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go kart questions by wetpoop
Started on: 12-20-2006 12:51 PM
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Report this Post12-20-2006 12:51 PM Click Here to See the Profile for wetpoopClick Here to Email wetpoopSend a Private Message to wetpoopDirect Link to This Post
Since we have such a diverse group, maybe some one can help. I am interested in buying a go cart, one to be used off road (used on a farm in the field). This would be just for fun, but needs to be able to hold an adult(s). What are some features I should look for, and how much should it cost. I have browsed on ebay, but there is so much stuff, I don't know where to begin. Thanks.
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Report this Post12-20-2006 02:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for topher_timeClick Here to Email topher_timeSend a Private Message to topher_timeDirect Link to This Post
Get a Honda Odyssey , expensive, but worth it.
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Report this Post12-20-2006 03:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for AntiKevClick Here to visit AntiKev's HomePageSend a Private Message to AntiKevDirect Link to This Post
He wanted a gokart not a minivan.

PS: I DID follow the eBay link...I'm just screwin with ya.
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Originally posted by topher_time:

Get a Honda Odyssey , expensive, but worth it.


The Odyssey (and similar Pilot 400) were definitely the best "karts" of their kind. I guess the next best thing would be a near-sand rail type kart...

If you've got the dough to spend this 1000cc 2-seater would be a blast

This is a small 125cc Single seater along the same lines.

Hehe... when I was a kid I had a Northern Hydraulics (now Northern Tool) "Dingo"

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Originally posted by topher_time:

Get a Honda Odyssey , expensive, but worth it.


I just realized it but that is definitely the go-karts they used in Heavyweights for the final race.

Looks like amazing karts, would be worth the money if I had it. I want to one day build a kart with a ATV drivetrain in it.

~ Derek
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Report this Post12-20-2006 05:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BoondawgClick Here to Email BoondawgSend a Private Message to BoondawgDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by topher_time:

Get a Honda Odyssey , expensive, but worth it.


Stock:

The above is not the one we modified.

A buddy & I put a 440 snowmachine engine in one.
We had to weld 100 pounds in the nose.
Uncontrollable & unstable in the dirt, but hell-on-wheels in the straightaway.

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Report this Post12-20-2006 06:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Silentassassin185Click Here to Email Silentassassin185Send a Private Message to Silentassassin185Direct Link to This Post
Home made is the way to go if you can. My father and I put one together when I was younger. My dad got serious about it and designed the frame from drawings on the subject and my uncle welded it together for us using square steel tubing. We've abused the #$%^ out of it and so far only weak spot was the seat mounts and we got that straightened out. 5hp briggs and straton can make it go plenty fast but I'm thinkin maybe its time for a 8 or even 13 horse with a torque converter I'll try and dig up some pictures.
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Report this Post12-20-2006 07:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Mike MardenClick Here to Email Mike MardenSend a Private Message to Mike MardenDirect Link to This Post
^ ^ ^ how about a 2.8L 4-speed sub-frame?
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Report this Post12-20-2006 09:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Silentassassin185Click Here to Email Silentassassin185Send a Private Message to Silentassassin185Direct Link to This Post
Hehe then its a dune buggy not a go kart.
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Originally posted by Mike Marden:

^ ^ ^ how about a 2.8L 4-speed sub-frame?


If you only put one wheel on the front you can register it as a motorcycle
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Report this Post12-20-2006 10:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cheever3000Send a Private Message to Cheever3000Direct Link to This Post
I often see plots of land around here that I think would be good for a kart track. I wonder what it would take to build it.


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Report this Post12-21-2006 08:35 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 1984_fieroClick Here to Email 1984_fieroSend a Private Message to 1984_fieroDirect Link to This Post
i have a 1985 honda odyssey id sell you if youd be intrested pm me
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Report this Post12-21-2006 09:12 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Finally_Mine_86_GTClick Here to Email Finally_Mine_86_GTSend a Private Message to Finally_Mine_86_GTDirect Link to This Post
did somebody say off road? here is what you should get... try the military auctions for cheaper stripped down ones.
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Report this Post12-21-2006 09:13 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Bruno Mid EngineClick Here to Email Bruno Mid EngineSend a Private Message to Bruno Mid EngineDirect Link to This Post
Get a used one, should be lots around that would be a blast -
Edit #23 - If and when you get something, realize that eventually you will be blasting through the areas you have access to, this will no doubt include ditches, rocks, ruts, etc. Suspension will be a really good idea. An old quad would work great. The next pic is a go kart I built before air, light and gravity, using a 12 hp 2 cylinder opposed firing chain saw engine, no clutch, was a wild ride but the roughest it was suitable for was gravel roads, did roll it once, toward the non engine side no less, but that's another story -

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Report this Post12-21-2006 09:25 AM Click Here to See the Profile for AJ7Click Here to Email AJ7Send a Private Message to AJ7Direct Link to This Post
build/buy a frame, build it yourself.... whatever engine you want... anything from a little 5hp motor to a big block
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Report this Post12-21-2006 09:55 AM Click Here to See the Profile for wetpoopClick Here to Email wetpoopSend a Private Message to wetpoopDirect Link to This Post
thanks for all the input. In responce to the last post, where can I buy a frame and needed parts? I was thinking of staying less than 1500, so a used complete kart may be the way to go. But I am handy with tools and would like the challenge of putting one together, but I am no good at welding.

And I pm'd the offer about buying a kart.
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Originally posted by wetpoop:

thanks for all the input. In responce to the last post, where can I buy a frame and needed parts? I was thinking of staying less than 1500, so a used complete kart may be the way to go. But I am handy with tools and would like the challenge of putting one together, but I am no good at welding.

And I pm'd the offer about buying a kart.

try this

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