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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2016, 06:22 PM »

what would be the purpose of changing it out? how much weight difference can it be?

1st reason is durability. I did my share of crashing when I was learning a rev. Wife has never flown and I'm expecting a steep leaning curve. (So was her learning to ride a bike in her 50s) 

2nd. Don't know the weight different but it's a big difference fly it with the included 2 wraps vs my STD with a race frame.

Been a great addition to the kite bag. Just hate to see it beat up. Switching leading edges and bridle with one of my standards gives me a SUL and her a durable kite.

In my Rev SUL I use a Diamond frame, French bridle and Magic Stick and it's a great low/no wind kite. I can skip the Std kite and go straight to the Mid as the wind increases.

On a B Std sail, I feel more comfortable on a Race frame (black) at lower winds than the 2 Wrap frame.

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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2016, 08:52 PM »

Just fly the kite until wear becomes an issue - if ever.

I agree... the repair won't change whether the fabric is worn or not.  Don't fix it until it is broken.
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2016, 04:30 AM »

when it's too tattered to enjoy anymore you can ship the sail to Eliot/Cath Shook (FLYINGsmiles)for a replacement leading edge and new screening.  Even if you wanted to make your own kite or fix the leading edge yourself I highly recommend the "Doctor's LE sleeve as an acquired part.

All you need is the nylon leading edge sleeve, the dacron is completely overkill unless you launch by dragging the leading edge across the ground every time.

The diameter of the leading edge sleeve should be ONLY one spar (so it's tight in there!)

The folding area of the sail, on the leading edge should be reinforced with an extra patch (doubles the lifespan), I like one at the center portion as well.

no hurry, wait until its a ragged mess, then save it's soul with the doctor on call in NC
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2016, 11:20 AM »

Thanks. Diamond frame order. Will transfer the magic sticks from a vented and try french bridle.

What is a good line length for an sul?
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2016, 12:41 PM »

Outdoors I use anywhere from about 30' to 75' (50lb.) for my 1.5 sul's in 0 to about 3-4 mph winds.
If I use a standard 1.5 w/2 wraps I'll go up to 100' of either 50 or 75 lb. line.
fwiw I also have a Sedgwick 1 (w/2 wrap) and a Robertshaw 1 (w/race) I fly on 50 to 100' (50 or 75lb.) in low winds.
Sorry teamster types...I don't like the 120' lengths and it (teams) never interested me anyway. I used to do pairs with my partner from time to time but she's not really into kiting anymore...which is a drag because she was better than me...or maybe that's why... Cheesy
I have a 0 wind rev coming and will do some experimenting as well. Indoors I'm a deca fellow.

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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2016, 07:53 AM »

If When you replace the leading edge, you might also want to go ahead and install some reinforcement patches. 

John B. posted 4 really good pictures of what the Rev looks like with them installed here.

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