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wagon wheels and steering

Post by Tipps » May 9th, 2018, 2:55 pm

I may attempt to build some 20" wagon wheels with some pipe I have laying around for my pit build. I'm gonna have to make a jig or some template to get everything trued up, which will be a challenge and I don't have a lathe. Would like 4 on this build - 2 near the firebox, and 2 near the front.

I've seen some pics of smokers online where the front actually turns. I've never done this, but one of the simpler looking methods was a straight pipe that came down to the center of the front axle. I have no idea how it fastens, or stays put, or turns smoothly.

I need some help if anybody has any ideas, this thing doesn't have to roll much when I do move it, but I like the look of 4 big wheels, and steering the front would be great for positioning when I cook and rolling in back under porch. Thanks.



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Post by Dirtytires » May 9th, 2018, 3:09 pm

I made two spindles with an adjustable drag link setup....steers with a pull handle. I mounted 8 inch wheels on mine. The 20inch steering wheels would take up some area but would probably work. Do a google search for go-kart steering for some ideas and possible parts. I can upload a picture later if you want.



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Post by Tipps » May 9th, 2018, 3:56 pm

Dirtytires wrote:I made two spindles with an adjustable drag link setup....steers with a pull handle. I mounted 8 inch wheels on mine. The 20inch steering wheels would take up some area but would probably work. Do a google search for go-kart steering for some ideas and possible parts. I can upload a picture later if you want.
Yes sir, if you can post a pic that would be awesome so I can get a better idea.



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Post by Dirtytires » May 12th, 2018, 12:00 am

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Here it is during construction. Not good detail but the idea is there. I made spindles out of grade 8 bolts that would fit the wheel sleeves. The bolts were welded to a piece of black pipe and the wings were added for the tie-rod. then used a large bolt thru the frame cross member for the pivot point.
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Here the frame is assembled and Handel added. The joints and threaded rod were from grainger but I’m sure a local farm/fleet would have them. I was able to adjust the steering to get it to steer straight by using the threaded rod.. made up for my planning errors. I framed it in to the bottom shelf and have a removable plate that covers it. I put legs on the bottom and a handle on the top of it and pull it off to set and light my charcoal baskets on.
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Post by Smurf » May 12th, 2018, 7:36 am

:kewl: Nice dt



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Post by ajfoxy » May 13th, 2018, 2:36 am

2nd that, very slick.


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Post by Dirtytires » May 13th, 2018, 4:39 pm

Thanks guys...it really turned out pretty well and tracks nicely



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Post by Tipps » May 16th, 2018, 11:56 am

Man that’s great work. I’ve found some other images of how to do it, but yours looks the best. Thanks for posting



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Post by Rodcrafter » May 20th, 2018, 12:41 pm

You can look at the ones Paul and Tyler make on Shirley Fabrication web site. They do a bunch of them


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Post by Tipps » May 30th, 2018, 12:23 pm

Posted wheel pic in other thread, sorry for the duplicate. Will post pic of steering components whenever I get em together.
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Post by Dirtytires » May 30th, 2018, 4:09 pm

Please see thread “150 gallon build and lots of questions” to avoid duplicate posts.



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Re: wagon wheels and steering

Post by MattJ » May 30th, 2018, 9:34 pm

Anyone done this with golf cart tires

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