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Hotshot drive shaft dropping out

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I've a vintage Hotshot that's used for bashing around the garden with the kids.  It runs pretty well but it often drops the front right drive shaft out the 'socket' on the wheel.  It then get's stuck there and I have to remove the top suspension arm to free it and relocate it.  I think it's happening as there's a little too much suspension travel, but I can't see a way of restricting the suspension movement.  Any tips?

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I used to put tie wraps around the wishbones to keep them spreading apart as the ball sockets wear (early ones were alloy as opposed to steel so wore even quicker).

Tight enough to hold the "slop" to a minimum but loose enough for the suspension to do its thing,

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Add either some small rubber or springs from a pen on both sides.  It will help keep the shaft in a 'center' position.

 

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All sorted now.  Fitted new ball ends, a couple of orings, and sleeved the suspension arm mounts as they had a huuuuggge amount of slack.  It's much better now.  Thanks for the tips!

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