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How to attach U-Stick valves on a kite bladder?

1 How to assemble an Orange U-Stick valve on my Orange U-Stick bladder?
2 How to assemble a FIX KIT valve on my old bladder?

 

1 How to assemble an Orange U-Stick valve on my Orange U-Stick bladder?

Leading edge bladders work as membranes only and must be contained by the sewn sleeve of the leading edge. Leading edges are usually inflated to between 6psi and 8psi. A bladder not contained and supported by a sewn outer sleeve will swell and burst with just 2psi. A bladder that is twisted or short will swell if it is not restricted by the sewn sleeve and may burst. Make sure that the bladder is supported at all points by the sewn sleeve so that it does not need to stretch to fill any voids. A hemorrhage indicates that the bladder was not properly supported at that spot. Even though our Orange bladders are build to last, make sure that they are properly supported.

U-Stick kitebladder cut hole

After you have setup the precise places of the valves. Carefully cut out a small hole where the valve will be placed. Be careful not to cut both sides.

U-Stick kitebladder cleaning

Wipe down the area around the marking(s) with the alcohol wipe provided, ALLOW TO AIR-DRY. the peel and stick valve will not adhere to the bladder if it hasn't been properly cleaned with the alcohol wipe provided.

u-stick kitebladder remove release paper

Peel the release paper off of the base of the valve. Don't touch the sticky backside.

U-Stick valve kitebladder

Stick the valve(s) to the bladder paying attention to the marking(s) and the valve arm position. Always put your bladder on a sollid flat ground. Watch out for wrinkels. Or the valve could leak on the side.

U-Stick Kite valve press Kite bladder

Work around the perimeter of the valve base firmly pressing the valve onto the bladder. flip the bladder over and continue to press the valve on from the backside. work all the visible air bubbles out from below the valve.

2. How to assemble a FIX KIT valve on my old bladder

The difference between a FIX KIT valve and a standard U-STICK Orange valve is that the FIX KIT valve uses another adhesive to guarantee a better bond on old bladders.The 3 inch diameter base allows you to easily span almost any hole left after removing a faulty valve. A quick simple solution to fix what used to be a fatal problem. If you're looking to assemble a brand new bladder please check out the U-STICK valves. FIX KIT valves wouldn't be necessary if it wasn't for the wrong assembly technique used by overseas manufacturers to build OEM bladders. In recent years most major kite brands have had valve failure on some level. Usually these failures consist of a valve that slowly peels off the bladder. You'll be happy to know that all our bladders are manufactured in our own facility in the United States. We can count with one hand the number of valves that have given us trouble since 2000.

U-Stick kite valve peel off

Most OEM valves will peel off easily after being soaked in boiling hot water for a minute or two.

U-Stick kite valve cut kite bladder

If hot water won't allow you to peel off the valve don't pull too hard. get a pair of scissors and cut carefully around the perimeter of the valve.

U-Stick kitebladder cleaning

Wipe down the area around the marking(s) with the alcohol wipe provided, ALLOW TO AIR-DRY. the peel and stick valve will not adhere to the bladder if it hasn't been properly cleaned with the alcohol wipe provided.

U-Stick valve stick on kitebladder

Stick the valve(s) to the bladder paying attention to the marking(s) and the valve arm position. Place the valve over the hole. Do not stick to the inside of the bladder.

U-Stick Kite valve press Kite bladder

Work around the perimeter of the valve base firmly pressing the valve onto the bladder. flip the bladder over and continue to press the valve on from the backside. work all the visible air bubbles out from below the valve.