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#21 DB Cooper

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:30 PM

Sailor99 -

What lines to you guys in the UK use? Is your island big enough for 120' lines? ;)

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:04 PM

Sailor -

Is that what you mean by trolls? :sign_welcome:

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:12 PM

Don't make me get out the SLE again, antman'll get excited.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:35 PM

This is sorta on topic. Getting the second le in is easy enuff but does anyone have an easy way to get it out. :bag:

maybe I'm just missing the obvious.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:56 PM

This is sorta on topic. Getting the second le in is easy enuff but does anyone have an easy way to get it out. :bag:

maybe I'm just missing the obvious.


Someplace on the Kitelife website is an article on removing the leading edge from the sail. I can never remember where the good stuff is when I need it, so I tend to copy it over to my computer. I know this only discusses the removal of a single leading edge, but the idea can be applied to a dual leading edge. He is what I copied:

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If you have owned a Rev for any length of time and make a habit of changing frames on them regularly, one thing you will notice is that this can be tough on the venting that goes along the leading edge. Sooner or later, this will simply wear out and separate from the Dacron. But! I have a solution for this! John Barresi came upon a better way to remove a leading edge and Iím 100% convinced that if you do this all time, youíll never see the breakdown in the screening. Itís a pretty simple idea and we are both surprised it hasnít occurred to anybody before, so hereís the secret:

  • Assemble the leading edge within the kite, leaving the end caps off.
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  • Which hand you use for this is a matter of personal preference, but, grab the end of the leading edge with one hand, and the Dacron on the leading edge with the other hand to act as a balance.
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  • With the hand thatís holding the leading edge, put pressure downwards (towards the points) on the rods, creating a mild bow against your other hand.
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  • Slowly slide the entire leading edge out in one piece.
Voila. No bending, no scrunch-scrunch-scrunch, no trying to work the middle piece out and in the long run? No damage to your leading edge screening. Try it out, youíll be pleased!

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:23 PM

What lines to you guys in the UK use? Is your island big enough for 120' lines? ;)

Yes but if we have friends over to stay the field gets a bit crowded.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:07 PM

Those megaflys are crazy. Thanks for the video. That is a lot of other people to trust. I can just imagine one kite losing control and you would have days of unwinding lines.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:01 PM

Those megaflys are crazy. Thanks for the video. That is a lot of other people to trust. I can just imagine one kite losing control and you would have days of unwinding lines.


You missed the supposed comment by someone about attempting to take the whole lot out... <grins>

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 01:32 PM

Watty - Do the end caps stick far enough out on the main LE rod to protect the other LE, or do you add extra caps so their are no exposed ends? Also, do you put the caps on the top or bottom LE?


I never used to bother much about what was happening at the spar ends with a doubled spar set....I do now, I have split 2 rod ends.
The one pictured is a three wrap I have also had exactly the same thing happen with a 4 wrap, no complaints, my fault, diamond landings at speed, they do need looking after and checking before use, both times could have been a failure next time out if plugged onto a ferrule.
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#30 Kitelife

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 06:17 PM

A vinyl cap should suffice for protecting the tips...

We don't have problems with cracking or chipping on the team, but our landings and impacts are pretty controlled.

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