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Old 06-01-2014, 02:30 PM #1
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Empire Mini GS Feedneck Problem

Hi all,
I took my new Mini GS out yesterday for the first time, and just realized that when I screw in the feedneck, it's off-set. It's not lined up right... Is this normal??? I should also note that the feedneck was twisting off for me when I was trying to put on my hopper, it came that loose. Is it supposed to be so easy to take on and off? I never over tightened it either, if I line it up straight, it's super loose.




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Old 06-01-2014, 05:48 PM #2
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loosen the screw under the feedneck clamp on the feedneck and you can straiten it out.
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:55 PM #3
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So that what that bottom screw is for!
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:01 PM #4
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Fixed! Thanks bro!!!
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:12 PM #5
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:34 PM #6
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Does anyone know how strong these feednecks are versus the stock axe feedneck? My stock feedneck broke off this weekend and im trying to decide whether to get a violent series low feedneck or the empire vanquish one.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:52 AM #7
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Mine does the same thing i hate it
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:47 AM #8
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my understanding is this is a nylon version of the new Empire Feedneck.

I could suggest taking the nylon piece off and maybe putting a couple O-rings or something with some friction around the neck before clamping the nylon feed back on.

Or some blue locktite on the threaded sleeve int he body if the whole neck spins on you.


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Old 06-12-2014, 11:56 AM #9
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If the nylon is spinning on the aluminum stub then I'd just put one layer of duct tape on the stub and reclamp the feedneck. The adhesive on the tape and slight compression should stop it from spinning.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:29 PM #10
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I put some super glue on the collar then put it back on and it solved it for me.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:12 PM #11
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I put some super glue on the collar then put it back on and it solved it for me.
Super glue...yikes
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:22 PM #12
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least it wasn't epoxy, guessing if you loosens the lower screw and turns it hard enough the glue will break loose ( or he will unthread his feedneck if he turns the other direction )
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:35 PM #13
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Same thing happens on my GS. Was loose from day one.. I think I'll try Ironyusa suggestion first.. See if that helps out
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:49 AM #14
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Seems like the collar doesnt want to stay tight... after i tighten it down then put the collar on.. i put a full rotor on.. seems to get loose easily.. might have to loctite the collar and the tape inside on the nylon to make sure its secure.. not the best design for the feed neck.. its light.. just should of been one piece.. IMO.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:08 AM #15
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Most manufacturers seem to be going that route so that if the neck breaks the body isn't ruined. You can buy the vanquish style feedneck and it will be the same fit, but the part is aluminum instead of nylon and those don't seem to move.

On my axe I use the original style nano feedneck and love it. They're impossible to find, but the violent series no pro is almost identical. I just don't know if you can remove the stub from the body, so I'd probably just order a vanquish neck.

Rotors are pretty heavy, but it still really shouldn't spin. I might also try a rough grit sandpaper on the bottom ID of the neck and scuff it up a little to kind of emulate knurling so it can grab better.
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Seems like the collar doesnt want to stay tight... after i tighten it down then put the collar on.. i put a full rotor on.. seems to get loose easily.. might have to loctite the collar and the tape inside on the nylon to make sure its secure.. not the best design for the feed neck.. its light.. just should of been one piece.. IMO.
The 2 piece feedneck is much stronger than a 1 piece, and easier to adjust. The reason we don't loctie the collar from the factory is because if people would like to change the feedneck its very easy to swap. In the past we had complaints that it was too hard to get the 1 piece feedneck off. Also the 1 piece feednecks were more prone to snapping off.
If you would like to keep the stock feedneck permanently all you have to do is patch it with a little loctite though most feednecks stay by simply hand tightening them. Just once you put your loader on always spin the loader clockwise, not counter clockwise.
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The 2 piece feedneck is much stronger than a 1 piece, and easier to adjust. The reason we don't loctie the collar from the factory is because if people would like to change the feedneck its very easy to swap. In the past we had complaints that it was too hard to get the 1 piece feedneck off. Also the 1 piece feednecks were more prone to snapping off.
If you would like to keep the stock feedneck permanently all you have to do is patch it with a little loctite though most feednecks stay by simply hand tightening them. Just once you put your loader on always spin the loader clockwise, not counter clockwise.
I just found this thread. I have the same problem. I have a one piece feedneck (no screw under the feedneck clamp) which is off center a bit to the left (overtight?). Is this from screwing in the loader clockwise? I don't want to bring it back to center since it would mean unscrewing it 1/8 of a turn, but will the fact that it is off center affect the paint?

