Page 1 - Overview of Building
Page 2 - Materials for Go Karts
Page 3 - Go Kart Frame
Page 4 - Go Kart Seat
Page 5 - Go Kart Steering Overview
Page 6 - Go Kart Spindles, Axles
Page 7 - Go Kart Engines, Exhaust
Page 8 - Go Kart Throttle, Brakes
Page 9 - Go Kart Clutch, Sprocket
Page 10 - Go Kart Parts Sources
Page 11 - Our New Site
The great thing about the DIY go kart is that the parts can come from anything! Making your own parts is certainly rewarding, and scrounging is a hallowed part of kart building.
If you can't find stuff locally, there's always mail-order. You'll get the best price, and the best selection. Our town's local sources don't stock much in the way of parts, but online go kart parts suppliers have everything you'll need.
The best place to check for parts is friends, family, and neighbors. Look for junked riding mowers, you'll get wheels (check the bolt pattern), tires, steering wheels, seats, tie rods... nearly everything you need!
Junkyards that buy scrap metal are good sources. Look in the phone book for "metal recycling" or "salvage", etc, and call until you find a scrap yard that will let you look through the scrap pile. Scrap metal is sold by the pound, and currently at our local yard it's 15 cents a pound.
Manufactured Parts - Local Sources
You can find parts for your kart project at many local shops, but you will pay far more than mail order pricing.
Check lawnmower stores, and motorcycle shops. We've found that every town has a good local supplier for lawnmower parts, and they can get many go cart parts for you.
Some motorcycle shops also carry limited selections of tires and components, but you'll have to do some legwork to find these. Call around. Most towns also have small engine repair shops, and in many cases you can tell them what you're doing and they'll be willing to help you, or at least let you dig in the junkyard of parts for stuff that you can work with. The most important thing to remember is to be courteous and kind, and thank everyone that helps you.