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Why is the kitbot chassis bowing in horribly

Does anyone know the reasons why the top panel holding the two gearboxes together would warp horribly? Even before everything was mounted the top part was starting to buckel inwards.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

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Does anyone know the reasons why the top panel holding the two gearboxes together would warp horribly? Even before everything was mounted the top part was starting to buckel inwards.
Funny you mention that! Our side panel spontaneously buckled the other day. Nothing hit it, and it wasn't hot. Very strange...
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

large pieces of metal shouldn't just buckle. Thats terrifying actually. Did you leave it on a heater? Did you douse in some odd chemical? Did you look at it really funny?

By side panel what do you mean, because if its one of those C sections thats really really really out of the ordinary. My only explanation for that buckling is a sledge hammer or an unlikely quantum outcome... More information would be useful is all i'm saying.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

Please post some pictures and more details.

As you might imagine, I'm interested in analyzing EVERY failure.
If there is a problem, we should know about it -- to effectively provide tech support to teams. Also, we'd like to try to make improvements for 2006 (assuming a similar system is provided).

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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

I don't know how much yours is bowing but our metal piece that fit over the transmissions is bowed down, because the transmissions are tipping in. This may not be a kit problem as we have modified the kit and will make supports so that this is not an issue.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

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As you might imagine, I'm interested in analyzing EVERY failure.
If there is a problem, we should know about it -- to effectively provide tech support to teams. Also, we'd like to try to make improvements for 2006 (assuming a similar system is provided)..
I will try and get a picture but I do not have acess to a camera or a scanner. I have one question though. Does it matter in which one the gearboxes are orientated. Our advisor pointed out the fact that the geraboxes have a notch on one side as if they needed to be orientated in a certain direction. Fortunately we are only using this to practice with so it's not a major disaster.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

Were all the parts the same relative temperature when you tightened the hardware?
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

This sounds minor compared to everyone elses problems, but when bolted together in one of the suggested configurations, two rails were noticeabley not parallel (measured at ~.5" over the entire length). I did not assemble it, but I heard that the people doing it had significant trouble getting the last pieces bolted in because of the bowing.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

Ya, something like that happened to ours. We built a prototype and whenever we ran it, besides it making the noise, we also found loose nuts and bolts, and so we tightened everything and then afterwards, the noise stopped. The top panel on the gearboxes might be warped because of the way you mounted it onto the two gearboxes. Probably just tightening everything might fix it.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

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I don't know how much yours is bowing but our metal piece that fit over the transmissions is bowed down, because the transmissions are tipping in. This may not be a kit problem as we have modified the kit and will make supports so that this is not an issue.
If the transmissions are tipping in, why not add a piece of sheet metal underneath horizontally to keep them level? Just an idea.
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Re: Why is the kitchasis bowing in horribly

After reading the previous posts we rechecked the bolts, and some of them were loose so that helped. Also additional pieces added to the frame under the motors and elsewhere stiffened things up.
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Re: Why is the kitbot chassis bowing in horribly

No problems with our chassis thus far, we put it together without a problem. Just yesterday we put in the gear box cover and today got the 4WD working with the electronics.
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Re: Why is the kitbot chassis bowing in horribly

there are no problem with our chassis too, but there are some rought sound when we run the motor (w/gearbox).
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Re: Why is the kitbot chassis bowing in horribly

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there are no problem with our chassis too, but there are some rought sound when we run the motor (w/gearbox).
Have you greased it with lithium grease yet. If you did, was it a jelly type and not a spray out of a can. I would suggest to use a think lithium grease jelly and not just a spray. Put allot on and spread it around and then run the gearbox, this should work well and get rid of the grinding sounds from the gearboxes.
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