William Munney wrote:
What's a good five line setup for a 2005 Fuel?
first get a piece of line leader, maybe a piece of q-powerline and attach it to the leash pump connector / 5th line attachment at the kite whatever you want to call it, this way you can use a 5 line equal length line set. If you didn't have an leader on the kite you would have to make the 5th line longer than the other lines.
if you want slack lines and are using it only for the 5th line safety and relaunch give the 5th line enough slack that it dont flop around too much but that it has a few inches of slack no matter how you turn the kite. It doesn't have to be exact, just make sure there is not so much slack in the line it catches on your bar.
If you want it some tension in the kite with the 5th line then give it just a little bit of tension. Adjust the tension at the bar until it just barely unslacks the lines. If you put too much tension the kite will fold outward and not fly right. So adjust this at the bar until it is right. Once you get the right line length, measure the length you have set knot or cut the line to this length for the line attachment at your 5th line attachment at the kite. Now the kite is set and you don't have to reset it each time.
There is no set of published line lengths that I know of for the fuels, but if you are flying a fuel you probably know all about this kind of stuff and are comfortable with making a 5th line leader yourself that is the correct length.
I run the 2005 fuels on 4 lines and use old fashioned relaunch techniques. If I wanted a 5 line kite I would probably get a vegas or torch instead, those kites are designed for 5 lines. When they design a kite for 5 lines with a tensioned 5th line this means they rely a bit on the 5th line for a bit of the shape of the kite, so the can reduce the size of the leading edge on these kites, giving it better upwind and faster looping, and less drag. so you can't really fly a vegas or torch on 4 lines it won't fly right.