In recent years, the popularity of off road go karting has really exploded. There’s lots of different types of off road go karts for sale, from modified karts built from racing go kart kits to actual dune buggies – which are quite similar to off road go karts but built for a more specialized purpose.
When Browsing Off Road Go Karts For Sale, What Should I Look For?
Carefully Inspect Off Road Go Kart Tires
Off road go karts should always have 4 wheel drive. When browsing off road go karts for sale, ensure that they have large, high quality tires. If you’re used to racing go karts, these should be significantly larger.
Larger tires ensure that the kart keeps proper traction and ground clearance on rough terrain. Since off road trails often have rocks, bumps, and level changes, the higher ground clearance provided by larger tires protects the off road go kart from underbody damage and getting stuck. Additionally, the larger tires help the off road go kart maintain traction when driving in mud or other unstable surfaces.
Look For Off Road Go Karts With Good Roll Cages
Because off road go karts often tackle unpredictable and adverse terrain, a roll cage is crucial to protecting drivers in the event of an accident or rollover.
Where’s The Best Place To Find Off Road Go Karts For Sale?
Off road go karts can be purchased pre assembled, or purchased as kits and put together yourself. Go kart kits are less expensive, but of course they require a certain level of mechanical expertise and free time to put together.
Looking online, either through search engines, websites, or local classifieds are the best ways to find off road go karts for sale. If you’re ordering new, you can generally feel secure ordering online sight unseen, but we highly suggest that second hand go karts be personally inspected before you hand over the money. Make sure there isn’t any unusual damage or wear. Because off road go karts endure tough conditions, it’s very important to do through inspection and take the kart out on a test drive. The seller should also be willing to sell for much lower than the original market price, usually between 40-60% depending on the condition.
To avoid getting ripped off when looking for used go karts for sale, click here for our 10 tips for finding the right used go karts.
How Do Off Road Go Karts Compare To Dune Buggies And ATVs?
These days, the difference between off road go karts and dune buggies have blurred significantly, some people even use the terms interchangeably. While the dune buggy was originally designed only for sand, dune buggy now refers to a wide variety of off road vehicles that have a similar appeance to the off road go kart. The key difference is still the tires, as dune buggies are usually built with larger tires designed to navigate sand dunes.
ATVs are usually 4 wheeled vehicles that lack a lot of the safety features of an offroad go kart. The rider is usually seated like they’re riding a motorcycle, rather than the “race car” style seating of an off road go kart. ATVs also don’t have roll cages, and generally have fewer safety features.