[Kartbuilding] need some information

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Mon Jun 28 22:46:21 IST 2010


Having a single transmission (i.e. no gears) will be fine. I suggest you 
get a good centrifugal clutch which will allow you to stop the kart and 
keep the engine going. (see: 

As you are going for a two-seater, you will need a good size engine.

The material used for go-kart frames is typically 1" or 1.5" (25 - 35mm) 
diameter mild steel tube. I recommend you go with 1.5" (35mm) steel tubing 
for a two-seater kart.

As for suspension, things can get tricky here. Would it be possible to 
build the kart without suspension, and afterwards adapt it to add in the 
suspension? It's just an idea, and it will mean that you can get the kart 
made quicker.

Take a look at youtube, as there are some good videos showing making a 
kart with suspension.

Best of luck,

On Fri, 11 Jun 2010, sunny royal wrote:

> thanks for your response, i had to change some ideas. You said the gear in
> gokart is feasible, but my teacher said it would be better if You donot put
> it. so now I am thinking about two seater. for that i would need a strong
> frame to support double load. what would be the good material and design for
> that? and also thinking of suspension. any idea for that...
> On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 12:25 AM, Stephen Burke wrote:
>> Hi,
>> It would be feasible to add gears to the drive of a go-kart.
>> Go-karts with a single speed can be limited. Typically they have either
>> a fast top speed, or high torque (take-off) with medium speed.
>> All my go-karts have a transmission, typically off a motorbike engine
>> which provides gears and a clutch.
>> You will see some of the modifications I done to gearboxes and engines
>> on: http://www.kartbuilding.net/gallery/v/Kart_Clearance_and_Memories/
>> Another idea would be to look at making an Electrical powered Kart.
>> Electrical vehicles are becoming very popular these days. A similar
>> report was done by a fellow kartbuilder and can be found at:
>> http://www.kartbuilding.net/other_karts/Making_an_Electric_Vehicle.pdf
>> Perhaps you could build upon this and improve it.
>> Best of luck,
>> -steve
>> On 21/05/2010 03:03, sunny royal wrote:
>>> hello sir,
>>>             i m a student of BE in mechanical engineering. as a final
>>> year project, i m thinking of making GO KART. so i need some
>>> information about what could be new modification on present go kart
>>> that use some engineering. we are thinking of adding power
>>> transmission (gears). would it be fisible? plz help us with some new
>>> ideas.

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