[Kartbuilding] steering problem
sburke at burkesys.com
Mon Aug 2 18:10:08 IST 2010
I know exactly what you are experiencing. The steering sticks and catches
when going from full lock.
I don't have a step by step guide for the exact setup of steering on a
go-kart. On the karts I built, I didn't have any toe-in or toe-out.
The details I outlined on steering are at:
What I would suggest:
Check to see if anything else was bent out of shape. Was the chassis
itself bent slightly?
Does the steering catch when going from full-lock on the right, or left,
Is the front steering pivots over tightened?
Check the ackermann angle. It may be the case that you are allowing too
much of a lock on the steering. This can be adjusted by the angle of the
Best of luck,
On Mon, 2 Aug 2010, Greg Hogan wrote:
> I read your article about steering and I have a question. I have a older
> kart, live rear axle (solid, both wheels turn the same time). it has the
> simple ackerman steering with adjustable tie rods. the kids hit a tree and
> bent one of the steering arms. I bent it back & I tried adjusting it, but it
> really binds up when turning into a corner. Is there a step by step approach
> on how I can adjust the tie rods to keep it from doing this? do you
> recommend toe in or toe out? I'm not racing this thing, just want it to be
> able to make the corner. right now, its so bad the engine does not have
> enough power to force it through the corners since the wheels seem to be
> fighting each other
> any help or direction would be appreciated.
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