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With this accessory kit, you can convert your balancing Balboa chassis into a traditional differential-drive platform with a low-friction ball caster providing a stabilizing third point of contact. The included ball caster pieces are held in place by a removable retention clip, and the whole assembly conveniently snaps onto the front/top edge of the Balboa chassis. This kit is also useful in balancing applications, where the ball caster can be left off and the extension piece can be used to make the Balboa taller and give it more mounting points.

The Stability Conversion Kit for Balboa consists of a chassis segment that clips onto the end of the Balboa chassis to extend it, a 1″-diameter plastic ball, three plastic rollers, and a ball caster retention clip that holds the ball and rollers in place:

Stability Conversion Kit for Balboa.

Stability Conversion Kit for Balboa.

Stability Conversion Kit for Balboa, bottom view.

With the ball caster included, this piece can be used to provide the Balboa chassis with a smooth third point of contact for traditional differential-drive applications. For balancing applications, this accessory can be used without the ball caster to make the chassis taller and to provide additional mounting points where you can attach things like sensors or the bumper cage kit.

Top view of the Balboa Chassis with Stability Conversion Kit and 80×10mm Pololu Wheels.

Balboa Chassis with Stability Conversion Kit and 80×10mm Pololu Wheels.

Bottom view of the Balboa Chassis with Stability Conversion Kit and 80×10mm Pololu Wheels.

One of the many possible configurations of the bumper cage on the Balboa 32U4 Balancing Robot (lengthened with Stability Conversion accessory).

One of the many possible configurations of the bumper cage on the Balboa 32U4 Balancing Robot (lengthened with Stability Conversion accessory).

The parts for this kit are already included in the Balboa Chassis with Stability Conversion Kit, so we are primarily making it available separately for those who want to convert their Balboa 32U4 Balancing Robots into traditional, differential-drive robots. The following diagram shows the possible chassis angles for such robots with four different wheel sizes ranging from 60 mm through 90 mm:

 

Variety of chassis angles available when using different wheels on the Balboa Chassis with Stability Conversion.


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