Testing and Correcting a Loose Trikke
If you're Trikke seems to be too loose, leans excessively when
parked or falls over when parked then you probably need to tighten
your main axle. Below are illustrations of how to check for a loose
main axle and how to correct the problem.
The biggest misconception on tightening a Trikke that appears to
be too loose is to tighten the Trikke cambering systems camber bolts
and yoke bolt. These bolts only need to be snug and have nothing
to do with tightening a lose cambering system. Be careful not to
over-tighten because the heads of the bolts will break off fairly
easy. However, the main axle bolt can be tightened fairly tight
without too much danger of breaking or stripping.
1. In illustration 1 you will move the steering column left and
right and visually check to see if there is gap opening and closing
between the bushings on the main axle set. You can do this with
your Trikke standing normally on the ground or on saw horses.
2. If there isn't a gap that appears when moving the steering column
left and right then your main axle is tight.
3. If there is a gap and you want to tighten it up or make the
gap disappear then follow the instructions on Illustration 2.
4. If you've accomplished step 1 and/or step 3 and your Trikke
still seems to be loose then you may need to replace the "Camber
Bushings". The camber bushings are the 1 9/16" yellow
or black bushing on each side of the cambering system held in place
by a Snap-Ring and camber bolt. Note: It's not very common for the
camber bushing to be worn or frayed. Normally it's the main axle
procedures that will tighten a Trikke.
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