My first year in karts, I backed it into the fence at Snydersville. bent the frame up about 1 1/4", plus bent the axle. I couldn't simply replace the axle because it was an older one, different diameter than what was standard then, would've had to buy all new bearings, cassettes, etc. Got it straight within .010", it was bent 5/8". My cousin Kevin Stull was able to straighten the frame by chaining it to a tree, and using a ratcheting load binder to bend it. We had to go way past straight in the other direction because chrome moly has so much spring in it. It still ended up 1/8" out but seemed to work better. I eventually won my first two features in that old kart (it was a 1994 White), and 3 Wider John Wagner won two a couple years later.