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Author Topic: Replacement Parts for Upper End Kites  (Read 691 times)
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« on: October 20, 2009, 05:52 AM »

Being relatively new to kiting I was surprised to see that the smaller high end shops can be one man operations.  If the individual decides to retire or do something different the brand could die.  If you decide to get a high end kite and the brand folds how generic are replacement parts for kites?  I would not expect a one man shop to manufacture any parts but he could cut stock tubing to length or assemble bridles from bulk line.  Aside from a sail replacement the parts on my non high end kites all look pretty much the same design. 

So just how easy is it to get replacement parts (non sail) for discontinued lines?
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 06:17 AM »

you can get rods to replace the current ones....sometimes it might take a new set of fittings/hardware to work with a bigger diameter but most times you can switch rods very easily......
keep in mind that different carbon rod companies might be making their products with different flex/weights so you just need to keep that in mind when you are replacing parts....


you can also change the weight of a kite quite easily by switching out the current rods to a lighter set in hopes of achieving a lower wind range.....that is sometimes just a finger crossing hope though....

so..yes you can almost always get parts you need.......

i have even seen people replace broken carbon rods with bamboo in times of dire need as well....

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 08:20 AM »

Most high end kites are made of components readily available at places like GWTW/ChicoKites. APA, TW, & Jaco fittings, SkyShark rods, etc. Bridle line is also available and tying bridles isn't very difficult.


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