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String length question for 1.5 SLE SUL


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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:44 PM

I have a rev SLE 1.5 SUL.  I have four identical line lengths and it just goes straight up and back down leading edge first.  I shortened the line lengths six inches on the bottom and now the kite flys very good.  My question is why aren't the lines operating properly at 4 identical lengths?  The only reason I can come up with is that because maybe the SUL handles are longer on the bottom?  My first rev but definately not my first 4 line.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:51 PM

Most Rev kites fly better with the top lines lengthened, or bottom lines shortened... This increases the reverse control.

The most popular line length for a 1.5 (SUL or otherwise) seems to be 75'... Myself, I like 100'-125' for the additional space it gives me in the sky.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:55 PM

Wow thanks for the quick reply.  Im just making sure I am not going insane for not getting the proper response by following the instructions  :o

Even with an SUL in 3-5mph wind do you still recommend 75'+?   I am currently flying with 50' #90

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:59 PM

50' is fine too... It all comes down to personal taste.

Shorter lines are quicker, more responsive.

Longer lines feel a bit slower, and give you more room to fly.

You might also try 50# lines on your SUL... I really like the light lines on my SUL Revs. ;)

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:02 PM

Thanks!  :D

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:03 PM

Well why i got your attention.  Where can I get regular spars for this kite to fly it in higher winds?  Is the sail still the same?

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:05 PM

The leading edge material on the SUL should be a heavy ripstop... While the standard 1.5 is a tougher, dacron leading edge material.

The ripstop can stretch a little bit more when flown in high winds, but yes, it can be flown.

As for extra spars/framing... I would try ordering through one of your local shops... Where do you live?

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:07 PM

I live in Virginia. I think the closest place is Hang-em High.  I usually order everything because I don't live near a kite store.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:21 PM

Well, if it comes to mail order... I'd price out some of the vendors listed in the retailers section of this site, or any of the retail advertisers on www.Kitelife.com - I know all of them personally, and at least one of them will have what you need.  :wink:

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 07:51 AM

Originally I always flew with "factory" lines , until I flew with more experienced fliers and they will almost always 'help you out' by knotting the lower lines an inch or two for a better feel. This seems to work fine and you develop a feel for the brakes. I also was taught to vary the length of my lines for a different feel to my kites (shorter is quicker) and have built line sets of 100',80',50' & 30'. I intend on making lines sets of 125' and 150' to complete my collection. Just experiment to find what works 'cause its all about how your kite feels to you.   Steven T.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 05:46 PM

line length depends on the kite and winds strong wind kites would need longer lines 75 to 100 feet light to zero wind would need shorter lines 30 to 50 feet i have all 4 lengths and a set of 20 footers for my indoor
GOD PUT ME HERE. TO ENJOY THE WINDS




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