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Bladder Installation Manual

This manual will show you how to re-install your kite's inflatable bladders.

 

A word of advice...

It is much easier if two people change inflatable bladders to get them in the correct position. Check the bladder isn’t twisted or pulling on the valves prior to full inflation. Twisted or improperly installed bladders will cause damage to the bladder and even explosion of the kite!

 

STRUT REMOVAL

S1. Detach one pump tube from the valve (if any)
S2. Connect the rope to the valve and push the valve into the tube
S3. Open the strut's end and pull the bladder out of the tube

STRUT INSERTION

S1. Fold front of the bladder inside itself and connect the rope to the valve
S2. Connect the rope to the valve and push the valve into the tube
S3. Insert the bladder back into the tube carefully, do not twist it!
S4. Pull the valve back through the valve hole
S5. Inflate the bladder to 1/3, tap on it to position itself correctly
S6. Align excess of the bladder with the strut end, push it back in, do not twist it and close the strut end
S7. Fully inflate the bladder, but be careful for twists!
S8. Mount back one pump system (if any)

LEADING EDGE REMOVAL

S1. Open kite’s tip end and connect rope to the bladder end
S2. Push all valves into the LE tube
S3. Pull the bladder out from the tube through kite’s central zipper
S4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other half of the LE tube

LEADING EDGE INSERTION

S1. Nicely lay kite down flat, valve holes facing upwards, and attach rope to the bladder end
S2. Pull stacked bladder back into the kite through central zipper
S3. Pull valves back through the valve holes
S4. Mount back one pump system (if any)
S5. Detach the rope from the bladder, help the bladder to align
S6. Repeat steps 1-5 for the other half of the leading edge
S7. Close the tube’s central zipper, inflate the bladder to 1/3
S8. Tap on it from centre to tips, to position itself correctly
S9. Align both tips of the bladder with the tube ends and close them
S10. Fully inflate the bladder, but be careful for the twists!

 

IMPORTANT!

Check and align possible caught bladder material between valves and valve holes prior inflation!

Tips & Tricks

Want to know how to avoid most known kite bladder installation problems? Check our 12+1 Tips & Tricks article here!

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