Everything You Need to Know About the Dye LT-R w/ Devon Stutz
Hey, what's going on? Devon Stutz here from Dye Precision. I'm here at Lone Wolf Paintball. I'm gonna go over the Dye LT-R.
[Interviewer] Oh, what are you gonna teach us?
So I'm gonna go a basic break down. You know, kinda show you how to take the thing apart, what to look for. One of the nice things with the LT-R is it's a simple product, easy to use. One thing you'll see is-there's really not a whole lot to do or pressing outside. You got one button here. It turns it on, turns it off. That's the only button you're gonna really have to ever press. The shark fin here on the outside, if you do ever have or a ball, funky ball gets in the hopper and jams, you can pull this back. And it retracts the rotor inside and you know, will help to unjam anything If it does jam. When you first start, you get your LT-R out of the box, if you want to put your batteries inside, you lift your lid up, you've got this locking tab here on the back. Lift this up. It allows you to push this button in and the whole top end just pops off. You got your lid, your whole top carrier, whole top shell assembly. Inside to get your center rotor arm, the whole rotor assembly which kind of helps to shove paint balls into your gun as fast as possible. It's gonna be able so that way any gun can keep up at a high consistent rate of fire. Your spring wrap here, so this would help when you get low on paint, the spring wrap increases the spring underneath there, pushes the paint back into the rotors so you don't miss a beat. Unless you just forgot to reload. The front tab here, if you push this down, it lifts this whole end up. this whole thing comes off. You got two red tabs, push this in and from there, you've got your whole assembly for the whole-kind of rotor assembly. This is what it used to-just shove paint in your gun as quick as possible. And then you got your gearbox and the bottom rotor. So there's not a whole lot to it. Three AA batteries. It goes inside here. You do have on the back of the gearbox, there is this larger-it's a quarter inch allen key. This allen key can adjust the tension. If you do want to increase or decrease the tension from the hopper, you really don't have to mess with this out of the box where it's at, it's a good setting. There are all these people that like to tinker with stuff, but we really don't need to touch that. The biggest thing that I would say to keep an eye on long-term, especially if you're playing with a quick feed, because if you're playing with quick feed and you're filling your pod. Paint gets in there as well as any kind of dirt or any little stuff, pieces of grass, anything they've worked their way and you know, over time, you might start to see little pieces of rock or sand, depending on where you're playing get into the gears. That would be the biggest thing that I would say to make sure of if you've had an LT-R or even a rotor for a long period of time is keeping the gears clean. We'll make sure that you're not gonna have issues with this at all. That's the one thing that, you know, I see if-you know, especially if people are at events like hand having troubles, my hopper is just not feeding as good. You know, it hits a spot or it bumps over it and you know, you'd open it up and there's a little piece of sand or a little piece of rock that has gotten into one of these gears. So, you know what, you can use a small little toothbrush, you know, cleaned off. Just make sure everything's clean and ready to go. Put everything back together, make sure that you have this shark fin forward. Start with the back end of the gearbox, going down towards the push button.
[Interviewer] So before you get too far with that, the only electronic parts are that gearbox, correct?
Correct, all the electronics in here, you've got a circuit board and a motor inside along with a couple different gears and your battery pack.
[Interviewer] So if I take that out, essentially I could stick the rest of it in a wash tub or in my sink to clean up?
Yeah, you're gonna wash it up. You know, I've definitely been at events where people have taken the gearbox out and thrown everything else into a dishwasher, you know, turn the dishwasher on a cycle and clean everything off. That way you can dunk it into a bucket of water. You can go out and clean it off, hose it off.
[Interviewer] Okay. I just want to make sure that, that was for sure the only part that's electronic and can't be submerged or get wet in general.
Yeah, I mean it-I mean in saying that, this is also something that if it get wet, it would be end of the day being that it's a hopper, we've kind of wanted to make sure that it could withstand it. There's an interesting video that Dye put out when the original rotor was released on a durability test and Billy Wing actually taking the gearbox and submitting this in just a water or dropping the bottom shell in water and the hopper still works. It's not something that you really should be doing, but it's something just to prove that if you're playing out in the rain, you're not gonna have any problems with it.
[Interviewer] Yeah, don't sink the gearbox and then do a warranty claim because it won't get covered guys. So you said it shark fin had to go forward towards the neck.
