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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby lightandfrost » Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:49 am

Suggest you cross reference this post. It deals with restoring flight performance

viewtopic.php?f=197&t=2410952&p=1147911&
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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby jbrodin » Sun Dec 19, 2021 3:44 pm

lightandfrost wrote:
Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:49 am
Suggest you cross reference this post. It deals with restoring flight performance

viewtopic.php?f=197&t=2410952&p=1147911&
Thanks, link added in the initial post!

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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby keegster17 » Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:14 pm

maybe stupid thought but what about soaking the lines in water, so they become free of dirt, that shrinks them?

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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby kitexpert » Sun Dec 19, 2021 9:54 pm

keegster17 wrote:
Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:14 pm
maybe stupid thought but what about soaking the lines in water, so they become free of dirt, that shrinks them?
It is not about dirt but pre-stretch of the lines cancelling itself over time and mechanical stress like going through pulleys.Dirt is only additive of that process

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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby rnelias » Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:49 am

It may sound a little bit silly but, first of all,

What's the behavior we should expect from a foil kite perfectly tuned?

I mean... are there some simple flying tests to check: stability, speed, folding tips, forward/backstall tendencies, misalignment, etc...?

It would be good, for noobies on foil kites like me, that some experienced kiter explain what we should look for in the first place. Otherwise, we will just blindly follow the FS instructions on how to perform mixer tests... :(
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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby jbrodin » Mon Dec 20, 2021 11:26 am

rnelias wrote:
Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:49 am
It may sound a little bit silly but, first of all,

What's the behavior we should expect from a foil kite perfectly tuned?

I mean... are there some simple flying tests to check: stability, speed, folding tips, forward/backstall tendencies, misalignment, etc...?

It would be good, for noobies on foil kites like me, that some experienced kiter explain what we should look for in the first place. Otherwise, we will just blindly follow the FS instructions on how to perform mixer tests... :(
Good point. I can tell, from experience, if a kite deteriorates over time, but that is not the same as having a systematic way of checking the performance. I suppose the best is a back to back test with a well tuned kite of the same model.

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Re: Tuning of foil kites

Postby Henk » Tue Oct 04, 2022 11:45 am

jbrodin wrote:
Fri Dec 17, 2021 1:47 pm
The Z-row can be extended to match the A-row again, either with an extension pigtail or by moving the steering lines further out, on the knots inside the bar floaters.
I would suggest to lengthen Z-main instead of lengthening your steering lines. The latter will move the mixer out en therefore limit your depower range. Not a good solution for kiting in low-wind, where you want to prevent a back-stall.


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