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Nerf Rayven / Elite Rayven Mod Guide

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#1 CRCL

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:41 AM

Aim:

To 'fix' some of the major design and performance issues with the Nerf (Elite) Rayven, whilst impacting the appearance of the blaster as little as possible. Specifically the abysmal trigger pull and performance loss due to the 'barrel', plus some other minor issues. A motor replacement to pololu motors will also be performed.

Things To Note:

Many of these solutions have been adapted (or in some cases copied) from mods other people have performed upon their Rayvens. It would be pointless to list all the rayven mod guides I took inspiration or borrowed mods from, in short; if it's about improving the rayven's performance and on the internet; I read it and probably used part of it in this mod guide.

Finally, I performed this mod in a slightly different order, so some of the pictures may seem a little 'off' timescale-wise, the guide was put in this order to simply make it easier to read.

Materials:

1x Nerf Rayven or Nerf Elite Rayven
1x Century Spring Corp. C-25 utility extension spring
2x Pololu #611 high-powered motors
25mm UPVC thin-walled (grey) electrical conduit (could be substituted for 3/4" thinwalled PVC instead)
A dremel
A hot-glue gun
A soldering iron
Thick gauge wire (I used 3.8mm if memory serves)
Etape
Epoxy
Superglue
Solder
Hot-glue sticks
White lithium greese

Tools:

Dremel
Pipe Cutter
Various Screwdrivers
Various knives (I used a hobby scalpel and a swiss army knife)

Disassembly:

Remove all the shell screws and open it up. Nearly all the screws seem to be the same, if memory serves the two in the tactical rail are a little shorter than the other screws. Remove the tactical rail spring and holder bit and try not to lose it.
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Also remove the clip guide piece and put it aside somewhere safe.
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The clip release lever should also be removed and stored somewhere safe.
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Original Circuit Removal:

The first thing to do is remove all the electrical circuitry, including all the electronic locks. The only electronic part in the blaster that will not be removed is the motor switch located under the trigger. To remove the electronic components all you have to do is make the following cuts (I just used a pair of scissors):
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Now all you have to do is yank out the wiring:
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These components can be thrown into your electronics scrap box:
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Manual Lock Removal:

With the electronic locks removed only the two manual locks remain, the first one stops you from being able to pull the trigger whilst the flywheels aren't spinning, which is a good thing; So I left the first lock alone. The second lock, which is much less practical, stops you from being able to pull the trigger whilst no clip is loaded, and was easily removed with just a screwdriver:
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These components, again, go to the scrap box:
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Fixing the Trigger:

The first thing you need to do is mark the part of the shell, where the wire ('connecter wire') that connects the trigger to the dart pusher, passes under the flywheels. It's probably easier to see in the picture below. Then use a knife or scalpel or even a dremel to cut out a chunk of the shell at this spot. This is done because whenever you pull the trigger the 'connecter wire' rubs on this part of the shell causing friction and making the trigger pull slightly harder.
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Remove the dart-pusher from the shell. You do this by separating it from the trigger (a single screw connects them) and removing the plate that covers the dart pusher and forms part of the mag-well.
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Next take the dart-pusher and slide the compression spring on it off; the spring can go into the scrap box. Lubricate the dart-pusher with some white lithium grease and put the dart pusher assembly back together (minus the extension spring).
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

Next you'll need to remove the 'flywheel assembly' and cut the shell as shown (I just used a knife, but a dremel would also work). Mine's a bit messy, but it's internal so it doesn't matter too much.
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Now all you need to do is take your Century Spring Corp. C-25 utility extension spring and insert it as shown. It may seem odd to cut the shell to attach this spring, when there's a perfectly good screw-port nearby, but I experimented a bit and found this gave the smoothest trigger pull.
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Replacing The Internal Barrel:

