North Navigator Pro Quick Release | How to Swap Yours Out With Ease

North Navigator Pro Quick Release | How to Swap Yours Out With Ease

What You Need

Before starting the replacement process, ensure you have all the necessary tools and parts. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Multi-grips
  • 2.5 mm Allen key
  • Drift punch (less than 4 mm or 1/4 inch, ideally 3 mm)
  • A 3D-printed jig (optional, but helpful)

Step-by-Step Replacement Process

Step 1: Prepare the Control Bar

First, lay out your control bar and run the lines out fully. Locate the end of the landing line, grasp it, and pull through until you reach the loop-to-loop connection with the flying lines. Detach these loops and continue to pull the landing line until it is completely free. Set this aside temporarily.

Step 2: Dismantle the Old Quick Release

Attach the flying line’s end to your harness loop to prevent it from moving. Place the top of the spinning handle into the jig (if you have one) and align it properly. Use your drift punch to push out the nail pin from the spinning handle. The pin should have small dimples that help keep the tool in place. After pushing the pin out, wiggle the components apart and set them aside.

Step 3: Install the New Quick Release

Take the new QR and align the slots on the shaft with the holes in the spinning handle. Thread your flying line through the center of the QR, ensuring that the small key on the QR aligns correctly with the top and bottom of the spinning handle. Push the components together and secure them back in the jig. Insert the dual pin into place.

Step 4: Secure Everything

Use the multi-grips (wrapped with tape to avoid damage) to firmly drive the pin into place, ensuring it is flush with the handle. There should be a small gap (about 0.5 mm) to keep it spinning freely.


Step 5: Reconnect the Landing Line

Reattach the landing line by feeding it through the loop and ensuring the loop-to-loop connection is as small as possible. Remove any twists, pull it tight, and then pull on your flying line to reintegrate the landing line.

Step 6: Final Adjustments

Replace the old harness loop if necessary. Then, focus on the Quick Release itself. Use your 2.5 mm Allen key to remove the screw from the old QR body. Position the text indicating rider weight at the back of the QR, then reinsert the screw and tighten it securely.

Test and Go!

Once assembled, give everything a final check and make sure all parts are secure and functional. Test the QR in a controlled environment before heading out to the water. Safety is paramount, so take the time to ensure everything is working as it should.

By following these detailed steps, you can confidently replace the Quick Release on your North Kiteboarding Navigator Pro Control Bar and get back to enjoying your kiteboarding adventures with peace of mind.

18th Apr 2024 Aaron Johnson

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