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Old 05-26-2019, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old professional frame info

Hi all,

A little backstory. Bought a 99 STO back around 2004 from ebay, and it came with the frame in question. At the time, hinge frames were super cool in my area so I ended up swapping the frame with a kapp hinge. Played maybe twice with the autococker and fast forward to now. The frame has sat in storage, along with the 'cocker until recently with me deciding to rebuild it and get back into paintball.

Anyway, other than the word Professional stamped on the side of the frame I haven't been able to find much info about it. So I've decided to come to you all.

Basically is the frame worth using or should I just stick with the hinge? And who made Professional if anyone happens to know? If it is worthwhile to use, what sort of maintence should I do at this point? https://imgur.com/a/jrpUJ9f

Thanks for any info!

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Ahhhhh. Yep, actually getting some google results now with that info. Thanks!

I notice some of the Professional frames have Dye stamped onto them (mine doesn't). Was the Dye part a later year thing, or did Freeflow produce them for Dye to also badge?

With the age of the frame and internals, should I be considering replacing the springs in the frame? Or is just a good cleaning and oiling all I need to worry about?
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Blow off the dust and bolt it on (or sell it to me)! You'll never wear out the springs in a frame, and there's not much point in oiling anything in it unless there's something rusting.
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In relation to this....you might want to compare for feel. Remember that the timing and hose placement on your 3 way will need changing. A good slider can be really tight and some people like them better. Hinge frames also have their qualities.
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Blow off the dust and bolt it on (or sell it to me)! You'll never wear out the springs in a frame, and there's not much point in oiling anything in it unless there's something rusting.
Good to know! That's much better news than I expected. Not looking to sell, but just because it has been brought up, what's the ballpark figure for this frame's value?

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In relation to this....you might want to compare for feel. Remember that the timing and hose placement on your 3 way will need changing. A good slider can be really tight and some people like them better. Hinge frames also have their qualities.
Thanks! The hose placement I have seen in stuff I've been researching with regards to slider vs hinge. Thankfully, this is pretty much a complete o ring, hose, and everything else rebuild so re-timing (not that it ever was timed well 14 years ago lol) isn't a shock.

I think I played maybe 1 day with the slider before I originally got the hinge, but I definitely want to retry the slider again.
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Its harder to short stroke a hinge frame. Sliders look much better and feel nicer when done right. The OEM hinge from the 05 prostock was a really good one. My favorite slider is the ans quickfire, but that's because the polishing is already done. Never messed with those double finger sliders benchmark made.
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Just an aside, sliders seem to be worth their weight in good these days, they go for quite a pretty penny.
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Just an aside, sliders seem to be worth their weight in good these days, they go for quite a pretty penny.
Depends on the brand, but yeah some are ridiculous. The dual finger benchies are cheapest, along with the OEM plastic ones, then the pot metal. Others are all over map.
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what's the ballpark figure for this frame's value?
I'm not sure if the Freeflow provenance adds anything or not, but I see most sliders selling for 90usd shipped, give or take.
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