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Old 09-08-2010, 06:36 PM
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Default Steering shaft bearings/bushing help needed

I posted earlier a request for a replacement steering hoop for my Dart Super K. (More likely I will need to bend one up.) When I upgrade from the existing 1/2" shaft to a 5/8" one, I have questions on how to mount it. I ordered the shaft with all the required shinola. So far; so good.

I want to install it so it turns easily yet have the mounting not too visually intrusive. Fast Eddie used standard 5/8" bearings which in turn required a fairly large diameter tube welded to the hoop and front cross bar. In order to use a smaller diameter tube I was thinking oilite, plastic or bronze flanged bushings were a good idea. Yes? What do all of you use?

And as long as we're on steering, What's preferable, hollow or solid tie rods? Anyone know where I can get polished ones?
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:41 PM
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bushings should work well, get item some of these, http://gokartnminibikeparts.com/spin...components.htm part #8215 i bet hollow are better but both prob work great!
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Bearings are a bit overkill for steering IMO. bronze or nylon bushings should work fine
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You're right on with the bushings. Bearings are totally unnecessary given the duty of the steering shaft. Honestly, 1/2" shaft oughta be fine. Why are you changing to 5/8"?

For the tie rods, hollow is bulkier but sized appropriately could be plenty strong and end up weighing less. Furthermore, hollow will allow you to weld in fittings for rod ends, like heim joints.
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Couldn't the nylon bushings from 5/8" spindles be used? With no vertical travel, they shouldn't go anywhere.
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Couldn't the nylon bushings from 5/8" spindles be used? With no vertical travel, they shouldn't go anywhere.
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bushings should work well, get item some of these, http://gokartnminibikeparts.com/spin...components.htm part #8215 i bet hollow are better but both prob work great!
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I didn't click your link cause that involves effort to point and click and all.
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