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« on: July 01, 2010, 07:54 PM »

I tried lubing my connectors with some silicone paste, but it didn't seem to help the sticking when taking the kite apart. My neighbor, whom I'm trying to interest in flying suggested olive oil, which is what he says he uses with his graphite tent poles.
What works best for others, and won't harm the connectors?
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 08:46 PM »

Never used lube on my kites. Yeh some are a little tougher to get out then others but I always grab the rod close to the connector and extend my thumb to push them off. That way there is no slipping and running rods through the sail. I would worry about the lube attracting dirt or staining the sail. I have heard of people rubbing some spray silicon on the rods
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010, 09:04 PM »

I don't use anything. Also, I just fold up the spreaders in the kite while still in the connectors.  But if necessary to remove, just hold the rod end while pushing the connector with your thumb.

An often mentioned solution for lubricant is to rub a finger on the side of your nose and use the natural oil on the rod end.  It's always readily available.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 09:06 PM »

better there a little tight than flopping around stabbing holes in your sail IMO that is why alot of us do not disconnect the lower spreaders at the LE's when putting them to bed
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 09:27 PM »

I would be concerned using any "lube", afraid of staining the sail

I have a tool similar to this that works great to remove spars from connectors, especially older kites that use
plastic tubing

You place the notch in the end around the spar, agenst the connector and put pressure on the connector while rotating the spar out




it even works good on Rev end caps with sand in them
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010, 11:51 PM »

There`s also a little thumb tool spar remover...anyone remember these.
Also put a little graphite on the end of the spar before inserting the spar into the connector....a pencil does the trick. Just "colour" the spar for the distance the spar goes in the connector.
Nose grease works as well...just make sure it`s from the outside of your nose not from the inside Wink .....
The other lubes would attract dirt and may stain the sail. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010, 01:02 AM »

There`s also a little thumb tool spar remover...anyone remember these.

They're still available from Benson at 1.50GBP each.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010, 05:49 AM »

Talc works well.  Is used as a filler in rubber manufacture anyway IIRC.

Nees reapplying on a fairly regular basis, but won't stain your sail.
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2010, 05:01 PM »

nose grease.  cheap, effective, usually available.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2010, 02:46 PM »

There`s also a little thumb tool spar remover...anyone remember these.

They're still available from Benson at 1.50GBP each.

  O K so what is the LINK on Benson Kites PAGE??? O have Never sceen them on there place... I would love to order more than a FEW of them ASAP!~!

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2010, 02:54 PM »

  O K so what is the LINK on Benson Kites PAGE??? O have Never sceen them on there place... I would love to order more than a FEW of them ASAP!~!

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http://www.bensonkites.com/shop/accessories.html 

last item.... no pics.

Hopefully posting manufacturers links fly ok with mods.

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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2010, 02:55 PM »

http://bensonkites.com/shop/accessories.html
Beat me to it Sam.
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2010, 03:34 PM »

And I PM'd him to avoid breaking the forum rules. Undecided
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2010, 05:40 PM »


Are we talking about Kitemates?
A little snooping and you can find these available in the US.  If you can't figure it out email or PM me so I don't have to break my own rules (again).
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2010, 06:24 PM »

dang.....the googlefu is strong in this one!!!!!
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