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Lines the same length

Created by fingerbone > 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
fingerbone
NSW, 920 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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Hi. I have an old ozone sport 5 line kite. Is this right. 2 outside lines = length
Two of the inside lines = length but longer than the outside lines
1 middle line a fair bit smaller than all the rest.
Cheers Billy

Gateman
QLD, 136 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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Most kites are made to fly with all 4 lines equal length but centre lines always stretch more because they have more load on them most of the time. They need to be shortened now & again. I check my lines about twice a season.

Cannot confirm the ozone in particular since I've never flown one.

Hope this helps

bene313
WA, 1212 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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Your centre lines have stretched. This is normal and you'll just need to pull in extra trim rope. You can also adjust the connections under the floats to compensate a bit (effectively lengthen the back lines).

Sorry not sure about fifth line.

fingerbone
NSW, 920 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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Just found this.... is this a safe thing to do to your lines?

It is best to do this with a partner. Unwind the lines from the bar and have a
partner hold the bar. Taking hold of the opposite ends check the lines are of
equal length. If the lines are not even you must stretch out the shorter lines.
Attach the shorter lines to a car hitch or something very solid.
Then take hold of the bar and pull with enough force to stretch the line.
Do this to any lines that are shorter and re-check that all 5 lines are equal length

Gateman
QLD, 136 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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^Sounds like great advice finger..........NOT!!!!

I shudder to think about how long it would take to list all the things which could (and probably will) go wrong with the above exercise.

Take a look at the Cabrinha tech tip videos on how to tune your bar, there must be something similar (under the floats maybe as Bene says) for your kite, keep looking for a better way or maybe someone who has an Ozone bar could advise.
Have you tried your local shop for advice?

cauncy
WA, 4794 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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fingerbone said...
[br]Hi. I have an old ozone sport 5 line kite. Is this right. 2 outside lines = length
Two of the inside lines = length but longer than the outside lines
1 middle line a fair bit smaller than all the rest.
Cheers Billy


Some of the older kites were set up a bit different, I've some 5 line wipikas that are the same, if the kites flying ok leave alone,

zarb
NSW, 591 posts
> 9 months ago, 18 May 2013
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Instead of trying to stretch the other lines, just shorten the stretched lines.
If you have run out of knots to move the lines on to, just make your own.

I did that this morning with my Ozone lines. Not enough wind for a kite, so it made me feel better to play with my junk. (Take that any way you want).

fingerbone
NSW, 920 posts
> 9 months ago, 19 May 2013
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Gateman said..

^Sounds like great advice finger..........NOT!!!!

I shudder to think about how long it would take to list all the things which could (and probably will) go wrong with the above exercise.

Take a look at the Cabrinha tech tip videos on how to tune your bar, there must be something similar (under the floats maybe as Bene says) for your kite, keep looking for a better way or maybe someone who has an Ozone bar could advise.
Have you tried your local shop for advice?


Ha ha ... funnily enough I dug that out of the ozone instinct sport online manual...but I totally agree with you , sounds a bit cavemanish lol

teabaggin
NSW, 450 posts
> 9 months ago, 19 May 2013
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Hey Billy I just checked the line lengths on my 5 line 2008 Edge 2 ,that should be very similar to bar and lines for the Sport and the front lines are 2 inches longer than the back steering lines.That would be due to stretch,couple years ago they were the same,and middle line a fair bit shorter which it should be. If its only a couple of inches in it you should be able to stretch the others to meet but if any more I would shorten them.Its not too difficult to do that yourself with a strong needle and some polyester thread.

fingerbone
NSW, 920 posts
> 9 months ago, 19 May 2013
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Hi Gerry..Cheers mate ..I had never checked the lines prior to this. They were all different lengths lol
There is an adjustment strap near the bar for the two outside lines which i used to its full extent.
I kinda figure the center line must be shorter and by a fair whack however in the manual states that all lines are equal length.
Sh1t I would have to stretch it well over 1mt..
Cheers Billy



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