Originally Posted by paintzapper
I have had plenty of experience with the A5 and X7 Phenom cyclones to tell you that the stock parts are better than any of the "upgrades" any day.
You may be experiencing an overclock or under clocking issue. This can be verified by cycling the marker with no paint and looking at the paddles rotate. This can sometimes be caused by the cyclone piston not functioning correctly or just the cyclone ratchet being bad.
Another issue is that the paint may be getting flung into the breach at a high enough force to crack it in the breach. Whenever you go to shoot, you get soup. Again, my issues were upgrades installed, revert back to stock parts (even the hose) and see where you get.
The soft paddles wear out, plain and simple. The "softness" you get is a joke as they can fling the paint into the breach even harder, of which is where the vast majority of my paint broke.
I would myself revert back to the stock internals and see where you get. If they are worn out, ping Tippmann for the more current versions as they have improved the quality of the cyclone with some of the newer parts.
Can you run through the clocking of the cyclone for me? I'm wondering if that has anything to do with with it since I've been wondering if the paddles are sitting in the correct position at rest.
Since this cyclone is not stock to the marker I'm wondering if there is a little extra space between the cyclone and breach
I'll start with the stock paddles and go from there. I'm not sure the ratchet has anything to do with it since they are just metal versions of the stock rachet. I'll change that one back if it continues
The anti chop bolt however, I am now wondering if the paint is hitting the bore difference between the breach and barrel, stopping (AC bolt engages AC) and then getting blown up when air is shoved behind it. This would basically explain everything including low velocity on the shots that do make it out of the barrel