If you want to build your own go kart, you can do it from pre-designed Go Kart Kits or you can build a totally customized go kart, building the go kart frame from scratch. If you’re building your go kart from scratch, you purchase strict CAD type go kart plans from various websites, or you can design your own go kart blueprint based on your own needs.
While we offer free go kart plans, our plans are designed to help you create your own go kart plans based on your needs.
How Can I Create My Own Free Go Kart Plans?
Designing your own go kart plans can save you the money of purchasing a pre-designed go kart plan, while still allowing plenty of room for creativity. There are several critical factors you need to consider when designing your own go kart plans.
- # Of Riders
- What Type Of Go Kart
- Go Kart Power – Drive System
- Determine Center Of Gravity
- Steering positioning
Go Kart Frame Plans
Your go kart frames can be very basic, or it can be very complex. But the one common factor all go kart frame plans share is that they contain a space for the engine as well as the driver, and any additional passengers.
Designing the go kart frame is the most critical step, so take your time. If there is an error with the go kart frame plans, your whole project may go off the wheels (pardon the pun). A good way to get the basic dimensions for your frame is to sit in concrete and chalk out your layout to get an idea of the dimensions you’ll need, then scale it down to a paper sketch.
Make sure to leave room for the go kart engine, you don’t want to overlap the engine space too much unless the seat is angled back, giving the engine room to fit into that space.
Go Kart Plans – Determining Center Of Gravity
The ideal weight distribution of your go kart should be 50/50, meaning 50% of the weight is distributed on the rear wheels while 50% of the weight is on the front wheels. But how do you plan for this when you don’t have a go kart to weigh?
You can calculate the center of gravity by adding up the weight of all the go kart parts and their positions relative to the center of gravity. This can be a little more complicated, but with a little graphing and math work, you can determine the best weigh to layout the axles, engine, and rider to achieve the optimal weight distribution for your go kart plans.
Go Kart Plans – Power & Drive System
Before you’ll be able to finalize your center of gravity calculations, you have to figure out the type drive system your go kart will be using. Your main choices are between a centripedal clutch system, and a variable belt drive system.
First, you’ll want to figure out the weight of your go kart has far and how much acceleration you want it to have. The basic rule of thumb in making the necessary calculations are that the rear sprocket should be approximately 75%-85% the size of the rear wheel, particularly if you are utilizing a centrifugal clutch system.
Go Kart Plans – Go Kart Parts & Materials
There are various wooden go kart plans, electric go kart plans, and metal go kart plans out there, but when it comes to your homemade go kart plans, you get to determine what to construct your go kart out of, depending on your budget and needs.
Typically, first time builders should use .125 or 1/8 inch wall square tubing, which is easier to put together than round tubing. The size of the tubing will depend on the weight and size of the go kart. With flat style go karts, thicker tubing may be required than roll cage style go karts, as the roll cage style design offers more frame stability.
Building Your Go Kart – Know Your Limitations
What we’ve offered here only stratches the surface of what you’ll need to know in order to build a go kart. Hopefully, this primer will give you some ideas of the kind of skills you’ll need to have or acquire, as well as the materials and parts you will need in order to build your own go kart. If you don’t have the technical expertise to design and build a go kart from scratch or from go kart plans, we highly recommend you look into purchasing Go Kart Kits, if you want to successfully build a go kart. Have fun!
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