FIGURE 7. Attach two L brackets to the servo mount. The L
brackets should be flush with the bottom of the servo mount.
the L bracket, and then into the standoff as shown in
Figure 8. When orienting the mount assembly, be sure that
the servo shaft is centered in the wheel well cutout. Align
the assembly so they are parallel with the wheel well
cutout, then tighten all the screws. Figure 9 shows how
the completed servo, mount, and standoffs should look.
Repeat the same procedure for the right mount assembly.
Attach the front and rear skids as shown in Figure 10.
Each skid uses an 8-32” machine screw, hex nut, and acorn
FIGURE 9. Here’s how the completed servo mount should look
with standoffs in place.
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FIGURE 8. Secure the servo mounts to the bottom deck using
machine screws and threaded standoffs.
The standoffs serve to separate the decks.
1. Using a screwdriver, thread a machine screw into the
hole at the front and back of the deck (refer to
Figure 5 for the location of these holes). The screw
is inserted from the top of the deck (the side with
the servos). The holes for the skids are undersized
for 8-32 machine screws. When using a soft material
like wood or PVC plastic, the fastener will tap the
hole as you screw it in. Continue threading the screw
into the hole until the head is about 1/4” from the
deck, as indicated in the picture.
2. Put the hex nut onto the screw, followed by the
acorn nut. Tighten the acorn nut against the hex
Repeat these steps for the other skid. You may adjust
the height of the skid by loosening or tightening the
machine screw in the hole. If you need greater height
adjustment or the hole for the skid is too large to self-tap,
FIGURE 10. ArdBot uses static skids (made with 8-32 metal
fasteners) for front and back balance. You can adjust the height
of each skid to compensate for the diameter of wheels you use.