Originally Posted by ammoeller
I just got my D.A.R.T. kit installed on my ego11 today also. My results are not as drastic as rwparkers. I was swapping from a techt kush bolt though. Rwparker, can you comment as to which bolt you had installed prior to testing. I'm guessing the cure3+ since you said all stock.
My fps gains were marginal after swapping to the full d.a.r.t. kit from the kush bolt. I'd say it bumped me up about 10 fps.
I must say, the fps gains aren't the only thing that makes this kit worth it though. The sound signature is noticeably changed. Again, as rwparkers stated, I would not call it quiet. It softened the sound from the typical ego "crack" to a duller sound signature. Much better job than a hush bolt IMO.
The best thing about the d.a.r.t. kit in my opinion though is how it smooths the shot out. My ego is just broken in with 11 cases through it. I thought I had it smooth until I installed this kit. Don't get me wrong, it was smooth before, but after installing the kit to me it almost felt like a different marker.
Overall I give this upgrade two big thumbs up. I was pondering selling my ego before, but now I believe she will stay with me.
Yeah, I was using the stock cure 3 bolt. Since you were already using a TechT bolt, that may account for why you didn't see as big a jump in fps.
My VEGO is in excellent condition and has been well maintained, but it has shot a lot of paint. One thing I didn't consider before is that my VEGO may have had some debris in it, worn part/o-ring, not enough oil on an o-ring, or another unknown issue, that resulted in a lower initial "stock" fps reading. As part of the DART install process you clean off and re-lube the o-rings on the LPR. You are also installing a fresh valve guide and exhaust valve. Had I installed a standard new stock exhaust valve and valve guide, along with the cleaning and re-lubing that is part of the process, maybe I would have notice a slight bump in the fps anyway.
So, it may have been a combination of the true benefit of the new DART kit parts, along with the benefit of there simply being fresh parts with fresh o-rings and a good cleaning/re-lubing of the LPR. I guess we will never really know.
I attempted to control as many variables as I could, but there will always be some "unknowns" and "what ifs".
Glad you are also happy with your kit. Like you, I think it is a worthwhile upgrade.