The barricade flywheels are not spaced for elite darts. So batteries wont change much. However, you can cut some paper strips and wrap them around the flywheels, and that kinda fixes the problem. When I modded the barricade I used textured paper and then super glued the ends.
Better to borrow the flywheel cage from a Stockade and transplant the Barricade's wheels and motors (if you must retain stock parts). But I really think there is no point of doing that work unless you achieve really mind-blowing performance. So LiPo it up, and use aftermarket everything! Wire, flywheels, motors, switches, even the cage itself...
@Cerrwiden: I'm guessing that you're not seeing a tremendous increase in range or power because the FPS of the Retaliator, and the FPS of the Barricade are probably not that different. Somewhere around 70 FPS. If you were to look at the firing cycle in slo-motion, you'd probably see the dart experience the majority of its acceleration after being fired out of the Retaliator. The fully accelerated dart would then hit the Barricade flywheels turning at approximately the same speed, maybe a tad bit faster. Net result, not much, if anything.
To Hogan's point, the Barricade is a poor starting point. As Mojo said, you'd want to start with a Stockade, Demolisher, or Stryfe flywheel cage, then put RM2s, Meishels, Honey Badgers, or Rhinos, and a corresponding 2S/3S pack on it. That would increase the muzzle velocity from 70 FPS to around 120 FPS, which you would definitely notice.
But kudos for implementation. You are definitely on the right track !
That's totally true. I would use something better but Barricades are all I have for spare flywheelers. That's why I'm getting better batteries to try out. I think if I ever got a new stryfe or something I would use it for this. It was really a proof of concept to see if it would be practical.