OK. Here is a solid description of how to convert your 2007 Rise bridle to the 2008 set-up.
If these instructions do not make sense to you or if you lack confidence in your ability to make these changes please do not attempt the mod! Ocean Rodeo will be shipping 2007 Front Pulley Mod kits by the end of September which will include all the parts you need in the exact dimensions and will take roughly 1-2 minutes per kite to apply. Again, make the decission, can you, or can you not, wait 3 - 4 weeks for a simple to apply mod?
NOTE: See my posting at bottom - as of September 25th, 2007 the kits have arrived and are available for roughly $30 retail. Please contact a local shop to order one of these kits to avoid the hassle below.
Ok, for the brave at heart -> here we go!
You will need:
- 2 Stopper Balls with pre-drilled hole in center
- 1 Pair of Kook Proof connectors
- Black magic marker
- 1 to 2 beers
- 1-1.5 hours of your life
Your 2007 Rise shipped with a bridle set-up as shown below. In a very basic sense all we are going to do to your kite is this:
- remove the E Bridle line
- remove the pulley from your kite
- change the length of the F pulley line and attach it to the kite in a different way.
(click on any image to open a larger view)
Step 1 - Break It Down
- Remove the Pulley (F) Line from its attachment to both the E and G lines.
- Remove the Pulley from the Kite
- Remove the Pulley Connector from the Pulley. Set this aside to use later to attach the Pulley Line to the kite.
- Remove Bridle Line E from Bridle Lines C and D. Set E aside, you won’t need it.
- Cut the end of Pulley Line F, at the end with knots and not the end with the loop, as close to the last knot as possible to allow for the Pulley to easily be removed from the Pulley Line (F)
Image of Pulley Connector Cable - To be used later to attach Pulley Line to Kite
Step 2 - Make the New Pulley Line
- You are going to make a new length of Pulley Line from the existing Pulley Line.
- The Line’s measurements have been broken down into 2 sections, X and Y. Both section’s are measured inclusive of the loops on their ends used to attach the line to the bridle and kite.
- Below is a diagram of the new Pulley Line showing sections X and Y as well as the relative placement of the pulley on the line and how it attachs to the kite (we’ll get to that in a second)
- Also below is a chart which shows you the length each section of the new Pulley Line must be. Note that this measurement takes into account the length of the line inclusive of the loops at its end and the knot and stopper in the middle.
- Your old Pulley Line should now have on it one clean sewn end with a loop sewn into it and another cut end where the knots used to be.
- Take its entire length and do a Loop-to-Loop connection with both Bridle line C and Bridle line D by passing the Pulley Line loop through their respective loops and pulling the entire line through itself to attach.
- With the Pulley Line now attached to the ends of C and D pass the pulley onto the Pulley Line.
- Measure the length for section X and mark it with a black marker.
- Pass the pre-drilled stopper ball onto the Pulley Line and down to the marked section of the Pulley Line.
- Tie a knot in the Pulley Line such that the stopper ball sits right on the edge of the black mark and allows the pulley to travel the full length of the measured length for section X. Note: Be sure to tie a sufficient knot, or knots, to ensure the stopper ball will not pop over the knot!
Step 3 - Make Section Y and attach to Kite
- Section Y’s length is measured from the stopper ball to the kite. Section Y’s length is inclusive of the end loop you will tie and the old pulley connector you will use to connect it to the kite!
- Attach the Pulley Connector Line you removed above to the furthest back of the 2 front attachment points of the kite such that you can larks head a connection off of it (loop through sewn webbing, pass through itself)
- Measure the length of this connector from the kite. This length must be factored into the total length for section Y
- Measure the length you need for the Y section of the Pulley Line and mark this length with a marker. Remember to take into account the length of the attachment point (above) that you will larks head this line to. The combined length of Section Y and this attachment point must equal the length set out for Y in the chart above.
- Tie a loop in the end of section Y using an overhand knot such that the apex of the loop ends at the length required for section Y.
- Larks head connect section Y to the connector.
Step 4 - Set up the Pulley
- Use your extra set of Kook Proof Connectors to loop through the pulley to allow for your front lines to be attached to this floating pulley.
Step 5 - Check your G Line Length
- Most Rise kites shipped with a standard G Line Length, some had shorter lengths.
- Check your G Line length against the chart above.
- If your G Line is shorter than need be either make an extension out of Q line or make a whole new length of G line based on the measurements above.
You’re Done! Things should look like this when you are done, with the rear line attachments in the back ground and front line attachments on the floating pulley in the foreground.
One Final Note
- Take the time to also run your lines out and check their length. With the trim line fully extended and the chicken loop tight against the bar the 4 lines should all be the same length.
- This new set-up will be prone to back flying in light wind if your front lines are stretched out by even 2-3”
Remember! If you are not comfortable with this modification wait 3 weeks! Shipping by the end of September will be 2007 Front Line Pulley Mod Kits for 2007 Rise Kites. They will include:
- Replacement Pulley Line with replacement Pulley and Kook Proof Connector installed
- Replacement G Rear Line
- Extra Kook Proof Connectors to attach Pully Line to kite.
- Easy to follow instructions
estimated total time for modification, under 2 minutes.
John Z - OR