Homemade Wooden GoKart

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Introduction: Homemade Wooden GoKart

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

Step 1: Frame


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


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

I mounted the engine to the frame.

Step 4: Rear Wheels


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


I just installed a simple throttle handle directly connected to the throttle. The steering handle gives you better control than your feet do.

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    ckeith3
    ckeith3

    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is awfully unsafe. Something of this simple of a design, made out of wood, will not last long.

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    Avatar_I_Am
    Avatar_I_Am

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Safe? We don't need no stinkin' safe!
    Who cars if it doesn't last, it is cheap enpugh that if you wreck it, just re-build!
    I hva enough scrap wood to make three or four... not enough spare engines, though.
    Cool. I LIKE it!

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    somedude14
    somedude14

    Reply 1 year ago

    so you can rebuild yourself, your that cheap

    interesing....

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    Avatar_I_Am
    Avatar_I_Am

    Reply 1 year ago

    It has nothing to do with cheap, it has to do with ability, and at least I am intelligent enough to be able to rebuild something, and not sarcastic of others that "can do".

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    somedude14
    somedude14

    Reply 1 year ago

    i agree

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    yeetbruder
    yeetbruder

    Reply 1 year ago

    where are the brakes????

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    yeetbruder
    yeetbruder

    Reply 1 year ago

    Too true, mate

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    weldboi
    weldboi

    Reply 1 year ago

    i dont care im a 11 year old with a lighter do you think i care

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    grahamgamer2447
    grahamgamer2447

    Reply 3 years ago

    What do you expect it is made of wood it is ment for fun not ¨Saftey¨

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    curvy77
    curvy77

    7 years ago on Introduction

    working on something similar, but with a different propulsion system. how did u arrange the steering and where did the brakes make contact? the wheel or axel?

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    HA10
    HA10

    Reply 4 years ago

    There are no brakes

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    somedude14
    somedude14

    Reply 1 year ago

    exactly

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    davehart
    davehart

    8 years ago on Introduction

    My cousing and i made a go cart like this, except for it is ALOT bigger, no engine, but it has a suspension and brakes. Its realy heavy lugging up the hill but really fun! Oh ya, and i'm 14

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    hunter13
    hunter13

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That's amazing. I would advise you to add an engine in the back. It wouldn't take much!

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    davehart
    davehart

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Ive actually been thinking about putting one on it lately, a have a 5 speed lawnmower transmission that would bolt right up and an engine that i could mount on the bed.

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    somedude14
    somedude14

    Reply 1 year ago

    nice
    what lawnmower did you get it from

    #iam14aswell

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    davehart
    davehart

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Well, i got the engine and steering wheel on it. It doesnt have a clutch so it shifts like a rock. Still, really fun and fast. sorry about the bad pictures, it was at night.

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    hunter13
    hunter13

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Dude! That's a great gokart. Keep it up.