Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
andy666

Peter Lynn arc spars for under $15

Recommended Posts

Just a bit of info on how to make your own replacement arc spars on the cheap with a few bits from Bunnings.

Making your own spars is handy if you want to keep the original compact spars in good condition for when you travel or if buying an arc 2nd hand it can be a lot cheaper to get it shipped without the spars. (I got a 15m charger shipped from Perth for $17 kite only, vs $120 with the spars and bag)

materials:

3m length of 12mm round aluminium tube from Bunnings (https://www.bunnings.com.au/metal-mate-12-x-1mm-3m-aluminium-round-tube_p1079420)

4x 13mm chair leg end caps from Bunnings (https://www.bunnings.com.au/tic-13mm-round-black-plastic-external-chair-tip-4-pack_p4050044)

glue of choice.

how to:

simply cut the tubing to to correct length using this handy reference chart direct from Peter Lynn.

4F31AFB2-1854-45F9-99E4-68E6C100FABB.thumb.png.25eeb37623c47fe1ce878dd632938e07.png

next, score the alloy with some sandpaper to give the adhesive something to grab on to.

183DEC17-BC7F-4A03-9317-F8C24F379632.thumb.png.68ea53c5fadd06b11c514e0aec96c06a.png

choose your adhesive. It doesn’t really matter what you use because it’s only to hold the cap on when pulling the spar out of the pocket on the kite. Some examples are below. I chose the grey gasket sealant because it was already open. Really though even a few wraps of duct tape would work.

BFD68CA0-5DD5-4325-AA19-2F2FBF48388B.thumb.png.cb170354ca3751ec69a02cd6f1ffd85c.png

Fill the cap with the adhesive.

4DA7E7B0-1172-4601-83F3-5AF60D198AE5.thumb.png.18956748521c959785d29d0b0eee385e.png

and put a bead around the top of the alloy.

E2140092-AFFE-402D-A715-3A216E0F2BB9.thumb.png.aa1b5df25ea74d222c151f9f4ee3d029.png

push the cap on, wipe off the excess and repeat for the rest of the ends.

1BCE71E5-2D90-4DBF-836B-DA9A497D7C3B.thumb.png.914e1eceb1d7f37c7f03d0eb1fdbb0ae.png

Happy days 👍

F399A893-2214-46B6-BEB9-EE2B7BC40636.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope they don't buckle or break on you @andy666, the aluminium you get at Bunnies is the weakest grade. Personally, I would make them out of Tasi Oak instead which is also sold at Bunnies, which I did for my Venom and Synergy -- still holding strong. Being wood you do have to laquer them though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers, I never really considered wood. If the alloy doesn’t work I will replace with the wood. What size did you use?

another option I thought of was the fibreglass tent rods. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, andy666 said:

Cheers, I never really considered wood. If the alloy doesn’t work I will replace with the wood. What size did you use?

another option I thought of was the fibreglass tent rods. 

Fibreglass tent poles work a treat. And the benefit of those is that you can also fold them up. Nice and light too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, andy666 said:

Cheers, I never really considered wood. If the alloy doesn’t work I will replace with the wood. What size did you use?

another option I thought of was the fibreglass tent rods. 

16mm diameter tasi oak. 

As for the fibre glass rods, if the ferrules are steel they will rust especially if taken in the water despite the galvanised surface. Price of wood is a bargain, can't go wrong there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×