[Kartbuilding] Fwd: Go kart plans?

Stephen Burke kartbuilding at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 11:19:00 IST 2006

Its always better to try and design your own chassis when making a
kart, it makes it better for yourself in the long run.
That X braced rectangular frame does sound like a feasible idea.
One or two thoughts:
This is ok, as long as there are good mounting points for the engine,
i.e. the engine placement in the middle or something.

In the middle of the chassis, the side pieces of the rectangular frame
are unsupported, so you cant put too much weight on the side pieces of
the rectangular frame. It would be better if you put 0.5" bracing
pieces from the middle of the X to the right and to the left. This
would provide better support, without compromising flexibility too
Another final thing is: are you going to do a proper joint for the X
in the middle?, or are you just going to cut and weld. You should
think about doing some halving joint.

Best of Luck

On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 22:48:28 -0000, Saxena, KM wrote:
> Hi, im very interested in motorsport, and really want to build my first go kart.I havent made many plans yet, but i do have a few ideas id like to implement - just not too much know how or money!
> id like to build my kart out of hollow metal tubing, about 0.5 to 1.0 inch thick. i was planning to weld together a rectangular frame, with two tubes running across the rectangle in an X shape, which i was hoping would provide a) structural stability, and b) mounting points for an engine etc. A floorpan / undertray could be welded to the bottom of this frame to provide some protection to the driver and the components from debris on the roads maybe?
> this is just my starting basis, but id like to know if you think this is a sensible or feasible base frame for a first go kart. im not expecting it to be anything fantastic, just something to channel my motorsports and automobile interest towards.
> thank you for any help,
> karan saxena

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