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One pesky sticker, a weird wrap and spring gone. Found some extra spars in my bag that are now useable. Anyone else try this? Let the comments fly. This forum is quiet and I'm in a conference tomorrow. 20190206_214844.jpg

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i used two layers of electrical shrink tube to fix back the spring on the spar.  two years later is still holding 

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Perfectly fine to fly with no springs, if you want it that way. You could use shrink wrap and heat it with a soldering iron to hold those springs, if you like that. 

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I guess the sarcasm wasn't obvious enough. I don't like flying with springs, I removed them so they fit in the bag easier.

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How's the sail work without them?? I would guess just like any other Rev sail. Is yours the XX or the smaller 1.5 size?

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Flys normal, I bought a classic as my first Rev. I didn't know anything about Revs or Jon's history with them. Although I had met him and already owned a kymerra. I also picked up a reflex spider "thanks riff". But I rarely have a need for that much venting. Probably going to sell it and pick up a mid vent.

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23 hours ago, DTill said:

But I rarely have a need for that much venting.

You might check the wind speed to see how many days, in your area, the wind was over 18mph last couple of years before you sell the Spider. You may be surprised at how many days per year the wind is that strong. It's about 50 days per year in my neck of the woods. That means that almost 1 out 6 times I want to fly the Spider would be my choice. As Murphy's law states, the time you really need it you won't have one. I live in the Chicago area, "Windy City" and all, but the reference actually regards the politics and not the weather. Chicago is about average as far as wind speed goes, and before I had a full vent I spent many days flying very uncomfortably or not at all. 

If you can afford to keep it you might consider doing so. I recommend you have either a full- or extra-vent in your quiver.

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I have a over built 100% mesh for the gnarly days. Looking

to fill a gap in the bag.

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Then you've got it covered. That's good. I just wanted to make sure you don't miss any smiles. 🙂

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On an SUL you'd want that killer glide, it is available w/o reflex springs, you want to assemble (end-caps, washers, holes thru LE, etc) such that you introduce a pronounced curvature,... over the top of the leading edge. Your palm should fit between the sail and leading edge, touching neither.  The bridle choice doesn't matter, we each have our preferences, only that all this crap is locked down, rigid, tight. 

 

You are after a glide where where you can toss the kite parallel with the ground, and it goes like frisbee,.... no handles or flying line, it flies an unbelievable distance straight away from you.  Test1

i prefer a bridle configuration where you are gripping outside of the frame,.... any wiggling in your choice of bridle smooths out flight by deminishing pilot commands, first take out the wiggle slop!

how much mass is necessary for enjoyable flight dynamics?  Not enough and the kite needs tending on all four lines (like a Decca), too much and you have to flail and run around to MAKE flight.

straight or bent leading edge construction?  My no-sew experience had 'em straight, but we used SLE 7/16 inch tubes in ours, so they "threw" like a javelin!  Years later 18 and I've learned a lot since those experiments

folded over leading edge sleeve, or thicker choice to add some mass?

All spectra bridle, figure of eight knots and nail polish painted, to dry over night!

3M'sVHB 9460 bonding tape and a craft iron

we want pictures and enjoy the journey, I've been on it since 1993

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