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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:07   #1
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Let me know your thoughts on wiring. Front or rear? what are the pros and cons of both. show off your battery and wiring setup.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:28   #2
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front pros
you can have any kind of stock you want
extra weight up front builds more muscle

front cons
hard to take AEG apart
generally limited to smaller size batteries


rear pros
can generally use larger batteries
easy to take AEG apart and can use swappable upper receivers
balances the weight of the gun and makes it feel lighter

rear cons
limited in what kind of stocks you can use
using buffer tube type batteries generally severely limit battery size
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Old March 27th, 2011, 09:36   #3
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Front cons:
-Gun is front heavy or heavier than it could be
-Exposed wiring
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Old March 27th, 2011, 09:48   #4
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i prefer working on rear wire myself. i find front to be slightly finicky to work. mainly if you try to use heavy awg or silicon insulated wiring.

the delicate ribbon cable of an ASCU is also more at risk in a front setup.

most important of all is m4 m16 takedown, as mentioned above, is easy with rear wiring.

that said, front wiring is very flexible regarding stock and battery placement. i have lipos that are two ounces. if you dont like a front heavy gun you can put one of these up front and preserve balance.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:20   #5
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Rear, battery can be anything you want.

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Old March 27th, 2011, 14:33   #7
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Let me know your thoughts on wiring. Front or rear? what are the pros and cons of both. show off your battery and wiring setup.
What kind of gun? I really like what Five Fingers did and wired the battery through the bolt catch into a ready mag system.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 15:40   #8
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I prefer the rear wiring option, I had a PEQ on the front and used bullet connectors on some Deans 16 gauge wire which made it quite easy to disassemble, but there's nothing like rear wiring if you want to do regular maintenance on the internals; switch uppers; or even just take it apart for the hell of it.

Front wiring limits what you can have for handguards specifically the free float variety, unless you want to go with a battery box of some sort which adds a bit more to the weight and some extra bulk on the front.

After moving to a LiPo in the buffer tube I have reduced the weight of my AEG by 380 grams and the weight is now distributed more evenly. I do lose out a bit on the capacity front as my LiPo's are only 1000mAh although that is plenty if you have a MOSFET and practice trigger control. As well I always bring at least two fully charged batteries, which no matter where you put the battery you should do the same.

Rear wiring into a buffer tube still gives you plenty of options for stocks, if you want to wire the battery into the stock there are not as many options but a few styles are available.

Regardless of what you choose use good quality materials and it will kick ass!
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Old March 27th, 2011, 16:11   #9
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What kind of gun? I really like what Five Fingers did and wired the battery through the bolt catch into a ready mag system.
I have multiple M4's. They are all rear wired but would love to have some variety in stock selection.

I have never seen the ready mag solution. That sounds interesting.

I also like the lipo solution in buffer tube but not sure about lipo yet. Heard slot of crazy stories on lipo and worried that it will wear the internals quicker.
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i am working on a lipo in a vertcal foregrip. should be ready soon.
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I have multiple M4's. They are all rear wired but would love to have some variety in stock selection.

I have never seen the ready mag solution. That sounds interesting.

I also like the lipo solution in buffer tube but not sure about lipo yet. Heard slot of crazy stories on lipo and worried that it will wear the internals quicker.
It obviously works best on AR's where there is a bolt catch (durr)and costs a few bucks as you need a ready mag system and a spare mag. You front wire the gun and remove the bolt catch. Run the wires through the small whole where the bolt catch was into a hollowed out magazine with a battery in it. With that system you can easily remove from and rear assemblies and the weight from the battery is it the middle of the gun. And changing batteries is as easly as changing mags.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 19:00   #12
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In regards to weight, my previous Magpul PTS Buffer was roughly 320g, the MadBull ACE Buffer is 130g, with the battery and MOSFET it is roughly 220g which is still lighter than the Magpul Buffer alone.
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I also like the lipo solution in buffer tube but not sure about lipo yet. Heard slot of crazy stories on lipo and worried that it will wear the internals quicker.
Stock internals maybe, I've been running my 249 off an 11.1v lipo at 1500rpm for a year, hasn't caused any problems.
Anyway you can also get a 7.4v LiPo which will give you the same ROF as a 9.6v mini NiMH

Don't be suckered in by rumors of LiPo being totally unsafe, there are hundreds of airsoft LiPo users in Canada, please read this thread for more info on LiPos;
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Stock internals maybe, I've been running my 249 off an 11.1v lipo at 1500rpm for a year, hasn't caused any problems.
Anyway you can also get a 7.4v LiPo which will give you the same ROF as a 9.6v mini NiMH

Don't be suckered in by rumors of LiPo being totally unsafe, there are hundreds of airsoft LiPo users in Canada, please read this thread for more info on LiPos;
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Old March 27th, 2011, 20:15   #15
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i recommend everyone using nimh or nicad to switch to lipo. if your iq tests below 85 then maybe stick with nimh or nicad. otherwise just keep the voltages in range and balance charge and you are good to go with more power AND less weight.
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