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Old 01-18-2014, 10:14 PM #1
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I'm just starting out in paintball and I bought an a5 any tips/upgrades that would make the gun better? I'm thinking on getting the e grip with select fire but not sure I want some opinions on it first!

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Old 01-18-2014, 10:18 PM #2
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First and foremost, get the TechT squishy paddles for the cyclone feed.

From there I suggest a new barrel.

After that it's personal preference. If you want a new trigger then buy one, if you want an e grip then get one. But you definitely need the squishy paddles first.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:31 PM #3
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If you got the new style A-5 (2011 or newer) don't worry about squishy paddles, you don't need them, as the new paddles in the new cyclones are fine. (they are green and shaped more like triangles than just flat).

Just polish the internals, and if you want good consistency between shots, change to silicone or buna o-rings. You will have to change them more often, but they give a much better shot to shot consistency with the A-5.



I'd get an apex 2 barrel if I were you, set it at 4 clicks and leave it, and that will really help with cheap paint, as the spin on the ball evens out some issues with cheap paint.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:07 AM #4
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:35 PM #5
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:55 PM #6
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I have a couple of older A-5s (pre 2011) so I don't know about the newer paddles as the other indicated. If your A-5 was bought used and its older, definitely get the squishy paddles.

I would also strongly suggest you upgrade the ratchet in the cyclone feed (unless the 2011 A-5s are improved). The ratchet that comes with it is plastic and its crap. It always breaks after a certain number of cases. I think Tech T makes a metal ratchet that will last forever. At least mine have lasted about five years. It's real cheap and definitely worth it in my opinion.

I would also suggest a flatline and also a J&J ceramic barrel. Gives you the best of both worlds. A lot of people hate the flatlines. I like mine. And on the rare occasion I have a problem I switch out to the J&J. You can get them both pretty cheap used.
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I have done a lot of mods on A5s over the years and what I wound up with on a new 2011+ model more or less in order of priority is;
* Polished receiver internals, hammer and sear
* Response trigger with 1/8" fittings ( no batteries ) look up Ultra R/T on A5og.net
* Palmers stabilizer and bottom line on/off ASA
* iFit kit with 6" chopped and threaded X7 barrel and Lapco Apex adapter
* Apex 2 tip
* full TechT upgrade for cyclone
* Wire stock
* Holo sight adjusted to compensate for 3-4 clicks on Apex tip

This is as light, compact and efficient as I can make it. It fires 1-25+ bps, is reasonably consistent, and does not have any extra "stuff". It will shoot a flat trajectory out to about 40 or 50 yards at which anything but a head shot usually bounces. On the down side, it is about 2 or 3 pounds heavier than my crossover but it can keep up with anything on the field.

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Old 01-21-2014, 08:57 AM #8
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I have done a lot of mods on A5s over the years and what I wound up with on a new 2011+ model more or less in order of priority is;
* Polished receiver internals, hammer and sear
* Response trigger with 1/8" fittings ( no batteries ) look up Ultra R/T on A5og.net
* Palmers stabilizer and bottom line on/off ASA
* iFit kit with 6" chopped and threaded X7 barrel and Lapco Apex adapter
* Apex 2 tip
* full TechT upgrade for cyclone
* Wire stock
* Holo sight adjusted to compensate for 3-4 clicks on Apex tip

This is as light, compact and efficient as I can make it. It fires 1-25+ bps, is reasonably consistent, and does not have any extra "stuff". It will shoot a flat trajectory out to about 40 or 50 yards at which anything but a head shot usually bounces. On the down side, it is about 2 or 3 pounds heavier than my crossover but it can keep up with anything on the field.
That's a heck of an A-5 build.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:34 AM #9
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That's a heck of an A-5 build.
Yes, it is a little beast. I have a pin in the sear and a shim in the R/T piston so it will effectively fire as fast as you want it to until it turns into a paint blender. The harder you pull the trigger, the faster it shoots. About 15 bps is where I usually leave it which is plenty fast. It uses alot of air compared to the crossover though. I get about 450 rounds out of a 45/4500 tank





The stock cyclone parts should be good for about 10,000 to 15,000 rounds, even on full auto before the plastic ratchet strips out. You can wait to upgrade that, but you may want a vented piston housing if firing full auto. The new models already come with the X7 housing and work just fine.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:33 PM #10
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Best things I would suggest would be to get make sure to use an HPA tank rather than CO2 tank, get a barrel between 9 and 16 inches depending on your preference (longer barrel = better accuracy but anything longer than 16in creates drop and will not aid more in accuracy), lastly I guess I would give a thumbs up to an egrip or response trigger, faster fire rates can help in tight spots.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:35 PM #11
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WOW! jay, very nice!!
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