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Old 10-13-2012, 06:11 PM
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Hey everyone . . i am new to this site and really enjoying it. I have no idea why i decided to build a go kart but i did. The kart is not perfect by any means but i'm proud of it. This cart was conceptualized, engineered and welded by me. I did not use any plans but probably should have. BTW . . i'm a girl. Here's a video of my first test drive.
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Sorry . . i forgot to add pictures from the build. You may notice that the cart goes through an evolution and then devolution of sorts. I had to change the front end several times in order to accommodate my legs and also to fix the steering.
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Nice run, it would've been better if we could hear the engine instead of the... umm... music(?) Also, you may want to think about a chain tensioner
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Agreed. It's too loose. Hard to tell with the wide angle lens- did you get that freaky frontend geometry sorted out?
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What's a chain tensioner? That's probably what i need. Also the front end geometry is still messed up. I did change it to toe in though
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What's a chain tensioner? That's probably what i need. Also the front end geometry is still messed up. I did change it to toe in though
"Chain Tensioner". That which applies tension to a chain. Probably not necessary if you slotted your engine mount holes. Either way, chain's too loose.

Toe-in should be VERY minimal. Maybe a degree. More important is caster, camber, KPI, and Ackermann. Put up some good, still images of the frontend.
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A chain tensioner helps keep the slack out of a loose chain...
On a minibike.
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OK . . its dark out now but i'll throw some pics up tomorrow. I think i'm gonna scrap this kart and build something else. I'd love to build one with some proper geometry and a true engineered plan. I'm thinking in the lines of a shifter kart. Problem is i can't find a website that sells the shifter manual transmissions or even plans on how to build one. Any suggestions of a site?
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You're not looking for a tranny. You're looking for a motorcycle engine- which comes with a built-in tranny...
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Thanks B.M.800 . . i think that would solve my chain problem :-)
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How do you convert a motorcycle engine from a foot shifter to a stick shifter?
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If you look up some shifter kart builds there will be some good examples on how they create a shifter lever. I believe that there are a few shifter builds on here.
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You can connect a series of linkages to the foot shifter to where your stick shifter is.
Look around here at some of the buggy builds, lots of them used a bike engine.

On of these days i plan to build a something with a bikes engine...
One of these days.
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In short- take the shift pedal off, and re-mount it pointing straight up. Tie a linkage from there to your shift lever. That's about the simplest solution.
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Nice build! Especially if it's your first.
Oh, and Nice Puppies too!
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Nice build! Especially if it's your first.
Oh, and Nice Puppies too!
Are you talking about the dogs?
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Are you talking about the dogs?
Yes! My B-I-L just had to put down his yellow Lab after many years of being owned by him! The one looking at the camera kind of reminds me of Austin! RIP Buddy!
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Are you talking about the dogs?
I believe I just soiled myself.

You have no idea just how funny that is.
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It amazes me what short glances we take for oncoming traffic before pulling out onto roads. I know I'm guilty of it but it really shows with a helmet cam.

Nice kart!
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