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Old 10-22-2019, 07:50 AM
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Default Go Kart Brakes

Hello!

I am attempting to make my first go kart.

I bought a 1x4” Manco Brake Band with clip, a 1x60” Brake cable, and left hand shorty lever assembly from gopowersports.com.

I have two problems and have attached a pic.

1. I can’t figure out how to connect the one end of the brake cable to the lever. The brake cable I bought doesn’t have a ball at the one end.

2. When I feed the brake cable through the lever there isn’t enough line left to then connect the two ends of the brake band clip.

Are both of these problems solved with the purchase of a new brake cable? If so can you direct me to one?

Also, does anyone live in the Annapolis, MD area? I can also bring the go kart to you to look at too.

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Old 10-22-2019, 08:40 AM
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All my karts seem to have a steel rod linkage for the brakes, one of which is cable halfway back, then connection under the seat to go from a cable to a spring loaded steel linkage. To me it looks like you are doing a wood build, and trying to do hand controls. I'd look into the cheap disk brake setups on Amazon, I don't think you will get enough pressure for the band brake trying to pull by hand honestly, to lock up the tires on mine with the drum and band takes a pretty firm push with my foot.

Just a tidbit of advise, I wouldn't post my phone number publicly, never know for sure who is reading or what they have on their mind, dangerous and I'm reasonably sure violates rules here. Not attacking you, just a suggestion.

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This may work
https://www.bmikarts.com/66-Universa...e_p_11996.html

It ~6" longer, has the "ball" at one end to attach to your lever & maybe use a wire stop at the brake band end.

Like this
https://www.bmikarts.com/Wire-Stop--...-_p_16997.html
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I agree with Mr. Functional about using the wire stop.

Either use it on the end of the single wire strand, or use it to clamp a wire loop on the end, and put the loop around the rod/bolt on the brake band.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:45 AM
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Hello again!

I ordered the brake line. The “ball” is smaller than the original one I had. The new “ball” now slides through end of the brake line.

How do you suggest I secure this end of the break line?
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Well, that thing is actually more of a throttle cable than a brake cable.

Did you order any of those wire stops that FA showed you?

As far as the horizontal line goes, you need like a 1/4x20” bolt and nut (or a clevis pin if you want to be fancy) then you can wrap the cable around it and secure it with a wire stop. Does that makes sense?

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---------- Post added at 10:50 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:43 AM ----------

Wait a minute, did you get the brake cable attached to your brake lever?

The brake cable needs to have a stop (cast metal) on the end that is shaped like a cylinder, and it slides into and anchors itself in a similarly shaped hole in the lever. Typical motorcycle and mini bike setup.

Show us more of this kart, man.
It’s reminding me of my Honda Odyssey with all these hand controls....
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I bought the wire stop and brake line.

I haven't secured the one end of the brake line to the lever yet.

Are you saying to wrap the other end of the brake line (the one with the ball at the end) around the clevis pin/or bolt?
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:15 AM
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R u building a wooden kart
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:01 AM
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The brake line threads through the lever to the band... There needs to be a ferrule stop somewhere to keep the sheathing stationary...
The wire stop is at the band end... depending on the type and space available... you could use it as the pull in the band or against a short drilled bolt/ piece of round stock....

Im going to direct you to a post I made earlier about one I had setup on my bike...Its a clutch brake but the theory is the same..
http://www.diygokarts.com/vb/showpos...&postcount=250
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R u building a wooden kart
Yes, I’m attempting to build a wooden go kart.
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:35 AM
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This can work I've seen it done before good luck.
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Well this project is on the upper end of the threshold of the safety of this machine....
We here mostly dont encourage the building of wooden framed gokarts.

We had a member here a number of years ago, from Peru... He built it from a local hardwood.... crashed and broke it... Almost got killed from either a vehicle, or going off a cliff... He ditched it, and managed to survive...and tell the tale...

We all know its a money factor, dont have the right tools or the know how...
Still, with that been said, we say brush up on your scrounging skills... look for deals here and there around your neighborhood....
Wood karts with motors are a disaster waiting to happen..
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