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How To Build A Go Kart: Drive Systems
How to Build A Go Kart: Drive
I remember as a kid gawking at a go
kart. I was impressed by that
fact that it made noise, had an engine, and drove. The mere fact
that it could go under its own power was impressive.
If you were to be ask me then,
however, to make a go kart, that
would have been another story. What I saw as a kid was a
maze of sprockets, chains, belts, axels and other whirring machine
parts. And it all worked together to drive the go kart.
It is kind of intimidating to look at
a go kart drive system and
actually give a reason for each component, and why it is sized the way
What is a clutch?
How does it work?
What different styles are
How do they work?
How do I size it up to my go
What size drive gear should I
How fast will my go kart go?
Will it go, or will it just
burn up the clutch?
How can I tell if my chain is
the right size?
And many more questions….
The information is hard to find and
apparently not real easy to figure
A few of the “experts” have the
information, but most do not readily
share it or explain it.
My goal is to allow anyone to make a
your friends will be excited about. One you can be proud
of. One that is not just a cobbled mess of tubing, sprockets,
chains, cables and wheels.
Let me introduce myself. My
name is Bob Gamble, and I run a web
page called the GoKartGuru. I love go karts. In fact I was
just out this evening bopping around in the nice cool summer air on my
go kart. Nothing like the thrill of a good spin on a
gokart. Kind of like mix of an intense sports car and an open
I have built at least 15 go karts and
all for under $200. I
also know quite a bit about drive systems, engines, frame design and
vehicle dynamics. But I am not satisfied just knowing all this
I would like to share it.
I have plenty of people ask me how to
build a go kart. After they
are done riding my go kart, they start to ask all sorts of
I decided it was about time to write a
series of books about how to build go karts.
My first book was “10 Things You
Should Know Before You Design, Build
or Buy A Go Kart”
In this book there are actually 12
things, that need to be considered about gokarts. The idea is that once these 12 things are
addressed you can go on with happy go karting, otherwise you will be
spending money, and have extremely unhappy memories of the go kart
I decided to give this information
away, you can find it as Ezine
articles all throughout the web. (If you don’t want to wait and
read all the articles you can down load the ebook for $5.00)
Drive Train Design Package
But most people want specific
information about drive train
design, frame design and steering design.
So this particular offer today is
focusing on “Drive Systems and Frame
What I am offering is a
Drive-Train/Frame Design package. A
3 for one package.
In this package are the details about
Drives Systems and How To Design
A Go Kart Frame.
Drive Systems for Go Karts sound like
maybe a two page book, but really
there are several very different systems:
Vertical Engine Drive Systems
Horizontal Drive Systems
Variable Drive Systems
Belt Drive Systems
Chain Drive Systems
Combination Chain and Belt
Jack Shaft Systems
Centrifugal Clutch Drive Systems
Limited Slip Clutch Drive
Each system has its own design
parameters and each system has its own
quirks or problems.
Example: It may be more cost
effective for you, to use a vertical
engine drive system, because you cannot afford to buy a 400-500 dollar
engine just to put on your gokart. In fact the budget for your go
kart is $200-300 alone. So spending it all on the engine is just
Well, most of us, in fact I dare say,
not many of us, know how to make
a vertical engine drive system. If we were to try…. that alone
might make us go over budget. I am here to say “Uh No…you can do
it for $50.”
In this three for one package I am
offering in-depth e-books that will
get you started on your go kart they are:
Drive Systems (worth
Vertical Engine Drives
Frame Design (worth $9.99)
Total = $27.97
Your Price = $19.95
Purchase E-Books for $19.95
In the Drives System ebook all the
different types of drive systems are
discussed and explained. Additionally, the all important engine
to drive line matching calculations are described and performed so that
you can easily size up your engine and drive system properly and not
end up with a smoking clutch, broken belt or busted chain.
In the first book you will be able to
size up your drive train so that
you can use a 5 horsepower engine and squeal the tires on your go
kart. It is all in layout. After reading this book you
should be able to explain and calculate any system thrown at you.
The second book is about vertical
drive systems. This may not
sound like anything to write home about, but let me explain.
Vertical engines are the kinds of engines that you typically find on a
riding lawnmower. They are extremely difficult to convert to
drive a go kart because typically the method for converting is to
change the engine to drive horizontal. This particular book
shows that it does not need to be difficult. It shows how
to put together a very simple and durable drive system without having
to make the engine run horizontal.
The third book is about frame
design. You may be thinking “Frames
are simple! I can figure that out. I don’t need help in
that area.” Actually, anybody can make a go kart. But not
every go kart is a great go kart. Not every go kart will corner
like a sports car and be able to eat up the bumps without breaking in
The third book shows how to place the
center of gravity in the optimum
position for great handling. (If the CG is in the wrong spot, the
go kart will more than likely just go straight and hit a
tree.) The third book additionally teaches you how to
perform stress calculations so that your frame will not break in
half. It also shows you the different modes of stress
analysis involved in go kart design, in a simple and straight forward
manner that you will easily be able to duplicate.
You get these three books for one low
price of $19.95 ( $27.97
And if that is not enough, I am throwing
in the first book ($5.00 value)
So you get the following four books for $19.95
10 Things You Should Know
Before Buying, Building, Fabricating A
Go Kart Drive Systems
Vertical Engine Go Kart Drive
Go Kart Frame Design
am interested in buying this three four pack for $19.95
Robert Gamble is an
author and has written numerous
articles on Go Kart Design and fabrication. He also has over 25+
years of go kart design and building experience along with a BS in
Mechanical Engineering from Milwaukee School Of Engineering. He
has conducted training courses in Finite Element Analysis, Go Kart
Frame Design, and Engine Dynamics.