Hey guys. It's tinkering time! I have recently purchased a Spyder Fenix and I plan on gutting it and maxing out it's performance like I have to all my other Spyders without having to spend too much money. I have a few parts left over from previous Spyders and I plan on using them to see what results I'll get.
Now. I'm going with the assumption that the lower tube internals are the same (valve spring, valve pin, valve body, striker, buffer, and main spring) correct me if I'm wrong. Just by looking at pictures and videos they look the same, but I have noticed the body is smaller in length compared to the older Spyders. I'd like to get this confirmed if someone could be so kind to take a close up picture of the internals. The reason I ask also because I found a few things online that I may purchase before someone else does
I'm going to try and do a detailed video disassembling and reassembling of the Fenix and if my project is a success a shooting video
According to ANS Gear the Fenix shoots at 500psi as it's operating pressure and has some noticable kick. (I know it's a blowback, but they can shoot just as smooth with the right parts and tune). The Fenix has the potential to shoot approximately 1600 shots out of a 20oz Co2. I will try to achieve a lower pressure, minimize kick, and achieve the same if not more shots per tank. I would like to be able to get a case of out my 68/3000, but we all know that's ludacris hahaha. Anything can happen right?
Well I finally had a chance to do some testing and with a chrono!
Temperature: 60* (Awesome weather for us lol)
Wind: Light Breeze
- 2012 Spyder Fenix
- Stock Internals
- I used Bob Long Regulator due to Stock reg not having a gauge to read.
- CP 2 piece barrel with .685 insert to match paint
- Crossfire 68/3000 CF tank.
- Handheld Sport Chrono
- Spectrum Field Paint
- TechT Hush Bolt
- Dark Horizons SS Striker
- 9 Piece Spring Kit (Valve Only)
Testing was done as follows. I shot 5 rounds each time I changed something to the marker. For example. In stock form I shot 5 times. I changed bolt I shot another 5 times and recorded each. The marker will be shot with the current setup as stated above and I will upgrade and chrono as I go.
Stock setup set @ 500 psi
Readings: 275, 272, 276, 278, 273 - avg 274 fps
Added Hush Bolt @ 500 psi
Readings: 302, 297, 299, 298, 300 - avg 299 fps
Adjusted regulator to meet adequate FPS @ 400 psi
Readings: 280, 278, 275, 282, 278 - avg 278 fps
Added Dark Horizons SS Striker @ 400 psi
Readings: 265, 259, 263, 260, 264 - avg 262 fps
Note: I didn't like the results of the striker. Lower velocity and internal scratching. So I stopped here and switched back to the original striker.
Added modified Light Valve Spring (More air allowed, stock is too stiff) @ 400psi
Readings: 299, 295, 297, 301, 293 - avg 297 fps
Adjusted Regulator @ 350 psi
Readings: 275, 281, 278, 273, 277 - avg 276 fps
After running these tests I'm happy with the results. I didn't get around to trying out the main spring just because the spring used in the Fenix are of different length compared to the 9 piece that I have. I was able to get the same results as I did when I went to play on Sunday. Minimal Kick (this is a blowback afterall...), very light marker, very quiet compared to other Spyders and I've built many, very fast, and lastly VERY EFFICIENT. I had my tank set at 2500 psi(my tank seems to not be able to hold a full 3000. I was able to get 4 Pods(140ct) and a hopper (total roughly 760 shots) and still had roughly 1000-1200psi left. If my calculations are correct. I can get about 1400 out of my 68/3000 tank. The EKO Valve with some upgrades really helps