Introduction: Go Kart From Electric Scooter

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How to make your own go kart with a scooter and a dolly.

Step 1: Get Parts

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You're gonna need:
An electric/motor-scooter (I used Razor E100)
A dolly (those things you see people hauling refrigerators and big boxes around with)
LOTS of Duck Tape (the thick silver kind)
Boxes and a cushion

Step 2: Attach Dolly

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Now you need to somehow attach the dolly to the scooter. Mine had a little handle thingy at one end which was perfect for taping it on. Yes, Duck tape will hold very good. Now you can tape some boxes and a cushion of some sort for your butt and back (trust me, your butt will hurt if you don't put a cushion on.)

Step 3: Test It Out

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Yay its done! That was easy, wasn't it? Take it for a test run and see if it works. It most likely will, unless your scooter is broken. If not, re duck tape it (if it falls off).


Wildguner1023 (author)2016-09-12

try something other that duck tape, and make a bike seat mount so it doesn't look like your sitting some boxes.

blademaster99 (author)2014-05-16

Not to pop your bubble dude, but this idea is far from a good one, you don't have a reliable way to keep the dolly in place, the dolly itself is going to turn and be a pain, there is not a good way to steer this thing the way you actually want it to go. Just leave it a scooter man, that was a good phase 1 at the most, so just upgrade or leave a scooter. And duck tape is never a good idea for holding stuff like that

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GofishRC007 (author)2012-07-01

Here's a pic.Good ible tried it out with my e300s.

punk91903 (author)GofishRC0072013-04-25

you suck

jcksparr0w (author)2012-04-06

cute idea but seems a bit wasteful. like er0401 said, i can make a go cart pretty cheap. I currently have a off-road frame thats a bit rusty, but only cost me 20 bucks. i could get an engine for it for 50. 100 if i wanted say an 8 or a 10hp, but its sufficient anyway.

er0401 (author)2010-08-02

honestly? wow all u who want to build this, dont! I am going to make a true go kart and it will probably cost a little more than this, or less. a dolly costs $40+ and a good scooter costs $100+. go to a re-store(or hardware store) and gets supplies.then salvage an old 6hp motor(or go to craigslist for one). build it, and your done

MariaWilliams (author)2010-05-12

Great Idea and very innovative.Hey the scooter has been extended and became very large.  I never tried this for my electric scooter. Am interested in this and will try to make my own scooter for moving to my school having a bag seater attached to it.

RelientOwl (author)2010-05-02
Nice I like the idea its simple but have you ever picked up a screwdriver or a hammer because you could make it look a lot nicer than that pretty sweet besides that
sonicx059 (author)2010-04-25

I am actually happy you took the time to draw a picture. Great instructable, but I am more of a bike person.

granonan (author)2010-02-24

 couldnt you just ride the scooter...?

poobajones (author)granonan2010-02-24

 Where's the fun in that?

ProfessorJWN (author)2009-12-21

Hey, I'm sure Red would be approve.

Nice to see he didn't waste time finding a seat, or welding (that gives off CO2 anyway), and it might burn the duct tape.

This is a true eco friendly design.

And when it rains, it is recyclable, unless the cardboard is water proofed, so the parts can be reused.

this is quick, fun, and a good I dea (I walk past a hand truck at work every day, and everytime, I try to think oof some vehicle I could use the tube frame for.

I think dollys are underrated as basis for light vehicles.  They are strong, cheap and durable.

No suspension, but you cant have everything.  Just put balloon tires on it.

Good job!!

IdahoDavid (author)2008-04-16

You have been watching too much Red Green Show. Seriously, I like the concept, but I think I would lean more toward learning to weld.

Hycro (author)IdahoDavid2009-12-03

Lol...I Jerry-rig all sorts of things, like 2/3 of my computer's sound system, but anyways, I would have used either pipe clamps or muffler clamps in some sort of over-complicated setup that would probably be flexible (the unwanted kind, the joints that were supposed to be solid would be bending) and would be marginally stronger than several rolls of duct tape. Though, I've had the glue on duct tape dry out on me before, and just plain fall apart and wouldn't hold whatever I wanted it to hold. Like patching holes in a screen, but now I've figured up a new way for that: sewing a piece of screen material over the hole, kinda like patching a pair of jeans.

_Scratch_ (author)2009-11-30

And, even better. It doesn't require you to gut the 100$ scooter. so you can easily un-duct tape it to ride again.

bassclarinet23 (author)2008-08-15

Can't wait to try it. Is it leagal to ride in the street?

