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Unread 06-18-2014, 06:35 AM   #1
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'97 DS electric 48 volt.

My steering is way more sensitive than I wish. I replaced the tie rod end/ball joint, so it is NOT the play that I am referring to. I have 11" wide tires in the rear and stock 8" by 7"? wide tires in the front. When driving in the street and drive onto the painted divider line separating the cart lane from the mainstream traffic lane, the front wants to move back and forth on the painted line. Of course I can compensate but it almost appears that the cart is being driven by a drunk. Question: Is there any way to adjust the steering/tighten it? There is NO play in the front suspension. I was thinking that if there is no other way to tighten the steering, maybe a steering stabilizer would have to be installed. But I think that may be a bit expensive.

I plan to replace the front wheels with skinny wheels and tires eventually, so if it is bad now, I would think that it would be worst with the upcoming change.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: Tighten steering?

I'm sure you have checked the wheel alignment, if not that would be a place to start.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 07:02 AM   #3
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Yes, the cart drives straight. My problem is just the jinxing back and forth when it rides onto the painted line in the street. It's like it is hitting and riding a rut in the road. That sensitive. Of course, I could probably put fatter tires on the front, but I intend to do the opposite, go with a thinner tire. I don't see this problem from other carts and my wife's Yamaha doesn't do that. Just wondering why mine has a tendency to be so sensitive.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 08:18 AM   #4
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Wheel alignment. You should have 1/8" to 1/4" toe in. If the wheels have no toe in (perfectly aligned) the cart will be skittish.
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Wheel alignment. You should have 1/8" to 1/4" toe in. If the wheels have no toe in (perfectly aligned) the cart will be skittish.
Sounds logical.
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