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Old 02-12-2019, 01:52 PM
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I have a 50cc scooter that I have had fired up and moving...still needs a new carb.

Hoping once the new carb arrives it will be fully running...then just chop the frame and bolt it to the blue kart...and bam, scookart!

Maybe needs a better name though
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Kooter? KartTer?
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Kooter? KartTer?
Kooter rolls of the tongue easier than scookart.
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Imagine the confusion when you say you have a Kooter...
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Imagine the confusion when you say you have a Kooter...
Are you going to make two and call them the Kooties?
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kooter development continues.
I have a running 50cc rear end and a go kart chassis with steering/wheels/pedals.

The tricky bit is how to bolt the scooter frame to the go kart chassis. After that, I just need to hook up brake and throttle cables.

I was hoping to get the wheelbase shorter, but I would have to really hack up the go kart frame to make it any shorter.
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I'm honored you have taken my suggestion and made a Kooter! As it's a three-wheeler, you might put some Morgan 3-Wheeler bodywork on it!
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I'm honored you have taken my suggestion and made a Kooter! As it's a three-wheeler, you might put some Morgan 3-Wheeler bodywork on it!
my wife and son both thought it was a funny name, so it stuck.

I hope to have a test run in a few days.
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It looks like it will be a blast to drive! Jealousy.....
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Had the Kooter tested out today.
Several boys in the neighborhood showed up and put it through it's passes.
It can do 30mph. It turns better to the left than to the right.
And I found out that $6 harbor freight tires were not a good option.
After 30 minutes of driving it around one was toast and blew out.
The other has most of the tread worn off as well.

so I need to hook up the brakes, get better front tires and reinforce the 2 chassis' are joined...then it will be good to go. The boys had all smiles while driving it, so it passed that test with flying colors.
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If the boys were smiling, it's dangerous enough.
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It can do 30mph. It turns better to the left than to the right.
And I found out that $6 harbor freight tires were not a good option.
After 30 minutes of driving it around one was toast and blew out.
The other has most of the tread worn off as well.
If we had known that you were using the HF tyres, we would have warned you against them. They can actually be quite dangerous, and I wouldn't let any kid ride a kart with them on.

I'm glad the kart is working well though
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If we had known that you were using the HF tyres, we would have warned you against them. They can actually be quite dangerous, and I wouldn't let any kid ride a kart with them on.

I'm glad the kart is working well though
At least it wasn't an expensive lesson to learn. Should have known that $6 wheels wouldn't work though. Not only did both tires wear down super fast, one of them has the bearings wearing out of the hub. If the tread had held up, the hub would have broke before long. They were rated for 300 pounds, but I guess that isn't for dynamic loads.
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Yeah, by 300 lbs. they mean 300 lbs. of dirt in your wheelbarrow.
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I got bearings to put in lawn mower wheels to fit the KOOTER, setup the brake and a kill switch and let my son test it out in a field. Nothing broke, and even though it has little ground clearance it handled just fine. Still a few tweaks I need to make but it is basically done.

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Looks like a fun kid kooter!
Drawing a fine line between go kart and drift trike...

If it were my project(just spitballin') I would stick a much bigger engine on there.
Looks like fun!
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Looks like a fun kid kooter!
Drawing a fine line between go kart and drift trike...

If it were my project(just spitballin') I would stick a much bigger engine on there.
Looks like fun!
well a bigger engine is always better...lol
I buy 50cc scooters non-running whenever I can, usually for $50-$100. Most I can fix up and sell for $250 as people want cheap transportation and 50cc bikes don't need a title.
But the scooter that got used here while i was able to get it running, the wiring/lights/front brakes were all bad and it was going to cost too much to fix all that. Thus it sat for a couple months until I found the go kart frame for $50. So I didn't get the 50cc planning on building a trike kart...just worked out that way. Even with an adult, it will still do 30mph...just doesn't accelerate super fast. I could change the variator weights, remove the stock airbox-put a pod filter and re-jet the carb for better performance. But since it is a bit small for me (6' tall) and the performance is just right for kids I think I will leave it as it is. I did take it for a short sprint through the field. It ran fine with my 250 pounds and didn't break...so one or two 8-12yo kids it will handle just fine.

Last summer I bought a 150cc gy6 scooter and turned it into a mini bike. Modded the carb/intake and exhaust. Sounded mean and hauled butt. GY6 scooters make a decent starting point for a project, as you can find them non-running for cheap and 9 times out of 10 it will be simple like a new $20 carb or a $10 CDI. Most of the time when I fix and flip a scooter I make $100-$150 for just 2-3 hours of work.
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