[Kartbuilding] quesstion

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Tue Nov 21 09:45:11 GMT 2006

Hi Jamie,

I suggest you choose a simple generator engine as is shown on this 

You can then simply use a simple "centrifical" clutch as can be seen here:
and here:

You can also simply use 2 sprockets and chain (direct drive). With the 
engine directly linked to the rear axle - you would have to push start the 
kart. To stop the kart - you would have to turn off the engine. There is 
more details on the "drive" of karts at:

As for an estimate of costs - well if you make everything yourself 
(chassis, steering setup), get the brakes for free off an old 
moped/motorbike, get the wheels for free of wheelbarrows or a small 
trailer, all you will have to get is the engine and metal to build the 
kart. If you are not able to get an old engine from somewhere - you will 
have to buy a second-hand engine - which will cost approximately 100euros.

Best of Luck,

On Mon, 20 Nov 2006, jamie kerr wrote:
> hi there am 16 years old have a little sence about how the engines n tht wurk 
> i would like to build my own go kart with my dad wen we have time could u giv 
> us an estimate how much u recon we would spend on one to finish reply asap 
> please   many thanks jamie kerr

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