Case of The Wobbly Steering Wheel II: Pressed Rod Ends Versus Machined Rod Ends
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The most vital component to the steering system is the rod end. It transmits load from the steering wheel to the steering linkages. When the linkages fail, the go kart can go out of control.

This article discusses the different types of rod ends and what to expect from the performance of each type. Additionally there are some helpful hints on keeping your steering system nice and tight.

Getting The Go Kart Ready For The Winter
Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Fall is approaching and those winter months are just around the corner. The go kart will need to be put away for the winter because typically it is too cold and too wet and too slippery to ride a go kart in wintertime.

There are some key tips or key maintenance items that need to be addressed when you put your go kart down for the winter. The most important of them all is engine care and second is overall maintenance and component checks.

Torque-Averter Drive Train Calcs: Why Is My Chain Breaking?!
Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Chain breakage can be a problem on go karts, especially if the chain is mismatched for the power ouput and the overall wieght of the go kart. This article discusses in detail how to calculate the chain tension in the system so that you can figure out if the chain is going to snap or not.

The Crashing Dragster: Conservation of Momentum
Monday, September 7th, 2009

When a vehicle collides into another vehicle we often can predict the outcome. One vehicle flies one direction, and the other another. We take for granted what is occuring, and actually play on these laws for our abilities in this world. For example the worlds most renowned billiards (pool player) probably doesn’t understand all the complexities of momentum, but he has seen it so many times, and uses his experiences to sharpen his skills.

In this discussion we will talk about momentum and how it is linked to forces. Forces being one of our pivotal tools in machine analysis and performance. When we tackle forces, we can start talking more about go karts….and vehicles in general…

The Labor Day Wood Go Kart Project
Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Those three day weekends can be the prime time to work on the Wood Go Kart. In this article we discuss what you will need to get that wood go kart going.

Basic Physics: The Go Karters Collision
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Physics is important for understanding go kart dynamics. This article introduces physics and is a prelude into more comprehensive calculations that will be performed especially on the drive system.

The wild eyed teenager had a rude awakening with the reality of natural law…


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