How to build a go kart

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These karts represent the easiest karts to build and are a ton of fun. All of them are great intro karts for a new builder or for the kids in the family! The Recluse is a great all-arounder which can be stretched for many purposes and is a great race kart.

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isoThe RecluseA great all around kart with wonderful opportunities for customization. Stretch or shrink to fit your needs, this is a fantastic design that produces a low weight, killer fast kart!

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The BlackWidowSmall but deadly. The Black Widow is designed to get you out karting in no time! Featured in Popular Mechanics and still a classic. A great beginner’s project but still tough!

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The Master Karts are a step up in complexity and attitude. They both feature swing-arm rear suspension, more aggressive brakes, and really tear it up. These are your classic back yard bombers and are great builds.

The TarantulaWith rear suspension and a big frame, it’s ready for action wherever you take! Sister to the Scorpion. A slightly more advanced kart and a ton of fun!

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The ScorpionOur killer three wheeled go kart design. It’s got a huge mono rear wheel with suspension that makes it a donut machine! Interchangeable sub-frame with Tarantula.

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The Pro Karts are our top sellers by far. Full suspension with with swing-arm suspension on the rear and independent A-arm suspension on the front. Rack and pinion steering. One or two seat models. These are the top of the line and very impressive.

The ArachnidOur top of the line kart with front and rear suspension and a lot of attitude! With an aggressive look, and some aggressive performance. If you’re ready for a challenge, this is for you!

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The GrandDaddyThe Grand Daddy of them all. This two-seat, dual suspension kart makes Karting a team activity. This is a really heavy duty machine that is a fun project to build.

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    • A Free Copy of our Beginner’s Guide to Welding
    • A Free Copy of our Quick-Jack plans

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go kart frame with nailsSquare and Secure the Frame Tubing

In order to make sure the base frame is level and square, set it up on a level work space.  I used a piece of plywood (OSB) on my workbench and a square to position the frame sections, then used nails to secure the tubing. The reason why I did this is because as you weld, the tubing will warp slightly at the weld. Bracing the frame will prevent warping and keep everything square. The next step is to tack weld the frame into place.

tack welding steel tubing together

Tack Weld the Frame

Tack welding the go kart frame is easy. First,  make sure the tubing matches up (notice how I used a straight edge in the above picture to make sure the tubing was on the same plane). Next, make a small tacks at the tubing intersections. I made four tacks at each tubing joint. Finally, remove the nails.

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Weld Between the Tacks

Welding the tubing joints between the tack welds will give you great results as the go kart frame is already stiff. To avoid warping, focus on one joint at a time:

Weld one joint side, then flip the frame and weld the other side of the tubing.

Double check all of your welds for the base frame, then move onto the bumper.

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