How to Build a Go Cart

By: Robert Thomson


People who do not have a driver’s license envy those who have and could drive around any time they want to. But even those who do not have a driver’s license may drive too! It is easy to construct a go cart which can be driven around one’s backyard. Here are the steps and tips on how to build a go cart.

The materials needed to build a go cart include a petrol tank, an engine, a go pedal, a break pedal, a bar stock measuring 6 feet x ½ inch, a round steel barstock measuring 6 feet x ¾ inch, a square tubing measuring 30 feet x 1 inch, a steering shaft, bearings, a drive shaft, bolts, a chain for the sprocket, a gear and a handbreak, a motor, a steering wheel, wheels, seat, metal, and welder.

Before we start on how to build a go cart, let’s offer some tips first such as the importance of hiring a welder if we are not very knowledgeable on how to weld. Second, it must be remembered that the size of the go cart depends on the age of the user. A go cart measuring 30 inches wide x 50 inches long is suitable for young go cart drivers, whereas a go cart measuring 40 inches wide x 72 inches long is suitable for adults. Another very good tip is that some of the materials needed to make a go cart may be obtained from a junk go cart or an old lawnmower.

The first step on how to build a go cart is for the metal tubing to be cut in accordance with the owner’s design. The cut pieces of the metal tubing should then be welded. One tip is to make use of gussets at the corners in order to ensure increased strength.

The next step on how to build a go cart is the need for the steering linkage to be assembled. The steel rod measuring ½ inch must be used for linkages while the steel rod measuring ¾ inch must be used for axles. Bends of up to 90 degrees need to be done, therefore it is important to heat the steel with the use of a torch. It must be remembered that steering is important therefore constructing this part of the go cart should be done with utmost care.

The next step on how to build a go cart is to use a straight steel rod measuring ¾ inch to build the rear axle. The drive pulley must be attached to the axle before the latter is mounted in the bushings.

A flat piece of steel plate measuring 3/16 inches must then be welded to the rear frame. This is necessary in mounting the engine. The throttle cable must then be attached to the hand throttle.

The last step on how to build a go cart is to use metal or plywood lumber to construct the floor boards as well as the seat of the go cart.

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