Smart Parts - Max-Flo R Vertical Regulator Reviews
Smart Parts Max-Flo R Vertical RegulatorI bought this reg for the short time I owned an Impulse. (used imp for cheap, no barrel nor reg, bought the Max-Flo very reg in the same color so everything matched)
compared to other regs in its...
I bought this reg for the short time I owned an Impulse. (used imp for cheap, no barrel nor reg, bought the Max-Flo very reg in the same color so everything matched)
compared to other regs in its time period, it wasn't too bulky, and its ability as a regulator was on par with what was needed. i'd still recommend this reg, if it were still available, to anyone building an old school impulse or shocker 4x4 (just a max-flo in general, not specific to the vertical)
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Smart Parts Max-Flo R Vertical RegulatorI got 2 of the later version vert max-flo regs, (you know, the ones that came on Ions and NXT shockers) from the BST on MCB for $5 a piece, one had a cracked adjustment nut and the other was OK. I've...
I got 2 of the later version vert max-flo regs, (you know, the ones that came on Ions and NXT shockers) from the BST on MCB for $5 a piece, one had a cracked adjustment nut and the other was OK. I've since put them to use in 2 markers (a spimmy and a 'cocker) while waiting for something more visually appealing; which arrived some time ago and since, the cracked one was chopped and fixed, and they have both been relegated to my homebrewed beer carbonation regulator setup. On to the review:
Appearance: Without the reg cover, they're not much to look at; a stepped cylinder with a hex adjustment base and threads on the other end. they're purely functional unless you're going for a retro blocky look on an old moded pre2k 'cocker or other utilitarian mech from before 2003.
Performace: Here's where this regulator shines, both of mine top out at 220 PSI, which is the upper end of what most modern (2005 onwards) markers operate at. They recharge plenty fast and are fairly consistent, I had my spimmy doing +/-4 on the chrono with it at around 200 PSI.
Reliability: These regulators can take CO2 (ideally antisiphoned) or HPA like champs, they are a very rugged design; I've had mine for about 3 years and have put them through considerable abuse as my primary homebrewing regulators and they've held up marvelously, I've yet to replace an internal o'ring on them (granted, I do run oil through them on a regular basis).
Value: For $5 they're great, they've worked much better than I expected. They do have some quirks though, like being reverse threaded for adjustment, for which you also need a proper sized wrench; or having the spring supported on a brass retainer, for which you need a deep well socket wrench in case you want to service the reg. They're not the most user friendly regs out there, but for $5 I can't complain, they've far exceeded my expectations.