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Unread 06-20-2015, 07:39 PM   #11
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Im using 1/2 sch 40 pipe for my a arms, 7/16 rod ends for the pipes on the frame and 1/2 rod ends for my kingpin. For a arms all those pipe sizes are eay too big. My brother is a mechanical engineer and has a polaris ranger, he said to use 1/2 sch 10 pipe. My rod ends allow for 1" (1/2" forward or 1/2" back) of adjustment and from eye to eye the front rods are 17" long. I am chopping one tie rod and going to add a sleeve of pipe to extend it and use it as a drag link.

I googled front suspension like a million times, there are several things going on.

Caster, kingpin angle, im going for 7 to 10 degrees, should be adjustable by my top rear a arm bar.

Scrub radius, not adjustable due to spindles

Camber, going for a couple degrees, should be adjustable from my kingpin a arms.

Roll center, adjustable by the rod end mounts, mine looks ok, i will tacle this later

Anti dive, adjustable by the rod end mounts, my cart needs this really bad, ill tackle that later
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Unread 06-20-2015, 11:27 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info Smokin. Sounds like you've done your fair share of research. Instead of googling looks like I can just hit the private message link link under your profile.

1/2" seems like it would be small, but I'm no engineer, so I'm not doubting at all. I guess picturing how a golf cart is bigger than an atv makes me think they should be bigger. Then again, most atv's are beat up more than a lot of golf carts and they hold up. Being that they're only 17" probably makes a big difference too.

In my first post I said I was going to do a spindle lift so I was going to use that 2" pipe for the front axle/spindle lift. I got to rambling and started talking about a arms. I realize the 2" is to big for a arms. After reading what they call it I guess it's called a drop axle lift and not a spindle lift. This is what I was referring to originally and wondering if 2" would be okay for it.

http://www.jakesliftkits.com/liftkit...994-20015/6202

What do you think? Would 2" be too big for it? It's actually 1 7/8. I've read other posts where guys have used 2X2 square tubing. I got the tubing for free so plan on going with round if I can. Not sure on the thickness though. I would think 1/8" would be plenty thick but do have some 1/4".

A arms seem like the way to go for a very comfortable ride. I might go with the drop axle for now since it'll be pretty easy to make and save the a arms for the winter when we won't use the cart as much. Would you mind asking your brother what size round tube he would use for a drop axle lift?

I'm definitely going to start keeping my eyes open for 1/2" material for this winter. Waiting until then will give me plenty of time to gather up supplies and wait for pointers from someone who recently did one.

Are your rod ends specifically made for golf carts? I was thinking about maybe seeing if I couldn't source parts from my local auto parts store. Maybe using parts off of a small car or truck. It would be kind of handy if I could run to the auto parts store if I ever needed to replace something. I hate waiting for parts to come in the mail. Seems like things always breakdown at the worst time.
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Unread 06-21-2015, 09:23 AM   #13
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Im only a shade tree engineer but all those sizes should be good, since its only one peice and not 8 overkill is not that big of deal. I would use square tubing since its square and easy to weld and measure, you only need a few feet so it should be cheap. I would keep original mounting points for the beam but extend the spindle mounts down as far as you want, the front suspension will act the same as it did before but just be lifted. You will have to do a drag link if you lift over.....4-6 or so inches otherwise your tire will turn with bumps.

Second way to do it is just make some plates to extend everything down like someone did to my cart.

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Unread 06-22-2015, 10:16 PM   #14
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Square would be a little easier to measure, fit up, and keep everything square. I suppose that would make it easier to keep it aligned.

I haven't searched the forum yet but do you know of anyone on here who has fabbed up their own body? That might be a fun summer project too. I'm not sure if it was on here but I remember seeing someone who made a mold and used fiberglass. I'd probably go with sheet metal though.
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Unread 06-22-2015, 10:47 PM   #15
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Seen people fiberglass their own car hoods and scoops, could be done, lot of work.
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Unread 06-23-2015, 02:17 PM   #16
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I kind of researched how you go about making a fiberglass body. What I saw was using plywood and foam. It does look like a lot of work.

My in-laws got a new to them cart for their farm and recently gave us this one. Of course, my minds is racing with thoughts of what all I want to do to it. We just use it to go down to the lake and to cruise around our subdivision. It's not one of those fancy subdivisions or anything so it's not like it matters what this thing looks like tho. Even if it did matter I could care less.

After the lift I'd like to go with a bigger engine. I wonder how much you can bore out the 295. Probably not enough to make much of a difference in power. I adjusted the gov but it's a pooch when going up hills. I rebuilt the engine on it a few years ago for my father in law so I do know the valves are going to need replaced sometime in the near future. I figure instead of buying new valves I'd look at upgrading the engine. The rest of the engine should be good to go. I installed new rings, bearings, lapped the valves, etc.
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