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Connectors are anything that clip on, fit in or over, and fasten or hold the framework of your structure together. At Goodwinds we have one of the largest inventories of carbon & fiberglass rod and tube connectors available. Without these connectors, or fittings, a kite's framework would not hold together. Similarly, RC models and other items using carbon and fiberglass need connectors to keep raw materials from rubbing together, attach sails to the correct ends of a sailboat mast, and keep tent poles connected. Take a look at our large variety of fittings and connectors - whatever your project, if you are using carbon and fiberglass rods or tubes, we have a connector that will work!
  • Edge Connectors

    Edge Connectors --

    Commonly used for connecting spreaders to leading edge spars on kites, edge connectors can be used to connect any two composite rods or tubes perpendicularly or at an angle to one another. Goodwinds offers a variety of perpendicular and angled edge connectors from kite accessory manufacturers made out of durable, molded plastic.
  • Standoff Connectors

    Standoff Connectors --

    Standoff Connectors are used to attach a small rod between the lower spreader and trailing edge of the sail on a dual-line sport kite. They can be connectors on either the rod side or the sail side.
  • Cochranes Dihedrals

    Cochranes Dihedrals --

    Cochranes Dihedrals are made from tough molded plastic and each color represents a different set of dimensions. The hole for the spine is slightly smaller than the hole for the spreader in most cases, but the plastic could easily be drilled out to form a larger hole.

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  • T-Connectors

    T-Connectors --

    T-Connectors are used to connect carbon and fiberglass rods and tubes perpendicular to one another. These composite connectors are commonly used to connect bottom spreaders to the spine on dual line stunt kites. They are available in different shapes and sizes to accommodate most kites and other projects.
  • Ferrules

    Ferrules --

    Ferrules are used to join two composite rods or tubes together. They also enable you to use shorter carbon or fiberglass rods or tubes and assemble and disassemble your final product so you have a smaller package for traveling. Ferrules can connect internally or externally; however, Pultruded Carbon Tubes can only be ferruled externally. Internal ferrules are used to connect wrapped or filament wound profiles.
  • Vinyl End Caps

    Vinyl End Caps --

    Vinyl End Caps (VEC) are best known for protecting the ends of your composite tubes and rods. End caps also save your sail fabric from spar abrasion. Vinyl End Caps can be used to slip over wing tip nocks for protection and to prevent the flying line from getting snagged. There are many sizes to choose from and you can find a multitude of uses for them. Try for a snug fit so that you won’t have to glue them on. Do this by choosing a size slightly smaller than the diameter of your carbon rod or tube or fiberglass rod or tube. For example, if you have .240” carbon rod, you would choose the VEC.234”. Our Vinyl End Caps are listed from smallest to largest diameter. All lengths are approximately 1/2" unless noted.

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  • Nocks & Inserts

    Nocks & Inserts --

    Nocks and Inserts enable you to rig a spar for tensioning such as a spine, wing tip or batten on a kite, or the end of a pole on a tent. Inserts can be used to reinforce and protect ends of spars from being crushed
  • Swivels & Clips

    Swivels & Clips --

    Swivels and clips allow you to easily attach and detach flying line from your kite. They also help prevent twists and knots from forming on your flying line or spinning windsock.

  • Molded Stoppers

    Molded Stoppers --

    Molded Stoppers, also known as Doo Hinkeys, clip-on or are glued onto a composite rod or tube to prevent connectors from sliding out of place. These Clip-On Stoppers are ideal when you want to hold leading edge and T-connectors in place on your carbon fiber or fiberglass spreader or standoff. To permanently fix a molded stopper in place, put a drop of Zap-a-Gap or Superglue on the inner surface of the stopper. Doo Hinkeys are molded from a durable hard plastic and come in a variety of sizes to fit almost any rod.

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  • Rings and Triangles

    Rings and Triangles --

    Metal Rings are useful for numerous applications. Use on multiple bridle kites such as Parafoil, Flare and Rokkaku Kites to join the bridles at a single point, where the flying line will be attached. Use for joining the bridle lines on a windsock for hanging. Use the Split Rings for attaching tails through a grommet or loop on a kite. The Split Rings are made from nickel-plated tempered steel. The closed rings are made from aluminum.

    O-rings can be used in place of shock cord for a cleaner look and tighter fit on your standoff or leading edge. Our U.V. resistant O-rings don’t break or deteriorate due to sun exposure. Simply push the O-ring part way through the sail tensioning loop, pull the ring through itself, and stretch the pulled end over the nock. O-rings can also be used to hold two intersecting spars together, such as a top spreader intersecting the spine on a kite.

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