[Kartbuilding] shaftie kart

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Sun Mar 25 21:07:56 IST 2007

Hi Mike,

As the kart is currently setup with chains and sprockets, I would advise 
using the Shaft Driven motorbike engine to drive the kart in the same way, 
i.e. using a chain and sprockets.
You will have to TURN the Shaft Driven motorbike engine 90degrees however, 
so that the output shaft from the engine is PARALLEL with the rear axle of 
the kart. Once the engine is mounted in this manner, a sprocket can be 
welded etc. to the output shaft and you can connect it to the rear axle 
with a chain.
Hopefully there will be enough room on the kart to allow you to turn the 
Shaft Driven motorbike engine 90degrees, and to link it to the rear axle. 
Perhaps you could move forward the drivers seat, and put the Shaft Driven 
engine behind the seat?

Another method, of driving the kart with shafts instead of chains is 
possible, however you would require a differential in the middle of your 
rear axle. Differential's and rear axles are very heavy and can slow down 
a kart. Using chains and sprockets are the quickest and easiest way to get 
the kart back working.

Best of Luck,

On Sun, 25 Mar 2007, mikedunks wrote:
> browsing alot online and come across your site...awsome stuff here....
my question is how would i use my shaft driven motorcycle engine for an off road kart im currently working on?
the kart now is set up with chain and sprockets.its got a 750 suzuki motor thats blown.
ive got a good running 450a suzuki thats shaft driven and would like to figure how id go about adapting..
any information would be greatly appreciated...thanks for your time,mike..

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