For this part of the mod you'll need the faux barrel pipe and outer barrel piece. In newer models of the rayven the outer barrel piece seems to be glued to one side of the shell, so I had to cut and dremel a bit to remove it from the shell, luckily the damaged parts were going to be cut off anyway.
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Once you've got your barrel piece separated, put the barrel tube aside and take your outer barrel piece. You're going to mark and cut the piece as shown, this is to allow a new wider barrel to be run through the outer barrel piece. You'll also have to grind out a ridge on the inside of the outer barrel piece.
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Next get the faux barrel pipe, insert it into the blaster as shown and mark off where it protrudes from the flywheel assembly.
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Now remove the faux barrel pipe, measure a further 20mm from the first mark and cut off a small 'nub' of the pipe.
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Wrap one end of the 'nub' of faux barrel pipe in etape until it will fit snuggly into your new barrel material (about 300mm of 25mm thin-walled UPVC pipe in my case).
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Now, using epoxy glue, glue the 'nub' of faux barrel pipe into the new barrel leaving the originally marked off part of the faux barrel pipe protruding out from the new barrel.
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Test-fit the new barrel to see if it can fit through the outer barrel piece.
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Next we'll have to make a few shell modifications to accommodate the new barrel, these were done with a dremel with a sanding bit and have to be done to both sides of the shell.
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Now test fit the new barrel into the blaster and mark off where it protrudes from the outer barrel piece. Remove the barrel and cut it to length.
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Next wrap the end of the barrel in some etape until it fits snuggly into the outer barrel piece and use epoxy glue to glue it into the outer barrel piece.
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Swapping The Motors:

In the interest of saving space and not cluttering this guide too much I'm not going to go into great detail how you take the old motors out of their housing and insert the new ones, mostly because it's very simple, but very long and tedious to explain. All the pictures for this part are available on my photobucket account, so you can go there to see all the pictures if you wish, but the gist of it is; This is what it looks like to begin with:
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This is what I should look like after:
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And these are scrap bin pieces:
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Fixing The Clip Alignment:

After reading a bunch of other Rayven mods and doing a few experiments of my own I learned that the rayven mag-well is not particularly well designed. Several people have noted that the magazine does not sit in the centre of the mag-well, but rather slightly to one side, causing problems when the darts enter the flywheels. An additional problem that I noticed whilst playing around with this is that elite clips don't seem to properly load into the mag-well. They don't seem to activate the clip release lever that holds the clips in place. The best way I've seen to fix these issues was done by torukmakto4 over at Nerf Mods and Reviews.
Basically his solution was to glue a piece of plastic to part of the shell in the mag-well on an angle (this is the opposite shell half to the one we've been working on most of the guide). Basically this piece corresponds to a nub of plastic on the top of the nerf clips and acts as a ramp that centres the clip. I superglued a small piece of 1mm thick plasticard, but any other plastic will do.
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After the piece was glued in place I reinforced it with a large amount of hot glue. This seemed to fix both the centring and elite clip issues.
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The New Replacement Circuit:

Again in the interest of space I'll Just put up this single image of my circuit. I feel it explains how and where everything is connected better than I ever could with text. As long as all your wires lead to the same things as mine you're good to go. As a note I did use etape to cover exposed joins, I just don't have a picture of it, but it is certainly important to eliminate the chance of short-circuits.
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At this stage the blaster is all finished. Close it up and you're good to go.
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Performance:

With all these fixes finished you end up with a blaster that has the same performance as an equally modded stryfe. The ranges are good and the trigger pull is smooth and easy.

That is all.

Edited by CRCL, 17 April 2013 - 10:45 AM.

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#3 DartSlinger

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:08 AM

Excellent guide! It is very clear and easy to understand. One question, though. What voltage and current are running those motors on?
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:45 PM

A well written, quality guide. I am curious though as to what purpose the PVC barrel serves. I Like your return spring idea but I would be hesitant to install it that way, I've played around with a few return spring methods but I've found the best is just to drill a little hole in the dart pusher, thread a return spring through the hole and then hot glue the other side of the spring to the back of the stock. it works quite well, and doesn't require gouging out the shell.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:31 PM

Huh. The thing that confuses me is this... Why would you install a larger "barrel"? It reduces accuracy and requires a lot of shell removal to make it fit. Am I missing something?
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:58 PM

I think the idea is that the larger barrel reduces the amount of bouncing around in the barrel the dart would do. So by having the larger barrel the dart will bounce off less often and retain more speed.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:07 PM

Huh. The thing that confuses me is this... Why would you install a larger "barrel"? It reduces accuracy and requires a lot of shell removal to make it fit. Am I missing something?


