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  1. 5.0 Hatch

    5.0 Hatch Active Member Established Member

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    Anyone know where you find a simple vintage style 2 seater go kart these days? Everything I see new looks cheap and has way too many gadgets. Even if I can find a kit that I can put together. Any ideas? I seen a few on FB marketplace but they sell before I can get my hands on them.
     
  2. 97WHITEVENOM

    97WHITEVENOM Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Standard Vintage Go-Kart Kit

    I built my kids one this summer from scratch using 1"x1" square tubing, predator 212 motor, and a torque converter. Motor is totally stock and the thing rips!
     
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  3. Uncle Meat

    Uncle Meat Zircon Encrusted Tweezers Established Member

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    HOLY CRAP! $1100 for a simple Go cart frame, wheels & seat!? That's ridiculous.

    U.M.
     
  4. bglf83

    bglf83 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    If you look on the Facebook for sale area for
    Yerf-Dog or Manco karts you will probably get a bunch of hits. Some will be in pretty good shape, some will need work.

    The classic American companies all went out of business around 2010.

    I am not up on all the other sell sites but they will be there too.
     
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  5. 97WHITEVENOM

    97WHITEVENOM Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I built my own, but I probably spent $1000 total including the motor. I spent about $180 in metal alone but I did have some left over. 40' of tubing, plus some flat, angle iron, piece of sheet metal. The cheapest wheel/tire combo you can get is about $35 a rim/tire. I built mine with adjustable seat sliders and I also built 2 mounting points for the seat so I can move the whole thing back about 12" so my 6 year old can drive it and I can too.


    That kit includes, frame, tires, wheels, pedals, seat, engine mount, brake caliper/rotor, chain, bearings, axle, entire steering kit including spindles, brake/throttle cable, tie rods. All that stuff adds up.

     
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    In 1958 my dad built me a bitchin go-cart. It was so cool that it was accepted for display at the Grand National Roadster Show in Oakland. I still have the trophy it won.
    I wish I had a digital picture I could post.
     
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  7. Blown 89

    Blown 89 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I picked up a racing kart (OTK Racer)and a 4 stroke world formula racing engine for $900. 75 mph, 3g's and still wins races. It's not something you can bomb around offroad with but still a cheap option for the less motivated.

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  8. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Your son looks like he's having a ton of fun with that go-kart. How much land do you have for him to ride on?
     
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    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Take a photo of the paper print. I do that all the time.
     
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  10. merc lover

    merc lover Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Haven’t had a kart since I was a kid, it was fun as hell.
    I have a couple mini bikes now.
    1 of them has junior dragster setup on it, and runs on methanol. It’s quick
     
  11. 97WHITEVENOM

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    I only have 1 acre where we live, but it is enough, he has a nice little route thru our backyard. In the video he was up at my inlaws place in PA, they have a bunch of property.
    The go kart has a completely stock predator engine, but it has a torque converter with a huge rear sprocket on it, so it has alot of torque.
     
  12. merc lover

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    World Formula engines are badass!
    Here’s one on MR12 oxygenated race gas and nitrous on a mini bike frame

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    It is a 15hp shot from dynotune
    When tuning this, we were changing jets and the bike kept getting faster and faster. And then the owner wanted to go bigger. I said I think we’re fine maybe go up on fuel but not nitrous jet.
    Next run he blew the jug right off the crankcase lmao
    Wish I had it on video so epic
    Engine was rebuilt with new block but is now having issues shearing flywheel keys.
     
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  13. Double"O"

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    Now were are talkin!!!

    I want one of thos soooo bad
     
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    Blown 89 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Blown 89 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    That's bad ass! We need videos of that thing running.

    Yeah, I love the WF. Unlike the L206 everyone is switching to it's a great all-rounder. It's good at larger sprint tracks and is a hell of a lot of fun on smaller/tighter road courses. Pack drafting in them is so much fun.
     
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