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Old 07-23-2019, 05:30 PM
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Default Front suspension kits?

Hey there DIY Go Karters, I am a DIY weird-cargo-bike guy, and I wonder if you folks could point me to some suspension stuff. I have done some welding before but I would like to rely on as few of my on welds as possible, so I am looking for prefabricated stuff over fabbing up my own A-arms.

I am working on plans for a tadpole-trike kind of thing:
the Bootlegger
the Guru

and it looks to me like these folks are fabbing their own suspension parts. I started looking around, and the only people I can find who are selling already-compiled kits are in mainland China:

like this one

and I wonder if:

1) Any of you folks know of similar kits that are available from North American vendors;
2) if I could piece one of these kits together from OMB or GoPowerSports or any of the vendors you folks tend to post on a regular basis; and,
3) if any of you have ever bought one of the Chinese kits, and if so, if any of you have had any surprisingly good experiences with a Chinese vendor. (I have bought hardware from China before and not been burned, it happens sometimes.)
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:01 AM
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Welcome! I am not too sure if you will easily find a kit for suspension. Maybe one of the other forum members might know
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:00 PM
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One thing you could look into might be a used 4 wheeler frame with the front suspension and use that either as suspension or as a premade start
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:38 AM
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One thing you could look into might be a used 4 wheeler frame with the front suspension and use that either as suspension or as a premade start
Good idea
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Old 07-28-2019, 12:52 PM
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If I can get a good deal on e.g. a wrecked kid's ATV (one of the 49cc ones, say), I will leap at it. But the reason that I was looking at the Chinese suppliers because they were actually cheaper than the used ATV market here in Portland. (Maybe because I am mostly searching craigslist and OfferUp?)

For what it's worth, I know exactly which kit this Russian guy bought: check this hackaday post

That guy's suspension kit (that guy's whole trike, for that matter) is somewhat beefier than what I was planning, but that's the basic idea.
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:44 PM
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Front suspension and they also make the front box that holds it all still from a yerf dog spiderbox. BMI karts has everything last I checked.

Like this link here........
https://www.bmikarts.com/Complete-Fr...lt_p_1745.html
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Old 07-29-2019, 11:27 AM
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I'd buy that in a second, but its availability is "not for sale."
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:06 AM
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I'd buy that in a second, but its availability is "not for sale."
I would give them a call anyway. You never know, they might have kit in the back of the shop that is just not displaying on the website. Or maybe they are in the process of making/getting more. At least you would then know for sure what the deal is.
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