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« on: April 12, 2012, 11:26 AM »

Does any know what size the o-ring is for the prism Zephyer.
It holds the spine and upper spreader together.
Mine broke and can't seem to find any spares parts anywhere.
For now I have them tied together with a piece of kite string.
Any info would be helpful.
    Thanks,  Dan
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 12:33 PM »

Steve should have these for you.  If not I have some in stock.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 02:04 PM »

Thanks Kent  I appreciate it.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 02:26 PM »

A zip tie also works Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 05:16 PM »

I would suggest flying without the O-ring.

The first time you crash and the upper spreader punches a hole in the sail near the connector, you will rue the day you installed a new O-ring.

They just aren't needed.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 06:33 PM »

I never tried it without the o-ring. Thanks I'll try it out
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 07:57 AM »

I got some o-rings from the hardware store. I think the stock ring on my Z was 3/4 of an inch, but I switched to 1" diameter so it wouldn't be such a tight fit, if I recall correctly.

Didn't realize that there would be a danger to using an o-ring. What happens in a crash that makes the ring a bad idea?
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 08:02 AM »

it holds the upper spreader close to the sail if one end comes loose, which could lead to a sail puncture. Without it the spreader would hopefully hang away from the sail. Few of my kites have this. It is more just to keep you from loosing the spreader , imo.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 08:17 AM »

Agree with John and DD: there is no need for an o-ring when it comes to flying the kite. It doesn't add anything to the structural characteristics of the frame, and the only reason I can think of is indeed to reduce the risk of losing the upper spreader. But weigh that against the increased risk of a sail rip, and it's pretty clear to me what weighs more heavily!
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2012, 08:58 AM »

Thank you all for the info. Really helpful.
Now I am on my way to the Airwaves kite fest

    Dan
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2012, 09:12 AM »

Most Auto Parts, Hardware stores and Plumbing supplies have great assortments of O Rings.  A pack of 12 will probably be a lifetime supply.

Happy winds.

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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2012, 11:27 PM »

I've never ripped a sail because of an O ring, but I have lost a couple of spreaders on kites that didn't have them Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2012, 12:35 AM »

One of the downsides to 0'rings is that after having.......... let's say just a hair past a delicate brush with terra firma, the O'ring can keep the US from staying in the middle of the kite. (that is can hold the spreader on one side of the spine not centered ) Huh
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