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Title: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Kitemac on August 22, 2009, 04:48 PM
Finally received my HQ Shadow based on recommendations by the forum.  This past week when the Quantum kept stalling the Shadow was very mobile and took to the light winds nicely.  My problem is the rubber tips on the standoffs keep getting stuck in the rubber fittings on the lower spreaders.  I initially thought the two inner ones did not have them while the outer ones did have the tips.  Now there is only one of the four with the tip.  The remaining three are in the spreader fittings.

Should I glue the standoff fittings in place or put some sort of lubricant in the fittings on the lower spreader?  If glue is the answer any type?

Thanks,

Tom


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: randyg on August 22, 2009, 05:19 PM
Glue them with CA glue (super glue).


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: DWayne on August 22, 2009, 05:20 PM
Use CA to glue the end caps to the stand offs. A gap filling CA will last longer.  ;)

Denny


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Beachbum on August 22, 2009, 05:47 PM
A little sanding (roughen up) goes a long way also.


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: thief on August 22, 2009, 06:43 PM
squeeze the rubber cap  flat in your fingers and put a drop of glue (your choice of the fine recommendations above) on the opening....
when you release your fingers the cap will draw the glue into it.....
then slide it onto the end of the standoff.....
good to go and bobs your uncle....


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: tpatter on August 22, 2009, 07:01 PM
Tom,

Both of my Shadows has the same issue - I just put a dab of zap-a-gap on the head of the standoff and then slid the end onto it.  It will not come off after that.

-Tom


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Kitemac on September 02, 2009, 01:37 PM
Took the Shadow out today and the glued caps stayed in place.  Thanks for the info.


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Michel on September 02, 2009, 03:47 PM
My problem is the rubber tips on the standoffs keep getting stuck in the rubber fittings on the lower spreaders.  I initially thought the two inner ones did not have them while the outer ones did have the tips.  Now there is only one of the four with the tip.  The remaining three are in the spreader fittings.
So if you break a standoff, you have only to replace the rod and you can use again the vinyl endcap.  ;)


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Moe on September 02, 2009, 07:17 PM
My suggestion: put the caps on the standoffs, *then* glue them on with a drop of CA.  The glue will flow around the base of the cap, holding it securely in place, without gluing the entire thing on.

So if you break a standoff, you can re-use the end cap by running an X-acto just above the glue an popping it off.  (having done this a couple of times myself...)


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: RobB on September 03, 2009, 04:23 AM
My Shadow has the same problem with the caps, but I never did anything about it. The caps are still in the spreader fittings. I guess they might provide some protection to the sail when the kite is wrapped up in the sleeve ? I have other kites that were specifically made without caps on the standoffs (Nebulas), so I never thought it was that big of a deal.
Also, is breaking a standoff that common of a thing ? I am an expert kite breaker and I can't think that I've ever broken a standoff... lost them, yes.... broke them, no.

~Rob.


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: iwannafly on September 03, 2009, 05:31 AM
Its funny I should read this thread this morning. :D

The exact same thing happened to my Quantum yesterday. :(

Thanks for the advice. I was wondering what the best way to fix it was.


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Michel on September 03, 2009, 06:11 AM
Also, is breaking a standoff that common of a thing ?
Sometimes with Yoyos by middle/strong winds...  ::)


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: DWayne on September 03, 2009, 07:52 AM
Reading this thread could lead one to the erroneous conclusion that 3mm vinyl end caps cost more than a few cents a piece.  :D


Denny


Title: Re: Rubber Tips on Standoffs Fall Off
Post by: Dolphinboy on September 04, 2009, 10:49 PM
I say glue the end caps on well. They have a tenancy to become unglued and if you mess around trying to glue them lightly you'll only hasten the process. I've never wanted to use them again unless I'm putting them back on the same stand off they became unglued from. You can use tape or heat shrink tubing for stand off caps. This works well for for Jaco type stand off connectors.