Building a Go Kart is basically the same as a real car. It has an engine, wheels, seats, steering wheel, accelerator pedal, brake pedal, etc. The good news is you can get these parts in a junk yard or a lawnmower. Usually, the front part consists of 2 wheels, steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal. The middle part would be the driver’s seat. The rear part has the 2 wheels rear axles, drive shaft, drive pulley, drive belt and the engine, which is placed at the back of the seat. The steps on how to build a go kart below only serve as a guide for building a one. Other details may have been missed out in this guide and therefore should seek advice from a professional mechanic. And remember always wear protective gears when driving a Go Kart!
- Initially, you have to draw a sketch of your Go Kart to serve as your guide throughout your project.
- Buy 1 inch round or square tubing of at least 40 feet. You will need a welder for this. If you do not know how to weld you can hire a professional welder.
- Get all the parts needed: engine, pedals, set of wheels, seat, steering wheel, steering linkage, front axle swivels, tie rod, brake assembly, rear axles, drive shaft, drive pulley and belt.
- Plan the frame in such a way that you have to consider how well it will fit you.
- Weld the frame together. Take note that the welds should be of good quality for your safety.
- Make a floor board out of wood or metal sheets then attach it to the frame.
- Next, weld the steering wheel to the frame.
- Attach the two front tires with the corresponding set-up of front axle swivels and tie rod, and then weld it to the steering linkage.
- You can now attach the accelerator and brake pedals to the frame.
- And then, weld the seats to the frame. Remember that seats can just be found in a junk yard or you can also have custom made seats.
- Put the engine at the back of the seat and weld it to the frame.
- Attach the 2 rear wheels with the corresponding rear axles, drive shaft and drive pulley.
- Connect the drive belt from the engine to the drive shaft.
- Then, connect the accelerator pedal to the engine throttle using a throttle cable.
- Lastly, connect the brake pedal to the brake assembly. Again, this can be taken from a junk yard or from an old Go Kart.