Go Back   DIY Go Kart Forum > Announcements & Suggestions > Introduce Yourself!

Notices

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-06-2008, 07:50 AM
hurricane_lane hurricane_lane is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 16
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Hey, everyone!

Hey, everyone! Newbie on the block. Just got the resources and ambition to build my own off road go kart. I found this site, while doing some research, and I find it helpful. I will be looking for advice from all sources. I'm currently pondering how big of an engine to put on my kart. I want power, but do not want to sacrifice speed. Would a 10HP engine be too much? Thanks!
__________________
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  #2  
Old 06-06-2008, 10:50 AM
I like karts's Avatar
I like karts I like karts is offline
Rotary Power!
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alabama
Posts: 433
Thanks: 15
Thanked 17 Times in 9 Posts
Default

Welcome! And as to your engine question, theres no such thing as too much power, and the gear ratio you're probably lokking for is around 5:1
  #3  
Old 06-06-2008, 04:15 PM
risto's Avatar
risto risto is offline
...watches you sleep.
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 227
Thanks: 10
Thanked 65 Times in 6 Posts
Default

I'm using a Briggs 6.5 HP for off road use and it works great. Tho, the governor is removed...

but hey, its much cheaper than a 10HP and it works great for me.

how big are you looking to build here?
__________________
*insert awesome signature here*
  #4  
Old 06-09-2008, 07:41 AM
hurricane_lane hurricane_lane is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 16
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for your input guys, especially on the gear ratio...I'll be sure to keep that in mind. As far as how big I'm looking to build. Well, my plans call for the frame to be 43"x72". Do you think it's a good idea to have a live axle with a jack shaft?
__________________
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  #5  
Old 06-10-2008, 11:05 PM
risto's Avatar
risto risto is offline
...watches you sleep.
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 227
Thanks: 10
Thanked 65 Times in 6 Posts
Default

i apologize for not replying soon.

in case you havent already, post a new thread in the "go kart discussion" forum. this way, it will get more views.
__________________
*insert awesome signature here*
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:48 PM.