[Kartbuilding] Nice Karting website!

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Sun Nov 23 23:26:52 GMT 2008

Hi Even,

Thanks for your email. I'm glad you found the SolidWorks designs useful. 
There is a lot of work involved in designing up the kart in SolidWorks, 
especially if you want to do it correctly and have cutting lists with 
lengths of each item.

As for what tips of what to do in the design process:
Break everything down into as many sub-assemblies as possible.
Plan if you want to provide "Cut Lists" (having a table with the length of 
each tube/pipe and flat piece of steel) and if so, use the Weldments 
functionality in SolidWorks.

Some of the crosskarts on your website looks good. I'd say you would need 
a very good engine to get 0-100km in 3 seconds! An engine with an 
automatic gearbox would nearly be needed to get the gearing correct for 
off-road performance.

Best of luck,

On Sat, 22 Nov 2008, Even wrote:

> Hello..
> My name is Even, and i came across your web-blog, during som random
> googling. Searching for refrence images for karting.
> Just want to "thank you" for sharing your Solidwork designs online. They are
> amazing!
> I'm currently doing a design myself,  drawing of a similar thing. And that
> is a Crosskart. (you can see some images here : http://www.crosskart.no )
> I'm a beginner in Solidworks, so my desing/drawing skills are still limited.
> Still learning! But I'm at least trying, and just playing around with it
> all.
> I thought. if you maybe you could give me some advice/pointers,  on "what to
> be aware of, and what (not) to do!" during a drawing/design process like
> this? Could you please tell me abit about your workflow?
> I've started working on the base frame, (as I think its the easiest to do. )
> But as I said, my skills in Solidworks arent that good, so it sort of stops,
> half way through, and i get angry :p
> In Norway (where I'm from) the price on a "pre-welded" crosskart frame is
> about  $4,200. So as you understand, they cost quite a lot. (therefor I want
> to make my own.)
> I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to solve the transmission,
> (gearhandle is on the right side, and engine placed next to your left side =
> problem), and also, making a pedalbox with a brake bias-bar.=nightmare:p
> My Crosscart will eventually have a  "Husaberg 650ccm, 2007 mod, engine,
> aprox. 65-70hp.  0-100 km/h in about 3 seconds J
> Take care,
> Even Mangset
> Norway.

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