U need to cut out the ENTIRE bulge. From the sound of it you sound cut out 8 to 10 inches of blader so whatever is left lays flat and doest bulge at all. You may need to use 3 or 4 strips of tear aid to cover the area. Like the other guy said tear air rarely works across a seam and welding is best done on a heat seal machine.Flight Time wrote:Gotcha. Now if I'm getting this right, type A comes in 3 inch wide strips. The area the bladder was damaged in is a nasty stretched out herniated section about 4 inches to a side. The damaged section is really bulged and won't sit flat. If I were to trim this out and make clean sides to it and use a glue product on any wrinkled sections, could I pull the edges in a little bit, being careful to neatly fold any creases, and try to generally make it have enough to grab on to? What glue would be good to fit this purpose?edt wrote:Tear Aid Type A is used for all plastic repair except for Vinyl. Tear Aid type A is made of polyurethane.
Bladders are polyurethane. Use Tear Aid Type A.
...you MUST cut the mangled part out before applying a new patch.
...Cut out the damaged area, place a paper towel inside measure and cut off tear aid type a, use rubbing alcohol to clean, it wont stick if you forget to clean it, make sure when you apply you get no wrinkles.
Hmmph. The only model number for strut bladders is KS1BSB160, even though all the struts are clearly not the same dimentions. How do I differentiate the location of the strut when I call the dealer?BK wrote:easy to get the part numbers and then get them from a Cab dealer, just go to the downloads section of the Cab site, http://www.cabrinhakites.com/downloads/ ... rview.html
and download the Product Catalog for the year of your gear. All the spare parts numbers, including bladders are at the back of the catalog.
Should that be normal? Should I need to buy an entire engine fror my car if the alternator blows?edt wrote:two weeks is unacceptable, but it's hard to get OEM replacement parts unless you talk to your local dealer, that's normal
No, but if you call up the Ford Motor Company and ask for a new alternator, they will tell you they don't ship alternators direct from the factory, you have to go to a dealer.Flight Time wrote:Should that be normal? Should I need to buy an entire engine fror my car if the alternator blows?edt wrote:two weeks is unacceptable, but it's hard to get OEM replacement parts unless you talk to your local dealer, that's normal
I think its a kiting thing more than a Cabrinha thing, but I do keep an eye out for Companies that do better on customer service.Flight Time wrote:I wanted to let you all know about the fantastic shopping experience that I had with Cabrinha. They wen't above and beyond the call of duty in resolving my issue! Here is my conversation with them in it's entirety:
"Question: I have been looking all over the site, but I can't seem to find a link to actually purchase replacement bladders. The smallest strut on my Switchblade has a major leak, and goes flat in about 5 seconds. I watched the video, and the repair seems straightforward, but I need the actual bladder. Where can I buy it?"
Them, today, 2 weeks later:
Sorry - but we're not set up to sell direct. You'd need to contact either you local dealer or the main Cabrinha distributor in your own country. They should be able to further assist you. Contact details are below. Please note that OEM strut bladders are not sold individually, but as a set (all 5 in your case). If you would like to only purchase one single bladder, your best bet is to contact www.airtimekite.com to see about ordering an aftermarket version.
"Hey that's great. I'm so glad companies don't service what they manufacture and sell these days! I am also extatic that I can't buy exactly what I need, and that I need to pay for 4 things I don't need to get the one that I do need! Thank you so much for the fantastic customer support, the timely response to my question, and the absolute failure to resolve my issue! You can be sure of my loyalty to your brand in the years to come, and I also can assure you that I will always be willing to talk to my fellow kiters about my wonderful experience shopping with Cabrinha!
Is this ok? Does anyone see anything wrong here? Is this normal?
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