10 Things You Wish You Knew Before You Started Your Go Kart Project
Saturday, October 19th, 2013

In my adventures over the years I  have fallen into the trap of putting pressure on myself  to make go karts out of junk, out of old tractors, old vertical engines, out of wood….this list goes on.  I am a little special in that I  try to put myself into the shoes of the guy […]

Suspensions and Unsprung Wieght
Saturday, March 10th, 2012

The go kart suspension can be a tricky thing to deal with. In this article the question is asked about suspension sprung wieght and how worried about it should the go kart designer be?

How Does the Rear Sprocket To Tire Size Affect Overall Speed and Performance?
Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The question most of us have in our head about go kart drive lines is “Does increasing the sprocket size along with the tire size change my go karts speed and accelleration performance?” The answer to that question may surprise you.

Wood Go Kart Steering Basics
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The wood go kart steering system comes with its own sets of nuances. In particular the relationship between the angle of the steering wheel and the angle of the bogie system: just what is it? Second the relationship between the amount of force required to move the steering wheel and the amount of wheel movement: What is that too? This article discusses the basic wood go kart steering fundamentals and demonstrates the relationship between the two main issues, namely: steering wheel angle, and steering wheel force.

A DIY Home or School Project Well Worth Looking Into….
Saturday, August 13th, 2011

This artical discusses another techincal project that you may want to look into that will enhance your go kart experience is a multi faceted project. Like go karts it taxes your imagination, you problem solving skills and your technical abilities. Instead of backing away you dive in further making yourself that much more valuable to a prospective employer. This is a great DIY Home or School Project.

Making a Free Wheeling Coaster Brake Drive For a Pedal Go Kart
Saturday, June 25th, 2011

The Pedal Go Kart is impractical without a coaster brake system. It is intuitive and allows full use of the hands on the steering assembly versus playing around with a hand brake. Learn how to make a coaster brake off of a simple bicycle, useable on a homemade pedal go kart.

The Case of the Bouncing Quitting Go Kart: Carburetor Grief
Saturday, May 21st, 2011

You may have run into this or you may run into this where you are riding your go kart on a bumpy, gravely driveway and suddenly the go kart stops running properly. It just up and quits. “Why would the go kart suddenly quit?” Is the question in your mind and “What would cause the […]

Goofy Twisted Belt Drive That Just Don’t Work On a Go Kart
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

In this article we will discuss how the twisted belt drive presented will not work, and why. The main issue with this twisted belt drive is first a smoking clutch and secondly, tracking issues. Typically this system is proposed as a solution for driving a go kart with a vertical engine. Though simple and straight forward this article will discuss in detail the issues with the drive system from a mechanical stand point. Other articles concerning this belt drive also discuss differnt issues such as Center of Gravity and overall packaging considerations, this article goes one step further and demonstrates the major design flaws in the drive line layout.

Go Kart Building 203: Climbing Hills Program Explaination
Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The Go Kart Drive Line Program (This is an exerpt from the Go Kart Building 203 Book on the Drive Line Program) After having gone through all these calculations you may be anxious to get some answers quicker.  The go kart program will help with that.  Though it is not as exhaustive as the graphs […]

Go Kart Guru A 2010 a Year in Review + 8 Tips For Your Go Kart Project
Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Well it was a short year. Things happened way too fast, and projects went way to slow and uncompleted. It is going on two years now and the dual seater go kart is not complete. Which is frustrating, but necessary seeing we are videoing the whole process. Our ambitious goal was to make a two […]


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