Final update ... posting this for anyone trying to trouble shoot leaks these days (2016), but can't find old threads because "an error occurred" when you try to open them, websites are down, pictures won't load, etc.
Finally figured out my Gun's parts:
2003 Dye Matrix - Blue
Dye Mini Rocket LPR
Dye Hyper 2 HPR
Dye 14" 1-piece Boomstick Barrel
Tadao 5.0 M3 Chip
CCM Mini Feedneck
Empire Mini rail w/ unknown On/Off ASA
Bolt TopHat Mod - hose added around the top hat to reduce volume of the chamber, increasing efficiency
Bolt Spacer Mod - every 2 small holes are dremel'd out between them. 6 small holes turns into 3 "ovals." This increases efficiency or consistency.. I'm not 100% on the info behind this mod yet.
Here's what I l had to do:
- Clean entire gun
- Change all bad, dry, loose, stretched, disfigured o rings. Change them all if you have the o rings available... I had most of the o rings left over from an old kit.
- My Dye Mini Rocket LPR needed every o ring changed. LPRs will be your focus on a lot of leaks with this gun I've learned. Make sure your LPR is getting a good seal to the manifold!
- My Dye Hyper2 HPR needed some love. I heavily lubed every o ring and put some lube on the shims. The #007 o ring that is inside of the main body was my main issue, as the reg was leaking from the vent hole. This o ring seals the piston's stem. I lubed the o ring before installing, and I put lube on the piston stem to really get some in there when rebuilding the reg. Ive learned when performing regular maintenance, generous lube on the piston stem is enough to lube the o ring.
- Don't be afraid to be generous with lube in your HPR and LPR as their seals are crucial... don't make it messy, but don't be shy.
- I completely took apart the solenoid to clean and lube all gaskets. My big gasket between the solenoid and the manifold has a tiny disfiguration, but still seals enough to not leak (that I can hear). I will replace this eventually... I carefully tightened the solenoid as much as I could with tiny screwdrivers. I added very tiny o rings to the two screw holding the solenoid to the manifold to prevent cracking or damaging the solenoid when reinstalling.
- Lube bolt, without leaving large clumps. Again, dont be shy. You should be able to see the glossiness of the lube without seeing it's color or much texture. I was surprised how little attention my modded stock bolt needed. I replaced every o ring I could, but honestly I probably only needed to change the Top hat's outer o ring, and the bolt's sail o ring. These o rings are two of the most important on the bolt.
I'd recommend way over lubing the gun before storing it. I wish I had done this 10 years ago before putting this gun away... live and learn.
As for tuning..
- I've set the gun to stock dwell to get a base line. 14ms is where I have it until I feel comfortable dropping the dwell. (Tadao 5.0 M3 Board)
- LPR adjustment turned all the way in (this closes the LPR, reducing the air volume inside)
- HPR adjustment turned all the way in (this would cut off air from flowing through it), then turned out around 2-2.5 rotations before gassing up. Too low of a HPR setting when gassing up can cause the bolt to have trouble sealing. Too high of a setting will blow o rings or damage solenoid.
- Tune your velocity with the HPR
- Then start turning your LPR out (this increases the volume of the LPR chamber) until velocity starts to drop off or be inconsistent. Then turn it back in 1/4 to 1/2 a rotation. Shoot a few quick shots to see if there is any drop off. If there is drop off, turn in another 1/4 turn until you can you can shoot multiple shots in a row with no drop off. Your gun should be very consistent. Straight and flat, assuming your paint is quality and close to the barrel bore size.
This thing is an amazing gun for its time. It can be annoying to trouble shoot, less convenient compared to modern markers, a little heavy and bulky... but once you have her singing in tune... the Fat Lady can sing like no other...or.....maybe.... maybe I just love kankles... where does the calf end and the foot begin.... who knows? That's the fun!