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Well, after my first and mostly successful wooden gokart, I decided to build a sturdier and better one. I used the same wheels, engine, axles, and seat from the first one. For specific details on mounting the engine, sprocket, and wheels, visit my first gokart.  This is definitely an improvement from the first. For your convenience, I made a 3D Sketchup model. Download it here. The following steps contain pictures from Sketchup. I recommend you use Sketchup to find the exact dimensions.

Step 1: Step one

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Put two 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 75" beams 3 1/2" apart.

Step 2: Step two

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Place a 22" long beam underneath. Do not attach. Next, place a 3 1/2"x3 1/2" in between the long beams. Place a 1/2" thick beam and attach it to the longest two beams. Then, drill down the middle of the 1/2" thick beam through all three layers. Put a bolt Into the and tighten. The bottom beam should pivot.

Step 3: Step Three

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Attach two 15" long beams

Step 4: Step Four

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Attach a 10 1/2" long beam to tilt the seat bottom. Install the seat bottom.

Step 5: Step Five

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Attach the seat back and install a brace. Place the engine on the mount.

Step 6: Step Six

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Attach a beam underneath the engine, and install blocks underneath that on either side. Drill holes through either side for the axle. Insert axle and and attach sprocket to axle or wheel then install wheels.

Step 7: Step Seven

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Do the same for the front. Add blocks, axle, and wheels.

Step 8: Step Eight

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Add a steering lever and throttle. The throttle lever is connected directly to the engine's throttle.

Step 9: Finished

Hopefully, I have given you a complete tutorial on how to build your own gokart. Some things on the Sketchup version may be slightly different from the real gokart, but the dimensions are accurate.
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RiaanN11 month ago

HI, what 3d software did you use? Awesome cart by the way

jhansher2 months ago

Please answer!
On mine the chain ALWAYS falls off right away. I tried my best to align the chain, but nothing is working. Also do you need to attach the drive wheel to the axle, because my drive wheel is just free spinning over the axle.

Thank you very much!!!

What make is the engine?

Briggs and Straton 5 hp flathead

It's a Briggs and Stratton 5 hp engine...these engines are good and reliable because I bought a go kart with one on it and it's ran for 5 or 6 years except for a clutch problem!

kevstephan6 months ago

Hi! How did you fix the wheels on the axle since it didnt have any keyway?

Ethan_Lundy9 months ago

I got the list how much would the whole thing cost?

Ethan_Lundy9 months ago

I got the list how much would the whole thing cost?

Ethan_Lundy9 months ago

Is there a list of the materials?

jpatel3642 years ago
where is the brake
hunter13 (author)  jpatel3642 years ago
Nowhere, thats what makes it so fun ;)

i put a metal piece by my foot that i can kick so it slows the tires down fast :)

i put a metal piece by my foot that i can kick so it slows the tires down fast :)

Is it possible to make from metal?

of course but the steering may be a little harsh but would be better be cause less chance of throttle snapping or any piece of the kart

_mamanssi11 months ago

Hi... may I know what type of wood did you used? and are there any other suitable type of woods other than the one that you used?

Hey. Where did you get the axle, bearings and wheels. This is a WIP right now for me!!

tseselskyd1 year ago

This thing is awesome!

I would like to make something like this for my son but pedal powered.

Any thoughts? Ideas? He's 6.


would threaded rod be ok to use for axles?

What type of engine did you use?
hunter13 (author)  Adamthegenius121 year ago

5hp briggs and stratton flathead

engineer31 year ago

what type of engine is it? i go to the briggs and stratton website and under engines they have sub menues: push mower, riding mower, snow blower, commercial, racing, and other. do you know what type the engine is from those categories?

How would you mount the motor? Just with standard bolts that would fit with the engine?
hunter13 (author)  aguiarnumber41 year ago
Yes, just with bolts running through the engine block then down through the wood.
neonkid2 years ago
jhansher2 years ago
What size tires did you use?
hunter13 (author)  jhansher2 years ago
10" or so. Basically wagon wheels.
where did u get the tires
willisdaye2 years ago
I just finished mine. IT. ROCKS. got the Honda clone from harbor freight, and i installed brakes, too. i hooked up a real throttle cable, so there is a gas pedal, and there are two levers for steering, not just one. I used a chopped up pool noodle for seat padding.
Thanks for the instructable, man.
slange42 years ago
You should try to make a bigger gear off the engine and a smaller connected to rear axle
willisdaye2 years ago
How are you attaching the wheels to the axle? Also, how did you attach the sprocket to the wheel?
s252162 years ago
one more question- where did you get the sprocket? they seem to fit perfectly to the wheel.
jpatel3642 years ago
is a clutch needed or is it optional
needed definitely not optional
mstandring2 years ago
wildafrican2 years ago
are there BRAKES.
s252162 years ago
Where did you get your bearings for the back and front wheels?
hunter13 (author)  s252162 years ago
The front wheels came with bearings and are free spinning on the axle. the rear wheels also came with bearings, but I bolted the wheels to the axle to connect it to the engine.
jpatel3642 years ago
how fast does that go approximately in MPH??? Plz reply
hunter13 (author)  jpatel3642 years ago
21.4 mph
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