How to Convert a Lawn Mower Engine to a Go Kart

Go karting can be a lot of fun and riding, but it can also be expensive. As an alternative to buying a new one, you can benefit from converting your old mower to a new kart.

 This task is not very challenging as long as you know the proper steps to take and have the proper experience.

Step 1 – Safety first

You will need to consider your safety before starting work on this project. You find an assistant can be of great help should a problem arise. 

You also need to make sure you give yourself plenty of time and don’t rush, especially if you’re a newbie for mechanics. 

Make sure you have enough space to get the job done and that you have some experience for welding. If you don’t, then you should find someone to do this task.

Step 2 – Engine disassembly

The most important part of the go kart will be the engine. You will need to start by draining the gas and oil from the engine. 

Then remove the motor from the mower and place it on a piece of plywood or on the grass.

 Ask your assistant to help you lift it, as these motors can be quite heavy. Be sure to wear your gloves when removing the motor. 

Pay close attention to how the motor is connected, because you will have to connect it to the go kart similarly. Taking a few photos with your cell phone will help provide a reference.

Step 3 – Soldering

Once you have removed the motor, you will need to find the vertical axis. Weld your metal plate on the vertical axis.

Step 4 – Fitting the wheel

It will require a third wheel for your go kart. You will need to place it on the rear axle. 

It will be necessary to position the motor where the metal plate and the third wheel will have constant contact with each other. This is what will get you real go kart.

Step 5 – motor accessory

When connecting the motor to the go kart, you ensure the motor can move easily around the wheel. 

This will help to make a variable transmission for your go kart.

Step 6 – Test

You will need to test the go kart carefully and slowly once you are done putting it all together. 

You should have someone close by in case something goes wrong. Start slowly and accumulate your speed. 

Of course, do not increase speed if the go kart appears to be unstable or has problems with a slow start.

Remember to always wear safety and wear a helmet, even when testing the kart.

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