Pitman Arm/Steering Shaft Question

Hello all,

Hoping someone would be able to help me with a quick question. This is my first off season with my kart so I decided to totally strip it down and replace any worn/bent parts.

I found a bent steering shaft so I went to order a new one. Here is where my question lies... Does the spacing of the pitman arm matter or can there be some play. My current steering shaft is 25'' long and has 2 pitman arms that are 1'' apart and 3'' from the bottom. I have found some ready to go steering shafts that our 25'' long but the pitman arms are 1 1/2'' apart.

Would something like that work or do I need an exact fit or buy a shaft and get the pitman arms welded to fit?

Thanks for the help!
 
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