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Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby yojimbo » Thu May 16, 2013 7:09 pm

Self-launched yesterday and my kite got hung up and went all haywire. Immediately pulled on the chicken loop quick release and nothing happened. I immediately moved the DK and unhooked, and so all was good.

I had not had to use the quick release on my chicken loop in a long time, and what with the build up of sand and salt the unit had frozen shut.

When I got home I rinsed it out really well and sprayed it down with WD40.

No matter how confident I become in my skills, no matter how well prepared I think I am, something always pops up.
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Re: Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby TomAUSTRIA » Thu May 16, 2013 7:38 pm

Which brand and year was the quick release?
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Re: Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby WindMuch » Thu May 16, 2013 8:50 pm

I open my release almost every time I hook in before a session - just to be sure it works. Even when the Chomp-O-Meter™ is at 11, if figure it could save my life.

Glad you're OK!

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Re: Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby kandrey89 » Thu May 16, 2013 10:04 pm

I was just reading something a while back that recommended to check the safety system often and know how to use it :)

I have itchy fingers, I'd probably check the chicken loop several times before getting in the water just because of the clickyty-clackity sound :mrgreen:
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Re: Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby mcfly777 » Thu May 16, 2013 10:10 pm

Yojimbo, glad you're ok. Just one comment about WD-40. I read somewhere that there are dry lubricants out there to be used for these applications. WD-40 may stay on the part and stick to sand. Not sure what a recommendation for a good dry lubricant is, someone may have used it here.

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Re: Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby kandrey89 » Thu May 16, 2013 10:19 pm

Yeah, I was about to say it but had to run off. It's not a good idea to use WD40 on non-metal parts.
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Postby jwest21 » Fri May 17, 2013 9:44 am

+1 for F-one bar, it may seem old school but I have no worries of sand or ice messing with my release.
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Postby le noun » Fri May 17, 2013 10:57 am

jwest21 wrote:+1 for F-one bar, it may seem old school but I have no worries of sand or ice messing with my release.

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Postby jwest21 » Fri May 17, 2013 11:11 am

WD-40 will break down polycarbonate plastics, is that what they use on a kite bar?
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Re: Check your chicken loop quick release

Postby sflinux » Fri May 17, 2013 1:20 pm

I've been using Bosch T-9 spray lubricant for several years with no ill effects.
http://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-G2870-T-9-oz-Aerosol/dp/B0000DD1DV/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1368821803&sr=8-3-fkmr1&keywords=bosch+t-9+lubricant
What brand chicken loop was it? I retired a liquid force 2008 chicken loop because it jammed as you described (very bad design).
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