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Title: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: JimB on October 18, 2009, 04:44 PM
And what about these things?

They look good.

Anyone using them?

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Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: cje0114 on October 18, 2009, 04:50 PM
Those look pretty interesting....I might have to try some one day after I burn through the boat load of r sky stoppers that I have left over from back way when...


Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: KaoS on October 18, 2009, 09:22 PM
This style of yoyo stopper is on my Widowmaker.  Jon T made it as a special for the AKA convention in 2007.  They work great.


Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: JimB on October 18, 2009, 09:24 PM
Hmm.. now if we can just source some at a reasonable price.


Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: fidelio on October 18, 2009, 11:06 PM
i agree those look very interesting. they don't look like they'd get sheared off should you do a nice tim benson style tip drag.

would appear to be easy to replace even if it did.

Jon T, is it true? if so could you send a few samples to las vegas for testing? :) if there's one thing we're good at out here, it's finding weak spots. (just kidding ... mostly) :P


Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: JayDee on November 04, 2009, 10:02 PM
I have been flying something like this on almost all my kites.  Originally Cecil's idea, I went out and browsed home improvement stores for circular gaskets that can be used as yoyo stoppers.  The ones I found are from a faucet repair kit available at OSH for one or two bucks a pair.  If anyone is interested, I can post the item number when I am back home later this week.

Obviously, the larger side would go towards the nose of the kite.  The inner diameter fits perfectly with SkyShark P series rods, 3PT and Dynamic T15.  Has to be enlarged for 5PT and possibly T18.  Not a big issue with a drill press.  Use a sharp knife to cut the gasket open on one side.  On some kites, like the Zephyr shown in the pic, the smaller side needs to be flattened if you want to use the existing holes in the sail.  The sharper the knife, the lower the risk of injury.  I am speaking from experience here  :-X

These yoyo stoppers catch the lines at least as well as many of the stock stoppers.  They are not quite as good as fully outstretched Silver Fox stoppers.  But then, most of those large stoppers get twisted away after short flight and fall off all the time.  And the round stoppers definitely catch the lines _a lot_ better than a missing stopper or one that points to the belly of the kite.  I have not lost a single one in many leading edge launches or other risky maneuvers.  My first mod on virtually every new kite.

Cheers,

JayDee

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Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: portley777 on November 05, 2009, 02:20 AM
   I have the first gen yo yo stoppers with the weird cable tie in the middle (on my CDC). I think the ones pictured are an improvement and look prettier- however, the old ones still do the job. I'd love to have rollbars instead though ;)

Cheers,
Mike


Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: DWayne on November 05, 2009, 04:59 AM
   I have the first gen yo yo stoppers with the weird cable tie in the middle (on my CDC). I think the ones pictured are an improvement and look prettier- however, the old ones still do the job. I'd love to have rollbars instead though ;)

Cheers,
Mike

I think those old ones were just a piece of split water hose held on with a cable tie. Cheap & easy to copy, if you've a mind to.

Denny


Title: Re: Kitehouse YoYo Stoppers
Post by: RobB on November 05, 2009, 06:44 AM
I have been flying something like this on almost all my kites.  Originally Cecil's idea, I went out and browsed home improvement stores for circular gaskets that can be used as yoyo stoppers.  The ones I found are from a faucet repair kit available at OSH for one or two bucks a pair.  If anyone is interested, I can post the item number when I am back home later this week.

Obviously, the larger side would go towards the nose of the kite.  The inner diameter fits perfectly with SkyShark P series rods, 3PT and Dynamic T15.  Has to be enlarged for 5PT and possibly T18.  Not a big issue with a drill press.  Use a sharp knife to cut the gasket open on one side.  On some kites, like the Zephyr shown in the pic, the smaller side needs to be flattened if you want to use the existing holes in the sail.  The sharper the knife, the lower the risk of injury.  I am speaking from experience here  :-X

These yoyo stoppers catch the lines at least as well as many of the stock stoppers.  They are not quite as good as fully outstretched Silver Fox stoppers.  But then, most of those large stoppers get twisted away after short flight and fall off all the time.  And the round stoppers definitely catch the lines _a lot_ better than a missing stopper or one that points to the belly of the kite.  I have not lost a single one in many leading edge launches or other risky maneuvers.  My first mod on virtually every new kite.

Cheers,

JayDee

Hey JD...
That looks like a great idea... thanks for that. I'll pick some of those up next time I'm at the builder's supply, and give it a try.
~Rob.