How to make intake more protected

After building our intake, I’ve noticed that the axle is becoming more and more bent from constantly ramming into the goal. Can I get some tips on how to protect it more? Thanks.

Either stop ramming the goal, switch to a high-strength axle, or add a bumper structure that rams the goal instead of the wheels…or do all three…


One thing that a lot of teams are doing is hinging their intake mechanisms so that when they ram into the goal, the intake will just move back. An example of this is @Orrero_yang s robot, and how their intake mech is on a screw joint shown here. You can see how the intake can move forwards and backwards instead of it just taking the brunt of the goal. I hope this helps!