Coop did the same thing to his Stryfe with a Recon faux barrel on the front of it, with the idea that it causes less bouncing around to maintain speed better.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:04 PM

Coop did the same thing to his Stryfe with a Recon faux barrel on the front of it, with the idea that it causes less bouncing around to maintain speed better.



Probably not. The wider barrel is going to allow a fishtailing dart to become more perpendicular to the inside wall between bounces, which would increase friction force significantly. Especially if the angle exceeds the dart's axis-to-nose-side angle (which isn't a stretch with streamlines at 10 degrees.). This problem is magnified by shorter stefans, but diminished by felt tips. By my calculations, any tube with an ID of more than about 0.80" will be a problem for streamlines.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:59 PM

Probably not. The wider barrel is going to allow a fishtailing dart to become more tangent to the inside wall between bounces, which would increase friction force significantly. Especially if the angle exceeds the dart's axis-to-nose side angle (which isn't a stretch with streamlines at 10 degrees.). This problem is magnified by shorter stefans, but diminished by felt tips. By my calculations, any tube with an ID of more than about 0.80" will be a problem for streamlines.


That makes sense, had not thought of that. But then again, fishtailing darts don't go very far or fly accurately, so they technically could be considered a lost cause. Even though a stock ID faux barrel keeps a fishtailing dart from fishtailing, that darts makes a lot of collisions in straightening out and therefore loses velocity. All other non-fishtailing darts will be making collisions as well, so in theory it may not be worth it to keep that stock ID.

What we can deduce from this is that faux barrels suck. The only way to tell for sure is to have a range and accuracy test between both faux barrel setups to see which is more efficient.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

Probably not. The wider barrel is going to allow a fishtailing dart to become more tangent to the inside wall between bounces, which would increase friction force significantly.

I agree with what you're saying though I have not tested. I think this would definitely be the case with 1/2" pvc. However, I'm willing to bet there is a threshold where if the faux barrel is wide enough the darts will never drag against it at all. Like 3/4" pvc for example.

edit: also just throwing this out there, I really like the fix to the trigger return. Most frustrating aspect of a stock rayven is it's sticky trigger.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:11 AM

One question, though. What voltage and current are running those motors on?


I usually use 2x trustfires which gives about 8 volts and then 2 dummy batteries. It gives respectable range, better than the stock motors and batteries. You could of course go 4x trustfires for max range, but I found that the elite nerf darts can't handle the increase in velocity and become very inaccurate, if you were using modded darts I'm sure it would be great. In fact I know the next experiment I'll be doing.

I Like your return spring idea but I would be hesitant to install it that way, I've played around with a few return spring methods but I've found the best is just to drill a little hole in the dart pusher, thread a return spring through the hole and then hot glue the other side of the spring to the back of the stock. it works quite well, and doesn't require gouging out the shell.


I guess it's just a matter of preference. I was already cutting the shell at that point, so it literally took an extra minute to cut it as shown. I saw lots of people like to attach it to the dart pusher and stock, which sounds perfectly fine. I actually tried just attaching the spring from the lower flywheel 'cradle' screw port, but I found the angle made the trigger pull uncomfortable.

I agree with what you're saying though I have not tested. I think this would definitely be the case with 1/2" pvc. However, I'm willing to bet there is a threshold where if the faux barrel is wide enough the darts will never drag against it at all. Like 3/4" pvc for example.

edit: also just throwing this out there, I really like the fix to the trigger return. Most frustrating aspect of a stock rayven is it's sticky trigger.


