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Old 08-04-2012, 01:35 PM
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Default Lawn mower transaxle

I am planning on building a good sized off road go kart. I'd like to use a larger engine(18-21hp). When it comes to these engines, vertical seems way cheaper then horizontal. To convert the vertical shaft to a horizontal shaft that can be used to power rear wheels, the easiest solution seems to be to use a lawn tractor transaxle.

Because the transaxle is geared for power and not speed, would it be possible to use it more like a jackshaft? In the sense of putting sprockets at the ends of the axles, and hooking them to the rear end? This way I could modify the gear ratio there, rather then make the transaxle spin faster then its designed to.