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Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-14-2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 147
Posted By anickode
Order a plain steel axle from BMI. They're like...

Order a plain steel axle from BMI. They're like 35 bucks or some such ridiculously cheap price. They're straight, strong, keyed and threaded. Ready to run.
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-14-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 147
Posted By anickode
You can (and there are many companies that do)...

You can (and there are many companies that do) weld sprockets to the axle. Makes adjustments impossible, and you run the risk of warping your axle.

A piece of bar will be a disappointment. Even...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-03-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 191
Posted By anickode
That setup is called a Mule Drive, and can be...

That setup is called a Mule Drive, and can be done with a long V belt, but it will not work with a short, stiff torque converter belt. There is on on nearly every lawn tractor in some form or...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-01-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Posted By anickode
That's one I haven't seen before.

That's one I haven't seen before.
Forum: Build Off Contest Build Logs 12-31-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 10,321
Posted By anickode
If half links keep giving you problems, have you...

If half links keep giving you problems, have you considered moving the engine back or up slightly so you don't need one? :idea2:
Forum: Photo Gallery & Project Log 12-25-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 928
Posted By anickode
I've seen several. Gotta say I was far more...

I've seen several. Gotta say I was far more impressed by the ingenuity of the two wheel drive minibike.



Drifting is about the only way this thing's gonna turn at all, and the steering limit...
Forum: All Other Parts 12-25-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 99
Posted By anickode
You might have better luck getting some 3/4"...

You might have better luck getting some 3/4" keyed wheels and using a shaft sleeve adapter, either solid with integral keys or slotted with an oversized key.

You can find those adapters all over...
Forum: Electric Projects 12-25-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By anickode
I think the "capacity" rating on most of these...

I think the "capacity" rating on most of these lead acid chargers is more or less a suggestion.

If you use it on a significantly smaller battery, you run the risk of boiling/exploding/otherwise...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 12-14-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 359
Posted By anickode
I've seen some axles like that. It seems it...

I've seen some axles like that.

It seems it was a convenient way to use one base frame model for both one wheel and two wheel drive karts without having to configure the frame differently.

Also...
Forum: Engines & Clutches 12-02-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 335
Posted By anickode
While fixed mixture engines will run lean in the...

While fixed mixture engines will run lean in the cold, they will run lean right from the get-go. It won't be a sudden power loss out of the blue.

That could be carb icing. As air is sucked...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 12-01-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 386
Posted By anickode
A lot of those Shriner cars are built similar to...

A lot of those Shriner cars are built similar to concession karts. Very sturdy, and very heavy.

Last time I drove concession karts, they had GX390s, running right around the factory 3600 rpm,...
Forum: More Builds 11-30-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 518
Posted By anickode
Doesn't have to be one of those specifically. ...

Doesn't have to be one of those specifically. There are a lot of similar type scooters out there. I was more or less just pointing out that particular design vs the razor-type scooters with the...
Forum: More Builds 11-30-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 518
Posted By anickode
You can really easily convert a push scooter to...

You can really easily convert a push scooter to engine drive using a friction wheel setup.

Say you want a 20mph top speed (which is more than enough for a stand up scooter). If the engine spins...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-29-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 585
Views: 22,777
Posted By anickode
You can only suck so much volume of air through...

You can only suck so much volume of air through any given sized hole. When you hit that limit, your engine can't turn any faster.
Forum: Engines & Clutches 11-26-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By anickode
I thought the compression release on those older...

I thought the compression release on those older engines was a tiny, barely noticeable bump on the exhaust cam located 180 from the lobe.
Forum: All Other Parts 11-25-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By anickode
Just be smart about what you build. Good tires,...

Just be smart about what you build. Good tires, brakes, and steering are absolute must-haves for a fast kart.
Forum: All Other Parts 11-25-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By anickode
It'll be fine. Depending how wide your frame is...

It'll be fine. Depending how wide your frame is (and thus how far your bearing carriers are), you might consider adding a third bearing carrier somewhere in the middle of the frame next to the...
Forum: All Other Parts 11-25-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By anickode
I made a live axle out of a piece of 1" OD by...

I made a live axle out of a piece of 1" OD by 1/4" wall DOM seamless tube. Hand cut the keyways (not full length, just the ends and for the sprocket and brake) with a cape chisel and a die grinder. ...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-24-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 636
Posted By anickode
If you accumulate a big enough assortment of...

If you accumulate a big enough assortment of tube, it's pretty easy to piece together whatever shape exhaust you want. Most of mine step up diameter as they go, using sections that sleeve into each...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-24-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 636
Posted By anickode
Cut out and save any bends from anything I throw...

Cut out and save any bends from anything I throw out. Leave about 12-18" of tube on each side. Maybe a little more on one end.

My drift trike project has a pretty wicked looking dual chrome...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-12-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 996
Posted By anickode
An old co-worker of mine always said that for any...

An old co-worker of mine always said that for any hobby, you need time, money, and space, and you will only ever have two of those things.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-10-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 996
Posted By anickode
A flathead made entirely out of aftermarket...

A flathead made entirely out of aftermarket components, from the block to the bolts.

It's a flathead, loosely based off the briggs design, but that's all they have in common.

That's Like...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-07-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By anickode
And why ethanol must be poisoned for retail sale....

And why ethanol must be poisoned for retail sale.
(denatured alcohol is ethanol with just enough methanol added to make it toxic).
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-07-2019, 04:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By anickode
The nitrous is the same. Automotive and...

The nitrous is the same. Automotive and industrial nitrous have additives in them to discourage illicit use (ie, huffing), whereas whip-its cannot because it's a food product. Medical nitrous also...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 10-31-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By anickode
Is reverse a must? A divorced trans for a Harley...

Is reverse a must? A divorced trans for a Harley type motorcycle might work.

Honda goldwing too, and they're shaft drive out, designed for a longitudinally mounted engine.

Personally, I'd...
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