12 Volt rechargeable battery is mounted in rear of the base assembly
Az LXD motor / worm assembly
Test fit the Az worm to the worm gear
Az motor / worm mounted
Had to do some milling to gain clearance for the spur gears.
Az worm shaft. Ball bearing supports on each end.
Alt worm / gear assembly
Alt worm / motor assembly mounted to fork.
Front view of Alt motor / worm.
Worm holders are made from 1" od steel pipe.
Had to do some milling here also to get clearance for the spur gears.
Az shaft upgrade
The wiring for the Alt motor
is now routed through the center of the Az shaft and uses a "slip ring"
provided by a 1/4" stereo headphone connection. The forks can now spin indefinitely without any wires to
tangle. Even though the LXD55 motors have 8 wire connectors only 4 wires are needed. The 1/4" stereo
headphone connector provides a 3 wire connection and for the 4th wire needed I used the aluminum mount
itself for the ground wire ( -12 vdc ).
Headphone jack maintains three separate wiring connections even while turning.
A recess or slot was milled into the base of the az shaft for the wiring.
With a az shaft in place the female 1/4" stereo headphone connector was
epoxied into the az shaft. With the forks in place the male connector
will simply plug into the az shaft female connector to complete the circuit.
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