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Foil kite care & maintenance tips

Postby dave1986 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:11 am

I'll soon be receiving my first Chrono V3 Ultralight foil kite so I'm keen to learn any tips about keeping it in good condition.

Other than the obvious things like try to avoid crashing it and dont store it wet and sandy can anyone offer any other advice? Are there any areas of the kite which are particularly vulnerable to wear and damage?

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Re: Foil kite care & maintenance tips

Postby foilholio » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:37 pm

Avoid sunlight

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Re: Foil kite care & maintenance tips

Postby dave1986 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:16 pm

foilholio wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:37 pm
Avoid sunlight
Cool. I'll be sure only to use my new kite after sunset :thumb: :rollgrin:

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Re: Foil kite care & maintenance tips

Postby cor » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:39 pm

-Depending on the kite, it might require trimming after a few sessions
-I rinse my Soul from time to time to get rid of any salt-/sand-crystals that might have become stuck in the seams etc.

Apart from that I give it a good night kiss which makes my gf jealous sometimes.
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Re: Foil kite care & maintenance tips

Postby Foil » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:02 pm

In case no one mentions it.
The 4 pulleys on the speed system, it's so important to keep them from seizing, as this will quickly wear through the bridle line and snap!
simply rinse after every session, I have a little tub full of water in the garage and grab all 4 pulleys and give them a good dunking, then push the pulley wheels around, and leave them outside the kite to dry, on the odd occasion when they are really mucky then I rinse them in clean water before driving away from the beach and leave them resting in a T towel in the car on the way home.
The other Dave warned me about this as the seized pulley thing happened on his soul, and nearly wore through the bridle line before he noticed.

Also download all the bridle length info for the Chrono v3 from the Ozone web site, print off and highlight the 13mtr info, then watch gunnars how to check and adjust your chrono kite bridle lines, watch twice, save it, as its gold when you need the info.

The Chrono V3 Ul. (yours)
Steve's 15mtr and 11mtr are over 12 months old, used every week and more, and when we checked the speed system and and the long bridle lengths they were not in need of adjustment, no surprise as they were flying just great, we checked the 15mtr as a training session for me on how to do it. easy! when you know how.
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Re: Foil kite care & maintenance tips

Postby mgs » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:42 pm

@dave1986 – As well as keeping the pulleys sand free you will also need to keep the zip sand free as well. I brush the sand off the pulleys and Zip after each session and periodically apply a silicon lubricant to both using a cloth to wipe away the surplus. It’s really a case of continued preventive maintenance to ensure all is well.
It’s also worth ensuing the bridle/speed system is tangle free with the pigtails secured by the velcro holders in preparation for your next session.


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