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slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby edt » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:06 am

Here's how I set them up. Yours may be different.

7m 229cm
9m 239cm
11m 250cm
13m 270cm
15m 290cm
17m 311cm
19m 331cm

Never flown a 5m yet. My setup is to have exactly equal lines and exactly equal pigtails on the 2 centers the 2 rears and the 5th line. Then on the end of the 5th line I lark's head some q-powerline and make knots at the above distances. Then I lark's head my 5th line pigtail on to the corresponding knot. My goal is to have exactly 90cm of slack in the line. I think the numbers are correct, if I got my measurements wrong I'll go back later and fix them. I don't ever have a ruler of 90mm out at the launch but my palm is 90mm (3.5 inches) and I use that to measure the slack. Up to 6 inches (150mm) of slack is ok too but you can't go below 3.5 inches (90mm) or the kite starts to pinch.

Back when I first bought my fuels I always rode them 4 line mode but they give you so much better upwind with a slightly slack 5th line that I gave up riding them 4 line and always ride them 5 line mode now.

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby Do-it » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:29 am

You have way too much free time

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby kas911 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:48 am

Can't see why a slightly slack 5th give you better upwind. What your opinion on that?

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby kiterocky » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:59 am

Fuels works better with just a bit of tension on the 5th line.. Slack is useless but ok for safety and relaunch

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby edt » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:17 pm

kas911 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:48 am
Can't see why a slightly slack 5th give you better upwind. What your opinion on that?
It prevents the kite from jellyfishing so you get a constant pull from the kite

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby edt » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:19 pm

Do-it wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:29 am
You have way too much free time
why don't you give me some of your wind. This is what happens when there's no wind for a week

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby Jbrook » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:35 pm

I have Vegas 2016-2017 7,10,13 Do I need to alter the 5th line to be perfect for each kite, I too have some Qline can make some extensions.

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Re: slingshot fuel 5th line numbers, my setup

Postby edt » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:41 pm

The Vegas 5th line tension has to be perfect. For the Vegas unlike the fuel you don't want this 3.5 inches (90mm) of slack you want it to be perfectly tensioned. If you fly the kite you should notice that both center lines and the 5th line all look equally tensioned. I would have to look at the North Trust bar, I can't remember off hand if it has an adjustment somewhere to get that 5th line tension correct or not. Anyway fly the kite look at the lines and you can easily see if it's correctly tensioned. North sets up their control bars and lines so that when new it is perfectly tensioned for all kites. When the lines get older though and shrink/stretch that's the only time you might need to adjust the 5th line.


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