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Kite Bladder Repair Manual | How to replace a Best Kite Bladder?

    

Leading Edge Bladder replacement - Best Kiteboarding.    Strut Bladder replacement - Best Kiteboarding

1 How to deassemble your old Best Kite Bladder?

open u-stick leading edge

U-stick Leading edge kite bladder manual

Leading edge kitebladder deassemble

Open the velcro(s) at(both) the end(s) of your dacron sleeve which supports your kite bladder.

Attach a kite line at either the two bladder ends you have exposed now (when replacing a leading edge) or in case you're replacing a strut attach the kite line to the valve. Make sure the kite line is attached firmly so you can pull the kite bladder out of the dacron sleeve while pulling the kite line in.

Pull the kite bladder out of the kite using either the zipper in the middle of the leading edge sleeve (when replacing a leading edge) or via the velcro opening at the strut end.

2 How to assemble a new Best Leading Edge Kite Bladder?

U-Stick leading edge kitebladder

U-Stick leading edge kite bladder attach flying line

U-Stick leading edge kitebladder

Start in the middle of the leading edge and stack half the kite bladder like an accordion leaving the end of the bladder on top. place the bladder in front of the dacron sleeve opening at the middle of the leading edge.

Tie the previously added kite line to the end of the new kite  bladder.

Pull the kite bladder into the leading edge by pulling the kite line, watch that the bladder doesn't get stuck in the process. Repeat this and the previous two steps to install the other half of the kite bladder.

U-Stick Leading edge kite bladder installeren

U-Stick Leading edge kite bladder installeren

 

Make sure the bladder ends run all the way to the end of the leading edge sleeve and that the bladder ends are properly secured when the velcro sleeve ends are closed.

After seating all the valves in their openings slowly inflate the leading edge kite bladder. Watch for any soft wrinkled areas that could indicate a twisted kite bladder. If the bladder is twisted or if the ends are not properly seated the bladder may get damaged upon full inflation.

 

3 How to assemble a new Best Strut Kite Bladder?

U-Stick strut kite bladder install manual

U-Stick Strut kite bladder attach flying line

U-Stick strut bladder install

Invert the head of the Best strut back inside itself.

Run a kite line in the inflation valve hole and out the tail of the strut. tie the flying line firmly to the valve.

Pull the kite bladder into the strut sleeve by the kite line. you may need to push the valve into the tail of the sleeve with your fingers before pulling with the kite line.

U-Stick Strut kite bladder sleeve close

U-Stick strut kite bladder shake

U-Stick Strut kite bladder pump

Make sure the bladder end extends all the way to the end of the bladder sleeve and that the bladder end is properly secured when the velcro sleeve end is closed.

Seat the valve in the hole in the strut sleeve. before inflating the bladder you need to shake the bladder down to fill the void in front of the inflation valve. hold the tail of the strut sleeve and repeatedly shake the bladder down towards the end with a number of brisk jerks.

After placing the bladder in the right position. Pump the strut. Make sure the strut is not twisted. Look for small wrinkles when pumping.

How to install a Best Leading Edge with elbows?

A wrap around leading edge bladder not only inflates the leading edge but also the wingtips on either side. Most often there is a hard 90 degree corner where the leading edge bladder wraps around from the leading edge to the wingtip. If the bladder is not properly positioned in this 90 degree corner, or elbow, it may be damaged upon inflation.

U-Stick leading edge kitebladder

Remember that the shape of the sewn sleeve dictates the shape of the bladder. It is for this reason that your bladder is straight and doesn't have the 90 degree elbow that the sewn sleeve has. You'll notice that the original doesn't have a 90 degree corner either. Install the bladder normally according to the leading edge bladder installation instructions.

U-Stick leading edge kite bladder installation

u-stick leading edge kitebladder installation

U-Stick leading edge kitebladder installation

most kites with a wrap around leading edge offer a small Velcro opening on the inside of the elbow that is just large enough to fit a finger in. Use the opening to accommodate the bladder as it makes the corner.

you want the bladder to run around the outside of the elbow. this will ensure that there is sufficient bladder to fully inflate this area of the sewn sleeve.

You DO NOT want the bladder to "cut the corner" or be pulled tight to the inside of the elbow. this is because the bladder will need to stretch to fully fill the elbow and reach the far side of the sewn sleeve. Inflating the kite without accommodating the bladder in the elbow will almost always result in damage to the bladder.