[Kartbuilding] Go Kart - Breaks and Bumpers (fwd)

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Sun May 24 15:11:02 IST 2009

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Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 2:02:01 +0000
Subject: Re: Go Kart - Breaks and Bumpers

Thanks, Stephen.

I really appreciate the reply. That information will be exceedingly helpful.


---- Stephen Burke wrote:
> Hi,
> Thanks for your email. I'm glad you find the www.kartbuilding.net website
> useful.
> As for bumpers on a go-kart, there is a section on the above website for
> bumpers ( http://www.kartbuilding.net/Freeplans/bumpers.htm ) but this is
> moreso for metal bumpers for the off-road kart. You could adapt the above
> design and attach rubber (from old tyres) around them.
> The following link shows how the professional karts do it. They have
> "pods" on either side of the kart and a strip of tough plastic all around.
> See:
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/gallery/v/Commercial_Karts-Photos_and_Details/DSC02143.JPG.html
> As for brakes, it all depends on how heavy the kart and driver is.
> If its a small wooden kart, take a read of:
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/woodenkart/brakes.htm
> If its for a racing/off-road kart see:
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/Freeplans/brakeandsprocket.htm
> As for providing power to a kart without a motor, there is no method I'm
> aware of. I know what you mean with the toy car, where a spring is wound
> up, and then released providing forward thrust. You would need a heavy
> duty spring and a mechanism to wind it up. Interesting, but I don't know
> how feasible it would be!
> Best of luck with the build.
> -steve
> On Sat, 16 May 2009, cstrub wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Your web-site is great! I would like to build this for my 10 year old son.
>> Do you have any suggestions as to breaks and bumpers of some sort? The bumper part may be workable with tire material. But the breaks will be a challenge.
>> One other thing -Is there a way to give it some forward motion without a motor, like what little toy cars do when you pull them back and let them go forward? Probably not. I thought I'd ask. A good old fashioned push from the back of the kart is probably enough speed.
>> Thank you,
>> Catharyn

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