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Re: Naish Park/Dash - like kite but not Naish?

Postby Topaz » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:53 am

seaplus wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:33 pm

...Figured I could wait this out and see if any struts go limp...sure enough, an outboard
strut went flat in a minute. Bingo...I bet the leak is coming from that strut.
Not necessarily. Again, if that strut bladder inner valve is faulty the strut bladder will deflate when the main bladder is deflated, but will hold the air when the main bladder has pressure.

I assume you don't have any place where to submerge the kite inflated. That's what I do, but I have a pool handy.
If you don't hear a hissing or soapy water bubbles coming out, you can pump the kite and wait.
If only the main bladder deflates, then, oh my, it's the main bladder.
A leaking strut will deflate the main bladder as well, so you will never get only one strut deflated.
If you get one strut plus the main bladder, then aim for that strut.
This will work if all inner valves are ok.
Any faulty inner valve will deflate its strut, even if the strut doesn't really have a leak.

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Re: Naish Park/Dash - like kite but not Naish?

Postby seaplus » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:59 pm

Copy...
Any faulty inner valve will deflate its strut, even if the strut doesn't really have a leak.
I discovered the slow leak while kiting...20mins riding and noticed some "flapping" going on.
Came in and pumped up hard...waited 20mins and noticed 3 of the 5 struts were limp, along with a spongy bladder...pull the plug and went home.

At home I did the procedure you reposted
Figured I could wait this out and see if any struts go limp...sure enough, an outboard
strut went flat in a minute. Bingo...I bet the leak is coming from that strut.
...now remembering the kite session, I bet I have 3 octopi failing.
I'm going to disconnect and re-Teflon all 5 struts and see if that does the trick.

I have 5 Drafts in my quiv...prolly need to Teflon all the octopi. That's a sh_tload of struts.

Tim

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Re: Naish Park/Dash - like kite but not Naish?

Postby tautologies » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:56 am

seaplus wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:59 pm
Copy...
Any faulty inner valve will deflate its strut, even if the strut doesn't really have a leak.
I discovered the slow leak while kiting...20mins riding and noticed some "flapping" going on.
Came in and pumped up hard...waited 20mins and noticed 3 of the 5 struts were limp, along with a spongy bladder...pull the plug and went home.

At home I did the procedure you reposted
Figured I could wait this out and see if any struts go limp...sure enough, an outboard
strut went flat in a minute. Bingo...I bet the leak is coming from that strut.
...now remembering the kite session, I bet I have 3 octopi failing.
I'm going to disconnect and re-Teflon all 5 struts and see if that does the trick.

I have 5 Drafts in my quiv...prolly need to Teflon all the octopi. That's a sh_tload of struts.

Tim
It really is not super hard once you've done it once. Make sure you do not put too much teflon tape on. Max 2 rounds should be more than sufficient. I would consider pumping up the kite between working on the strut.

It sounds a bit weird that 3 struts go limp when the LE stays inflated, but when you deflate the LE only one does...I might have misunderstood what is happening.
I've never had an issue identifying where a leak was in my bladder, but on the otherhand I also have not experienced issues much at all.

Like topaz is saying when you deflate the LE it does not make it certain you have a strut issue just because it lose pressure, but if it happens when you have the whole kite inflated then yeah there is something going on.


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