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dale




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[*] posted on 4-15-2005 at 02:28 PM
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im looking for ways to get more power out of my 3m kite maybe by adjusting the length of the lines on the kite itself. also a tip to go upwind how to. thanks everyone.:singing:
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[*] posted on 4-18-2005 at 11:10 AM


Hey Dale,
Question... How do you figure line length affects power?
Shorter lines will make the response quicker, true, but they also shorten the distance from edge-to-edge, and reduce the kites ability to generate more power.

A 3m what?
Dual-line or quad?
How long is your present lineset?

The power source is not your kite.
It's the wind.
For more power out of a 3m, fly it in stronger winds.

Some kites are "recreational" and some are "power" kites.
Soft-quads both.
"Power" is the buzz-word in the markeplace, but our game is "traction".
Power kites generate power out at the edge.
All kites will pull when flown directly downwind.

Going upwind?
On a what?

First check your brake lines.
Spectra and dyneema lines can "creep"
If your brake lines are taut, with most soft-quads that means you're flying with your brakes on.
That keeps the kite from getting out to the edge and hence, you, upwind.

As the kite flys out to the edge, on a buggy, your front wheel should lead the kite. Don't let the kite get ahead of where your front wheel points.

The relationship between where the kite is, and is going, and your front wheel becomes important.
Notice it.

Without knowing anything specific about your situation, that's the best I can offer on "spec".


I am often wrong, but never in doubt.

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[*] posted on 4-18-2005 at 03:09 PM


thanks coreykite. um when i first got the kite its a super 10 by speedfoil i was told. it wouldnt fly at all, i have a small stunt kite and the big one doesnt work anywhere near as good as it. so what i meant by shortening the lines i pulled the top edge more towards me and since then it actually flies up. the lines on my handles are the same length( the top and the brakes) oh yeah im new to kite so i dont know the proper terms for stuff. thanks again
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[*] posted on 4-22-2005 at 12:35 PM


Hey Dale,
Speedfoil is a German company that made powerful delta sport kites.
Super 10 is a name originally used for the Flexifoil 10' ram-air foil.

Is yours a ram-air or a sail on a frame?
Two-lines or four?

As you can shorten the top lines of your bridle, it sounds like a "stickie"
("stickie" - a kite with spars)

Usually with bridles like this, we move the attachment point rather than shortening any of the lines.
Does it have clips on the bridle?

The same-length lines can be one of your problems too, but it depends on the specific type of kite it is.
Most line sets start out the same length.
So it is stated in the brochures.

"Creep" occurs in the braid after use.

Your car started out with air in the tires, but you should check now and then to see if it's still there.

Check the kite for any tags or labels.

Let me know.


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