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Me and a friend got tired of being bored and we don't have money to go out so we decided to build a go kart from scratch using materials we found around the shop. We custom built every single part on this go kart, from the steering to the brakes. This project took 3 days and at a total cost of $0.
 
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Step 1: Materials

What you will need:
Square/Round tubing for frame and support
Seat
Steering wheel
Flat stock
Round rod
Assorted bolts

Step 2: The frame

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We built the frame out of 1" square tubing that has been sitting next to the house for years. We started by researching racing kart frames and came up with a design. 

Step 3: The spindles

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To build the spindles you take a piece of 1" flat stock that is 7" long and bend it so you have 2"-3"-2" U shape. Make two of these. Once they are bent, drill a hole the size of the bolt you are using in the top and bottom. Now cut a piece of round tube that is a little bit smaller than the inside height of the spindle. This piece needs to be a snug fit to the bolt your using so the tube will turn freely around the bolt but not so tight that its difficult to rotate. Now for the part that actually rotates, I used 1/2" square tube to make this part. Weld a bolt that is long enough and wide enough to go on the wheels you are using onto the piece of tube that the bolt goes through. At a 90 degree angle to this piece weld another piece of tube that the steering components will attach to.

Step 4: Steering shaft

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The steering shaft is a piece of 1/2" hollow round tube. The length is determined by where you want the steering wheel. we made our shaft about 18" long which is perfect for use cause were both skinny. You will need two industrial washers to hold the shaft in place so the wheels will actually turn instead of the shaft. 
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I do want to put the gas pedal on the steering wheel
is it electric
sco_oter (author)  rhys256908112342 years ago
no its gas
Nice go kart and can you give me the measurements
Nice go kart and can you give me the measurements so I can try to build one cause they are awesome and beast
Rares I1 month ago

i want to put the gas pedal on the steering wheel.

It's that possible?

(I want to make it off-road)

Solocup2 months ago
Why would you need measurements ? This is clearly a build it with what you have instructable. Nice job for a first attempt.:) a axel and a clutch and your good to go!
wbannister1 year ago
Can u give me all the measurements please??

did he give you the prints i just need the prints for the frame.

giffo055 months ago

thinking of making it could u please give me the measurments for it.

i am a sing a song about big fat butts wiggle wiggle

bilko9910 months ago

could you plz put the measurments up

joshr1231 year ago
if anyone wanted a 3d model kinda like this heres a link. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=d9895bc7987350404b7a1ae91a584f32
kate25151 year ago
wat r the measurement
kblaugrana1 year ago
dimension frame plz
Reece691 year ago
Could you possibly send me the dimensions to your kart?
awesome job but needs more defence
thanx, please follow me did you say you need pedals oe a gas tank or even how to link and connect this stuff??
Hi when you say, add a clutch what happens right now with out a clutch?
What measures are in centimeters

Nice go kart
toxictwin2 years ago
Awesome job,
yayo232 years ago
well as i know you said you used parts around the shop but what did you get your parts off to make your frame
sco_oter (author)  yayo232 years ago
The frame was cut from square tubing from behind the shop
jamob2 years ago
how well does it work>
mahdisamiei2 years ago
it`s very good
yholiyat2 years ago
Very awesome project, me and my friend are doing this over the summer and we hope i works out. But can you post any videos or links to videos of you riding it, just for a little engorgement and taste of it.

Very awesome and thank you!
Very cool, man. Impressive build. Would you be willing to send me your plans? I also have a bunch of steel laying around and just picked up a welder... I'm itching to let 'er rip. thanks! Have a good one!
Hippymike963 years ago
Is there welding?
Great work indeed; and it looks almost as good as company made I give u thumbs up.
ak35803 years ago
where did you get your base model ????????????

sco_oter (author)  ak35803 years ago
We googled racing kart frames and searched till we found one we liked.
How is it free then?
sco_oter (author)  garytoast3 years ago
Its free because i didn't buy anything for this project.
So you made the frame
sco_oter (author)  garytoast3 years ago
I made everything on the go kart except the engine, wheels, and steering wheel and those i salvaged from two mini likes, an edger, and my car.
jcksparr0w3 years ago
Thanks for this. i now know what i need to do to my frame to make the steering work!!! Thanks again!
I just wanted to say that you have a seat and asorted bolts in the materials list but no wheels! This is a new turn of events in the mobility world. Grab the balloons! we're going up!

just kidding though. cool project
Phil B3 years ago
Do you think there is a weight limit for the rider? If so, what do you think it would be? It appears from the flux dust that you did not use a MIG welder, but either a flux core wire feed welder or a stick welder. Which did you use?

This is a nice project that should provide much enjoyment for a long time. Thank you for sharing it.
sco_oter (author)  Phil B3 years ago
I believe the weight limit is around 200lbs. I used a cheap walmart stick welder. It would support more weight if I had a better welder. Thanks for your reply.
Phil B sco_oter3 years ago
I noticed the drawing of the pattern you used as a starting point and saw that there was an extra angled 1" x !" brace on each side that would add strength where the front half of the frame is welded to the back half, but you did not use those in your build. I was wondering if the frame would have a little less strength to support weight because those angled braces are not included.

In my limited experience it is not easy to get a good weld on square tubing when using a stick welder. It is very easy to burn a hole, especially when making what amounts to a "T" joint.

Thanks for your response.
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