John Barresi

LE tabs (service available for Revs)

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Extend the durability, lifespan and performance of your 1.5 sized Revolution kite (includes EXP, SLE, B-Series, B-Pro, printed sails, etc) with tab reinforcements along the length of your leading edge mesh - the exact same mods I make to my own own equipment, they are now available to other fliers upon request.

These mods will not prevent mesh tears entirely, but will make the kite more stable, reduce damage and ensure that your kite maintains it's important flight shape for much longer than normal.

Ordering notes:

  • All sails should be folded and sent without frames.
  • Return shipping is included during check out, we pack and mail the sails via USPS Priority Mail flat rate box (US customers only), $13.45 covers shipping for up to 1-4 sails, $18.45 for 5-8 sails.
  • All apparent dirt and sand should be cleaned out of the kites before sending (not good for our sewing machine) and a $10 cleaning fee will apply to each sail that we need to clean ourselves.

Order here - http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/28-leading-edge-tabs-15/

Also available, wear strips and a second trailing edge stitch - all the same mods I do to my own factory Revs. ;) 

http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/31-wear-stretch-strips/

http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/32-2nd-trailing-edge-stitch/

 

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I'll be taking you up on this. Get my kites all ready for summer.


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We'll have to put heads together on shipping, let me know when you're ready via PM and we'll set you up... The cart doesn't have LE tab shipping configured for international yet. ;)

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Will do. Probably do ALL my revs in one hit to mitigate the postage. Will be in September as I've got a kite fest end of August.


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I nice offering but ideally, the additional reinforcing tabs should be placed flat on the leading edge material and it built "OVER" them, so they encompass the leading edge tubes not just the mesh gap and the exterior remains silky smooth.  A good time to install kevlar patches at high stress areas as well, while the leading edge is unfinished.  

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Indeed Paul, if someone wants to go trough the trouble of rebuilding a leading edge, it is more ideal to place tabs and such seamlessly - this ain't that service, nor is it priced as such. :)

The tabs are enough for me, no issues - although it'd be nice to see quad makers build this in, instead of leaving the built-in obsolescence.

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I had John do all of my pros.  He did a great job on them.  I'm going to have him do Kari's after WSIKF, and some of my older production Revs.  



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Hi, I have two brand new kites, not revs, but, you know, the other rev, the [F] rev, maybe its not worth it for these kites but I thought i'd look into it. Its for my boy [23] who's new to quads and I think he'd really appreciate having it done.  Were going to WSIKF and am thinking of giving the kites to Mr.B around the end of the fest if he'll do it., it will save some postage and some time. Looks like a very nice job. I have a sewing machine but have large fingers like tootsie rolls made of butter. Just having him sign the kite would be worth the money. So everyone knows, it's for my boy, I don't fly btw, he breaks em, I crate em. I haven't made up my mind to do it yet but since there's some time left.......   Maybe some feedback is what I'm looking for. btw, checking Ocean shores kites website, andy has all his b-series on sale for 199.

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I'm definitely looking to have this done on my new Rev B. Is there a general idea of turnaround time for this service in the coming weeks? I'd like to send it in sooner than later but I'm not sure what your schedules are like.

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Good question, I totally should have updated with a current turnaround given the fact I'm currently at WSIKF... Work will resume on Wednesday, working time is usually 2-4 days (+ transit).

Thanks for your interest! :)

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Added wear strips and trailing edge mod to the shop. ;)

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This is exactly why I treasure my LE tabs...

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My Pro STD, you can see the mesh has broken down along the majority of the LE but the tabs keep the sail in place so my airfoil doesn't go to crap. :)


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Nope, kite in hand and shot with iPhone 6. 

That'd be more like this... ;)

 

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10 hours ago, John Barresi said:

This is exactly why I treasure my LE tabs...

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My Pro STD, you can see the mesh has broken down along the majority of the LE but the tabs keep the sail in place so my airfoil doesn't go to crap. :)


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Might as well just lose all of the remaining mesh. That should make the kite fly faster in reverse. At this point it only adds weight and blocks air flow. If you don't want to lose the momentum the existing mass offers, the upright tubes can be "strategically" weighted at the lower tips, to increase glide ratio at the same time. Weighting the lower tips of the uprights should also make axels a bit flatter. Can be a win/win/win combination.

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Obviously the LE reinforcement tabs is a very good idea. Of course, this got me thinking......  seeing how we have probably 6 sewing machines in the house (my wife quilts, need I say more). About two weeks ago I was with my wife in the local Jo-Ann Fabric store and I started looking for something suitable to use for reinforcement tabs. The only thing I could find that looked about right was some black 1" wide nylon strapping, like you might use for straps on a bag.

OK, now the big question. Is this the type of material used when you do the LE mods, or are you using some super fantastic, limited production substance that's only available to individuals with at least a dozen World Championships to their credit?

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Just finished work on an older Nylon SLE sail for @zachprism01 from the Karma drawing - got this in the nick of time, it was already starting to show stress marks on the sail along the verticals (which lead to sail rips if left unsupported)...

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Also, the single stitch trailing edge with Nylon stretches way more and causes the trailing edge to actually scallop inward and recede.

Nylon is way more flexible and porous (water absorption), so it especially benefits from some extra love. ;)

Finished with wear strips, LE tabs and the 2nd trailing edge stitch:

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On 8/1/2016 at 3:58 PM, John Barresi said:

Also available, wear strips and a second trading edge stitch - all the same mods I do to my own factory Revs. ;) 

"Trading edge"? -- oops, edit time.

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Geez, looking at the pics. My revs need a service!


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