Everything You Need to Know About the Dye Rotor R2 w/ Devon Stutz
Hey, what's going on? Devon here from Dye Precision. I'm out at Detroit for Lone Wolf Paintball and we're gonna go over to the Dye R2 Rotor.
[Interviewer] What are you gonna tell us about it?
So I'm gonna go over it. If you were to get this product out of the box, kind of what you'd wanna do, make sure you install some batteries, go over a couple of the features, we're gonna talk about some maintenance or some things you can keep an eye on. So you'll wanna experience, or you'll have less chance of having any issues while you're out there playing. Right now, I have this actually hopper expanded. So with the R2, you do get a high capacity hopper. You get two different capacity features. With the lid expanded like it is now, you can fit 260 paint balls. So you hold more paint in that hopper. On the back of the hopper, there's a little lever here. You can slip to the left to change the height or to the right to take the shell off. So if you go to the left, you can drop it down and you'll reduce the profile. Now you're gonna hold 200 paint balls. So if you're a person that likes to play in the back of the field, you can start with your hopper higher. More paint as you go on, you're refilling from pods and the pods are only gonna have so much. You could change this on the fly while you're playing or you could leave it up for the whole game. It doesn't change the hopper profile too much. If you do play with it up, it does increase it slightly but it's not a huge difference. But if you are concerned about it, let's say you're going from the back center and you're gonna go dive in the snake, it's something you could change quickly. The other thing is with the R2 compared to like the LTR or the Rotar, you've got a wider mouth with the lid itself. So just makes it easier if you're trying to dump your paint in there, you're not gonna have a chance of missing. To take the lid off, on the inside you've got a little tab in here. Let's try and go backwards, oops, horrible doing it backwards there. So you push this tab down and what it does is it retracts the pins on the right and left side. So as you do that then the lid will come off. It's the same thing for the quick feed, to that you have to install it. You're gonna just wanna make sure you angle these pins. Can't do this one backwards. So angle the pins there, the bottom of the spring will go down into there's a little smaller recess that's cut in for the bottom of the spring here just to make sure your spring tension.
[Interviewer] And for that feature alone it's worth considering getting the R2 over the LTR?
Yeah and then pretty easy to go in and gently you can hold on to it and make sure it's locked in place. You've got the power button on the top here, turns it on and off. This bottom button here is for the audio settings. So one thing is, as you start going through after 100 paint balls, you'll hear a beep. Which is kind of the signal as you know like how much paint you've gone through. You can push that button to reset it, so can just go or you can just let it go idle and then it won't go again. Just a feature for some people if they needed a reminder takes time to reload. A lot of players will over time figure it out by the field but sometimes, having that little reminder of the hopper being out of paint or being empty and hearing that beeping at you as a reminder other than no paint coming out of the gun. To take this bottom tray off, because you do have the tray inside here to make the hopper expand, you've got a little bit of extra to take it apart compared to the LTR. So you've got two red tabs on the right left side and these slide back and then on the back of the spring ramp. So you have a spring ramp, all of the R2s and LTRs come to the spring up. So if you get low on paint, paint will start to feed into the center of the arm or the Rotar so you don't have to worry about it not feeding. There's two other red tabs. So you've got these two red tabs here pushed back, and then on the back here there is these little red lever. You kind of push up and then there is these black buttons you can push in. You're pushing these two here. So this is the lever piece that you wanna lift up and then push those in and then pull up, this will come out. There's your spring ramp and your kind of tray inside. Rotar assembly, you've got a couple of different pieces here, just similar with like the LTR, making sure these gears are clean there's no debris in there, we'll make sure that you have less of a chance of any issues. Especially people that like to play use a quick feed along with the paint that you're putting into the lead, you're also dependent if you're playing on grass or dirt or sand other items will get through this lid. Getting sand or dirt inside these gears can cause problems so keeping those clean is pretty important. You've got your gearbox here. It's kind of the hopper broken down. The gearbox does take three AA batteries. I would definitely suggest just using some regular batteries, I don't recommend using rechargeables. It can be done but it's not something that I would recommend doing. With the LTR and the R2, you've got the light that pops through while you're playing. And also the R2 who has a sound. If you want to turn the sound off or turn that light off, so you don't see a light or people playing don't see a light, you got to dip switches on the circuit board. Right now both are on. If I was to turn both of these down, it's gonna turn the sound off and that light off. So when you turn it on, you won't actually see a light. If you wanna have one on or one off, you can adjust it so that way you're only seeing the light or you're only hearing the sound. Just a preference for people that might wanna play if they're using any like CQB style environments or they're playing at night, they don't want something bright. And it's a blue light that illuminates. Other than that, there's really not a whole lot of other things you need to worry about. There is a tension screw here where you can adjust to make the hopper feed harder or softer depending on the scene, but more times than not that's not something you're gonna have to adjust or play with. Leaving it flush is where you wanna be. But yeah, that's kind of the R2 broken down in different parts.
