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Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:56 pm

i thought the heatshrink wrapping was just to help prevent a jagged edge from a broken spreader piercing the sail due to spreaders at the t of the xt series being the most common place for a failure, seemed a wise precaution so i've applied heatshrink to all my kites at the t
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:13 pm

Over whipping with a thread & sealing with varnish would add strength but the heat shrink will as previously said by Obi & Paul prevent serious sail damage. However, combining the both IMO is seriously good move!
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:05 pm

Hmm. I've broken more spreaders than I care to remember, but never had any sail damage as a consequence. I guess it is a possibility if you're very unlucky, though...
 
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Juha wrote:
Hmm. I've broken more spreaders than I care to remember, but never had any sail damage as a consequence. I guess it is a possibility if you're very unlucky, though...


I must be just about the most unlucky person in the world then. :P
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I must be just about the most unlucky person in the world then.

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kevspilly wrote:
I must be just about the most unlucky person in the world then.

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...actually,it's more common than you think.... in my case,flying sans top spreader may have been a contributory factor.
 
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I had a shop and the spreaders are in some kites a weak point... prisms, maestrale (HQ) are the first that come to mind...

weakening the spreaderconnection to the leading edge helps... it diverts the energy from a crash to realeasing the spreaders from the connectors and not into breaking them... reinforcing them with 4mm carbon or whatever fits the spreader helps too...
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Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:32 pm

ObijuanKenobe wrote:
But either way, the heat shrink/tape helps to prevent the nasty splintering leading to sail puncture...which is a very nice bonus.

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Ahhhh. I've suffered from a splintered spreader puncturing my sail before. This sounds like a nice preventative measure?

Any reason not to do this?!

I assume one would use electrical tape, wrapped twice around the inner end of both lower spreaders only?

Sorry, heat shrinking entails what exactly?

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Finklius Munkum wrote:
Sorry, heat shrinking entails what exactly?

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Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:41 pm

Adhesive lined heat shrink is the stuff to use around the business end of spreaders.
@Stephen - do you know what their minimum order qty is? Doesn't look like they have a shop as such or are they quite accommodating to small orders?
 
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In their FAQ it says:
Can I buy small quantities?
Yes, however we have a minimum order value of just £50.

What is the carriage charge?
Delivery is free to most areas of the UK. Carriage outside the UK is charged at cost.

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Sub wrote:
@Stephen - do you know what their minimum order qty is?


No idea. I always get mine off eBay, but the vendor ahs no info useful to Finkius