Homemake Wooden GoKart 2.0




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.


Step 1: Step One

Put two 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 75" beams 3 1/2" apart.

Step 2: Step Two

Place a 22" long beam underneath. Do not attach. Next, place a 3 1/2"x3 1/2" in between the long beams. Place a 1/2" thick beam and attach it to the longest two beams. Then, drill down the middle of the 1/2" thick beam through all three layers. Put a bolt Into the and tighten. The bottom beam should pivot.

Step 3: Step Three

Attach two 15" long beams

Step 4: Step Four

Attach a 10 1/2" long beam to tilt the seat bottom. Install the seat bottom.

Step 5: Step Five

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

Do the same for the front. Add blocks, axle, and wheels.

Step 8: Step Eight

Add a steering lever and throttle. The throttle lever is connected directly to the engine's throttle.

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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    168 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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?

    1 reply
    anynoumous builderhunter13

    Reply 2 years ago

    could you make one by having a lever system that makes the wheels stop as a friction brake?


    3 years ago

    I have a question how did u put the sprocket on me and my dad really have never worked with engines and drive systems before did u attach it to the wheel or axel thanks


    3 years ago on Introduction

    HI, what 3d software did you use? Awesome cart by the way


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Please answer!
    On mine the chain ALWAYS falls off right away. I tried my best to align the chain, but nothing is working. Also do you need to attach the drive wheel to the axle, because my drive wheel is just free spinning over the axle.

    Thank you very much!!!

    It's a Briggs and Stratton 5 hp engine...these engines are good and reliable because I bought a go kart with one on it and it's ran for 5 or 6 years except for a clutch problem!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi! How did you fix the wheels on the axle since it didnt have any keyway?