Am a noob when it comes to taking apart a kite and refurbishing things. But I've got a mid-1990's kite in need of new spreader connectors (4) for the upper and lower spreaders. Questions:
1. Does installation of new APA connectors (along the leading-edge spar) simply involve removal of the spar, slipping on the APA connectors at the right spot, and then reinstalling the spar? (Would use Sewer's Aid lube, or similar, of course, to ease sliding on the connectors.)
Seems an awfully
tight fit, in there. Can't imagine how it would nicely slide through the leading-edge's fabric "channel" for the spar, if each spar had 2ea of the APA connectors attached while I was trying to stuff 'em in there. Without undoing the stitching on the fabric along the whole leading-edge around the spars, then reinstalling the stitching afterwards.
2. Would like to go through the bridle and consider upgrades/enhancements that folks think suitable, to keep things in great form. When I acquired the kite, it was just the kite and some Spectra line, without any swivel/other connectors for attachment of the line to the bridle, or any other accoutrements. Plain bridle, which works fine, but since I'm going through everything I would be willing to make minor updates that are smart to do at this point. Suggestions, on what to consider related to the bridle or related attachments, to allow a better, or more-exacting adjustment and attachment?
3. Any suggestions on a book or guide to repair/refurb of kites, something that can take a complete noob through all of the components of a kite for purpose of refurbishing? Would be interested in knowing how to swap frames, replace connectors, deal with the bridle, attach lines in the most sensible manner, leveraging smarter connectors for improve adjustments, and so on. Not sure where to start, with any of this.
BTW: Kite is a ca.1996 TOTL Sizzle Ultralight
, with everything intact except the four spreader connectors (to be replaced with APA). Photo below, showing a variant of the S.U. (mine's got a somewhat different panel/color layout).