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« on: February 01, 2012, 03:04 PM »

Hi all,
 
Is there Atomic Wedgee Vented (Big Easy Kites - Ray Bordelon) owners on the GWTW forum ?
 
I need your help please.
 
The Upper Spreader of my kite has two parts of Ý .156" (4 mm) solid carbon. These two parts are joined in the center with a little vinyl tubing. There is a C-clip on both sides of the US.

I don't understand how it works because the Upper Spreader is bent. Have a look on the pictures please.
 
Is that normal ?
 
Many thanks in advance.  Wink
  
P.S. : wich frame has this kite ? It's not written on the Lower spreaders. I know that the AW Standard frame is Avia G-Force Skinny SDS.
 
 
 


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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 12:05 AM »

Just about every one of those I have seen is the same way.  ITs possible your upper leading edge fittings have slipped down a bit  but if it flies ok then I'd say leave it alone.  Hopefully someone with more than  "borrow the lines" time on one will chime in for you.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 02:23 PM »

Up !
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 11:52 PM »

Still haven't found any specifics but the tubing could be acting as a second center T to add strength to the spine for high winds. Akin to what mark did on the eclipse.  Is the spine going through the tubing as well?  I would assume the C clips would be stops to limit travel.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2014, 07:52 AM »

I have a vented wedgee. It should be straight,  I'll get mine out later today and take a few close up pics, but for now there are some pics of mine on here somewhere,  I'll see if I can find them.

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 09:20 AM »

Thanks Ca Ike !

[...] Is the spine going through the tubing as well?  I would assume the C clips would be stops to limit travel.


No, the Upper Spreader is going through the eyelet. The Ý 4 mm (I think) spine is in front of the eyelet, inside a Dacron Pocket.

I have a vented wedgee. It should be straight,  I'll get mine out later today and take a few close up pics, but for now there are some pics of mine on here somewhere,  I'll see if I can find them.


A vented AW, really ? That's fine ! I own too a STD Atomic Wedgee and the Upper Spreader is not the same as for the Vented one.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2014, 11:26 AM »

Yea it acts as a brace when the wind is up, a kind of seudo center T.  Hopefully Coop can give you the stop measurements because your spreaders fittings look off to me. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2014, 12:05 PM »

Here's a pic of the upper speader center t.



Its a ferrel that the upper spreader ends slide into. Its a pultruded carbon ferrel, it does not bend.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2014, 03:39 PM »

Many thanks for your pictures Coop, thatís fine !
 
I have exactly the same configuration for my Standard Atomic Wedgee.
 
But on my AW vented, I have 2 solid Avia .156" rods joined together with a vinyl clear tubing into the metallic eyelet in the center as shown on my picture.
 
My AW vented flies but I'll change that because I don't think it will work very long...  Sad A little Beman tube 16/64" will do the job : it fits perfectly into the central eyelet and it's Inside diameter is .156".

I'm just looking for some black vinyl tubing like used by Ray Bordelon : O.D. +/- .380". - I.D. .240/.250 and O.D. 380" - I.D. .156". Perhaps could someone help me to find that because that's no metric dimensions and I cannot find that in France.

P.S. : Coop, could you have a look on my PM ? Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2014, 03:48 PM »

.380=10mm  .240/.250=6mm/6.3mm   .156=4mm  You should be able to find something to use.  I'll see what I can find as well.
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