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Old 01-31-2007, 11:20 PM #1
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Arrow 03 04 05 06 07 what are the differences?

This seems to be asked just about ever week so I want to make a thread to address it.

What are the differences between a Shocker SFT made in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006? And later?
The answer is there are many small differences. Nearly every part of the marker was changed at least once between 03-06. Some parts were changed multiple times. However, the overall design of the gun and how it works stayed the same. SP continuously updates their guns with new parts as soon as they become available, they don't wait for the new year to release a different gun with all the new parts combined. This is to encourage players to buy new-in-box model markers since they will always be the top shape in terms of parts.

What year is my gun?
There's no way to tell definitively unless you know when it was purchased. You can use the serial number to get a ballpark on the year it was made, but it's not totally accurate, and furthermore it doesn't really matter (because the gun is essentially the same).
serials 1 to 3900 were assembled in 2003. (1 to 400 are generally considered pre-production due to the low availability at the time, some of the extremely oldest guns used prproduction parts)
serials 3901 to around 8000-9000 were assembled in 2004.
serials around 8000-9000 to 13000-15000 were assembled in 2005.
serials around 13000-15000 and later were assembled in 2006.
NXT Shockers use their own serials so the SH and SHK prefixes ended in 06.
If you have a PL Shocker SFt then your guess is as good as mine

Brief synopsys of production changes between 2003-2006:
- Bolt - originally delrin, changed to aluminum in 2004.
- Aluminum bolt - Updated to allow them to use standard o-rings for bumpers (early 2005).
- Bolt sleeve - Originally aluminum, changed to delrin in later 2003 to cut costs, then chamged back to aluminum in late 2004 since they're a little more reliable.
- Bolt guide - Changed to the "HE" version in Jan 2004 which have come on every Shocker since that time. The HE bolt guides have a depression between the two front o-rings, the older ones didn't. This only matters if you're using a SP HE bolt.
- Solenoid - Originally used Parker solenoids with attached boards. Humphrey solenoids begun shipping in some guns in early 2005 (some shipped with Humphrey, some shipped with Parker) but the humps were ceased in late 2006, and Parker solenoids are used exclusively since then (NXT).
- Solenoid spacer screws - These were added in 2004 to replace the previous "lock" screws which tightened onto the solenoid then had smaller screws attach on top to hold the upper board in place. These were dumped because nobody had the tools to install them corectly, leading to stripped manifolds.
- Solenoid manifold - small changes, nothing too major.
- Vertical adapter - Updated to hold a pressure gauge in May 2005, although it didn't appear in all guns until late05/early06.
- Vertical Max-Flo piston - updated in early 2004 to help prevent piston o-ring breaking problems.
- Regulator housing - went through small changes, nothing too important.
- Powerswitch actuator - updated in 2004 to the current version. The older "cloudy" ones were less bright and made it easier to break the powerswitch.
- Upper board - These changed a half dozen times over the years. I won't go into it but the current ones use brighter LEDs, better powerswitch placement (less breaking), and have small protection to guard against grip screw damage (although they can still be damaged if you try).
- Lower board - The hardware changed a few times but nobody noticed it. Flipped switches started to appear in late 2004. The programming for the boards has changed many times but it's generally not noticed. The only case where it is publically noticeable is the addition of the Nerve programming, which increased the dwell range (Humph solenoids required this) added rebound modes, and started in Vision mode.
- Vision eye - material and design was altered a little bit. Nothing too drastic though.


The newer Shocker NXT models feature many additional changes that are actually of note to how the guns work. Check the NXT FAQ thread for info there.
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Old 02-04-2007, 02:12 PM #2
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so it really doesnt matter what the year of the sft's is?
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Old 02-04-2007, 02:40 PM #3
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nope ^
there all mostly the same lil differances
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Old 05-22-2007, 02:54 PM #4
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then if my shocker is #12404, where does that fit in..lol
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:52 PM #5
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then if my shocker is #12404, where does that fit in..lol
if you read above it says 2005
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:13 PM #6
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k, im sorry but i really dont know what year mine is... its the shocker in sig...
serial number is SHO5261
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:06 PM #7
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:15 PM #8
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omfg... why was this brought back? i thought it was locked cause it's in the stickies

btw, post above me proves that people dont read the stickies
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:44 PM #9
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he is telling u, why cant u people figure it out. i swear thick headed kids out there
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:09 AM #10
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cuz it says "serials 3901 to around 8000-9000 were assembled in 2004." and a bit lower it says "serials around 1300-1500 and later were assembled in 2006." so which do i fit in... either a typo or something else. stupid d-bags
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:33 AM #11
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Just add a zero to the end of the numbers. It's the same with the high numbers that were made in 2005.

But as the thread has mentioned, it doesn't really matter.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:54 PM #12
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Are the NXT bolt guides backwards compatible with the SFT Shockers? I know a new Bloodlines Pear Bolt Guide is here and I just want to know if it will fit my SFT or not.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:14 AM #13
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you upped a old thread, just to ask that??

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Old 12-04-2007, 07:46 PM #14
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do 03 and 04 shockers have eyes?
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:50 PM #15
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:15 PM #16
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im kinda confused, my number is SHK013870

would it be 05 or 06

i can read, but its kinda confusing me
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:11 AM #17
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THIS ISNT A WHAT YEAR IS MY SHOCKER THREAD. we have a thread for that and many threads dedicated to questions already...look around.
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:08 PM #18
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i am confuzzed i have a dark but my number is sd0217
so what does that mean???
the body is old as hell????
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:19 AM #19
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Well it does mean it was among the early days of the Warped Sportz Shocker. I don't remember when that was specifically, but probably 2005? It's been a while. 2005 at the oldest.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:57 PM #20
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thank you very much
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:28 PM #21
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would there be any major probs if you put a new noid from sp's site in my 03 gun?
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