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M187 06-30-2010 09:02 AM

Need Help with Kart!!!!!!
Hello i know alot of you out there are gonna think i am stupid but anyways here we go... My 4 yr old is wanting to start Racing Oval Karts (dirt). I am needing help on building one.. Specs and so on i know we are gonna start out with a small motor such as a 50cc. Would is be easier for me to just buy the Body and such and sr\art there or could i build one? I just need all in all help.. please dont disrespect me i know i dont know anything about it and that is why i am seeking help.. if anyone knows any good sites on building and buying.. please let me know.. thank you Morgan (mother)

DirkaDirka 06-30-2010 09:12 AM

Well first of all welcome to the forum here on RJ.

I really dont know anything about karts but I am sure there has to be someone on here that does.

Have you tried to do a search on it at all??

M187 06-30-2010 10:19 AM

Hey.. thank you by the way.. and yeah i have searched for sites, but all i find are like parts and stuff but i dont really know what i need. And i thoought maybe someone that knew more about it would have a better site for me. crossing my fingers! lol

TheRabbit 06-30-2010 11:00 AM

Welcome to the site. Sorry, but I'm worthless (again) on this topic.
If I were starting and knew very little about carts I would go to some races and find a good running cart that's for sale. Personally I would make an offer to the guy (or girl) that wins most of the time. That way you're probably getting a well built and dependable cart. jmo.

Scooterz 06-30-2010 12:00 PM

Hi Morgan,

Not a dumb question at all. I applaud you for looking into this for you kid. Unfortunately, I am not the best on this either. Here is what I do know: I have seen a some karts utilize a basic engine (by Briggs & Stratton) around 5HP to 6.5HP (similar to a lawn mower engine) here in Oregon on our local circle tracks that clocked about 55mph almost in stock form. I have seen these kids race them & they are not allowed to alter the engines internally. So, the class/engine is 206 displacement, stock motor, on a chassis which is a small cart class called "Jr 1" for 5-7 year olds. Jr2 is 7- 10 I think. Look up a cart called "Animal" (I think Briggs & Stratton makes it). Do a search on Briggs & Stratton race carts or something like that & you should be able to see an idea of what they are, cost, etc...

andamo 06-30-2010 03:31 PM

You should maybe use the rest of this season as information gathering time. See if you can find a track in your area and go into the pits and start asking questions. Try and do this when the pace is slow and the drivers and crew people have time. You'll find that racers in any venue will be willing to help as much as they can. Research will pay off in the end. And take pictures too.
Just as a sidebar, building your own chassis could prove to be very daunting so a used chassis might be your best approach. Do searches on the INTERNET and I'm sure you'll find a wealth of information.
Good luck.

fla1976 06-30-2010 03:44 PM

Here is a site to begin your search.

dpassmore 07-03-2010 06:57 PM is where you'll find everything you need. Info classifieds whatever. Don't spend much. Buy a used complete kart, and see how he does. He'll need a fullsize kart with small seat and pedal extenders or a kids kart. Go to the local kart track and see what's being ran there. A kid kart has a 50cc comer engine. Make sure your local track has a class for it first. If they run rookie purple plate classes and don't have a kid kart class you can't mix them! My user name is Dpassmore on PM me there with questions.
David Jr. was 9 when he started,he's 14 now and racing dirt late models and was racing mini stock hondas and Acuras at 12. Karting is the best thing. They get alot of seat time.

dpassmore 07-03-2010 07:05 PM

Originally Posted by fla1976
Here is a site to begin your search.

No offense but that site is a joke.LOL

You can find a complete kart on then see if he likes it and then start stepping up. We started with a $1000 kart. I've seen people spend 5-6k only to find their kid didn't like it or got scared or didn't stick with it. It is scary watching your kid out there. Make sure he knows the flags,caution lights and general race practices.
Here's the scary side.
Don't show him or the wife that one.LOL

Show them this one.

dpassmore 07-03-2010 07:31 PM

Here's a kid kart. It won't do you any good though if your local track don't have the kid kart class. Make sure he has plenty of practice at a closed track or parking lot before you send him out there.

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