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#1 wespelarno

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:07 PM

I have a nerf powerclip that isn't firing with the same vigour it used to. Slower rate of fire, reduced range etc. I've taken it apart and I think it is the air tank. The rubber looks slightly perished. So I want to make a replacement airtank. Has anybody done this succesfully? Any recommendations or things to avoid? As it stands my current plan is a pvc tank that occupies the space the fully expanded rubber tube did.

I searched and didn't find much. Before anybody says "try it and tell us how it goes", I live in Australia and nerf guns are rediculously hard to come by. I had my last one shpped from the US by a relative. As such I would prefer not to trash a nerf gun by doing something that could have been prevented.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:13 PM

I am pretty sure that most people put inner tubing over the bladder so it has more pressure behind it, Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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#3 wespelarno

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:22 PM

I did that about a year ago, combined with rubber bands. It worked great for about 6 months. Since then there has been a steady decline in power. . I'm looking for a way to make a replacement air tank. I think adding additional tubing or bands would only perpetuate the problem and make it get worse faster.
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#4 Retiate

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:26 PM

Might not be exactly what you're looking for, but I'm sure it could be modified to suit your needs.
http://nerfhaven.com...ternal Air Tank
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:31 PM

I know that you could probably buy a new one from our lovely trading forums.
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Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:59 AM

http://nerfhaven.com...topic=13011&hl=

Done on a 3K. Don't know if this helps in your situation, but just in case.
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Posted 06 September 2008 - 10:43 AM

I'm not an expert on controlled release guns, but as far as I know, the bladder pressure does not influence the range of the gun. The bladder moves the piston back and forth which compresses and releases a spring inside a plunger tube just like a springer.

If you've lost a shocking amount of range on your powerclip, start with the seal in the plunger tube before you try anything risky with the bladder. It might be an easier fix than you think, but don't hold me to that.
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#8 wespelarno

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 11:39 PM

I've lost both range and rate of fire. Interesting thought though. I'll check out the seals to try fix range. And see if it somehow fixes the rate of fire
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#9 imaseoulman

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 12:12 AM

The fastest way to add range to a PC is to put a rubberband on the piston (assuming the seals are decent, if not, that's probably your first fix). Banding the bladder just improves ROF.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:08 PM

If you want a new bladder, I would be happy to sell you the one I took out of my externally supplied magstrike. It was a brand new unit that had gone to Goodwill because of a broken hose barb. PM me if you are interested.
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