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« on: July 13, 2014, 08:29 PM »

How important is the position of the standoffs on the lower spreader?  I know the position on the sail affects the shape and flying characteristics of the kite, but what about the spreader side? 

I discovered that one of the standoff fittings on the spreader has moved on one of my kites (left and right sides don't match).  Is it important to find out what the original specs are?  Or can I just make a guess and move one of them so the two sides match? 


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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 12:14 AM »

I try to line mine up so the standoffs are at right angle to the lower spreader.

Are both the same size and length? There are some kites that the inner and outer are not only different length but different materials (for flex and load).

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 12:37 AM »

The position of the standoffs can make a big difference to the way a kite flies but as Rob says, if you set them at right angles to the lower spreader it will usually be right.  One tip - ( and I've said this before) - but when you get a new kite, before you fly it, set it up and measure everything - length of spars, position of all standoffs and fittings, bridle - make a few diagrams and take a few photos and then put them in a folder so when you need to fix something in the future you have all the standard set up down on paper.

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 04:43 AM »

I just set my spreaders perpendicular to the lower spreader. Two dualies I own specify that in the instructions.

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2014, 08:34 PM »

Thanks guys.  Sounds like my guess as to which one had moved was correct.  One of the standoffs looked like it would push the spreader out if there was enough pressure (which just looked wrong to me, if anything they should push the spreader in toward the center T right?).  The other 3 looked perpendicular.  Seems like the "one" is the wrong one. 

SparkieRob, not sure if the standoffs are the same size and length...I put the kite away already.  All the standoffs came attached to the sail though, so they are probably arranged correctly if they are not the same size/length. 

Great tip Hadge.  Unfortunately this was the first time I set up the new-to-me (but not new) kite, so it wouldn't have helped in this case.  But, I'm thinking it's not too late to go measure all my kites now, for future reference. 

Captainbob, thanks for the info from the instruction sheets.  Most of my dualies so far have been acquired second hand, so no instructions.  In fact, I had to Google how to do the wingtip lashings on one of them.  The one instruction sheet I do have doesn't say anything about standoff position. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2014, 04:00 PM »

It is already mentioned that standoffs should be perpendicular to lower spreader for best performance; but as stated at Prism Freestyle DVD, if you have 2 standoffs per wing (this means 4 standoffs total) you can slide outer standoffs towards the spine (by sliding standoff fittings on the lower spreader) an inch for light wind flying.

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