Tom Kirkman wrote:
Flip the pieces around and see if the slot on one side isn't longer than the other. I thought mine were shorter but I was looking at the side with the shorter section of slot. I now suspect there is only one piece and how long the slot is depends on which side you're looking at. So then it becomes a matter of how the part is oriented, up or down, as to whether you can or can't break the bolt, and what happens if you just took the bolt out.
You are right Tom. On closer inspection the TI brace end is angled:
Note where the slot starts here close to the brace tube:
The other side of the slot is about 1cm from the tube:
My TI brace end is about 4cms long whereas my AI brace end is just under 3cms long and definitely not slotted at an angle. The parts are clearly different and designed to work either in tension (AI) or compression (TI).
If your brace ends look both the same something has changed. I wonder if the smaller AI end is now angle slotted so that it fits the TI as well. Problem with that is that it would change the angle on my TI aka bars.
It would be good to have the Hobie part numbers for AI and TI brace ends.
Anybody there from Hobie to answer this? Matt....anyone? It's not listed in the spares catalogue that I can see.