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Building a Go-Kart?

Discussion in 'Recreational vehicles' started by mcjonesqwe, Jul 18, 2014.

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  1. mcjonesqwe

    mcjonesqwe Member

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    Have you ever built your own go-kart? I've seen so many tutorials and guides on the internet that I'm thinking of doing it in the future. Although I think I would rather build a bike first because they seem more practical. Plus, unless you live in the country or suburbs, there's not a whole lot of room to take your handiwork out for a spin. :)
     
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    I never did, but all the way it's a good idea. For a beginner I would recommend builting a bike first. It seems easier.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Welcome to Gearhead Central @mcjonesqwe and @elmarianexx

    I haven't but I wanted to. If you are building from scratch then I think the go cart would be easier in a way.

    James
     
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    Ha ha two different opinions, awesome. I think I'm leaning towards building a bike still, but does anyone know where I would get the parts for either? I'm just an average guy with a residential address and a connection to the internet, and have never really known where to go to order parts for something to build. Any suggestions?
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Make a list of what you need and start searching for deals. You can check local and online shops.

    I don't know any online stores that sell bike parts. I know there is a lot of them though.

    What style bike do you want to build? If you do you should post the build on here. It would be great to follow along.

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  6. mcjonesqwe

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    I'm not sure. I've never even learned to ride a bike yet, but I'm a big DIY person. I heard that somewhere around a 200 cc bike would be a good all-around bike but I wanted something more like a street legal moto bike. I think the hardest part there would be finding how to make it street legal. The follow along thing sounds like a good idea. I don't think I'll be able to do it for a while though, I'm short on cash right now. :)
     
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    Oh, you want to do a motor bike? I thought you were doing a pedal bike. To make it street legal, you would have to follow the rules of your area. Normally a horn, head light, tail light, turn signals and DOT tires. Of course it would also need working brakes.

    What style bike did you want to build? Are you doing everything including building your own frame or are you going to buy a frame and build off of that? You could buy all parts from different suppliers and put the bike together. Or you could buy what you don't have the skill or tools to build and build what you can.

    James
     
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    Well i do live out in the country where i have a lot of room to fool around. I built what we call a mud dragster once. It was kind of a replica batmobile tumblr but not really. It just had tires like the tumblr. I built the whole thing from watching youtube videos and trial & error.
     
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    Like I said, it's more of a vague dream I guess. :) I have a picture of a supermoto-style bike and shape. If I would build one, I would definitely just buy the frame, and assemble parts on it. Thanks for that info about what I would need, it helps majorly. I think I should read up more on how to build bikes and then actually learn how to ride one, lol. I'm really fascinated by it though.
     
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    Your welcome. Yeah read everything you can. And start searching for parts and tools you might need that you might not have now. That why you can figure out what you might need budget wise. It could be a fun project.

    James
     
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    You should probably take a welding class or three before you try to build something out of metal that you plan on driving around in. If you can find an old riding mower with a dead engine for cheap, that would be ideal. You can use the steering, transmission, wheels/tires, etc. off it. Add in your custom frame and new engine, and you're good to go!
     
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    Nope, but it would be god damn awesome to just build that thing and then drive it down the road without a care in the road, but I guarantee you would get stopped and arrested if a cop finds you, awesome idea though.

    You should see that guy, Remi Gaillard. He got a Super Mario go-kart and started riding it down the streets of France, what a crazy guy.
     
  13. mcjonesqwe

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    Lol that would be awesome.
    Great advice, I'll look out for some classes in the future.
     
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