My son recently came of age to start playing paintball, so I started taking a look around for possible guns. I came to the concusion that the REX Type-r would be a great starter gun, and a good excuse for me to get back into the sport that I love. I picked this gun up for him off Ebay for $60 with free shipping and have been amazed by its cost/performance.
I immediately started shopping for upgrades. I'll link here what I have tested and what I intend on testing:
- Drop-in replacement T-board. 0 modifications necessary. Although the large cap on the board pushes up on the grip a tiny bit (1/16") too big at most. It's very do-able, and wont effect anything more then just raising your grip a tiny bit on the very back side of the gun.
If that bothers you, you could just drill a hole in the metal backing plate on the grip to make a bit more room for the cap. No biggy.
The stock boards eye sensitivity was terrible at best for my sons and a few of my friends that picked up a Type-R. The T-boards eye sensitivity adjustment is great and seems to work flawlessly so far.
The T-board has a charging port on it, but would require you to drill your Type-R frame to allow access to it (which I intend on doing). I have already placed an order for a charging brick that looks like it should work w/o issue. Just google kingman or spyder 9.6v charger. I cant tell you if the charge end is the same as the T-boards, but If its not, I will be heading over to radio shack to find one that I can convert with or splice on. Shouldn't be difficult. I will post my experience with this as soon as it arives.
In order to get the functionality out of the T-board, it had to use the Type-R's top frame hole where the stock boards LED used to be. This makes it difficult to see what setting and mode the T-board is on unless you have the grip open and see the LED on the board. I found this to be a bit annoying, so I decided to mod it a bit. Keep in mind that if you do mod the grip, DO NOT screw up. To my knowledge, the grip is not replaceable (Someone please tell me that they know of a source for new grip replacements).
So this is where i tell you that I screwed up my grip, but did get the functionality that I wanted in the end. I will post some pictures at another time to better describe it:
On the inside of the stock grip, there is an annoying and very think metal insert, right in the place where a window would be on (older) higher end guns. Being that I was going to try to make room for the capacitor that was a bit too large, i felt that it would benefit me to just remove this annoying metal piece and then carve out the areas that needed to be modified. In retrospect, this was likely a mistake. The metal piece did not come out clean, and i tore a few spots on the grip. I ended up having to put a large window for what should have been a very small hole, big enough to see a small LED light. Not pretty, but I can now see the LED through the grip.
Hind sight -
A better mod would be to drill through the metal with a large bit, stopping short of drilling through the rubber grip on the outside. Then drilling through the grip with a smaller drill bit. This would give you a lip that you could hot glue or epoxy a little piece of plastic to the rubber on the inside. Thus giving you a small window to see the LED through. You could also drill the area that the capacitor hits the metal to make a little more room there.
You could drill a small hole in the frame right where the LED is, which would allow you to see the LED light (this would be my first choice next time). You could even put a little sheet of plastic on the inside if you were worried about contaminates getting in.
I have a few more mods im considering, but I want to take it out of a few more test runs before I determine if there are necessary or not.
Ball detent -
Same as the original poster. Using a better detent is a MUST if your going to use a force feed hopper. I used one of my PBK blue intimidator detents (minor mod necessary). Seems to work fine so far. I will more feedback on it after I hit the field again.
Aftermarket Ram and spring -
I just finished communication with Ron @ Alamo city paintball and sent him the dimensions to the ram in the Type-R. He confirmed that the Wrath delrin ram is compatible with the type-R. I will be ordering the Ram and Spring kit shortly and post my results. Here's where you get them: http://www.alamocitypb.com/MANUFACTPAGES/wrath.html
You are looking for the one that works with the Wrath, AR-1, and Slayer marker. Not the LTD.