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« on: July 20, 2012, 01:32 PM »

Mostly for the recipient of my latest Sixth Sense Build, I figured I'd show one of the leading edge tension methods I use... particularly for UL kites with 3PT leading edges.  Any of the tapered spars (with exception of the nitro and nitro strong) are considerably smaller diameter than other P series rods... so I like to use FSD nocks that have a slightly deeper hole than other nocks I use. 

I ship the kite broken down, so I de-tension the leading edge and loop the tension line through itself so it isn't lost in the package.

to tension, start by unlooping the tension line so that the unknotted end is closest to the spar.

next, put the loop around the wingtip towards the outer edge of the kite and bring it throughout the slot in the nock (which should be oriented towards the leading edge

then pull tension on the leading edge with the knotted end of the tension line.

lastly, pull the knotted end through the slot in the nock so that the knot sits at the back of the kite.  To de-tention, I tie a second knot that forms a finger loop to easily break down the leading edge.

if there is any line snags, a vinyl end cap can easily be placed over the tensioned wing tip/nock to tidy it up.
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 02:09 PM »

The old Prism tensioning method.  Simple and effective.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2012, 03:46 PM »

Looks Ken McNeil style if the nock was straight.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012, 04:28 PM »

My tramontana and passion use this method.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2012, 07:57 PM »

That's nearly my preferential method too., But after loosing a pigtail or two I now secure them to the loop on the kite. Take your two ends before tying them and pass them through the loop from opposite sides then pull them up & together & tie. There is a slight increase in drag when you pull to tension but it's minimal and the lines are spread by the loop a bit rather then staying together out to the nock but you'll never loose them.

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