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Old 01-11-2019, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ANS ram issue and rebuild questions

All, have a cocker with ANS pneus and the following issue:

When gassed, the ram has a slight but steady leak all around the seam between the stainless housing and the hex-shaped base into which the rear barb is fitted.

When I pull the trigger, the ram stops leaking (checked with soap solution) but the 4-way begins leaking massively to the rear.

Also, when the trigger is pulled, the ram pushes with extremely weak action. The bolt (with no o-rings on and moving freely) struggles to the rear position.

However, when the trigger is released, the ram absolutely slams the bolt home.

I've tried turning down the lpr to the point that the 4-way leaks, but no change in either the leak or the force differential.

May I assume that the ram leak is causing all of these issues, including the 4-way leak?

And finally, how to disassemble the ram?

Thanks very kindly!
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oring on the ram piston would do it. I'm not certain these are rebuildable though.
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Yeah, definitely sounds like a bad ram. Unfortunately, ANS rams are not rebuildable. There's no way to take them apart. Without cutting it, at least.
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Lovely. Lesson learned.

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Just out of curiosity, which of the older kinds can be rebuilt?
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Just out of curiosity, which of the older kinds can be rebuilt?
Most of the old stock brass rams can be rebuilt - the 3-piece ones for sure, which were found on basically everything pre99 I believe.


Anything made by Clippard, SMC, or Pneumadyne are usually sealed units. (So anything marketed by ANS, J&J, and a few other aftermarket suppliers.)
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Strange that these can't be torched and opened up.

With nothing to lose, perhaps I'll give it a try.
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Go For it. Tim Firpo has a decent rundown on rams on his YouTube channel if you peruse there. He points out which are rebuildable and which ain't.
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Okay, back again.

Put the flame to it and no dice.

This one does indeed seem to be just a throwaway item.

Bah.
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