Recumbent steering heads vs Gokart Spindles

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Hi my son and i are wondering how one goes about build there steering ( recumbent style or spindles )  from what i have been reading the gokart spindle arms and the pitman arm need to be setup right or the steering will be touchy.

We are having trouble in which direction we should be taking and how to work out the best method any help would be greatly apppreciated.

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Pitman steering

You're right that gokart style steering can be very twitchy. It is important not to get the steering ratio right. If the pitman arm is too long in relation to the steering arm, then your steering will be too fast. The steering arms should be at leat twice the length of the pitman arm, and even more if you can.

Also sure you have some caster on the wheels (i.e the kingpins should be tilted back from the verticalby around 10 degrees).

See for more info.

scottishcarties | February 5, 2016 - 19:59

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