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Old 09-19-2018, 03:32 PM
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Default 2019 - New GrandDaddy build (contd 2018)

Hi,

I have been researching go kart build when I come across this forum.

I do not have any experience in go kart, when I decide to build one from scratch. Like someone has said, it is important to take the first step. Well, it would be two steps for me because I have decide to build (2) of them.


I have bought the plans in beginning of August, however, along the way certain thing has changed. The result may not the same as the plan.


I would like to post my progress along the way, and document all the problems and or changes to my karts.

1-1/4 14 gauge steel tubings

Finally get around to "DIYGK 2018 - Wrenches!" sign

Here is my inspiration, Off-Road Go Kart - how to build at () by homesteadonomics. Thank you Sir,

Many thanks to other go-kart builders for insights into go-kart mysteries
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:40 PM
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Printed out the plans, organized different sections, redraw plans with dimensions,
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:42 PM
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Layout for first go kart plan. the main frame was extended 8 inches
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:46 PM
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Default First go kart frame

Problem 1:

Seating spacing as per plan do not fit parts as ordered.

Suggestions:

Buy your seat sliders before you drill holes
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:55 PM
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Default First go kart frame

Main frame finished

The compound angles could be a major problem. Time and patience would definitely help here.
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:03 PM
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Default Engine frame

Engine mount framed out and weld. Engine supports will have to wait until I buy the engine.

I have build a jig to cut the 68 degree angle for engine frame.
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That is coming along nicely.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:28 PM
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Default Seat problems

Seats and seat sliders have arrived. One big problem, they do not fit, the spacings are wrong.

I have started to modify the seat sliders, but decided to put it off to work on front suspension block and A-Arms setup.

Wouldn't I know it, this is only the beginning. There will be more fun down the road.

Take it from me, get the seat and slider before drilling the holes on the main frame. As per plan dimensions, it will not work. you will need to widen the width of main frame at least 2 inches for the seats to fit side by side. I have learned that on the second go kart.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:35 PM
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Default Front suspension block

I have read from previous builders that the front suspension block is too small so I have decided to increase the width and length to 8 inches by 14 inches.
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Default A-Arms

I have dreaded this part but here it is. Temporary jig to cut exact length on the saw and jig to cut the odd 68 degree angle on the A-arms.
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Mock up and welded
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:04 PM
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Default A-Arms cont.

Word of caution:

On the A-arms set back, the offset of the top and bottom A-arms is 1/2 inch. Reduce that to 3/8 inch or the shock will touch or snag on the top a-arm.

The famous spindle brackets from BMI that people are freaking out are rearing their ugly head. To side step that problem, I have purchased a 5/8 inch rod and connect them together, clamp them down and then weld.


I have ordered 25 spindle bracket from BMI for two karts. One extra comes with a bend ear. BMI comes through when I contact them weeks later.


It is very hard to manage all the parts when you are working on one kart, and take notes, modify plans for second kart.


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Old 09-19-2018, 09:18 PM
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Default Engine

I have been working on this too much, too long and too hard so it is time to focus on something else like engine.

Predator has come out with a 301cc and there aren't much info nor parts for it. The size on 301cc is smaller but not that much. There are tons of info and mod for the 420cc on youtube so I have selected the 420cc.

I keep telling myself, I won't modify the engine....I won't. I will mess up, taking it apart and then forgot one nuts when put it back together.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:27 PM
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New toy coming home.

Back to online for a crash course on predator 420cc


"I won't mod" I keep telling myself.

There is a dent on the cover plate but as long as it doesn't effect performance, it will be okay.
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Default Torque Converter

I bought Torque Converter from Ebay for 52 bucks for the 420cc engine. It doesn't fit.

Back to youtube again.

Here come the first mod.

Here is the part for oil cap sealer.
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Added a support on engine frame to carry some live weight.
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This is turning out to be awesome!!! Nice work.

In my opinion though, there is absolutely no need to modify the engine. Its a 420 that has a lot of power. Why go potentially mess things up when you don't need to?

I think you have made a mistake buying that TC too. The 30 series is only rated for 8HP, so 13HP is beyond pushing the limits, especially with a large heavy kart. A 40 series TC is pretty much the only sane thing to use on this kart.

Have you thought how you want to gear this kart? What diameter tires are you looking at?
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default First go kart frame

Finally, the go kart has some wheels. It is being send to my brother' home to finish up while I am beginning to cut up steel for my own go kart.

I will post my brother go kart progress as it comes along.

As I adjust the original plan, I am going to make few addition changes and address the front end. As it looks right now, it looks like a boxer_the dog.

The tires as per spec from the plans. The 8 inch rim on the front is too tight for the spindle. It would rub.

My brother were looking to change out the tires to look more Buggy.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:53 PM
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Default Second Go Kart Frame

I am starting the second go kart frame because I want to catch up the first go kart before I start to forget.

Here are some changes to the main frame:

The seats supporting steel were cut and drill out to match seat sliders spacing that we have bought.

Seat sliders was modified to match the seats

Front suspension block was integrated as part of main frame. On the first go kart frame, suspension block was created separate from the main frame and then weld onto the main frame. It is held together by the weld. It may be strong but we decided to add steel angle on either side.
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