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#1 MrDenny

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 04:26 AM

Just received a new Rev 1.5 SLE Leading Edge Outer to replace the one I closed in the trunk of the car. It is the correct part. Same decals same everything except it is about and 1.5 inches longer than the good one on the kite. I checked the pieces of the broken one which of course equal to the one on the kite. What would be the best way to trim down this new edge?

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 04:33 AM

I just measured and it is 1/2 inch longer.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 04:53 AM

wrap the end where you want to cut it with electrical tape (vinyl), then use a cutting wheel and a dremmel tool to carefully saw it. rotate the tub and go slow so it doesn't splinter. The dust is awful stuff so don't inhale that crap!

measure twice & cut once (or order spares, 'cause your gonna' need 'em!)

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 05:26 AM

wrap the end where you want to cut it with electrical tape (vinyl), then use a cutting wheel and a dremmel tool to carefully saw it. rotate the tub and go slow so it doesn't splinter. The dust is awful stuff so don't inhale that crap!

measure twice & cut once (or order spares, 'cause your gonna' need 'em!)



Ok, I would hate for a brand new edge it to splinter$$ :angry: . I don't understand why the darn thing is too long. I would think this is a very standard part.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 07:49 AM

Ok REVflyer as you instructed.
Done and Done,,,,, Thanks for the help.
Off to fly for a few on the way to work. B)

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 12:37 PM

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 11:40 AM

well i never had to cut a rev rod thats a first to hear its to long :unsure:
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 01:01 PM

well i never had to cut a rev rod thats a first to hear its to long :unsure:

The REV 1.5 SLE rods have varied in length over the years since they came out in 1998. For what reason and when it happened, I have no idea.
I have seen them go from 31 to a little bit over 32 inches.
I never bothered to cut them. I used them as is.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 01:20 PM

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Itís good to know I didnít just get a defective spar. Well it is done and it worked out great. I cannot imagine it not having an effect on the flying performance having one side a full half inch longer than the other. I just figured that a half-inch on one line makes quite a difference so surly it would make a difference to have both a length and weight effect on the leading edge of the kite. The main thing is it would have weighed heavy on my mind every time it went up. However, debate is futile it is cut and works great. My mind is at ease; all is well. Thanks all.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 06:18 PM

I'd be calling the place you bought the parts from. They should make it good and send you the right parts.
You paid for the right parts, not parts that need to be trimmed.
Kite shops have the right equipment to make these cuts. :huh:

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 06:26 PM

The SLE spars are also used the in Speed Series... I have to wonder if your set was somehow swapped with other spars in the shop or at the factory?

I know how those rods are made, and it's not likely they were "cut" wrong.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 09:44 PM

I know that it is done and worked fine.

However.

I wonder if it would have had much effect. After all the bungee should have centralised it. I suppose you would have had a minimal effect from the ferrules on the center spar being a quarter inch out?

Once aain I know it is done. just wonder is all.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:18 AM

I know that it is done and worked fine.

However.

I wonder if it would have had much effect. After all the bungee should have centralised it. I suppose you would have had a minimal effect from the ferrules on the center spar being a quarter inch out?

Once aain I know it is done. just wonder is all.

I hadn't thought of that :rolleyes: . It would center up, but the thicker center piece would not be centered. That would be extremely miner. But like I said, now "My mind is at ease" which will make it fly much better :D .

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 09:08 AM

The REV 1.5 SLE rods have varied in length over the years since they came out in 1998. For what reason and when it happened, I have no idea.
I have seen them go from 31 to a little bit over 32 inches.
I never bothered to cut them. I used them as is.


Correct this to 30.125 to 31 inches.

I mark all my rods to sets when I receive them with a REV or as a set.
Two SLE rods sets I have with me are: (excluding a REV I set)
Ultra Light (3 wrap)
- 30.125" for both outers
- 30.25" for the center w/o ferrule
Equipped (4 wrap)
- 30.625" outer
- 31.00" outer
- 30.25 center
The Equipped were with a REV 1.5M vented in 2005 or REV 1.5 vented in 1998. I suspect the newer as they show almost no wear.
The UltraLight probably came with a REV 1.5 from around 1998 as they show a bit of wear.

Interesting enough, all of my 1/4" REV 1.5 rods are within 0.125" of each other in length.

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