[Interviewer] Have you found having to adjust that over time? Like say you've had the R2 for a few years that it needs a little tension added back in?
No, I wouldn't say that. I would say the other thing you wanna look at is if you're trying to get something that's really fragile paints. Because with the way the Rotar works especially with the R2, the R2 as you start to shoot and it starts to go, the motor will turn on and it'll turn on a reduced percentage just to get things going. As it notices that you're shooting at a higher rate of fire, the motor speeds up and goes faster. The Rotar is gonna try to put paint in your gun as fast as possible. If you're having a paint that's really fragile at sometimes when we get some of the toner paints if it's really cold outside, the paint gets more egg-shellier or more brittle chance of breaking. So you can reduce the tension if it's getting too hard. That would be the only time I'd really say you really need to look at that is if you're breaking paint and just because the paint is too fragile and it's too cold for that day.
[Interviewer] Similar to the LTR, all the electronics are just in that gearbox?
Correct, yeah. So all your electronics are here. You've got your circuit board inside, you've got the motor on the left side. This is definitely parts that could get wet. I wouldn't suggest going swimming with it, but if it gets wet it's not the end of the day as well. And then same thing where you've got robust materials for everything. So it's not something that's gonna fall apart or break on you.
[Interviewer] Just cause people are gonna ask, we touched on it in the last video, but are the components from the LTR are not compatible with the R2-
Yeah, components from the LTR are not. There's a couple of pieces that you can share. Like you can change some of these out. These pieces can go backwards into the LTR or into an R2. But other than those parts here, all the other parts are independent. And then kind of like what the LTR, when you do put the gearbox back in, make sure you have the shark fin. If you do jam, make sure this is forward. Start with the button in first and then you can also double check that when you pull the shark fin the gears go back. So if you do happen to experience a jam while you're playing, you can pull that sharp fin and it'll put everything back into place. Get everything back together there, and your Rotar assembly components. Making sure everything's clean, and also the kind of the fail safe just pulling the shark fin just to make sure everything's lined up. So the tray goes in first, everything clicks in together, you have got your locking tabs there. And that way you're not gonna lose this tray. Put the nose in there first. Now, because you do have the tray, you just gotta make sure that you line up from the nose, the right and the left side, and then you push this to the left I'm sorry to the right. So that way it's gonna go down to the key slots for the hopper to close. So if you go to the right, it splits the top off. And then if you go to the left side, it raises the lid and this locks in place so that way it's not gonna go down while you're playing.
[Interviewer] Awesome. So of course guys, if you want any of these Dye products, the R2, the LTR, the M3, the DSR, the toolkits, you know where to get them LoneWolfPaintball.com. And of course follow us and Dye. You guys got social platforms, right? You're on Facebook and Instagram and all those places-
Yeah and all those...
[Interviewer] He was telling me they got tech videos now coming out on a regular, so go check those out, make sure you've followed them and if you've got any questions leave them in the comments and if we can't answer them, we'll send them along to Devon and make sure he gets us the response we're looking for.
Sounds like a plan.
[Interviewer] Awesome, thanks guys.