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      Had to look that one up using your Google search.  The on-line images look exactly like a strop line, which I never heard of before.  Thanks!  For the time being I'm going to leave it intact as provided by the manufacturer until experience with the kite dictates what course of action would be best.  Good to know its purpose in order to make an informed decision, so thanks once again, Rob. Frank
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