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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.
 
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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 3: Step Three

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

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 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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_mamanssi28 days 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?

Is it possible to make from metal?

ProFsxVideos2 months ago

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

tseselskyd2 months 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.

Thanks.

james_rea007 months ago

would threaded rod be ok to use for axles?

What type of engine did you use?
hunter13 (author)  Adamthegenius128 months ago

5hp briggs and stratton flathead

engineer38 months 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?

aguiarnumber49 months ago
How would you mount the motor? Just with standard bolts that would fit with the engine?
hunter13 (author)  aguiarnumber49 months ago
Yes, just with bolts running through the engine block then down through the wood.
neonkid1 year ago
brakes?
jhansher1 year ago
What size tires did you use?
hunter13 (author)  jhansher1 year ago
10" or so. Basically wagon wheels.
where did u get the tires
willisdaye1 year 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.
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slange41 year ago
You should try to make a bigger gear off the engine and a smaller connected to rear axle
willisdaye1 year ago
How are you attaching the wheels to the axle? Also, how did you attach the sprocket to the wheel?
s252161 year ago
one more question- where did you get the sprocket? they seem to fit perfectly to the wheel.
I made this exact go cart to the exact dimensions a while ago. I used a 5 hp tiller engine same as you. When i tilted the steering just a little bit a 2o kmph the cart flip and i broke 8 bones and had 7 bone contusions. and the exaust burned me when the engine landed on me. bed ridden for 4 years. Just consider danger before you make this.
seems legit -.-
hunter13 (author)  mechanic19581 year ago
My, that's bad. Sorry to here that. Yes, use all caution.
jpatel3641 year ago
is a clutch needed or is it optional
needed definitely not optional
mstandring1 year ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF5yROdMuv4
are there BRAKES.
s252161 year ago
Where did you get your bearings for the back and front wheels?
hunter13 (author)  s252161 year 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.
jpatel3641 year ago
how fast does that go approximately in MPH??? Plz reply
hunter13 (author)  jpatel3641 year ago
21.4 mph
jpatel3641 year ago
could u please list all the materials u used
hunter13 (author)  jpatel3641 year ago
Wood, 4 bearings, 2 steel dowels, 4 wheels, 1 engine, misc bolts and nuts, screws, sprocket, clutch, chain. This was intended to be a body update for my first gokart.
jpatel3641 year ago
where is the brake
hunter13 (author)  jpatel3641 year ago
Nowhere, thats what makes it so fun ;)
jpatel3641 year ago
im planning on making that but id like to add some body mods to make it look cooler got any ideas
hunter13 (author)  jpatel3641 year ago
Led underbody lighting? Maybe that's a bit far-out ;) Straight pipe would add sound. Stickers on the side perhaps? Be creative!
Justinvent1 year ago
can you send me a link to all the parts in the drivetrain, axle, wheels, sprocket and connector? thanks for posting this great diy, by the way
Justinvent1 year ago
what did you use for the axles?
hunter13 (author)  Justinvent1 year ago
Steel rods from Lowes. About $10 a piece.
James F1 year ago
Where is the cheapest place to buy a 5hp briggs and stratton or honda engine
hunter13 (author)  James F1 year ago
At an auction or on ebay. Might find a steal somewhere.
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