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    I am going to build a go-kart and I am wondering what would be a suitable material for the frame?

    Thanks!
    Casey

  • #2
    Why did you start two threads for the same question?

    If you have to ask, you shouldn't be building go-kart frames, but that seems obvious, so you'll probably not like that answer.

    Did you do a Google search? You can find plenty of instructions on how to build them, including the proper materials.

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    • #3
      Hey Mac.........why do you not tell the ones with electrical questions to google. If you didn't like the question then why did you post.


      If all we had to do to get info is to google....then this forum is not necessary
      for just about everything has been discussed at one time or another and to search would find it. But we do have the forum and this is how it is used. Lighten up!!
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      • #4
        Any number of things can be used for a go-kart depending on design. Most are common steel pipe or tubing.

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        • #5
          I'd have to agree with Mac here, the question was extremely vague.

          What are the capabilities of the questioner? Can he weld or glue stuff together? What kind of equipment is available? If a minor, does he have proper adult supervision to insure he doesn't get hurt building or operating this thing?
          What kind of go-cart, will it be powered by a chevy small-block or a Briggs?
          For competition or weekend play?
          Proper material oftentimes depends on the design, and not all materials throughout the frame will necessarily be the same shape, size, or thickness.

          Best thing for this questioner to do is to do a little more research on his own, figure out what he wants to accomplish and how, and come back with some more pertinent and specific questions.

          Most people posting electrical questions here at least have a rudimentary knowledge of the subject, know what the final result needs to be, just doesn't know how to tie it in with codes and load capabilities. For the most part, purely technical and specific questions, not, "I want to wire my shop, how do I do it???"

          Even people coming asking welding questions, even the most basic, that's what we're here for, get valid answers as long as they demonstrate a real interest, give a little background, and show they did some research on their own (at least enough to know some of the terminology). But if you come with a question, first post, "How do I weld??",period, you're not going to get much of an answer.

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          • #6
            I think you guys need to read the post. The person asked a simple direct question of what would be a suitable material to make a go-kart frame.
            How about round or sq tube in steel or alum or chrome moly. They didn't ask for you to prejudge their age, knowledge, skill level or what equipment they
            may have. A go-kart is a small frame with small wheels and a small engine. I never have seen a car engine in a go kart. If you have to make it large enough to handle a car engine, it's no longer a go-kart. If the machine is larger than a go-kart it generally called a atv or a small dune kart or buggy.
            Nick
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            • #7
              Most typical smaller go-karts for kids are built with 1"x.083" HREW tube. Larger adult karts use 1.25"x.120" HREW.

              If we knew what you were going to use it for, we could give better advice.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by monte55 View Post
                I think you guys need to read the post. The person asked a simple direct question of what would be a suitable material to make a go-kart frame.
                .
                OK, monte, here's an answer. Suitable material includes angle iron, pipe, round tube, square tube, rectangular tube, channel iron, plus in certain places, plate and flatbar. All of these can be steel, in a half-dozen different alloys, or aluminum, also in several different alloys. The CORRECT answer depends on the factors I listed above in my previous post.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by calweld View Post
                  OK, monte, here's an answer. Suitable material includes angle iron, pipe, round tube, square tube, rectangular tube, channel iron, plus in certain places, plate and flatbar. All of these can be steel, in a half-dozen different alloys, or aluminum, also in several different alloys. The CORRECT answer depends on the factors I listed above in my previous post.
                  Why couldn't this have been the first answer?????????????????????????
                  This was my point.
                  Nick
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                  20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
                  Propane Forge
                  60" X 60" router/plasma table

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                  Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
                  and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately, some of us just aren't as "touchy-feely" and PC as one might wish, you just gotta read between the lines .. .

                    Getting a good answer is dependant upon asking a good question . . .

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                    • #11
                      The first thing I would decide is will it have a suspension, like a car or atv or will the frame be the suspension when it flexes?

                      This is a key point.

                      If you run on a Kart track, (pavement or dirt) against other racers you will not have a suspension and need a frame that is competative.

                      If you are building one for the yard, and will be doing some mud or other types of fun, you will eithor want big spungy tires, or suspension.

                      The Kart's I have seen have all been round tube, some steel, some chro moly, depends on application and $$$ spent.

                      So, end the suspense, what are you thinking of building?

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=MAC702;106131]Why did you start two threads for the same question?

                        Sorry I am new to this forum and did not mean to list it twice.

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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=calweld;106147]

                          What are the capabilities of the questioner? Can he weld or glue stuff together? What kind of equipment is available? If a minor, does he have proper adult supervision to insure he doesn't get hurt building or operating this thing?
                          What kind of go-cart, will it be powered by a Chevy small-block or a Briggs?
                          For competition or weekend play?
                          Proper material oftentimes depends on the design, and not all materials throughout the frame will necessarily be the same shape, size, or thickness.

                          Well I can weld, I have an stick arc welder, yes I am new to this that is why I joined the forum. (Yes I have supervision)
                          It will be a smaller machine for youth-young adults.
                          my plan is for weekend play and some competition with friends.
                          As for an engine I don't know.
                          I am open to suggestions.
                          I would appreciate any help I can get.

                          thanks.

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                          • #14
                            most any thing metal you have on hand. and to some of the others i thought this was a friendly forum but it does not seem like it

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                            • #15
                              One word of caution, the primary thing with frames is they can not fail.

                              Even "just" playing around you put yourself at risk or someone else if it fails.

                              With that said, start looking at what is out there, atv's, Karts, northern and other stores have different examples of frames and vehicles. Not to mention the web, and google.

                              Start with a smaller engine and keep the speed down. Centrifical clutches work ok, torquo drive like a snowmobile is decent, they there is the gearbox manual shift or automatic. Don't forget good brakes, and a kill switch / tether.

                              Most common is wire or tig to weld frames together. Process will be defined by what materials you chose, guessing you will go the mild steel route.

                              Look into a tubing bender, they are different than pipe benders. You will need a die for every tubing size you use.

                              I would strongy suggest you find some plans and work from them if you are just getting started.

                              Keep us posted.
                              Tom

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