3. Strut Bladder Replacement

To remove and replace a Strut Bladder you will need the supplied screwdriver and a centre flying line on your control bar.

Strut Bladder removal
1. Unroll kite and lay flat on the ground.
2. Remove sprint system tubing from the strut valve by pulling and twisting the tubing and collar. Pic 1
3. Unscrew and remove the sprint base collar from the sprint inflation valve. Pic 2
4. Remove line connector from one centre line. Pic 3
5. Using the end of the centre line place a larks head over the sprint inflation valve thread and pull tight. Pic 4
6. Push the valve through into the strut taking care not to knock the lark’s head off. Pic 5
7. Open the strut at the trailing edge, separating the velcro and unfold. Pic 6
8. Slowly pull out bladder making sure that the line is running through. Pic 7

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Strut Bladder replacement
1. Holding bladder up, push top of bladder back in on itself so that the fold rests just above the valve. Pic 1
This will prevent the bladder from snagging or twisting when inflating.
2. Fold both sides at the front of the bladder under the valve. Pic 2
3. Lay the bladder on the ground behind the strut, valve up.
4. Attach lark’s head and push valve through sheath and into strut. Pic 3
5. Return to leading edge and using the line, gently pull the bladder up until the valve reaches the opening. Pic 4
6. Carefully pull valve through, checking not to catch any bladder material. Pic 5
7. Remove lark’s head and replace base collar. Pic 6
8. At trailing edge push bladder into kite and fold back over, pushing down on the velcro to secure. Pic 7
9. Replace tubing and collar (refer to sprint system replacement). Pic 8
10. Inflate to check strut is correctly aligned (rather than inflate all the kite, remove the tubing from LE and only inflate strut). Pic 9
11. The bladder should fill the strut without twists, cavities or wrinkles in between the valve and the leading edge. Pic 10
12. Replace tubing and collars securely.

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