Recently a friend went for a holiday trip to Japan and I asked his help to look for a GHD GN807kit G paddle, and I was lucky that he was able to buy one for me because the shop in Tokyo has no stock at the moment but was ready to place a quick order for the paddle before he departs.
The paddle come in a nice white box clearly labeled with the paddle type.
The contents are carefully wrapped in a bubble plastic container with individual parts put in separate small plastic bags along with the construction manual in Japanese characters.
– The first step in construction is to screw the ground post (also functioning as the median or the right/left lever separator.
– Next prepare the lever mechanism, and here I made a mistake not putting the correct lever on the correct place…. note that the yellow color sticker should be on the opposite side….facing downwards in this picture. As a guide the longer axis of the lever should go to the base of the paddle while the shorter one should be place on the upper part. Another important point is to look for the silver plated contact points, it should face to the outside and the contact points should be level with the black median screw. 🙂
– Next is to install the lever mechanism base, notice that as I have mentioned before that the lever is on the wrong position (the color sticker side should be on visible in this position). and therefore the lever position should be reversed. Notice also that the biggest screw that will secure the lever mechanism is visible. This is the screw that will secure the moving parts and therefore the largest screw of all the kit (You can see that the other screw is still not there).
– After placing the top part of the lever mechanism part the paddle should look like this:
Another picture of the correct assembly taken from above is here
You should have no problem in aligning the lever mechanism with the installed bearings because the parts are precisely manufactured, should you have any problem in putting it together then the fault is with you not the parts, so inspect again what is wrong.
– Next is to assemble the spring mechanism. It should be easy but take caution when installing the spring, not to stretch/pull it because you will damage the spring. Below is one of the spring base (there are one for each lever)
You can see the isolators in this picture, one on the right and left has been put in it’s place the other two should go to the bottom part of the base. When you screw, please take caution not to damage the plastic isolators by screwing too tightly.
Below is a picture taken when one of the contact points has been installed.
– The last thing you have to do is to make adjustments to suit your preferences. That is to adjust the hex screws for smooth mechanism and securing it with the supplied bolt. Make sure that you have a smooth mechanism before you secure it with the bolt and after that you simply adjust the spring tension and the contact space to suit your preferences. I like a light tension and a close contact for easy control at a higher speed, choose whatever you like.
Below is the picture of the securing bolt in place at the bottom of the base.
All in all I enjoyed assembling the paddle and I found it very nice to use. The parts are of high quality and as has been said precisely manufactured which make assembly easy and fit. The only complain I could think about is that I like my cable to go underneath the paddle (in this case the easiest way to assemble the cable is from the paddle top which look a bit untidy for me) but you can simply (with caution) assemble the cable from the underneath by adding a ring at both contact points before the plastic insulator and secure the ground cable to the middle separator.
I hope this will help others in their effort to assemble a GHD paddle kit, I like building my stuff therefore I enjoy it. Please share your comments I would be very happy to know what others has experienced. 🙂 vy 73 de YB6LD Donny