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Tuning Flexi's Ion

Postby Lord T » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:21 pm

Hiya

I am trying to get the most out of the 12m Ion and try and get it to fly in light winds ... much like the 13m strike that I have.

Any clues at what to do?

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Postby CaptainArgh » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:29 pm

Did you check their website? I know there are lightwind tuning tips, but I'm not positive what they are.

Ahhhhh...a little digging and I found it. See below for more info. This has also been discussed here and in at least one magazine article (tuning your kites);
Here are some of Peter Trow's tuning tips:

The PSI for the Ion is around 7 or 8psi. Make sure the kite is nice and
ridged, good solid feel.

There are two setting on the front bridal pigtails. The kite comes stock on
the settings that seem to work the best for general conditions.

On the front bridal pigtail there are two knots on the pigtail line. If you
would like to get more high end range out of the kite move the attachment to
the second knot, the one closer to the kite. This will give you more
depower.

On the leading edge bladder you will see two attachment point for the front
bridal pigtail. The kite comes stock set up on the forward setting. If you
move the setting back one, closer to the wingtip, this will give the kite
more low end power. The nice thing about this setting is that it gives you
more power without flaring the kite, so it won't reverse on you.


One thing that I like to do on all my Ions is shorten the chicken line a
bit. By shortening the chicken line about 1 1/2 to 2 inches this prevents
any flare in the kite, makes it ride better in lighter winds and makes the
bar easier to reach when you let go. The chicken line is tied to the power
strap with a bowline knot so it's easy to slide down the line.

There are also two wing tip attachment pigtails. These are for steering the
kite. The attachment closer to the wingtip is for faster steering and the
one further from the tip is slower. I keep it on the faster setting, there
is no point in slowing them down until you get on a 7m or something super
fast.

Regarding relaunch, the Ion will relaunch more like a C kite then a bow.
It's a Hybrid so both techniques work together. You need to swim towards the
kite a bit to get it to slightly roll over and slide to the edge of the
window. If you pull a steering line the kite will quickly rock up on its
side and take off. They are easy to relaunch once you find the technique
that works, just think hybrid.

Two more tips, on the bar try and keep sand from becoming part of the swivel
and the chicken line. Just rinse out the bar, swivel and chicken line when
you have a chance. This will keep the swivel turning and add to the life of
the chicken line. You can also wax the chicken line when its new which helps
to prevent wear, bees wax works great. We will soon have a rubber coated
chicken line available for an upgrade, they are stiffer but will last much
longer
I haven't tried this. Let us know how it works!

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Postby Lord T » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:40 pm

I've played with the settings of the pigtails.

If you shorten the chicken loop line are you not losing the depower feature if the this kite?

I tied an extra knot on the steering pigtails and tried that but unfortunately the wind seriously died on me.

Can one email Peter Trow?

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Postby Lord T » Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:09 pm

Thanks
This is a recap of what i have done so far

Day1 kited with factory settings ... kite felt ok but a little underpowered, which impressed me as it was 22 + knt winds

Day 2, less wind than first day so moved the LE pigtail to the second setting and up one knot.Also, moved to the rear steering pigtail. Felt much better and more responsive.

Day 3 wind sucked maybe 3 on the Bft tried adding a knot to the rear pigtail felt better but cant really tell as the wind made me cry

I have heard of a guy who removed 2" of power line so he can reach teh bar. Not sure if that can get me more power in light winds

any other tips would be grrrreat

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Postby XXX » Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:52 pm

I have done all that was recommended plus I have also reduced my chicken loop rope to about 7 inchs and made a new knot about 1/3 the way up on the large pig tails (back lines) Sweeeeeeeet :) Its now awsome for loads of unhooking which is were its at for me and this kite rocks. :thumb:

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Postby XXX » Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:53 pm

I have done all that was recommended plus I have also reduced my chicken loop rope to about 7 inchs and made a new knot about 1/3 the way up on the large pig tails (back lines) Sweeeeeeeet :) Its now awsome for loads of unhooking which is were its at for me and this kite rocks. :thumb:

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Postby The Ranger » Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:14 pm

XXX wrote:I have done all that was recommended plus I have also reduced my chicken loop rope to about 7 inchs and made a new knot about 1/3 the way up on the large pig tails (back lines) Sweeeeeeeet :) Its now awsome for loads of unhooking which is were its at for me and this kite rocks. :thumb:
You say 1/3 way up the back line pigtails, you mean the thick steering lines that are attached to the bar? What kind of knot do you use? I guess one has to shorten the back (steering) lines as much as the cl rope is shortened.. Right? Won't the kite lose much of its high-end by doing this?

Thanks a lot for the tips, keep them coming :thumb: :thumb:


BTW, I have done another mod as well. I drilled the metal piece in the hole of the bar away, to prevent friction on the cl rope. Haven't tested the kite after that, and I hope the bar won't break!! The bar still feels solid though, and I think it will help on the lifetime of the cl rope.


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