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How to Build a Go-Kart

Go-karts are self-propelled vehicles that have four wheels, brakes, and an engine. The basic steps for constructing one are outlined here.


  • Step 1: Construct the frame Search the internet for a go-kart assembly diagram and construct the go-cart's frame from angle iron cut to size. Weld the pieces together to form the frame.
  • TIP: Consider purchasing a go-kart kit and assembling the parts in it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Step 2: Attach the mounting plate Form the engine mounting plate from quarter-inch steel plate and weld it to the frame.
  • Step 3: Assemble the throttle and brake linkages Assemble the throttle and brake linkages and attach them to the frame. Use ¼-inch cold rolled steel for the control rods. Attach two expansion-type brakes.
  • Step 4: Attach the firewall, belly pan, and side pieces Form the firewall, belly pan, and side pieces from 20-guage sheet steel using heavy shears. Weld them to the frame.
  • Step 5: Construct the steering linkage Construct the steering linkage and attach it to the frame. Use ⅜-inch cold rolled steel for the tie rods and steering wheel.
  • Step 6: Attach the engine Attach the throttle linkage, electrical wiring, and engine to the frame.
  • Step 7: Finish the construction Add a seat and four wheels, and then head off to the races.
  • FACT: In 2009, an engineering student turned a shopping cart into a go-kart capable of traveling 30 miles per hour.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Go-kart assembly diagram
  • Metal-forming tools
  • Angle iron
  • Welding apparatus
  • 1/4" steel plate
  • 1/4" cold-rolled steel
  • Brakes
  • 20-gauge sheet steel
  • 3/8" cold-rolled steel
  • Heavy shears
  • Engine
  • Seat
  • 4 wheels
  • Go-kart kit (optional)

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