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Unread postAuthor: blind909 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:10 am

What welds? i have the metal bars bolted together, not welded. and i didnt roll, it just hit the ground...hard, and with no suspension, everything broke, but it is all fixed.
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Unread postAuthor: blind909 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:33 pm

Ok, the old rear axle was made out of 1/2 inch pvc :roll: But now it is made out of 1 1/2 inch PVC, which holds great! even holds my friends weight(180 lbs). The cage was just bolted on to, but it is just to look good, not to work.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:15 pm

Okay nice!
Could you provide some pics of the new axle n stuff?
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Unread postAuthor: maggotman » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:24 pm

ur axel was made of plastic ??? on my old gokardt i had a 1 inch solid steel axle and it bent when i crashed it ??
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Unread postAuthor: Orpackrat » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:33 pm

PVC when used right can be rather strong.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:49 pm

I also wonder, how is the axle connected to the frame?
Ball bearings or just a hole it goes through?
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Unread postAuthor: blind909 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:11 pm

I attached it with these, dont know what they are called though. They are like a half circle, with a small square of metal at the ends to screw them in. I hope you know what i am talking about. Oh, and the gold things are screws. New pics will be up soon. And i do not have a live axle either.
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Unread postAuthor: Orpackrat » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:16 pm

Looks like a pipe mount.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:47 pm

I can't even begin to imagine why you chose PVC pipe for an axle. How are you attaching wheel to the setup you have there?

Why not use some steel pipe, or steel rod or a real go kart axle?
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Unread postAuthor: Orpackrat » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:51 pm

starman wrote:I can't even begin to imagine why you chose PVC pipe for an axle. How are you attaching wheel to the setup you have there?

Why not use some steel pipe, or steel rod or a real go kart axle?


Someone correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like its not really a PVC axle. Its PVC pipe for the rear wheels to connect to and the single drive wheel attaches to but it mounted on its own bearings and metal axle.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:04 pm

Well, he says it used to be a 1/2" pvc... :roll: Sure makes it sound like it's the real axle.
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Unread postAuthor: Orpackrat » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:07 pm

Have to see some better pictures of the "axle" to know for sure.
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Unread postAuthor: blind909 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:05 am

It is NOT a real axle, orpackrat was right, i have a single drive wheel, i have some endcaps bolted onto the pipe, and i have the wheels bolted to the endcaps. both wheels spin independently. And The pvc is really strong. I did the same thing with the 1/2 inch pvc, but that was a bad choice.

BTW, i already have the pics, i just have to upload them tomorrow.
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Unread postAuthor: blind909 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:41 pm

I got the new batteries today. 2 12 volt, 12 Ah sealed lead acid batteries for FREE. I offered to pay him, but he said no and just gave them to me :D . One is a little banged up so i will wait for my dad to see if it is ok to use, but the other one is fine. I will be going out tomorrow morning for some more offroading. Should be fun, and here are some new pics, btw, as you will see, it is quite small. And i have added proper steering and a steering wheel to. I will upload pics of that tomorrow.

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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:16 am

Wow that's tiny!
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