[Devon] Yeah, so the shark fin forward. Sorry you lock this in place, it goes back out. So the shark fin forward and all of these does is making sure that it's in front of this gear here. So when you pull the shark fin back, you can see that piece rotating? It actually rotates this cheesy on the outside. [Interviewer] Okay. So when we get all together. So to start you've got your-start with your red piece, with the white gears as your bottoms right there. You've got your rotor center. It's got a resist tab on it. So this does help for you know, a ball jams or balls sticking together. And your top carrier kind of goes on there. You can pull this-pull the shark fin-you can see when you pull the shark fin, it moves that red center arm backwards. Lock those red tabs in place, into this carrier. Start with the nose and down. Pop it and it locks in and you're good to go. For the top shell. There's a little key slot for the nose. Slide it down, push it back, push that in and you're ready to go. Yeah, they're in play. I mean it's a pretty simple hopper. For the price point, for where it's at, I mean there's nothing that's gonna beat it on the market.
[Interviewer] If you guys are interested in how to change the rain lid into a speed feed or a quick feed, Tony did do a video on that. So we're not gonna put Devon through the process in here. Other than cleaning and changing batteries, is there really any maintenance to do? I mean, do those gears wear out?
Does springs on the-the ramp in the back?
There's really nothing. Just the only thing, keeping it clean. The battery life on this is really well, really good. I mean you may not even have to replace batteries for a whole year. Obviously it depends on how often you're playing.
[Interviewer] And the batteries you buy. If you guys buy crappy dollar store batteries, shame on you, but--
Yeah, I mean you kinda get what you pay for with that, what source of the batteries, you know, like those bulk deal batteries are a really good deal. They don't always work too well.
[Interviewer] Oh, here's a good question for you that we get a lot. So it still using AAs, but is there a preference from Dye or in your opinion even between like good Energizer, regular AAs versus rechargeable AAs?
So I personally stay away from rechargeable batteries. I've definitely noticed they don't work as well. They're not as quick to the go. And with the battery life, you're not replacing batteries so often to where it's gonna be. Something that I think is a worthwhile adjustment, right? I think you'll see more disadvantages using rechargeable batteries and if you were to use a standard, you know, just Energizer or Duracell battery.
[Interviewer] Okay, all right. Yeah, that's the question we get all the time from people like, "Should I be using rechargeables "or regulars?" We say regulars just because they're inexpensive and most fields have them and you don't have to worry about it. But yeah.
[Interviewer] It's just curious. Yeah, I can't think of much else. I've had mine for years and I know some guys are still playing with the original rotor which this is based off from.
[Devon] Yeah, I mean it's-some of the stuff's has been gone away like you don't have the windows in here and it's a molded logos instead of having a battery of six on, but I mean, it's a very-it's something that's gonna be durable, you can throw it around and drop it, It's not going to break. You don't have to worry about replacing shells or anything else. Like it's basically just making sure you keep it clean and you have good batteries inside and you won't have any issues.
[Interviewer] Oh, there we go. There's a question. So say I have a vintage rotor, right? Before it became the LT-R. Will that tray fit in my old rotor so I can use the old shell?
Yep, everything inside here does fit into an original rotor.
[Interviewer] Okay, are they interchangeable with the R2s?
The R2 and the LT-R not interchangeable. They've got separate components. I mean, there are a couple of pieces that you could, you know, interchange to the R2. I mean--
[Interviewer] But it's not just a shell--
Yeah. Like these pieces are some of that stuff that you could do with the R2 as a completely different gearbox, different circuit board, it uses a, you know, it does use the-the motor is the same motor, but it's got some different programming in the circuit board. The gearbox, the layout is different. There are couple parts that are, you know, back and forth but for the most part, there's not a lot that interchanges.
But all of these parts would work in a vintage regular rotor if I had one that a little life back into?
[Interviewer] Awesome. If you guys got any questions about the LT-R or Dye rotor hoppers in general, leave them in the comments and we will try to get them answered or forward it to Devon to get an answer from him. And of course go follow Dye and all the social medias. Check out their website. They've always got new stuff going. Something we didn't bring up in the last, the M3 video which would have made sense. I seen you guys are doing custom on one of one M3s pluses with people if they want.
That's pretty cool.
So yeah, that's a little something different. It's a little extensive process, but yeah, I mean you basically work with Billy Wing, he's out head project engineer and coming up with a custom gun. You know, he'll work with you to the whole design process. And then something that we've been doing here for a little over a year now is we have on the Dye Facebook page, there's a tech bench where there will be daily tech videos about every-There's a couple of videos a week where Billy will work on guns that are in for repair and then, you know, if there's one of those guns, like those-those customs one-off series guns, he'll build that gun on the live Facebook video.
[Interviewer] Awesome, we might have to see if we can convince Joe to do a custom Lone Wolf one and document the entire process. It would be a cool video.
[Interviewer] All right, thank you, Devon, for coming out and doing this. We've got a couple more videos with him so stay tuned. We're gonna go through the DSR, the R2 we did an M3 one depending on what order these get released and we'll stay tuned. Follow us on the socials as well. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok all those places of course. Shop at lonewolfpaintball.com to buy all, all your Dye requirements. See ya.
Sounds good, later.