[Kartbuilding] Do you have any lightweight, afforable frame recommendations for a simple fun / yard / gokart? (fwd)
sburke at burkesys.com
Wed Jul 11 13:13:55 IST 2007
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Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 19:24:33 -0600
From: "Norm Chambers \\(fiber.net\\)"
To: Stephen Burke
Subject: Re: Do you have any lightweight,
afforable frame recommendations for a simple fun / yard / gokart?
WOW Steve - thanks for all that info. I'd been to all those sites except
ubuilditplans, but I was just getting confused. I felt like I had too many
options, and not enough experience to know how they all fit together.
I've now ordered the Kit from Northern Tool (should be here in a couple weeks!)
and if it's just too heavy, maybe I'll work on getting it lighter later.
I'm going to research those torque converters and get one on the way soon.
I appreciate all the info - - you have really helped me make some good choices.
Hopefully I won't make a mess of this project :)
----- Original Message ----- From: "Stephen Burke" <sburke at burkesys.com>
To: "Norm Chambers" <norm at chambers.org>
Cc: <kartbuilding at lists.burkesys.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: Do you have any lightweight, afforable frame recommendations for a
simple fun / yard / gokart?
> Hi Norm,
> Im glad that you found the www.kartbuilding.net website and are finding it
> Firstly, that engine sounds ok. Engines with a horizontal drive shaft are
> much easier to work with. I think I found the parts listing for that engine
> You will definately need a torque converter for that engine. This will get
> the maximum speed over a range of terrains.
> www.northerntool.com is the best place to get Go-Kart parts and accessories.
> Various torque converters can be found here:
> Now, onto your chassis and lightweight assembly. There are lots and lots of
> places on the internet where you can buy go-kart assembly kits.
> Northerntool.com do actually have a Go-Kart assembly kit at:
> which looks pretty nice, however does cost around $650. The wheels and seat
> comes with this package. If you want to trim down the weight as much as
> possible, I think this kit has too much in it. Ideall you would be able to
> attach a lightweight plastic seat onto an assembled chassis as per:
> I have also heard of www.ubuilditplans.com
> http://www.ubuilditplans.com/NEWUBUILDITKITS.HTML has various stages, i.e.
> just the chassis, or the chassis and wheels or the chassis + wheels + engine.
> Again as when buying parts etc. you are paying quite a bit of money. Also the
> karts on ubuilditplans look heavy and a bit much for your small engine.
> If you can navigate http://www.mxk.com/ there are lightweight kits
> available. See:
> which is a pre-welded kit and chassis.
> The torque converter will make things much easier and should be able to cope
> with whatever weight the kart is.
> I hope this provided you with what you were looking for.
> Best of Luck,
> On Sat, 7 Jul 2007, Norm Chambers wrote:
>> My 11-year old Brandon and I are going to build a gokart this summer (not
>> for racing at all), and your site has lots of great information. Thanks for
>> all the tips and details.
>> We are writing in hopes of getting pointers for lightweight and affordable
>> frames and complete kits that we can basically assemble. I don't have any
>> experience welding, and I'm not a big handyman either, so I am hoping to
>> make this basically an Assembly project, instead of a Fabrication & Design
>> We have to keep things light and because of our engine size - - we'll be
>> using a dinky 4-stroke B&S 110 cu engine (horizontal shaft, model 60101,
>> type 1016-02, code 8206 3003 - the only owner's manual I found said 7 cubic
>> inches, which is about 110 cc's)
>> We do have some pretty good hills around our house (10% grade), so with this
>> little engine, I'd love pointers on how to gear it right, and what torque
>> converters you like in this case.
>> Keeping in mind that Brandon and his brothers and sisters weigh 60 to 125
>> Thanks in advance for any pointers you have on simple lightweight frames and
>> kits, and any ideas you have for nice torque converters and good sprocket
>> -Norm Chambers
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