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Is it possible to have a reversed go-kart? Answered

What I mean is to have front wheel drive & rear wheel steering, as oppose to front wheel steering & rear wheel drive. if so what benefits does it have? Would it be harder to install on a homemade go-kart? Please answer a.s.a.p.



why is it irrelevant? It is exactly how you would reverse a dc motor go-kart. As lemonie says the steering is rare for a reason - on front wheel drive vehicles (pullers, as opposed to pushers) the rear steering is unstable in a straight position, and tends to veer off, then fishtail when correcting. 2 things come of this - forklifts etc use this method to steer because it's possible to make VERY tight turns. Pallet jacks work like this too - and again, they are very stable in a pull mode, (steering front) but very unstable in the pushing mode (steering behind) 4-wheel-steering cars use this to hug the road better and corner tighter when the front wheels can't angle far enough for design reasons. It's much more difficult to drift in a 4-wheel steering car. (we have one, Nissan 300zx...fun car.

Reversed not reversing, still it all helps. plus I learn something new every time I go on.

I'd say that fork-lifts have rear-wheel steering because the load is carried forward of the front wheels. Since the centre of gravity of a loaded truck is more or less over the front wheels there are good reasons to have 'em fixed. The tightness of the turn on the truck and load as a unit, is in effect "on a sixpence", as you say VERY tight. (I know pallet-trucks, just like you say) L

Indeed! 2-in one reason. steering and load stability are awesome - and 'turning' wheels (as in angular steering) is difficult under load).

This method of steering is exceptionally rare, and probably with good reason. It would help to tell us how far you've got with your machine, post some pictures / diagrams etc. Maybe create a Forum topic, as these tent to kick around longer than Answers/Questions and get more exposure.


Rear wheel steering will make it very easy to turn quickly, but it will be much harder to keep going straight. The steering could be come twitchy enough that going fast on a straightaway could become difficult. (Try pushing a bicycle backwards and you'll see what I mean.) This is why rear wheel steering is usually used in vehicles that move very slowly but need to be very maneuverable, like a forklift.


9 years ago

I'm pretty sure that if you have rear-wheel steering, you won't have as good of steering, and it probably would be harder to install.


9 years ago

If you use a dc motor reverse is possible by switching the battery contacts around