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Author Topic: Spectra Sport Trix Batten Length  (Read 1623 times)
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« on: February 12, 2018, 08:09 PM »

Anybody have a Trix, and can tell me the length of the wing battens that go on the back of the sail? I found an old post on the forum, with all the frame lengths, and it puts the battens at 16 inches, but that looks a couple of inches longer than they should be. It also puts a lot of stress on the batten pockets if you put it together that way. It would be very helpful, if someone could measure the actual ones for the kite. Thanks in advance for any info.
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 08:32 PM »

SKB has at least one Trix.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 09:07 PM »

I'll see if I can dig the Trixen out tomorrow and measure the battens.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 10:12 PM »

I'll see if I can dig the Trixen out tomorrow and measure the battens.

Awesome! Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 12:23 PM »

The battens do curve out some to provide tension to the winglets. It is a bit tricky to get the battens fully inserted into the bottom of the pockets. 

Looks like they are ~ 14.5" long.


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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 01:21 PM »

The battens do curve out some to provide tension to the winglets. It is a bit tricky to get the battens fully inserted into the bottom of the pockets. 

Looks like they are ~ 14.5" long.


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Perfect! Thank you very much for taking the time to get the measurement for me. At 16 inches they definitely didnt seem right. Way too much tension. Now I know the kite is refitted correctly, with accurate measurements. Thanks again for the info.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 04:29 PM »

If it helps, I found that the best way to insert the battens was 'backwards'.  That being put the spar into the sail, then rotate the connector on the LE up and over the end of the spar.  I found that I could hold the spar in place, ensuring I didn't pull to hard against the pocket seams in the sail itself  and the connector was a bit flexible.  I think I also cut down the connector a bit as well.

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 05:24 PM »

If it helps, I found that the best way to insert the battens was 'backwards'.  That being put the spar into the sail, then rotate the connector on the LE up and over the end of the spar.  I found that I could hold the spar in place, ensuring I didn't pull to hard against the pocket seams in the sail itself  and the connector was a bit flexible.  I think I also cut down the connector a bit as well.

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Thanks for the tip. Im all set now. Got the battens cut down to the correct length, and was able to get them in without too much difficulty. Shes completely restored and ready to fly. Now I just need a decent day to take her out.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2018, 06:09 AM »

If it helps, I found that the best way to insert the battens was 'backwards'.  That being put the spar into the sail, then rotate the connector on the LE up and over the end of the spar.  I found that I could hold the spar in place, ensuring I didn't pull to hard against the pocket seams in the sail itself  and the connector was a bit flexible.  I think I also cut down the connector a bit as well.

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Thanks for the tip. Im all set now. Got the battens cut down to the correct length, and was able to get them in without too much difficulty. Shes completely restored and ready to fly. Now I just need a decent day to take her out.

  I assume you have the end caps on either end according to Spectra the Oal length with caps is 14.3/8"
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