Tippmann 98 Custom
This Tippmann 98 Custom has made quite an evolution over its lifetime. It started from a badly mistreated gun from ebay which had dried, old paint in the front bolt area as well as paint in the rear bolt area from a direct hit.
It all started from this. I added the Halo and the Empire barrel kit (instead of the stock barrel and stock gravity hopper) as well as the double trigger which I filed flat. I also cut the receiver soon after its arrival.
After about a year of owning it, I decided it was time to move on, but I didn't want to leave this marker behind with so much potential still left in it. So, I modified the electronics, relocating the battery and on/off switch and filling in the cocking slot. This required me to cut a groove in the receiver underneath the trigger for the wiring.
The gun needed painting. The epoxy I used isn't very aesthetically appealing in my opinion. I figured a red/black combination would make some kind of statement.
At this point, I have made no performance enhancements to it other than HPA. That all changed when I purchased a Palmer's Micro Rock and CP ASA to replace the Tippmann Proshop low pressure regulator. I also installed a trigger stop and a Clippard QEV (Quick Exhaust Valve) which requred me to file the ram to accept it.
It didn't end there. I wanted more from it. I wanted to lower the operating pressure and decrease the noise of the marker. But this caused a dilemma. With the battery in the front grip, I couldn't install a normal regulator. This left me with one choice: the PPS (Palmer's Pursuit Shop) female Stabilizer. I also needed a way to install the Macro line and a gauge to the valve so I purchased a cross fitting.
Finally, after 3 weeks on backorder, I received the TechT Fang Trigger in the mail. This aquisition has not left me unscarred though. In order to achieve the shortest trigger pull possible, I had to file the safety down a little bit. As of now, everything works in perfect harmony. I have the pressure set at 225 PSI which allows me to get 700 shots out of my 72 CU, 3000 PSI tank. Not the best efficiency, but it works.
Yay! I finally decided to install the centerfeed. It is amazing! My gun is perfectly balanced and I no longer want to tilt it slightly while shooting. I also got a Virtue grip to replace the stock one. I feel like I can better walk it now. I had to replace the Halo shells because they snapped at the feedneck. Everything is in perfect working order.
Here's an updated shot of the custom wiring. I had it professionally done because I was sick of my attempt short circuting.
I finally have ALMOST completed this project. After many months of acquiring all of the components, I'm finally ready to give this a test run, although the first trials didn't go well. I can't wait to play with it!
Complete list of modifications and upgrades
Custom 2-Way Ram
DM4 Tadao THump Board
Bob Long Intimidator Solenoid
GTA Low Pressure Kit
PPS female Stabilizer
PPS Micro Rock
TechT Fang Trigger
No blowback valve