I am reawakening this thread, in order to give some follow up on an idea that I presented on this thread over 3 years ago.
In short, the idea has worked very well. I have made only one minor modification to the removable chain link in order to make it easier to open and close. I added a little piece of pvc clear tubing, in order to give the fingers a better grip, when some sand has gotten into the threads... or after a cold session, when my fingers have lost strength, due to a touch of hypothermia, I guess.
Three years ago, a couple of the members showed concern about the likelihood of failure of the system, because of metal-on-metal wear or fatigue of the ring or the chain link. In three years, this has not occurred, and I have used the same bar on kites ranging from 5 meters to 20 meters, under all sorts of conditions, including about 400 days of kiting in a hypersaline bay. The water in this bay is extremely corrosive... but the stainless steel of the ring and link has held up well, and functions as well as when it was new. I consider all this a pretty good test of the durability of the system. I have only used the connectors on the REAR line of the kites, and it is common knowledge that the front lines are exposed to a lot more stress and strain than are the rear lines, so I can only recommend its use on a rear line. I have not tested the system on a front line, and do not see a reason to do so, since, I would always use a larkshead on the front lines.
I originally thought that tangling created by the link and ring, swinging like a pendulum, would be a problem, but was surprised when this did not occur to an extent any greater than the tangling due to the pulleys on the bridal lines.
One pleasant surprise, that I have noted, is that the WEIGHT of the connectors, actually is an advantage, under the common situation, where the kite crashes. The weight of the connector on the rear line tends to hold the rear kite line under water, and keeps it from blowing up and over the top of the kite, where the line can work its way over to the opposite wind tip, and then, when the kite is rotated, the lighter line may blow over that wing tip and into the water, creating a situation where the one rear line wraps completely around the other lines, making the kite hard to control, when it relaunches. The added weight is also an advantage, for the same reason, during a drift launch. I am considering adding a small weight to the opposite rear line, in hopes of creating the same situation on the unmodified, opposite rear line pig tail.
As is my promise, with any of my "tinkered up" projects, I will report back on any problems that may occur.
Out of curiosity, has anyone else, modified their connections, to use this or any other device?
Here are the before and after pictures, separated by 3 years:
- kf-100% kook-proof connector.JPG (124.38 KiB) Viewed 454 times
- kf-100%-3 year report.JPG (127.12 KiB) Viewed 454 times