Impact regulator woes rant

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    biohazardman
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    So had a bad regulator rod on my Impact when I got it last year.  After a few hundred rounds it caused a 20+bar jump in reg pressure and the related POI jump all at once from one shot to the next while shooting a string.  So I would turn the reg down and then it would stay at that setting for a few hundred shots before dropping down 20+bar from one shot to the next.  So I would have to turn it back up again.  This went on for several months then I called Airgun Depot and they referred me to FX.  Called FX and was told probly was regulator o-ring NOT but was the regulator rod/piston.  You can see the problem in the first pic a big nick in the rod.  So did a phone order with FX but never got the payment option e-mail.  So, ordered a Huma had it in a week put it in and it werqs fine for a few months but now leaks.  Complained about FX here on the forum and was actually contacted by FX got the payment e-mail and my parts were sent quite promptly.  Impressive service it was. Now check out the regulator rod they sent me in pic two. Looks like I will be contacting them again.  Believe it or not all of this is normal day to day occurrence for me this type of thing happens so often that I don't even get angry but just expect it.  It's sad but true. My scopes sent back, my laser sight sent back so many things I get are scratched and dented up.  It's got to the point where if it werqs or I can fix it I keep it. The good thing is that most everywhere I go I am first in line it's like crazy but a good trade me thinks.

    My original reg rod

    My new reg rod far worse than my old rod.

    It's a small thing but it has to be right for the gun to function correctly.

     

     

     

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    Airmanator
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    Switch to a Huma reg. It's worth the extra $120. Yeah hate to have to spend more money on a $2000. But it is what it is. Huma used a brass piston, not plastic like the one on their amp reg. Idk why fx won't just go with Huma reg in all their impacts. Their amp reg aint what they hype to be.

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    bubblerboy64
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    He said he tried a Huma 

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    heavy-impact
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    Tell me how the Huma leaks and we'll solve the problem.

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    Bob_O
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    You're not the only one with bad luck…..I had three scopes and a compressor go bad on my this year.

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    elh0102
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    I would return the Huma and try it again before spending more time on the FX regulator. For some reason ($$), FX refuses to use a proven off-the-shelf reg from a quality maker, and continues to attempt its own. Your problem with the Huma is not common, and could be as simple as replacing an O ring, but since it's new, I would just exchange it for another one. 

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    Airgun-hobbyist
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    It looks like the belville washers have sharp edges and it is cutting into the piston and causing stiction.  If FX is warrantying this part, have them send washers too, as there's the defective part wrecking the plastic piston.  If you are fixing the issue yourself, take some 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper to the inside edges of the washers.  Slightly round and polish the edges of the holes then apply a small amount of silicon grease upon reassembly. It should work without binding after that. 

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    MonsterMaxx
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    I talked to the FX USA tech Monday about a huma upgrade as I get some reg creep.  He said they (Huma regulator) break way too often and they (FX USA) won't install them anymore because of that.

     

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    heavy-impact
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    MonsterMaxx

    I talked to the FX USA tech Monday about a huma upgrade as I get some reg creep.  He said they (Huma regulator) break way too often and they (FX USA) won't install them anymore because of that.

    ???

    I'd call his statement 100% BS. There is nothing to break.

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    MonsterMaxx

    I talked to the FX USA tech Monday about a huma upgrade as I get some reg creep.  He said they (Huma regulator) break way too often and they (FX USA) won't install them anymore because of that.

    ???

    I'd call his statement 100% BS. There is nothing to break.

    I would agree with the FX Tech statement, as I have had more problems with several Huma regulators than I want to remember.  In fact the latest Huma reg I tried, never worked correctly right from the first day I received it. Wildly drifting outlet pressures finally delegated it to an expensive paper weight.  Probably will never purchase another.

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    I would agree with the FX Tech statement, as I have had more problems with several Huma regulators than I want to remember.  In fact the latest Huma reg I tried, never worked correctly right from the first day I received it. Wildly drifting outlet pressures finally delegated it to an expensive paper weight.  Probably will never purchase another.

    It's an extremely simple device. What did Huma have to say about the problem?

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    AirGunShooter
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    I've returned at least two Huma regulators to the vendor.  One I finally got to work acceptably, not right, but acceptable.  And the other as stated before; is now an expensive dust collector.  Frustration eventually overcomes motivation.

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    biohazardman
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    heavy-impact

    Tell me how the Huma leaks and we'll solve the problem.

    Leaks out of the weep hole.  Likely just an o-ring on the adjustment screw.  Maybe one from the FX o-ring kit I bought will fit.

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    I've returned at least two Huma regulators to the vendor.  One I finally got to work acceptably, not right, but acceptable.  And the other as stated before; is now an expensive dust collector.  Frustration eventually overcomes motivation.

    Ya gotta work through the problem but I understand it's easier to throw money at it sometimes. I've done the same.

    Huma has been pretty helpful to me and together we worked out the problems with their gen1 and gen 2 regulators. I got the first one working so well that I never installed any of the replacement and prototype parts they sent me.

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    biohazardman
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    It looks like the belville washers have sharp edges and it is cutting into the piston and causing stiction.  If FX is warrantying this part, have them send washers too, as there's the defective part wrecking the plastic piston.  If you are fixing the issue yourself, take some 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper to the inside edges of the washers.  Slightly round and polish the edges of the holes then apply a small amount of silicon grease upon reassembly. It should work without binding after that. 

    Never thought of dressing the inside of the bellville washers sounds like a good idea.

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    biohazardman
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    AirGunShooter

     

    I would agree with the FX Tech statement, as I have had more problems with several Huma regulators than I want to remember.  In fact the latest Huma reg I tried, never worked correctly right from the first day I received it. Wildly drifting outlet pressures finally delegated it to an expensive paper weight.  Probably will never purchase another.

    It's an extremely simple device. What did Huma have to say about the problem?

    Have not talked with them as yet but as stated it is likely just an o-ring so I will fix it.

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    heavy-impact

    Tell me how the Huma leaks and we'll solve the problem.

    Leaks out of the weep hole.  Likely just and o-ring on the adjustment screw.  Maybe one from the FX o-ring kit I bought will fit.

    What generation is your gun?

    Does it only leak above a certain pressure ?

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    biohazardman
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    Bob-O

    Thought it was just me as there were way to many things with defects.  Good to hear it is not just me but sad that the problem is so widespread.

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    biohazardman
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    biohazardman

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    Tell me how the Huma leaks and we'll solve the problem.

    Leaks out of the weep hole.  Likely just and o-ring on the adjustment screw.  Maybe one from the FX o-ring kit I bought will fit.

    What generation is your gun?

    Does it only leak above a certain pressure ?  It did not leak when I first installed it.

    Gun is a gen2 not an x but just before.

    I don't know about leaks at other pressures I'm only at 140-145bar at the moment.

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    biohazardman

    Gun is a gen2 not an x but just before.

    I don't know about leaks at other pressures I'm only at 140-145bar at the moment.

    Sounds like the big end of the piston is at the top of it's bore in the receiver. This lets the oring on the big end of the piston push out and leak out the weep hole. The oring is probably not damaged.

    The solution is to add 1 more washer with the curve in the same direction as the one before it (an FX one will work). This makes the big end of the piston ride deeper in it's bore. Then with a knife or scribe, make a scratch from the little hole on the small end of the piston up to the end. This prevents the internal oring from blocking the hole when you first pressurize the gun. The scratch won't affect anything else.

     

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