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Old 08-19-2019, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a new air system

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My old crossfire systems have reached their end.

I generally shoot a sniper or karnivore.

Workman like and durable are important. Style points are not.

Share suggestions based on actual use.
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Old 08-19-2019, 12:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Generally ninja is the way to go but I have seen a decline in their quality over the past few years. Maybe it's just because we've sold more of them in the past few years than before, but I seem to be rebuilding them a lot more now. Same can also be said of the valken and Tippmann budget tanks.

Personally, I went the super expensive route and got a First Strike hero tank, and immediately swapped the reg for a Ninja Pro v1. It was a bitch and a half getting the reg off and the new one on (lots of red loctite) but it's great. I like the v1 regs as they are still a pin valve instead of the dumb ball bearing. Since many of my guns have POPs ASAs this was kind of a big deal to me. Also, the 35 year total lifespan of the hero tanks is awesome. The bottle itself is somewhere between an SL and SL2 in weight, and the coating has been pretty good so far. No dings or cracks yet, course I am pretty gentle on my tanks.
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I used to use crossfires pretty much exclusively. I have now switched over to powerhouse regs. They are awesome. I have had alot of ninja regs come through my hands in the past few years and im personally not a fan. Id rather pick up an older ninja reg and rebuild it than go with a newer one. The pro v2 regs had problems with flat face and ball valve setup on multiple markers. some guys say they just back it off 1/8 to 1/4 turn and that is "good". I currently have 4 powerhouse regs and waiting on another. they are more expensive than the ninjas, but they are also a higher quality.
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ninja, if you dont have to be "that person" the Lite series is the absolute best deal going in pb right now.
Imo, there is no real reason to buy an SL/SL2.
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Ninja has been the tank to buy since crossfire stopped being the tank to buy. I would get a ninja tank.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I like my CP reg a lot.

But Ninja is a great option. Buy a rebuild kit and keep it handy and you'll be good.

By having the piston riding in two bores that thread together, instead of being machined into the same piece, they reduce cost but the seals wear out faster. They use the ball on the bottom of the piston instead of a flat seat to account for any misalignment. Works, but wears.

My CP lasts forever between rebuilds. Around twice as long in my limited experience. But it's longer and more expensive.
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I would like CP a lot more if they didn't use proprietary burst discs.
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