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Postby mantismaster » Wed Oct 30, 2002 10:40 pm

Hi, I have a 2002 slingshot fuel which I purchased last year brand new. The last time I pumped up my kite, I noticed a slight bulge near the valve on the leading edge. I tried to move the bladder around and massage it, but the bulge remained. Didn`t affect the performance of the kite, But I was just curious about the best method of storage to avoid this. I think it was caused by a fold in t
the kite or bladder in storage, but I am not sure.Thanx!

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Postby randykato » Wed Oct 30, 2002 11:01 pm

do you mean a bulge in the leading edge casing? if so, that material is obviously supposed to be very strong and rigid so when pumped up firm it should be nice and smooth and any wrinkles or folds from storage should go away.

if there's a bulge in it you should notice the dacron(?) getting thin or the weave of the fabric loosening. i think you should give this some attention before using the kite again since it sounds like your leading edge may be on the verge of a blowout.

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Postby fokiten » Wed Oct 30, 2002 11:51 pm

like the man said, sounds like trouble, Sail Tape is your freind.

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Postby mantismaster » Thu Oct 31, 2002 12:02 am

I think it`s the bladder bulging and not the dacron. I will try pumping it up again and see if it`s still there.Thanx!

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Postby Guest » Fri Nov 01, 2002 12:33 am

Mantis, do you study kung fu?

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Postby Johnny TBKS » Fri Nov 01, 2002 4:09 pm

Get this worked out yet? Figure out yet what's going on? If you could, take a pic of it and send it to me.

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Postby mantismaster » Fri Nov 01, 2002 9:03 pm

I do study kung fu, and I haven`t pumped up my kite to check it out yet(last night being halloween)But I am going to tonight. I dont think its going to blow out, but it just seems strange.

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Postby Guest » Sat Nov 02, 2002 2:48 am

Wahlum, Northern Mantis, by any chance?

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Postby mantismaster » Sat Nov 02, 2002 4:42 am

I study Northern seven star praying mantis

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Postby mantismaster » Mon Nov 04, 2002 2:50 am

Pulled out the kite and pumped it up today. The crease and bulge were still there. I pulled out the bladder a little to see what was wrong, and I found a small part of the bladder is stuck together. I tried to pull it apart, but I didnt want to rip the bladder. What happened? Any suggestions!


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