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Old 02-24-2013, 08:46 AM
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Default Noob with experience building a shifter kart. Kx125 style

I'm gonna update this along the way as my build thread, as I stated in my introduction thread I've lurked for a while and now that I got my big purchases out if the way I'm gonna start tear down and rebuild..

I was sapposed to have a kx250 motor but with further inspection the motor cases were cracked beyond repair for a budget build so I opted for a kx125 my buddies towing company had.

This kx 125 is in rough shape but was much better for the parts I need, except a kickstarter, its stripped. ( planning on push starting while I can find a replacement for a good deal as the motor still runs strong..

The kart frame from what I can gather is a coyote as its the only one that looks like mine for front spindles.

The kart currently has a clone motor, and motor mount I plan on altering to adapt the kx motor to my frame. The karts brakes work great and the frame rolls smoothly and axle or spindles does not seem to be bent or slightly off balance. I will need some newer tires in the near future. I will also need a seat for my large a**

I will be conquering the tear down of both today, mocking up and taking measurements.

As my garage sits now...
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:51 AM
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Sorry mods I deff just put this in the wrong sub forum...
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:29 PM
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pretty productive day...

one of the first pictures you can see why it had to be a kawasaki...

i kept it pretty simple, tear down and take measurements. opted for the no kickstart to make room for me to be able to sit comfortably.

the mount looks easier then i expected.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:30 PM
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except a kickstarter, its stripped.
What's stripped, the kick or the shaft?

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one of the first pictures you can see why it had to be a kawasaki...
Kawasaki's are great machines if you don't mind paying for them...

You seem to be doing well, keep up the good work
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:19 PM
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fabroman: the kickstart doesnt always catch.

ive had quite a few kawi's... in that picture is my 2000 zx12, girls 2010 ninja 250, kx125 (parts bike) and the jetski is a supercharged kawi.
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You are doing exactly what I'm doing haha
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Ds13: what's your plans for fueling and gearing..

Ill gladly post pics and measurements for my motor mount once completed
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Ds13: what's your plans for fueling and gearing..

Ill gladly post pics and measurements for my motor mount once completed
well im using the gas tank off the 125 and mounting it behind the drivers seat above the carb because it is gravity fed. Right now the gearing is about 4:1 which is the same as on the bike (iirc).
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Voided what year is the kx250 motor with the cra ked cases I got a motor myself Im doing up to put on my margay but some of the internals are missing many in the trans.
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Doggerss : ill see if it is still available, since I didn't want it and it was broken I'm not sure if the tow company disposed of it yet.



As for a update, I've got my metal stock to build my motor mount and will be doing so tomorrow. Trying to keep as much space possible for me, since I'm 6'4" and 250..

Also ordered my shifter handle as it was only 20 bux on eBay and now I just need the clutch handle for a reasonable price.
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Checkout the www.apskarting.com site's closeout area for a clutch handle -- AMC brand, iirc....
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Looking good so far! Keep up the good work.
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Ted Hamilton : thanks ill take a look

Nodroz : if I had a welder it would go much quicker. Just not trying to hack it together..


Should have the motor mount together tomorrow.
May end up making a clutch handle.. As the complete handle I want is $90 and just the physical handle without the cable stop/ collar is only $20 I feel I can make the cable stop easily..
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I know this is a go kart forum but I also love dirt bikes. Why do so many people wreck dirt bikes to power karts? If the bike is crashed, bent forks, frame, wheels, fine. But to take apart a runner, or near runner, hurts. If anyone in Michigan is going to do this call me first, I will get you an engine to trade for that dirt bike. Whew, rant over. I have an 01 ZX12R also in green.
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because even if the bike is rideable it can need alot of work and the bike is not worth it. The Kx 125 he is taking the motor from, it looks like a mid 90's in pretty beat shape, is maybe worth $600-$700, but all the bearings can be toast, it can need a new chain and sprockets, ect. its not worth fixing back up and shifter karts are a f***ing blast. I built one with a bored out cr500 last summer. and also, you can make a custom clutch lever using a bike's clutch perch, that what i did and it works great and cost alot less than buying one. i can post a pic of what i did if you want to see it.
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Sinbad001: I feel the same way... But this bike on another hand can not be sold as a complete bike. In ct where I live we have a problem with dirtbikes running the streets and have many fatalities from dirtbike accidents.. The tow company that sold me the bike only sold it to me as a parts bike and I have to return the frame to them. I cannot sell the frame by any means.. Everything on it is mine tho. So I'm parting it out.
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Sinbad001: I feel the same way... But this bike on another hand can not be sold as a complete bike. In ct where I live we have a problem with dirtbikes running the streets and have many fatalities from dirtbike accidents.. The tow company that sold me the bike only sold it to me as a parts bike and I have to return the frame to them. I cannot sell the frame by any means.. Everything on it is mine tho. So I'm parting it out.
Well those rules would really make it easier to swallow. Good luck with the build.
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well as a update i managed to get my motor mounts pieces cut.

i started with some flat stock and some square tubing as its easier for my to stack for height

i will be welding this tomorrow, but taped them together to see how my measurements were.

in one picture shows my raw metals.

in another picture i shows placement on the motor. once i have them welded together i will bolt them to the motor and square the mounts out then weld in the bars that will connect the front mount to rear mount
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:20 PM
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i know stuff may look crooked but its all measured and square, i just need to clean them up and weld them tomorrow.

so far this mount has only cost me $20 for steel, bolts, washers, bolts, and safety pins.

i safety pin anything i build even with nylon nuts just so i dont loose anything
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:26 PM
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here's the 12 that sits under the sheet.

Sinbad001: its a 2000 with a a slight overbore and re-ring, bear mixed stack, pc3, stepped tube hindle shortened can, shocks/forks revalved and built for my weight, and stretched 9" with under-bracing.
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