## How Does the Rear Sprocket To Tire Size Affect Overall Speed and Performance?

Question: Does increasing the rear sprocket size to be the same size (or nearly the same size of the tire) cause the go kart to loose speed, especially as the tire gets bigger? The question is a peculiar one especially for those that are making their own go kart and […]

## Wood Go Kart Steering Basics

The wood go kart steering is based off a bogie mechanism where the front wheels are mounted to one axle and the main axle on the front pivots at a center point. The bogie concept is based on basically a wagon geometry however it is very efficient as far as […]

## Goofy Twisted Belt Drive That Just Don’t Work On a Go Kart

Question: Can a simple pulley and twisted belt drive system work on a go kart for a drive system? Answer: No, the belt will slip, and there will be tracking problems. The answer seems simple enough, the belts slipping and belt tracking, but there is more than meets the eye […]

## Go Kart Building 203: Climbing Hills Program Explaination

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 […]

## Drive Calculations: 5 Steps to Get That Go Kart Running Properly

It is astounding how many go kart builders are emailing me and asking why their go kart clutch smokes.  It seems I have written several articles on the subject…but perhaps, just perhaps I am not getting you the information you need.  So here goes…why is my clutch smoking?  What can […]

## Go Kart Suspension Evaluation With Vector Loop Equations

The go kart was finally complete with suspension and all, but the go kart was disappointment in corners and on straightways. The wheels would bend over in corners and the suspension was too soft bottoming out constantly. These problems could have been addressed before the go kart was even finished […]

## Climbing Hills Doesn’t Need to Cost Alot: The Inside Secret To More Torque

One of the biggest disappointments that you will run into is getting your go kart put all together and then finding out that you cannot ride across the yard, much less climb a hill. The main reason why the go kart will not climb the hill is that the overall […]

## Torque-Averter Drive Train Calcs: Why Is My Chain Breaking?!

“I have a 10.8 HP motor that can get up to 3600 RPM.  I am running a large sprocket that’s 54 teeth on a live axel and a small sprocket that’s 12 teeth on a jackshaft that has a heavy duty torque converter. I currently have a #40 chain on […]