his prices.
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PB Sports in Ft Wayne, IN has the correct sized plastic line
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Off hand, I think brake line is usually rated for 800 - 1000 psi at a minimum. You could just get a stronger version of it.

Hydraulic line is usually rated at least 2000 psi (usually closer to 3000 psi).

Steel line with quick disconnects, though the most expensive, is my favourite. Bacci is pretty fair in his prices.
It's good for more like 2500 psi... some ABS brake systems can generate those pressures, and so it needs to be able to hold pretty high psi.
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It's good for more like 2500 psi... some ABS brake systems can generate those pressures, and so it needs to be able to hold pretty high psi.
Good to know. Now I'm definitely more open to hardlining stuff with that knowledge.
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