ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What You Need to Build a Go-Kart

Updated on July 8, 2015
DIY Go-Kart
DIY Go-Kart | Source

Go-Kart Parts List

To build a go-kart, you will need the following:

Drive axle: You have a few options here.

  • Live axle: A live axle is one where the wheels are mounted directly to the axle and the axle spins.
  • Dead axle: A dead axle is where the wheels spin freely, but the axle itself doesn't move.
  • Differential axle: A differential axle is where both wheels spin just like a car.
  • Live axle hub.

Brakes: You also have a few options here.

  • Band brake
  • Drum brake
  • Scrub brake
  • Disc brake (the best choice)


  • Spindles
  • Tie Rod
  • Pitman arm
  • Steering wheel

Clutch: You have two options.

  • V-belt clutch
  • Chain clutch/heavy duty clutch
  • Comet torque converter (increases the speed and power of the kart and engine) (optional)

Sprockets: You have options here, and this is one of the harder things to choose because you need on that fits with the chain.

  • Axle sprocket (that's welded on)
  • Tire sprocket

Chain: There are three sizes of chain.

  • Size 35 chain (the weakest but most common)
  • Size 40 chain
  • Size 41 chain
  • Size 420 chain (the strongest and most rare)
  • Belt (depending on clutch)

Tires and Rims:

  • Standard go-kart tires or street tires
  • Rims
  • Bearings (pro bearings are a lot faster)
  • Single flange hub

Frame: Draw a picture or print the one I have included here and bring it to a welder. If you draw your own, make sure to include sizes and measurements.

Engine: As big as you want it. Modify your frame if you have a big engine because the weight might make it tip backwards. Make sure it's horizontal and not vertical.

Go-Kart Frame Style Options

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Go-Kart Frame: Style #1 Go-Kart Frame: Style #2
Go-Kart Frame: Style #1
Go-Kart Frame: Style #1
Go-Kart Frame: Style #2
Go-Kart Frame: Style #2

Where to Buy Go-Kart Parts Online?

Check your local lawnmower supply place to see if they have what you need. If you don't find what you want at your local stores, here are some of the best places to buy go-kart parts online:


Alright, good luck, and peace!

How to Build a Go-Kart (Part 1)

Go-Kart Made of Recycled Parts


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      13 months ago

      Yeah thank you for the help kind gentleman I made my own Like a week ago so much fun but what helped me the most wash red tube I showed my wife she looked it too

    • profile image


      16 months ago


    • profile image

      sandro Cali 

      3 years ago

      Show pic of what your talking about

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      nice. really helped. please make sure it makes sense afterwards plz

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      What is a break? Did you mean Brake?

    • lilbrettbrett profile image


      3 years ago from Clinton, South Carolina

      Hey please answer this can u tell me what i need for my go kart i have the frame and tires wheeels ect i need to know what else besides the motor and clutch as i need. Thanks

    • profile image


      4 years ago is now

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Amazing list dude thanks I'm opening up a fabrication shop and I'm going to be building a lot of go karts among other things to never built one yet but look forward to it

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      thanks for helping me build a go kart


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)