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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby geopeck » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:01 am

Converted my Hifi to 4 lines, works great. Split the center bridle into 2 side bridles.

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby baobob » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:59 am

JGTR wrote:I have thought about this before but theres the issue with the safety and on v bridled C kites the length of the V has a huge effect on how the kite flies so how could you make sure that the kite still flies well on 4(6) lines??


Hi,
Flexifoil splits the fronts at 4 mt, Airush at 3mt. I don't think it's rocket science but a good idea could be have pigtails on the bridle to fine tuning them. With tighter bridle you should have more depower.

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby downunder » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:38 pm

geopeck wrote:Converted my Hifi to 4 lines, works great. Split the center bridle into 2 side bridles.


HiFi to 4 lines and works well? My experience with a slack 5th line is crap flying kite. An tensioned 5th line is a different kite all together. The HiFi bladder is a way too thin comparing a 4 lines kite btw.

Dare to share HOW it works great?

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby kitewise » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:27 pm

swimmer wrote:This season I bought my first c-kite, a 2012 9m Slingshot Fuel, and I totally fell in love with the way the c-kite handles and preforms. It is just so raw, direct and simple!
Now I am looking to get a second (bigger or maybe smaller) c-kite fill my quiver.

I am eying on the 2012 Best GP as I can't find any more cheap Fuels at the moment.
My question does anyone know if the GP will fly off 4-lines well? Is the 5th line loaded on the GP?
I really don't want to spend more money on a 5-line bar as I already have plenty of good bars.

Found a post from several years ago about the LF Nirvana being able to fly on 4 lines (probably not as good as on 5 lines) but it still make me wonder if other c-kites like the GP, Torch, or Vegas can be tuned to work on 4 lines without major structural complications during flight... :?:


If the designer wanted it to be used on five lines then don't try it with four.
Otherwise, you'll be on this forum bashing the kite cause it doesn't fly right.

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:08 pm

Now C'mon guys....

If a 5 line kite is converted to a 4 line, the connection points are changed to support the LEI, so you can NOT compare to a slack 5th line at all :o

And saying that it wont work, or that the kite is "designed for flying best with 5 lines only" is bull IMO.

I like the idea a lot :rollgrin:

8) Peter

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby Tiago1973 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:50 pm

What are u taking about Peter? Using a bridle? Don't think it was the original poster idea. Or just moving the front lines connection points?

.. kind'a lost in translation..

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby edt » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:03 am

peter the original poster was asking if there are any 5 line C kites that have a slack 5th line so you can just cut it, already answered above, it's "no", all the 5 line C kites use a tensioned 5th line, like the vegas, torch, best gp, while the two models of C kites which do not require a tensioned 5th line don't come with a 5th line at all (the fuel & the extract).

5 line kites with a slack 5th line being used only for relaunch went out of fashion in 2009 when kite manufactures figured out how to get a 4 line C kite to relaunch by tugging a rear line.

If a C kite has 5 lines you can bet that 5th line is under tension so you can't just cut it without it having a performance degradation as they build the kite with a smaller leading edge when they use that tensioned 5th line.

I think everyone agrees probably just problem in communication.

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby longbeachrider » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:13 am

edt wrote:peter the original poster was asking if there are any 5 line C kites that have a slack 5th line so you can just cut it, already answered above, it's "no", all the 5 line C kites use a tensioned 5th line, like the vegas, torch, best gp, while the two models of C kites which do not require a tensioned 5th line don't come with a 5th line at all (the fuel & the extract).

5 line kites with a slack 5th line being used only for relaunch went out of fashion in 2009 when kite manufactures figured out how to get a 4 line C kite to relaunch by tugging a rear line.

If a C kite has 5 lines you can bet that 5th line is under tension so you can't just cut it without it having a performance degradation as they build the kite with a smaller leading edge when they use that tensioned 5th line.


Not quite correct - Recently demoed a brand new North kite and the North team described their kites/bars as 5 line loaded or 5 line not loaded. The kite I flew was 5 line not loaded.

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby geopeck » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:53 am

HiFi to 4 lines and works well? My experience with a slack 5th line is crap flying kite. An tensioned 5th line is a different kite all together. The HiFi bladder is a way too thin comparing a 4 lines kite btw.

Dare to share HOW it works great?


Sorry, I was moving kind of fast when I wrote that and didn't explain.

I built in a bridle system based on the RPM. I had a slightly larger RPM and inflated both and spooned the two kites together. The attachment points on the Hifi center bridle were all very close to the RPM bridle attachments so I thought I'd give it a shot in a reversible manner. I copied the whole RPM double pulley system, which I always thought was kind of cool.

The kite works great, no deformation, aggressive like the Hifi wing. And you're right, if you just dropped the center line I don't think it would be very good.

Something to note on conversion - you've pretty much fucked your resale value when you have a homemade bridle on your kite. But I don't miss having a separate dedicated 5 line bar.

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Re: Converting 5-line C-kite to 4-lines?

Postby edt » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:55 am

longbeachrider wrote:
edt wrote:peter the original poster was asking if there are any 5 line C kites that have a slack 5th line so you can just cut it, already answered above, it's "no", all the 5 line C kites use a tensioned 5th line, like the vegas, torch, best gp, while the two models of C kites which do not require a tensioned 5th line don't come with a 5th line at all (the fuel & the extract).

5 line kites with a slack 5th line being used only for relaunch went out of fashion in 2009 when kite manufactures figured out how to get a 4 line C kite to relaunch by tugging a rear line.

If a C kite has 5 lines you can bet that 5th line is under tension so you can't just cut it without it having a performance degradation as they build the kite with a smaller leading edge when they use that tensioned 5th line.


Not quite correct - Recently demoed a brand new North kite and the North team described their kites/bars as 5 line loaded or 5 line not loaded. The kite I flew was 5 line not loaded.


That's possible, there are some new 2015 kites that might be different.


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