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Author Topic: Missing upper spreader... will it still fly?  (Read 826 times)
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« on: April 03, 2011, 11:00 AM »

Haven't flown a kite in many years. Found my old stunt kite in the garage. Beautiful weather. Want to take it out and fly it. Discovered the upper spreader is missing. Can I fly it without damaging it? What are the risks?
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011, 11:04 AM »

Hi. Some people actually fly without the US to reduce weight on very light winds. If the wind is high, I would not fly it as it could cause some damage to your kite.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 02:09 PM »

The kite won't fly the same without it.

Some kites are OK without it in vey low/no wind, some not.

On most kites in normal or high wind the sail shape and overall balance of the kite will be different without the upper spreader, so it my fly poorly, or just very different than it should. Not so much of a risk to the kite, though some will come apart more easily in a strong wind or on impact without the additional structural component.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2011, 02:59 PM »

quick fix...use a wooden dowel, until you get a repalcement. Cost about a dollar... Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 03:04 PM »

I just had this problem a hq tana was given to me and it was missing the top spreader i was able to get a replacement dirt cheap through steve for like 10.00 and that included shipping.
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