Homemake Wooden GoKart 2.0

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Introduction: 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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    171 Discussions

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    YohanL
    YohanL

    2 days ago

    Hi there, the dropbox link for the 3D Sketchup model seems to have broken.
    Any chance we can still download the file?

    Thanks!
    Yo

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    tseselskyd
    tseselskyd

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This thing is awesome!

    I would like to make something like this for my son but pedal powered.

    Any thoughts? Ideas? He's 6.

    Thanks.

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    2770659
    2770659

    Reply 2 months ago

    Great idea maybe you could use this design then get a longer chain remove the engine, drill a hole where his feet will reach then attach an axle put pedals on each side of the axle and attach the chain... probably won’t work though I’m just getting into this stuff

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    joshthecreater
    joshthecreater

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    of course but the steering may be a little harsh but would be better be cause less chance of throttle snapping or any piece of the kart

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    somedude14
    somedude14

    Reply 10 months ago

    to true

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    Lmccoy1146
    Lmccoy1146

    4 years ago

    ho many cc

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    ledmusic
    ledmusic

    Reply 2 years ago

    That depends on the motor you use

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    _mamanssi
    _mamanssi

    5 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?

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    PhatN17
    PhatN17

    Reply 2 years ago

    He used spruce wood

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    hunter13
    hunter13

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Nowhere, thats what makes it so fun ;)

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    anynoumous builder
    anynoumous builder

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    joshthecreater
    joshthecreater

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    i put a metal piece by my foot that i can kick so it slows the tires down fast :)

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    joshthecreater
    joshthecreater

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    i put a metal piece by my foot that i can kick so it slows the tires down fast :)

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    3 years ago

    Isn't there a brake?

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    bubblesneek
    bubblesneek

    Reply 3 years ago

    NOPE

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    baseball458
    baseball458

    4 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

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    RiaanN1
    RiaanN1

    4 years ago on Introduction

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

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    jhansher
    jhansher

    5 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!!!