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This is the perfect budget gokart for people who love speed and danger. I don't think anyone sells anything like this ,so it's pretty much one of a kind. I Installed a Briggs And Stratton 5HP engine on it. It has 10" tires that have a 300lb loading weight each. We got it up to 21mph. Pretty good for a hunk of pine. I have to admit, though, it is pretty cool. Diclaimer: it is very dangerous, especially without brakes. All in all, it cost me around $185. Here's a link to a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLILV_xiJCM. I'VE GOT A NEW VIDEO: http://youtu.be/uaHUD5VmzxM
 
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Step 1: Frame

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Essentially, it is made out of pine, which is light(ish). You want a main board stretching from front to back for support. The seat is up to you. It could be a plastic chair with the legs cut off. The engine mount should be sturdy

Step 2: Front

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Next, install the wooden front axle. I used u-bolts to clamp the metal axle (the wheels are attached to it) to the wood.

Step 3: Engine

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I mounted the engine to the frame.

Step 4: Rear Wheels

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Next, I went to Lowe's and got a 3/4" steel rod for my axle. I inserted bearings into wood and slid the axle through. Then, I put adjustable retaining rings on the inside of each bearing to keep the axle from slipping.

Step 5: Drive System


I bought a sprocket and a Max Torque clutch and a #35 chain. The sprocket is actually bolted to the hub.

Step 6: Throttle And Steering

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I just installed a simple throttle handle directly connected to the throttle. The steering handle gives you better control than your feet do.
mstandring3 years ago
How much and where did you get the back two wheels? did you drill holes into the hub for sproket? or were there already holes in the hub when you purchased it?
kweigant3 years ago
Change the drive to one like a 10 speed bike. both wheels driven but both will free spin too just add a brake system.
myles1363 years ago
RWD cars are one wheel drive....no problem....so it torques to one side....so what!