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Old 04-28-2012, 02:31 PM
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Default 1st kart! Father,Son,Daughter project

Picked up a frame and old briggs from craigslist for the kids.

I have not been able to ID the frame. I have tried looking on the internet and have not been able to find one that looks like it. This has led me to believe that it may have been home built from scratch. It is pretty beat up but is solid. We are going to strip it bare and repaint it.

The briggs is an old 2HP from 1972. I have been able to locate parts list and the owners manual for it. It runs strong but dies at idle. I imagine that the carb may need to just be cleaned or rebuilt. It looks to be really rigged up to me. Should I put the time and effort into this or just get a new motor?

My kids are very excited to get it back on the road.

Im just as excited.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-28-2012, 05:31 PM
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that two horse may not push that kart very well but if you gear it right....
also it will depend on the size of tires you use

I hope you and your kids enjoy good luck!!
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I agree with caveman...depending on the weight of the kart + riders, The engine probably wont be powerful enough. even if you gear it right, you will be going really slow and possibly burn up the clutch
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if I were you I would go with 5-6hp depending on the use. also depending on how old your kids are and how fast they will want it to go. if they want to use it off road they will be dealing with hills and then even with a 5-6hp engine you will have to gear it properly
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Welcome to the forum! Personally, I'd look toward a new engine. If the kids are young, you could probably get some use out of that engine, geared quite low. However, as the kids grow, you'll want to regear for more speed. It won't take long to reach that engine's limitations. That said, there's probably not much sense in sinking any time or money into that little 2hp when you're pretty much guaranteed to need a larger engine later.

Geared low enough, the clutch will be okay.
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if the kids are young you can gear it very low to begin with to keep the top speed down and as they grow you can just change the gear ratio and they will not grow out of it so to speek and eventually you can have a faster kart that you might want to use sometimes. fun for the whole family!
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i dont mean to disturb a dead thread but can anyone tell me what kindove engine that is???ive go on JUST like it and i need parts and a owner maual.Thanks
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i dont mean to disturb a dead thread but can anyone tell me what kindove engine that is???ive go on JUST like it and i need parts and a owner maual.Thanks
The engine IS described in the post.
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i feel liek a idiot,i just searched for 1972 2 hp briggs and there it was!


edit-what do you think about puttin this engine on a mab?
i was thinkin chain drive with jack shaft and 3 speed bike.
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