[Kartbuilding] go karts (who wouldve guessed)

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Thu Jul 5 00:58:14 IST 2012

Hi Grant,

Getting a stick (arc) welder is a better idea. It will take a little 
practise to perfect the welding, but you will get it. If you know anyone 
else who welds, then get them to show you a few things. A few tips and 
watching someone weld and point out where you are going wrong will really 

The cheap stick welders are ok. I find that they can overheat quickly 
after a few welding rods have been used. Still it should do the job 

Best of luck with the frame :)

On Fri, 18 Dec 2009, grant leacox wrote:

> Hey
> 	Thanks for all the info on the cart it was just what I needed.
> Although I ended up just getting a cheap stick welder from harbor freight
> tools
> Due to the fact that you have to find a frame specific for bolting so the
> weight is pressured in the right places (which are hard to come by).
> But I'm still going to end up using one of the frame ideas from those
> websites you gave me.
> 								Thanks
> again,
> 								Grant
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen Burke
> Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:17 PM
> To: grant leacox
> Cc: kartbuilding
> Subject: [Spam] Re: go karts (who wouldve guessed)
> Hi Grant,
> Yes, you could bolt together square tubing to form the frame of the kart.
> (Round circular tubing would not work bolt together well)
> However there are certain parts you are going to need to get welded. Such
> parts would be the steering arms (king pin posts):
> http://www.kartbuilding.net/Freeplans/faxle.htm
> I would go for a standard ladder type chassis frame, using 1" (25mm) box
> iron tubing. Id use 8mm High Tensile Steel Bolts (8.8 should be stamped on
> the head of the bolts). Use "nyloc" nuts which have a plastic insert so
> the nuts wont loosen themselves.
> Take a read of:
> http://kartbuilding.net/The_NatSKA_Guide_to_Karts_and_Karting/Pages-1-10-11-
> 12-13-Chassis-Design.pdf
> I hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions.
> Best of luck,
> -steve
> On Sun, 6 Dec 2009, grant leacox wrote:
>> Hey Stephen,
>>                 I at the moment don?t have a welder or the skills and was
> wondering if it is possible to bolt together
>> square/circular tubing
>> And make a frame structurally sound without any serious problems/ do you
> recommend any specific designs?
>>   -Grant

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