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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby airsail » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:14 pm

Ozone are another brand that don’t require the canopy to be resewn after strut removal. The Reo’s are already light to start with so make a good single strut project.
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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:03 pm

I took the middle struts off the Razor. The center and wingtip struts off the fuel. Both fly well with no flutter issues. Tested the WH Gypsy today. I'll take all three off like the BWS. Rode that one today and had a great session. It jellyfishes when loaded up on the front lines only because of where in the canopy luffs Just behind the LE. There is enough dacron along the TE and along where the three struts were to stop TE flutter but it slows how the central canopy luffs enough to make it bounce. I pushed it to luff as hard as I could to see what would happen and there was no drama, just not ideal. Will tape a flexy piece of weed whacker cord as a batten from pump leash back into the profile like on the Naish RIdes to see If I cant get rid of that. If it works.... one patch goes back on the kite! If not, I live with it. It's easy enough to avoid with a bit of tension on the bar. It's rock solid when all four lines have some load. Drifts so well off the wind that I'll gladly put up with it.

The WH flies nicely, but might not relaunch well. I had no problem getting the BWS to relaunch yesterday when it hit the water, and its an easy self launch as the canopy inflates up to shape easily from a corner like the clouds do. Today I had a real hard time self launching the WH strutless. Just couldn't seem to get the canopy to inflate like the others. Resorted to flipping it on its back for straight up hotlaunch just to test it. Was a bit rushed and the kite in a dead spot, but I'm not going to relay on relaunch from any of the kites I take all struts off until I've proven they can go back up reliably from easy swim distance!
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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:05 pm

airsail wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:14 pm
Ozone are another brand that done require the canopy to be resewn after strut removal. The Reo’s are already light to start with so make a good single strut project.
I bet. So far I'm only working through the ones I have collecting dust. Stripping my fourth kite with no money into the project yet!

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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby NYKiter » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:31 pm

Put the knife to work....all struts removed weighed exactly 1 lbs. on the scale, so the kite is now a single pound lighter.

Will see how it flies...


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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:56 pm

NYKiter wrote:
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Put the knife to work....all struts removed weighed exactly 1 lbs. on the scale, so the kite is now a single pound lighter.

Will see how it flies...


Cool you did that, let's hear how it works out :naughty:

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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:16 pm

Please tell me you flew it with the struts deflated before you started cutting!
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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby NYKiter » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:01 pm

Nah...go big or go home eh?

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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby jumptheshark » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:56 pm

If your serious, that sounds crazy to me.

Takes literally 15 minutes to make sure your not going to ruin your kite.
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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:30 pm

True, but respect for going all the way out on the limb, the point of no return :rollgrin:

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Re: DIY Neo Strutless?

Postby Peert » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:18 pm

You might need to trim the trailing edge a bit. Looking at the foto you get the impression the TE will flutter at the tip strut location...


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