Intro: 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.