4. Bladder Replacement Set

Leading Edge Bladder Replacement

To remove and replace the Leading Edge Bladder you will need the supplied screwdriver, the centre flying lines on your control bar and a friend.

Leading Edge Bladder removal
1. Lay kite out flat on ground, twist the leading edge so that all the sprint valves are exposed and grab a friend!
2. Unscrew Airlock Valve and remove the ring from the bladder thread with finger. Pic 1
3. Unscrew and remove base collars from all leading edge valves and keep safe. Pic 2
4. Remove tubing and tube collars from each valve along the leading edge (refer to sprint system replacement). Pic 3
5. Push each valve through into the leading edge. Pic 4
6. Open the leading edge at both wing tips, pull the velcro apart, unfold the sleeve to reveal the ends of the leading edge bladder. Pic 5
7. Slide the line connectors off from your centre lines, as you need the narrower loops of the flying lines (you will need to unwrap a sufficient length of lines). Pic 6
8. Attach line with a lark’s head to end of bladder in front of the white Cabrinha label. Repeat with other line at opposite end. Pic 7
9. Whilst your accomplice holds the wingtip in place, pull and completely remove the shorter half of bladder and place it onto the kite. Pic 8
10. Open the access zip in leading edge. Pic 9
11. Place your hand inside the access zip and separate the velcro from the bladder around the valve, to fully free the other side of bladder. Pic 10
12. Once you have pulled the rest of the bladder out, detach lines from the ends and attach them to the pump adaptor to stop them accidentally pulling back through the leading edge. Pic 11

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Leading Edge Bladder replacement
1. Lay bladder out on kite, main valve in the centre and all valves facing up. Pic 1
2. Stack one side of the bladder by lifting a short section at a time and folding it back on itself. Pic 2
3. Attach relevant line. Pic 3
4. Place folded half of bladder next to access zip and feed bladder into leading edge to prevent it twisting, as your friend pulls the line from the wingtip. Pic 4
5. Locate valves and push them up through the leading edge sleeve. Pic 5
6. Repeat with the other side. Pic 6
7. Locate main valve and push through and onto velcro; Pic 7
8. Attach all valve base collars and screw tight. Pic 8
9. Push on tubes and tighten tube collars by pushing up to valve while stretching tube (refer to Sprint System Replacement). Pic 9
10. Attach airlock valve. Pic 10
11. Remove lines, fold in bladder tips and close. Pic 11
12. Close pinch clamps on sprint system and pump leading edge to check that there are no twists. Pic 12
13. Replace line connectors, wrap bar and thank friend!

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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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