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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2011, 08:30 PM »

Option 2 all the way. Never had a problem, ever. Clean and it works.
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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2011, 03:34 AM »

A variant of option 1, two loops. One like in option 1 and a second one resting in the fold of the leading edge. Then running the tension line between them and over the splitnock.
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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2011, 08:52 AM »

Ive had kites which were designed to use bungies but had been converted to hard line tensioning and had wear problems as a result. The LE was just not reinforced enough to handle the thinner line under greater tension. A properly made LE with a nice clean melted hole is fine. I've seen punched holes on cheap kites that got really ugly

It is odd to hear it called the Blue Moon method. I always think of Mark Reed when use that setup on any kite. For kites that need a lot of LE tension (like old Prisms) its great
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2011, 09:03 AM »

got an old bike inner tube? you can make the custom tensioners for Flexi foil and Chris Matheson kites!
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2011, 12:37 PM »

I tend to prefer option 1, either Prism or BMK method, although one of the sewn in loops on my Prophecy did fail after years of use apparently, so we punched a hole in the lower LE and reinforced with a metal grommet.  So far it's been very robust.  On the other hand, my old SD had a previous small repair one of the tensioning holes, I guess where someone had tensioned a little too much & enlarged one of the holes.  We added some metal crimp grommets there as well and it helped.

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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2011, 08:57 PM »

Either method works well if done right and I have no preference myself but pretty much every kite I have uses the REed designed/BMK adapted and modified lashings.  YEs KEn gives credit to Mark Reed for the tensioning system but he did his own tweaks to it as well.  THats usually the first thing I do on a older kite is replace the bungies with lashings.
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« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2011, 10:35 PM »

Was about to try the BMK tensioning method but tensioning the LE for the loop to pass the nock before it sits in place just frightened me about too much tension on it. So Still with Option 1 and Zephyr tensioning method.
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« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2011, 04:51 AM »

A couple of my HQ's are tensioned using the same method as on the BMK site and I've never had any problems with nocks splitting. I always put a vinyl end cap over the nock/line to tidy things up and leave less to snag on.
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2011, 09:50 AM »

I just received a SF Pro 2.3 which uses the option 1 as tensioning method and can anyone help me with this?
The SF has two holes in the LE pocket with a cord (same as bridle) approx 25cm long with a loop at one end.
A bit afraid to force things out and rip the LE so i better ask or if anyone has a video on how to tension this correctly.

Many thanks

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« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2011, 10:40 AM »

No video, but just don't overdo it.  You only want the LEs to stay together - no bowing, they should be straight.  So, it doesn't take all that much tension, just pull it tight.
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« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2011, 11:58 AM »

if your wing tip tension line has come out, it can be a little confusing how to put it in... I'm going to rig up a little iPhone tripod later today and I'll see about posting a video of how to tension the leading edge on your Silverfox Pro.  Stay tuned.
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« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2011, 01:19 PM »

Thanks for the advice in not over doing it. i just want the LE pocket to be straight in flight that's all.

Sugarbaker, many thanks for the future video and the effort of doing it. Yes i pulled the tensioning cord out for some washing as it got some mud from a part of a flying field.
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« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2011, 06:42 PM »

alright, officially my first kite video... first youtube video to be specific.  Anyway, here it is.  Leading edge tension on a silverfox pro.

Silverfox pro leading edge tension
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« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2011, 07:17 PM »

THANKS!!!!  Smiley

You first video is a success and nice workbench you have there too
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