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« on: June 04, 2014, 02:43 PM »

hi guys
what happens when you break a top leading edge spar,does the kite need to be un sown and fit in a new spar ?
is a a big job ?
send it back to maufacture for repair ?
i hvnt broken one yet but just curious if it does happen that all!
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 03:17 PM »

I broke a lower leading edge, at the lower connector, fortunately, there was not any damage to the sail. I ordered a replacement lower leading edge and replaced the broken with the new.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 03:19 PM »

Changing out a LE spar is pretty easy.  Depending on the kite all you need to do is pull the lower leading edge apart from the upper leading edge.  Slide the upper spreader fitting and bridal line up toward the nose of the kite while working the spar down toward the fitting cutout.Once the fitting and bridal are clear you can remove the spar by pulling it up out of the fitting cut out.  Make sure you note which way everything goes back together and reverse the process to put in a new one.

If you don't already know the upper and lower LEs are joined by a ferrule.  It is a good idea to order a new ferrule when buying a new LE spar.  The ferrules are usually 4" long and will fit the i.d. of the spar and need to be glued in.

You will also notice that there is a stop on the old spar and usually cannot be removed.  The stop is to prevent the spar fitting from sliding on the spar and causing sail damage.  I use heat shrink tubing and CA glue to make a new stop.  Just put it in the same place as the original and all should be good.  The stop needs to be put on the spar before you start assembly or you can buy little plactic clips that you can put on after but they will need glued also.

IMHO,  I apply a little lube to the spar to help remove and install the LE fittings.  They can be a bugger.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 03:20 PM »

oh yeah mate,so it it just slid in do it with out pulling the kite/sail to bits ?
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 03:22 PM »

Changing out a LE spar is pretty easy.  Depending on the kite all you need to do is pull the lower leading edge apart from the upper leading edge.  Slide the upper spreader fitting and bridal line up toward the nose of the kite while working the spar down toward the fitting cutout.Once the fitting and bridal are clear you can remove the spar by pulling it up out of the fitting cut out.  Make sure you note which way everything goes back together and reverse the process to put in a new one.

If you don't already know the upper and lower LEs are joined by a ferrule.  It is a good idea to order a new ferrule when buying a new LE spar.  The ferrules are usually 4" long and will fit the i.d. of the spar and need to be glued in.

You will also notice that there is a stop on the old spar and usually cannot be removed.  The stop is to prevent the spar fitting from sliding on the spar and causing sail damage.  I use heat shrink tubing and CA glue to make a new stop.  Just put it in the same place as the original and all should be good.  The stop needs to be put on the spar before you start assembly or you can buy little plactic clips that you can put on after but they will need glued also.

IMHO,  I apply a little lube to the spar to help remove and install the LE fittings.  They can be a bugger.

hi mate,thanks for the helpful info r.e that!
much apppreciated!
cheers
glen

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 03:26 PM »

maybe this will help
http://kite-kids.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_6.html
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2014, 03:39 PM »

thanks steve! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2014, 03:40 PM »

it actually quite simple to replace, you may need to unglue the Clips holding the LE connectors. once this is slipped you can slide the upper LE down to the pocket done. to replace the reverse the sequence and slide the new spar back into the LE. glue or tape the C clip back into place and your all set.

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2014, 03:51 PM »

cool mate,ta Wink
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