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    Default How To Question About Replacing Winger Tubing

    The rubber tubing on my ZW II is 2 years old and starting to look like it needs to be changed. I have the replacement kit so that's not the problem. I just need to know how to go about getting the zip tie thingys as tight as they are on the original tubing. Is there some special secret to getting them tight? I can only imagine what would happen if the zip tie thingy was not tight enough and the tubing came loose.

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    Umm pull them as tight as possible??

    Pliers help.....

    Oh yeah stand back the first time you launch it????

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    Two pairs of pliers. One for pulling the long end, and the other for sliding around the long end next to the lug. Kinda like holding the knot part of a noose with one hand, while you pull the length with the other hand. (Just a smaller situation, and hopefully nobody gets hung...)

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    If you put pliers on the winger tubing itself, cover the tubing with a rag so the pliers will not cut the tubing. Then pull hard on the zip tie... and use the right size zip tie. ie, not a little one.
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    I place a large flat screwdriver under the head of the zip tie and grab the other end with pliers. Don't push with the screwdriver just hold pressure as flat as possible on the tie. Knock on wood, have never had one come loose and it will sink into the rubber tubing. All of the club wingers were done this way and so far so good.
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    I am lucky if mine last one year so I have replaced mine many times and the pliers is good to get them tight but here is something else to consider.
    I noticed once that one of my training buddies tubing started to tear at the point where the ties meet the tubing so before applying the zip ties I wrap the tubing about two times with electrical tape to create a barrier between the tie and the tubing. This helps prevent the tie from cutting into the tubing when you pull it tight with the pliers.

    Good luck and happy launching

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    http://www.shop.com/Gardner_Bender_CTT_45_Cable_Tie_Tension_Tool_-34552941-45114955-p!.shtml


    Pull the tubing tight and then tension the tie wrap with this bad boy- and cut when done.

    Slick easy and fast.

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    I have seen those tie guns in the store before and have always wondered if they really work as good as they claim.
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    I have used a large blade screwdriver and placed it on the actual square part of the tie and pulled on the running end with super tight results! I have never had one slip.
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    Loop the tubing threw the ring with the right amount of overlap. I think it is usually about 1" or so. With someone else there to help pull on the ring and the 2 parts of the tubing you are trying to zip tie together. When you stretch the tubing out you will see that the diameter of the tubing gets smaller. Have the other person apply and tighten the zip tie as tight as they can. When you release the tube you will see that the zip tie is VERY tight. Have changed quite a few and watched the manufacturer Robert change lots of them.

    Hope this makes sence.

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