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« on: October 01, 2009, 11:02 PM »

Another tip I recently discovered for you Fearless (and probably SD) owners.

If you look at Lams kites - you will see marks (little horizontal lines) on the sail near the upper LE connector, lower LE connector, and yoyo stoppers.  These are there for precise placement of the connectors and stoppers.

Align the lines with the top edge (the flat part, not the angled part) of the stoppers and you will be dead-on as the designer intended.

This is very handy during re-assembly when replacing a broken LE.  I'll post a picture when I take one.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2009, 08:04 AM »

The marks also help determining if you LE tension is correct.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2009, 10:53 AM »

The marks also help determining if you LE tension is correct.

How do you do that?

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2009, 01:56 PM »

hi guys a little veer from topic does anyone have a pic of lams backup yo-yo stoppers handy??  i could use 1 thanx for the tip tom i found them when i reframed the standard

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2009, 02:13 PM »

KO,

He told me how to make some, but I have no picture. 

Get some super skinny sparring, glue some beads into position (they slide onto the spar), and tape it to the LE with some gaffers tape.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2009, 08:50 AM »

here is a pic it is on webshots
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2009, 10:18 AM »

I got them on my SD's and my both my Fearless
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009, 06:48 PM »

OK, kite bags....I found a fishing pole case.  It is zippered, padded fabric with a couple pockets on the outside.  About 4 ft long, or so.  It will hold 3 or 4 kites easy, with accessories in the pockets.  Only a buck at the yard sale.  Unused, but dirty.  Cleaned up nicely.



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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2009, 07:49 AM »

The marks also help determining if you LE tension is correct.

How do you do that?

John

Tension the LEs so the marks on the kite matchup with the fittings. I made sure that the lower spreader was accurate. Then use a marker pen (white or silver) and mark the tensioning line at the last hole (furthest from the tip) on the inside of the kite. When you tension the LEs the next time, just tension until you see the mark on the tensioning line.
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2009, 09:05 AM »

1 Use the connectors to determine correct LE tension.
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2 Use the sail marks to determine correct connector placement.

Both of these can't be true at the same time. At least one item has to be a reference and unchangeable. Either one can be true by itself if,

1 The connectors never move
or
2 The sail material never stretches and you have a reference knot on the wingtip.

Good grief.  Sad

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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2009, 09:57 AM »

I am a little confused myself - maybe I missed something.

I never really tension the LEs - just make them reasonably tight, lash them, and forget it.  I set them up when I got the kite and never touch them after that.  It's a straight LE kite - you don't want any bow to it.

The marks don't move, but the connectors can with significant effort during repairs (or very bad crashes I suppose).
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2009, 09:56 PM »

The marks are on the sail. When the sail is not tensioned the marks on the sail do not always line up with the connectors. The marks on the sails are to show where the connectors are to be placed when the sail is under tension. If you watch the video of Lam tensioning the LE. You can see that he applies a little bit more than reasonable tension. Just a mark on the sail and placement of the connector have no meaning without sail tension.

When I recieved my Fearless, I marked the tension when the marks on the sail lined up with the connectors. If I happen to break a LE. I replace the LE. tension the sail  and glue the connector stoppers where the connector lines up with the mark on the sail. That is where Lam originally put the connector.

I always have trouble tensioning a LE when there is no indication as to how tight. Either a knot or some kind of mark. Just a bit of briddle line attached to the end of the sail and a nock on the tip of the LE with instructions to put line over tip and pull until tight, does not have a lot meaning to me.
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