Go Kart Rear Axle Stripped Thread... Lock Collar?

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I have a go-kart I've been working on... project got stalled for a long time but I've posted about it before. I got it in rough shape for 150 and got it to run, but then it crashed, suffered carb issues, broke a fuel tank, stripped the driveshaft bolt threads, got scored cylinder walls, broke the recoil, and I got defeated and gave up. Then Christmas rolled around, and an influx of cash prompted me to pick up a Predator 212 to replace the old beat Briggs. One day maybe I'll fix the Briggs, but for now, it's not cost-effective. A new tank is 50 dollars!

Anyway, once I get that set up and put on a new chain, I'll still have to deal with the rear axle. Getting off the nuts to change the tires in the spring was insanely hard, and once I got it off the threads got destroyed. The nut was so seized that it was too hot to hold when it came off from the friction. I had to stomp the wrench with a breaker bar full force, almost destroyed the wrench! So to try and get around buying a new axle, since they're super overpriced for some reason, I bought a 2 piece lock collar and tightened it where the nut would go. It hasn't gone far yet since the kart is still disabled, but I want to know if that's remotely safe enough to ride around. It's probably not... but I dunno.

Also, I replaced the brake cable with one from BMI karts and as soon as I tightened the screw in on the clamp piece it frayed and destroyed the cable. I was ****ed, but I went into the shed and got some random metal twine rated at 175 pounds and hooked it up. It has no sheath but works to stop. I'm just afraid that I'm too heavy with the kart for the line, but I don't know how that works. Also, If I set the line up too tight and stomp on it, the line slips a bit until it isn't too tight anymore which scares me, but it's still tight enough after that happens to lock the wheels.

Anyone got advice? thanks! Hopefully one day I'll have enough knowledge to help others too, I'll try and look around on the forums and answer simple questions I know about.
 

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You can use a universal length bicycle brake cable, as throttle and brake.
It helps to tin the end with solder, where it'll be clamped by a screw.

Post some pics as to what's happening with the rear end...
 

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I would think that a lock collar would be one of the better stopgap solutions out there(I'm sure someone has fixed something like that with JB Weld :lolgoku:).

Honestly $150 was way too much for that kart, but oh well. Out of curiosity, can you post up some pics?? I don't think I've seen your kart.
 

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I would think that a lock collar would be one of the better stopgap solutions out there(I'm sure someone has fixed something like that with JB Weld :lolgoku:).

Honestly $150 was way too much for that kart, but oh well. Out of curiosity, can you post up some pics?? I don't think I've seen your kart.

You're right I did overpay... I was too excited when I saw it because I'd always wanted a kart. I called the guy up and asked what he wanted, he said he had paid 100 and before he could say anything else I stupidly said 'how about 150?' And of course he agreed! I'll definitely post pics when I get back home later today. Also I can't figure out how to accept your friend request? I click 'accept selected friend requests' and then 'save' but nothing happens...

Also Noticed you're flathead crazed, and I must say, they are my personal favorite! The sound and simplicity of an old Briggs is beautiful. My Briggs I replaced was an OHV otherwise I wouldn't have replaced it at all. Wouldn't have needed to! They're bulletproof.

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You can use a universal length bicycle brake cable, as throttle and brake.
It helps to tin the end with solder, where it'll be clamped by a screw.

Post some pics as to what's happening with the rear end...

Thanks! I didn't think of that, I'll go look for some of that at a bike shop. I don't have a soldering iron but I've needed one for a long time and I'll try and get one too. Once I'm back at the house I'll post pics.

Update: Figured out how to add friend :D
 
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