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I just found this thread. I have the same problem. I have a one piece feedneck (no screw under the feedneck clamp) which is off center a bit to the left (overtight?). Is this from screwing in the loader clockwise? I don't want to bring it back to center since it would mean unscrewing it 1/8 of a turn, but will the fact that it is off center affect the paint?

It will not affect the paint, its only cosmetic perferance.
That is not a Mini GS correct, that's just an older mini or Axe. Older mini's and Axes came with the 1 piece feedneck. The newer Mini GS and Axe Pro's come with the 2 piece feedneck. The 2 piece feedneck is available for purchase should you choose to upgrade. Here is a link to the description of the feedneck: http://shop.empirepaintball.com/prod...mping-feedneck
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It will not affect the paint, its only cosmetic perferance.
That is not a Mini GS correct, that's just an older mini or Axe. Older mini's and Axes came with the 1 piece feedneck. The newer Mini GS and Axe Pro's come with the 2 piece feedneck. The 2 piece feedneck is available for purchase should you choose to upgrade. Here is a link to the description of the feedneck: http://shop.empirepaintball.com/prod...mping-feedneck
Mine is what is referred to here as a version 2 Mini. I works great, and I am only slightly annoyed that the feedneck came to be off center. I have no idea how this happened because I have not tried to mess with it. That is why I figure it happend over time by turning the loader clockwise. How else? One other thing, it is pretty much locked in place and would need considerable force applied to correct it, so as long as the paint won't be affected why bother? Should I?

As for a two piece upgrade... Is the two piece really an "upgrade". From reading this thread and others it seems that the two piece has a rep for getting loose while the one piece has a rep for being too hard to remove and snapping off. Wouldn't that just be trading one problem for another? At the end of the day I think I would prefer not having to tighten the thing or apply other solutions because of constant loosness.

I would be interested in hearing about other high quality after-market feednecks that have worked well with the Mini. Any suggestions?
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Mine is what is referred to here as a version 2 Mini. I works great, and I am only slightly annoyed that the feedneck came to be off center. I have no idea how this happened because I have not tried to mess with it. That is why I figure it happend over time by turning the loader clockwise. How else? One other thing, it is pretty much locked in place and would need considerable force applied to correct it, so as long as the paint won't be affected why bother? Should I?

As for a two piece upgrade... Is the two piece really an "upgrade". From reading this thread and others it seems that the two piece has a rep for getting loose while the one piece has a rep for being too hard to remove and snapping off. Wouldn't that just be trading one problem for another? At the end of the day I think I would prefer not having to tighten the thing or apply other solutions because of constant loosness.

I would be interested in hearing about other high quality after-market feednecks that have worked well with the Mini. Any suggestions?

You should understand that the Empire 2 piece feedneck available for purchase is made of metal and not nylon like the one that comes with the Mini GS.

You should also understand this is an old thread they they are talking about one of the first Mini GS's. After this we examined the Mini GS feedneck to make sure it was tight so other customers wouldn't have issues.

Your current feedneck is currently semi permanently locked on with liquid thread lock. If you remove your current feedneck whatever feedneck you install will also need to locked on with liquid thread lock or it will spin. Same goes for the 2 piece feedneck. The collar will need be screwed in and threadlocked to the body. The feedneck then clamps on top of the collar and my be easily adjusted to any orientation you like by just loosening the bottom screw.


If your are annoyed with the feedneck being not centered your may unscrew your current feedneck and re-lock it in a centered position however like I said earlier, since these are locked on with threadlocker it may be difficult to remove without causing damage to it.
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You should understand that the Empire 2 piece feedneck available for purchase is made of metal and not nylon like the one that comes with the Mini GS.

You should also understand this is an old thread they they are talking about one of the first Mini GS's. After this we examined the Mini GS feedneck to make sure it was tight so other customers wouldn't have issues.

Your current feedneck is currently semi permanently locked on with liquid thread lock. If you remove your current feedneck whatever feedneck you install will also need to locked on with liquid thread lock or it will spin. Same goes for the 2 piece feedneck. The collar will need be screwed in and threadlocked to the body. The feedneck then clamps on top of the collar and my be easily adjusted to any orientation you like by just loosening the bottom screw.


If your are annoyed with the feedneck being not centered your may unscrew your current feedneck and re-lock it in a centered position however like I said earlier, since these are locked on with threadlocker it may be difficult to remove without causing damage to it.
I get what you are saying, but if my current feedneck is "semi permanently locked... with threadlocker... and may be difficult to remove without causing damage to it", how did it come to move to an off center position in the first place? Clearly, I haven't made an attempt to move it, and from what you are saying a routine bump during play or continual clockwise twisting of the loader would not budge it. You are right about one thing, it is not going anywhere right now because it is completely locked, so its not like it came lose and budged, and then became tight again. What gives?
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