ReCreate (author)bassclarinet232008-12-23

why wouldn't it be legal?

Richie15 (author)ReCreate2009-08-19

Like any other motorised vehicle, if it were registered, taxed and insured it would be perfectly legal, but these things rarely are. Also, the driver / rider would need a licence for whatever category of vehicle your relevant licencing authority would class it as. I think in Europe it'd be considered category M (motorcycles under 50cc and not capable of over 45km/h). Now, having said that, the fact that the dolly is just stuck on with duck tape would probably have an effect on the legality and, more importantly, the safety - use common sense in this case, if it doesn't feel safe, get off and push it.

ReCreate (author)Richie152009-08-19

Whats the fun of that. :P No pain No gain >_

bassclarinet23 (author)ReCreate2009-01-03

Because it's illegal to ride go karts/electric scooters in the street. (at least where I live).

ReCreate (author)bassclarinet232009-01-03

no offense but that's just plain stupid I've been riding my electric motorcycle on the streets for a long time and have had no police pester me its like a bicycle except you can go further

bassclarinet23 (author)ReCreate2009-01-16

Yea, a friend of mine had a diesel go cart and an electric scooter...the police won't let him ride it in the street.

ReCreate (author)bassclarinet232009-01-25

dopey police they're always ruining the fun,aren't they ?

bassclarinet23 (author)ReCreate2009-01-28

It's their job I guess.

tyty100 (author)ReCreate2009-01-25

the tires wear 2x faster on street

a918bmxr (author)bassclarinet232009-06-28

NOOO IT IS ILLEGAL me and a friend got pulled over for riding dirt bikes on the road. if it is in a neighborhood its kay

dombeef (author)bassclarinet232008-11-09

florida lol

lets start simple. do you think its a good idea to ride it on the street?

poobajones (author)Coffee bean2008-10-15

Well I rode it around the neighborhood until my scooter snapped a wire and broke :( (The go-kart wasn't the cause, don't worry)

Coffee bean (author)poobajones2008-10-15

ok well im pretty it isn't legal almost everywhere but more importantly unless you live in a rural area it isn't a good idea

cambigfoot (author)2009-08-10

I would call it a ghetto kart!! lol great idea! :)

rollo37 (author)2009-05-31

how fast?

poobajones (author)rollo372009-06-01

A little slower than the normal speed of the scooter.

agdollison (author)2008-04-16

this is ghetto

ReCreate (author)agdollison2008-12-23

ive seen someone make a similar thing they covered it with a whole frame and it looked very nice

CapnTac (author)agdollison2008-04-20

At least he actually has Instructables posted. I think that this is a good use of resources.

Coffee bean (author)2008-10-14

sweet good start

bob the builder #1 (author)2008-04-24

real gokartI would make it more sturdy but decent overall

don't spam

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-06-28

I don't have a dolly...

btop (author)2008-06-06

Wow, For a dolly duct taped to a kids scooter, This is pretty cool! (: Solid concept, Maybe attach it a bit better, Expand the battery pack? Just look at all that room in between the scooter and the dolly! Good job (y)

trythisone (author)2008-06-06

here is a picture of a dolly

bhunter736 (author)2008-04-21

Great concept! Very resourceful of you. However, a nice bolt through the handle into the platform or scooter frame would be a good improvement without welding. : )

Velotrash Industries (author)2008-04-20

Man, forget what the detractors say. This is a solid concept. If I had either of those things to start with, I'd construct something similar. That said, this seems a bit of a prototype. maybe find an actual seat and better anchors than duct tape.

killerjackalope (author)2008-04-16

I did this with a petrol scooter, it was great, we had the same dolly... Sadly the destruction caused by the wee bugger was immense, noone was injured but I've crashed two of them wee petrol scooters in my life and for some reason they both went on fire...

Tomtrocity (author)2008-04-16

I did this once. Looking back it probably wasn't worth the broken leg, no joke.

jonnyboy323 (author)2008-04-16

instead me and my friend modded the green one into a pocket bike. We welded a frame and through on the batterys motor etc. works great. hmmmm that would have been a good instructable...... Jon

21GeeOff21 (author)2008-04-16

Last summer I went to my friends house pretty much daily. We had made like 4 of these same type of things but without the motor and raced them down this huge hill near his house. You just have to make sure everything is very well put together because there is a high possibility that it will break on you

mrmath (author)2008-04-16

What do you call it? The Darwin 9000? No, this thing isn't dangerous at all.

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