[Kartbuilding] go kart

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Tue Jun 19 21:37:19 IST 2007

The best engines to buy are from an old motorbike. 100cc motorbike engines 
are ideal because they have a clutch and gearbox. A 90 or 100cc engine 
will have enough power for your cart. I have 100cc motorbike engines on 
both my racing kart ( 
http://www.kartbuilding.net/racingkart/Old_Racing_Kart/racingkart.htm ) 
and my off-road kart ( http://www.kartbuilding.net/pictures.htm ).

As for a cart (kart) shifter - that is a kart with manual gears, where you 
can select what gear to drive the kart in. The above motorbike engines 
usually have 3 to 4 gears making it ideal for both off-road and for racing 
activities. In a cart shifter you will need a gear change lever to change 
gear. See: http://www.kartbuilding.net/Freeplans/gearchange.htm

Best of Luck,

On Tue, 19 Jun 2007, Hoang Nguyen wrote:

> hi again!
>  your advice  really help me understanding more about go cart well i m looking  for a go cart with out engine and buy it. what kinda engine do you prefer me to buy ? im looking a for a engine that have enough power for me to drift around have a little fun in it or mabe fast. what kinda engine do you prefer me to buy? and for your go cart on your website did you actualy built that cart? becasue of how the frame it really catch my eyes it look like some kinda racing go cart frame! what is exactly is a go cart shifter? is it the kind where you shift like a munaul car?
>  thank you
> Stephen Burke wrote:
>  Hi,
> No - Im from Ireland, and not Germany. It is always a good idea to buy a
> second-hand go cart and to modify it, adjusting it to suit your
> requirements, as long as you can get it cheap enough. Some people tend to
> ask for a lot of money for an old used go cart - so becareful and dont
> spend too much.
> As for putting slick tyres on that kart (photo in the URL below), I think
> it would slow down the kart and be of little benefit. There is only a
> small 5.5hp engine on that kart, and it would not be powerful enough to
> justify wide slick tyres. If you did want to change the wheels - then it
> shouldnt depend on the axle. Wheels mount onto hubs which in turn attach
> to the axle.
> As for the brakes - no I did not cut the axle in half or reweld it back
> together - that would be too much work. There are brake shoes/pads which
> wear first - and these can be replaced easily without going near the brake
> drum on the rear axle. See:
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/gallery/v/Kart_Clearance_and_Memories/DSC01064.JPG.html
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/gallery/v/Kart_Clearance_and_Memories/DSC01065.JPG.html
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/gallery/v/Kart_Clearance_and_Memories/DSC01185.JPG.html
> If you have any further questions, just send us an email.
> Best of Luck,
> -steve
> On Mon, 18 Jun 2007, Hoang Nguyen wrote:
>> thank you for the reply are you in germany? well i was planing to buy a used go cart and mabe replace it with some slick tires and the brake. Well i was wondering when you build your go kart did you weld the axle together? if so to change the brake how to you do it?and i was just looking at this page
>> http://dallas.craigslist.org/rvs/350663074.html
>> and is it possible to replace the wheel with some racing tire the wide one like the one on your page about the racing go kart? or is it depend the axle? because the slick tire look very wide
>> Stephen Burke wrote: Hi,
>> Thanks for your email and your comments. Im glad you find the
>> www.kartbuilding.net website interesting.
>> It took approximately 6-8 weekends to complete the racing go kart, having
>> all the parts and materials sourced. The motorbike engine (GP100) cost 100
>> euros. The materials and parts for the kart came to approximately 100
>> euros.
>> If you have any other questions etc. just drop us an email.
>> Best of Luck,
>> -steve
>> On Sun, 17 Jun
>> 2007, Hoang Nguyen wrote:
>>> Hello i was looking at your page and the go cart look very very interesting. well how much did it take you to built one of those racing go kart?
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