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PostSubject: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:53 am

scratch scratch Very Happy I have a go kart and the back axle is bent upwards like a fat man sat on it and the axle is one wheel drive the axle is one of the tubular ones any help is needed
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:33 pm

If you mean the ones that just have a bolt/spindle welded on the end of the tube, I would unbolt the wheel first. Have the frame of the go kart up on a block of wood or something. Put a piece of pipe over the axle and bend it back where it needs to go. Just go EEEEEASY on it and keep checking it as you go. Just a little at a time because it's easy to go too far with that stuff. If you have to heat it up a little you could, but you shouldn't need to. If you do heat it, be careful, if it's red hot it will bend real easy with a pipe on it. If you think it needs some extra bracing afterwards and you have a welder, you can weld a piece of flat steel along the side of where it was bent or whatever, but might not be needed.

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PostSubject: Go kart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:39 pm

Thanks cheers cheers very much it's only one wheel drive but I don't think that matters and I will try your suggestion and let you know if it works
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:39 pm

Axles are a pain to straighten. Since its tubed, maybe get a solid shaft, round one end and pound it through?

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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:46 pm

custom build a live axle so you have 2 wheel drive and can do donuts and drifts
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PostSubject: Gokart   Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:40 pm

Well it isn't my gokart or I would take it to a scrap yard because I have already put 2chains on now it needs a new clutch and another chain it's a peice of junk but he wants to keep putting money in it
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:06 pm

That's a good predicament.  Jumping much?  :-)  

I had this long typed up response, and got interrupted.  Came back and Mr.Modified had an almost verbatim response.  Had to edit.  

Something I have tried. Chain the ends, put a floor jack between the chain and frame and slowly jack it up to bend the ends back down. Be careful.

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PostSubject: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:06 pm

Thanks to Mrmodifieds method I got it straightened back out now I just have to get some new chain because this one is too short
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:02 pm

Nice! Are sure it's perfectly straight? If it's a tiny bit off being true it will wear bearings/bushing away quickly.
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:11 pm

Sounds like that isnt much of a concern lol. If I had a 1WD and an axle bent, id be swapping to a solid axle.

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PostSubject: Gokart axle   Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:31 pm

Well it doesn't really matter if it's straight because it needs a drive wheel and all the wheel bearings replaced
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:33 pm

Yeah, straight axle is better in the long term. I have a tiny 35cc go kart sitting about with a 'half-axle' as I call it, and I'm gonna do a straight axle on it sometime for my sister to drive.
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PostSubject: Re: Gokart axle help   Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:16 pm

The go kart I used to have was one wheel drive too. Suggestion on chain tightening... On mine the gear on the wheel was slightly off center from the factory. When you rolled the wheel over, it would get tight and then loose. I think the best thing to do is put your chain on, then roll it to where you think the tight spot is, snug the chain up there. If you adjust the chain snug when it is in the "low spot" then of course when it turns it will be too tight in the "tight spot". On mine it usually didn't fall off and I just left it slightly loose. As long as most of the slack is out when it's on the high spot, that's about all you can do. Good to hear you got it bent back though!

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PostSubject: Golart   Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:20 pm

I know but this is pretty much just a temporary fix because the back end needs rebuilt and he isn't gonna like the price of that
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