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Old 04-30-2015, 09:44 PM
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You HAVE to have back brakes too. If not, you back end will swing around and be the leading end, if you have to stomp on the brake.

Use the drums up front. Since you're adding more braking power than the plans called for, you could safely assume you could down grade the rear brakes safely (within reason) User a big 5.5" drum brake like I have. Mine is from the old days of karting, but they still make them. It's by bendix......
If the front brakes are cable activated, that's to your favorites as well.... It's easier to set up and adjust front/back brake bias.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:09 PM
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Please do me a favor and drill those bolts in your rear pivot points for cotterpins to retain the nuts so they don't work loose. Looks good so far. I work with some people that are from Transylvania and their last name it Tepes.

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Looks like the competition is delayed until Monday. Good thing I didn't plan work this weekend

OK, will order a matching brake hub for my axle, then source a used hydraulic brake system later (as well as figure out how to link 2 brake systems to 1 pedal)

Denny, instead of cotter pins I'm thinking self locking nuts, the ones which have a nylon inner ring.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:01 AM
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Tepes is a way too common name here, I changed mine so it wouldn't look suspicious
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A reminder about safety: this was in my local news this morning.

Homemade buggy cost the life of the passenger, whom was not wearing a seat belt nor helmet
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A reminder about safety: this was in my local news this morning.

Homemade buggy cost the life of the passenger, whom was not wearing a seat belt nor helmet
Wow. It looks like he rolled that a few times!!
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:29 PM
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Hi,

Here's my project log, ready for the DIY Go Karts competition. I'm building the Spidercarts Arachnid: 1-seat, full suspension go kart.

As a first time builder, all help and comments are appreciated: project name, paint color, tech advice.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:46 PM
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Great Alex. I can merge this thread with your existing build thread, or you can just post a link to it
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:56 PM
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Threads merged. This will now be your official build log for the competition. You are still not 50% done, so you qualify
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:45 AM
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Thanks landuse for merging the threads.

Day 6:
Purchased used suspension component: front are ok, rear need to be reconditioned. That's a home-made device to remove springs, Thanks Bogdan for help. I restored them to original paint. The cat was suspicious at first...

The shocks have no oil in them. I need to refill, and I cannot unscrew the aluminium part from the golden component...
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The shocks have no oil in them. I need to refill, and I cannot unscrew the aluminium part from the golden component...
Are you sure that they unscrew there?
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Day 6 cont'd.
Installing automatic clutch to the engine. Pic two is the key on the shaft, trimmed down from 7x7 mm to 7x5 mm. Pic 3 is the outer clutch case. Next is the 1:2 reduction unit, the left wheel is part of the centrifugal clutch.

Good guy Honda has the engine and clutch maintenance manual available online.
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Are you sure that they unscrew there?
No, I am not

The extra chambers you see are not connected to anything, they just look fancy. So if this end doesn't unscrew... maybe i'll drill the shocks (as seen on youtube)

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Old 05-11-2015, 06:09 AM
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Made engine mounting plates.

When mocking the engine, observed the gas tank hits the frame. Now we're debating a solution. I would remove the gas tank and refit elsewhere, dad says to redo the frame (he used some unorthodox words towards the designer

That's it for today
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The easiest will be to relocate the tank. You can make a bracket for it on the seat back and mount it there
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:24 PM
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Then the fuel tank will move independently from the engine, because the suspension is between. Isn't this an issue for the fuel line or something?
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If you have any of those Euros left maybe buy a custom tank. That one looks beat up anyhow. Something like pic 4 in this post:
http://www.diygokarts.com/vb/showthread.php?t=4338
Or ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-anti...item2a4f39f399
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Then the fuel tank will move independently from the engine, because the suspension is between. Isn't this an issue for the fuel line or something?
I didn't think of that. I was thinking of a rigid kart. You can mount it anywhere you like though
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:54 AM
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chancer, that tank looks great but not within budget. I'll remove the gas tank for now, and maybe look for something similar in the flea market.
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:34 PM
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Cool. flea markets rock.
Funny thing. Guess what? I am having the exact same problem today!
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