I was essentially using coop's less bouncing hypothesis. I actually made one of his retaliator barrels with increased ID and this extra wide barrel didn't seem to affect my stryfe's range or accuracy, so I just assumed it would work for all flywheel blasters. I was planning to mod 2 other rayvens so I could just leave the stock barrel in and compare the range with the modded one.

The thing I found that improved the smoothness of the trigger the most was removing the part of the shell that the connector wire rubs on. This bit:
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I'm not sure if I got a bad rayven, but removing this little bit of plastic made (my trigger at least) much smoother. The stock compression spring also causes smoothness problems, and replacing it with an extension spring is almost a must, though I did find that cutting down the stock extension spring slightly does help with the trigger pull (if for some reason you can't get your hands on a suitable extension spring).

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:07 AM

I guess it's just a matter of preference. I was already cutting the shell at that point, so it literally took an extra minute to cut it as shown. I saw lots of people like to attach it to the dart pusher and stock, which sounds perfectly fine. I actually tried just attaching the spring from the lower flywheel 'cradle' screw port, but I found the angle made the trigger pull uncomfortable


That makes sense, I actually tried that as well, ended up stretching a spring out and cutting down a part of a screw port but, like you said, it was very uncomfortable and resulted in a lot of jamming.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

I'm glad that quality mod guides are being posted, but why not just buy a Stryfe? That would fix all of your problems with 0 effort.

The Stryfe has a superior trigger pull stock (amazingly smooth when lubricated), has practically no barrel length to reduce range/velocity, has better motors, better flywheels, is more compact and they're cheaper. There is absolutely no reason to buy a Rayven anymore, just like there was no reason to buy a Barricade after the Rayven came out.

The 3/4" thinwall PVC idea was something I introduced to Coop since he insisted on having a barrel shroud to mount a Strongarm onto. It is meant to reduce friction on the dart as it leaves the blaster, but still introduces some loss in velocity.

As an aside however: Accuracy in stock blasters has never been of relevant note, unless you're talking about the initial velocity up to the point where the darts begin to spiral off of the trajectory of where you are aiming. Accuracy therefore "increases" as the velocity of the dart increases, for all intents and purposes with non-homemade blasters.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:31 AM

I'm glad that quality mod guides are being posted, but why not just buy a Stryfe? That would fix all of your problems with 0 effort.

The Stryfe has a superior trigger pull stock (amazingly smooth when lubricated), has practically no barrel length to reduce range/velocity, has better motors, better flywheels, is more compact and they're cheaper. There is absolutely no reason to buy a Rayven anymore, just like there was no reason to buy a Barricade after the Rayven came out.


Haha, That was the point of the mods, to bring the rayven up to par with the stryfe, which is infinitely better in its stock form. The modded trigger is just as easy and smooth as the stryfe's. The replacement motors are even better than the stock stryfe's and by using a really wide (>20mm) barrel I hoped to reduce the effect of the longer barrel till it was negligible. Like I said at the end of the guide, I'm getting very similar results to my modded stryfe, so the only real difference between the two is ergonomics.

You're right, It is easier to just buy a stryfe, but I'm betting most nerfers have a neglected rayven lying around and the replacement spring and motors were less than $10. Personally I get a kind of weird pleasure out of modding a blaster, so it was time well spent.

The 3/4" thinwall PVC idea was something I introduced to Coop since he insisted on having a barrel shroud to mount a Strongarm onto. It is meant to reduce friction on the dart as it leaves the blaster, but still introduces some loss in velocity.


It's quite ingenious, as Guitarzan pointed out there is obviously a point where the barrel is so wide (it would also depend on the barrel length) that it does not interfere with the darts at all. When I have a bit more time I might test it out to see if an even larger barrel will give better results, because I was originally going to use an even wider faux barrel.

Give it a go, at worst you'll lose $10 (which is probably what I spend on cadbury cream eggs per day) and ruin a rayven you don't use (which can then be used to make coops strayven!) and at best you get another decent flywheel blaster. Win, win!

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