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DIY PU Tubing

Postby alford » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:05 pm

How do I add PU cover to my sheeting lines? Where to source the tubing? Is it difficult to do? Thanks

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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby OzBungy » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:59 pm

Buy it on ebay. Pull it through with a piece of line. Lubricate with water. You can soften the tube with hot water. It's quite hard to pull through.

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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby tomtom » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:48 am

glue depower line on thinner line with superglue - make clean 45 degree cut on both lines and glue it. work glue into line with peace of thin plastic bag - to not glue finger

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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby OzBungy » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:09 am

It's easy enough to sew PU with a domestic sewing machine if you want to anchor it into place.

It's not strictly necessary to sew it. I have had a couple of DIY repairs and customisations where I've simply relied on friction and the hardware at either end (it doesn't matter if the tube on leader line moves, for depower the shackle on one end and the chicken loop on the other secured the tube).

You need to think through your project and decide for yourself.

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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby tomtom » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:52 pm

But in first place do not use PU tube :) Much worse steering and feel
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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby OzBungy » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:43 pm

You cannot add PU tube to the centre line on a bar not made for PU tube. The hole will be too small. The tube will jam if you try to steer and sheet at the same time. It's tolerable, but not pleasant. You might be able to make it work by using a thinner depower line and thinner tube.

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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby alford » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:51 pm

Thanks, so many choices on the PU tubing though

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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby Jyoder » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:56 am

Bought some 6mm OD 4mm ID PU tube on eBay and tried it out today on my DIY bar. Worked like a charm! Glad I won’t be going through my 4mm Amsteel sheeting line so fast. No friction issues so far. Hardly noticed a difference. I have a bunch of extra tubing if anyone wants some.
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Re: DIY PU Tubing

Postby cglazier » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:22 am

I use bars with PU tubing (Ozone) and without (Naish).
I prefer the feel without.
Contrary to what some expect about smoother action, the PU tubing can bind and make depowering difficult when turning hard and holding the bar sideways. If you are doing a kiteloop or downloop this can be a problem.

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