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Unread postAuthor: MisterSteve124 » Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:14 pm

I'm thinking about making a go kart but i have no idea on what engine I need. I know chainsaw and lawnmower engines are good but is there a certain horsepower it should be or a certain rpm it should have? I'm not looking for a huge go kart probably a one seater, but maybe an option for a 2nd seat.
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Unread postAuthor: spudshot » Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:35 pm

i'd think you would want a horizontal shaft engine, most lawnmower engines are vertical shaft, try a snowblower engine or maybe one from a lawn tractor, also i think any 2 stroke engine can be used in either vertical or horizontal position
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:02 pm

Look up the post about Go-Kart with BALLS. I built it, it's got a 225 cc motorcycle engine on it, i had a 5 HP Tecumseh engine. With a normal 5 HP engine you need a torge converter, i think you can get a look at on here- http://www.mancopowersports.com/ and related infomation. I don't advise trying to build one like this, it was a tough one to build and get rite, had to work out the chain bugs, i finaly got it rite, i have a video but am waiting for that section to get up and running, then i'll try to get it to PCGUY for posting, no sound to it though.[/img]
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:05 pm

screw horizontal
will this idea work?
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:24 pm

You would probably only be able to use this for rear wheel drive and have front wheel steering. Gravity also might push the 2 wheels to tightly together. You could put them at a 90 degree angle or so. You might be able to rotate between to wheels using a long pulley. I'm just throwing out ideas here.

Idea: Try using to "Universal Joints" they keep spinning and they can bend about 45 degrees. It's what keeps the wheels spinning on a car when the suspension moves them up and down.
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Unread postAuthor: MisterSteve124 » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:34 pm

can i make a go kart without welding anything?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:43 pm

You can bolt one together, but it's gonna shake loose real quick.
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Unread postAuthor: MisterSteve124 » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:50 pm

ok then nevermind about the whole thing
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:26 am

i think the lotus eliese or some other sports car has no welds at all,the whole thing is glued together for more strength
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Unread postAuthor: pneumaNINJA » Mon May 01, 2006 9:05 pm

Welding isn't really that difficult, but if you don't have access to a machine, or someone that can weld, don't even bother. (And I don't recomend gluing it together either :) ) Like jrrdw suggested, I used a 5 HP snowblower engine on mine, and a centrifigul clutch. You've gotta love infinate gear combinations.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Tue May 02, 2006 7:48 am

Heres a link to the video of the go-cart that i built no sound though, it runs very good, in fact to strong, we all ready broke 2 chains 40 size, pulled them in half, a lot of tork-- http://s82.photobucket.com/albums/j246/ ... udfile.flv
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Unread postAuthor: Rambo » Tue May 02, 2006 11:57 am

I won't mess with go karts until I made a good puls jet.Now I only have a small one wich isn't very noisy.I don't know is this a normal running.
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:51 am

ok call me stupid but can you just weld a bike chain to the place where the blade used to go on a lawn mower and run the chain to the back axel to propel it forward?
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Unread postAuthor: PCGUY » Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:26 am

i have a video but am waiting for that section to get up and running, then i'll try to get it to PCGUY for posting

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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:37 am

ProfessorAmadeus the problem with that is the engine style your refering to is vertical and the axle is horizontal, the chain wont stay on running with a twist.
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