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Old 03-24-2020, 06:35 PM
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Default Hoping to make my first Go Kart. Needs lots of help.

My friend and I are hoping to make a go kart an are very overwhelmed with all the different parts. We are hoping to get the project done without any welding as neither of us can, were planning to make the frame out of galvanized steel piping. Any chance someone can lead me to some outside resources so I can come back here with specific questions rather than just asking one of you to tell me everything step by step.

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Making a pipe frame without welding will be darn near impossible.

Steel square tube and/or angle iron are far better choices for a bolt together frame.

Look up Colin Furze's no-weld go kart on YouTube. He has a build video that is top notch. All square tube and flat gussets. Not much needed besides some wrenches, an angle grinder, and an electric drill.
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I was going to use pipe fittings such as 90-degree elbows, Tees, and 4 ways in order to connect the different pipes.

this was our basic plan frame wise.
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Sorry, that's not going to look very good, and it will be VERY heavy!

Check out www.kartfab.com for inspiration, plus he has free plans that you can work off off and adapt: https://kartfab.com/go-kart-plans
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yeah on second thought my plan does seem a bit stupid colin furze's video does help a lot thanks.
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No problem! I had some REALLY bad ideas for how to build my first kart!
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Honestly, at least you had a plan. We all start somewhere! Welcome and if you see this one through, we look forward to the next 3 karts.
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We are hoping to get the project done without any welding as neither of us can...
do you have access to a welding machine though?
Since frankly, learning to lay down a decent
(as in not perfect, not even pretty, but strong enough)
weldbead isn't that hard..
it's MUCH harder to remember to retighten all bolts every now and again.

Colin Furze is great, his kart is cool; sure..
but he knows what he's doing,
unfortunately that cannot be said about all his followers,
much less all who try to do the same thing.
So remembering to retighten bolts next month is easy for him..
hard for I bet all in here that suggested his video

So IMHO you'd better be speding watching some beginner welding tutorials than how to avoid welding
in case you have access to a welding machine.

Pretty much the whole world is on hold these days..
so there's never been a better time to sit down and learn a new skill.

in case you don't have access to welding equipment..
Sure, back to Colin..
but take notes of every bolt..
and remember to check all of them every now and again!

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And loctite never hurts either.
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