Thanks for all the advice guys. I normally would put the time and money into this right away, but I have a game tomorrow so I resorted to cutting the spring. I have several springs, hopefully one will work for me. If I can get the money together I will work on the wedgits and stabilizer at least.
I also noticed this marker seems very loud compared to my Nightkast. Kind of a burping sound and much louder. Don't know if that's normal or a sign of a valve issue.
Thanks again for all your help. Looking forward to trying this baby out!