[Kartbuilding] Go Kart Chassis Materials?

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Wed Jan 18 19:10:57 GMT 2012

Hi Alex,

Do you plan to paint/spray the kart afterwards? Typically you wouldn't 
paint over stainless steel.

Stainless would be nice to use, however it costs much more compared to 
mild steel. Also it is harder to weld stainless steel together.

Stainless steel would be a little stronger and lighter compared to mild 
steel. Therefore if you wanted a lighter chassis, stainless might be good 
to use.

All said and done, most karts are made from mild steel. It is cheap, easy 
and quick to weld.
It might be better to spend the money on a good engine, wheels and axle 

Best of luck,

On Wed, 18 Jan 2012, Alex Thomas wrote:

> Hi,
> A couple of friends and I are planning to build a go kart from scratch. We 
> are wondering what material you would suggest building the go kart out of. At 
> the moment we are thinking of using stainless steel for the chassis, but are 
> unsure of whether it is the best material to use. We have a relatively low 
> budget, but we are willing spend more if necessary.
> Regards,
> Alex

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