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Old 05-23-2013, 04:10 PM #1
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Vanquish Tuning Guide + Hot vs. Cold Weather Tips

Vanquish Tuning Guide and Hot vs. Cold Weather Tips

The purpose of this thread is to help guide users to get the best performance out of their Vanquish in any weather they might run into.

WARNING: TUNE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
It is not recommended to change the Vanquish from its default settings unless you are an experienced paintball marker user. Should changing settings cause any issues always revert to default settings when troubleshooting. No tuning should be done until marker has at least 10,000 cycles on the bolt system.


Glossary Terms:
Bolt Stick – when the marker has not been fired for some time the first shot comes out with low velocity or the marker does not fully cycle.
First Shot Drop Off (FSDO) - Synonymous with Bolt Stick, FSDO means when the marker has not been fired for some time the first shot comes out with low velocity.
Dwell – The time the solenoid is energized
Anti-Bolt Stick Dwell (ABS Dwell) – The extra amount of milliseconds added to the Dwell setting if ABS is active.
Anti-Bolt Stick Wait Time (ABS Time) – The time after the previous cycle when ABS Dwell will become active. For example, if the ABS Time setting is 30 seconds, after 30 seconds the electronics will add the setting for ABS Dwell onto the current Dwell setting to prevent Bolt Stick (ABS Dwell + Dwell = Total Dwell for first shot)

Default Settings:
In the SYSTEM menu of the Vanquish circuit board there is a factory reset feature that will easily allow you to reset the circuit board to default settings. Should you choose to reset the settings manually the most important settings to reset are the Dwell (default 18.0ms), ABS Time (default 30s) and ABS Dwell (default 8ms).


Cold Weather Tips (Below 55*F)
-Keep the Dwell setting at a minimum of 18.0ms.
-Lube the marker more often than normal and use less lube to prevent bolt stick
-If experiencing bolt stick or First Shot Drop Off (FSDO) decrease the ABS Wait Time to 30s maximum and increase the ABS Dwell to 20ms minimum.
- It is recommended to keep the battery above half as a minimum in very cold weather to ensure reliable performance.
- If FSDO is still occurring after using the settings above increase ABS Dwell further. It is normal to have ABS dwell as high as 40ms in very cold weather, for example snowy conditions.


Warm Weather Tuning Tips (Above 55*F):
In warm weather it may be possible to tune your Vanquish for greater air efficiency or an even smoother cycle than normal. You will need to have the ability to shoot paintballs to tune the marker properly.


How to tune for greater air efficiency:
Take note that tuning your Vanquish is this way may make the marker less gentle on fragile paintballs, slightly louder, and increase kick slightly. It is not recommended to tune the marker this way for very cold weather.

Step 1 – Make sure your marker has been properly lubricated before starting tuning.
Step 2 – Use your Super Freak inserts to get a tight barrel to paint match. It should be just too tight to blow the ball through the barrel.
Step 2 – Set the pressure between 190-200psi
Step 3 – In the CONFIG menu begin to lower the dwell 2ms at a time until the velocity drops below your acceptable level.
Step 5 – Once velocity is too low raise Dwell by .5ms at a time until desired velocity is achieved. Step 6 - Once desired velocity is reached raise Dwell by an additional .5 to 1.0ms to ensure proper cycling
Note - If air efficiency is your main goal you may also experiment with removing the Vanquish bolt spring as this will allow the valve to close more quickly saving air. To compensate for spring removal ABS Dwell may need to be increased to prevent FSDO.


How to tune for a smoother shot:
Note tuning the Vanquish in this way may lower maximum ROF and decrease air efficiency. To get a smooth shot you must balance the pressure of the marker and the Dwell setting. The lower the pressure is set the higher the dwell must be to allow the marker to fully cycle.

Step 1 – Make sure your marker has been properly lubricated before starting tuning.
Step 2 – Use your Super Freak inserts to get a tight barrel to paint match. It should be just tight enough to blow the ball through the barrel.
Step 3 – Chronograph the marker to desired velocity at default settings.
Step 4 – Raise the dwell by 1ms
Step 5 – Lower the pressure by 5-10psi
Step 6 – Chronograph the marker
Step 7 – Repeat steps 4 to 6 until velocity is too low
Step 8 – Increase pressure until desired Velocity is again achieved, increase dwell by .5-1.0ms to ensure proper cycling
Step 9 (optional) - If your ROF is now too low decrease the BIP Time. The BIP time may be put down to as low as 1ms if a force feed hopper is being used.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:28 PM #2
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How I can play with the operating pressure on the board?
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:30 PM #3
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I mean, I want to put the operating pressure lower
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:25 PM #4
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You use the screw on the Asa/reg to lower pressure
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:38 PM #5
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Ok let me see if i understand. Is the same one it shows on the screen of the oled right? So the same srew i use to set the fps is the same for the operating pressure?
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:40 PM #6
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that would be correct
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