Go Carts and Mini Bikes!
Our projects involvings go carts have been a life long interest.
Why? Go carts are just plain fun! And for a kid, they are a great learning experience.
Something is always breaking on a cart. There's always something to do. Now, this can be frustrating, especially if someone doesn't have any tools. But that's a great reason to get some tools and figure out how to fix the problem.
A small engine is a very simple contraption. There's really not much to them, especially older engines, before there was all the cowlings and plastic and doodads on them like today's. Buying an older engine for your cart is definitely the cheapest way to go about it. One can be had in running condition for less than $50 often.
And a semi-running engine is even cheaper, if not free. Little experiences like fixing one up, or keeping one running, teaches patience, care, and expands one tool set.
As everything else about a go cart does. Descision making. Driving. Good sense. Are they dangerous? Sure, they can be, but they don't have to be. You can weld on a roll bar if needed.
At any rate, after getting into welding later in life, making a go cart seemed like a good thing to do. And, heck, why not write all about it?
That led to the project here, and then it's stand-alone site, DIY Go Karts.
We've all had a lot of fun making them, and making the site. Hope you enjoy.
If you're not satisfied with ours, the plans at the MXK site look pretty good, though they're charging for them.
What is hard to believe for an old school go cart person is the rise of these super-karts. Indy racers train on karts, and racing is very popular in Europe, and growing in America. In our neighborhood, we were always up for a race. It's really cool to see how tricked out some of these new ones are. The National Kart News magazine is a good resource if you want to learn more about it.