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Discussion in 'General Automotive Chat' started by emery1990, Dec 23, 2009.

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    [Dec 23, 2009]
    Any one on here built a go kart or have any experience.

    just wandering,

    If you was to buy a 200 cc go kart, could you get a bigger engine that could just a straight swap, say a 390cc? Or how much does it cost to say buy a go kart minus an engine then put an engine in it ?

    Would go on a go kart forum but been looking for a while and haven't found anything.
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    [Dec 23, 2009]
    I could probably ask my mate for you if you don't get any replies here as he does karting, has his own kart etc
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    Caesium My BM is fixed!

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    [Dec 23, 2009]
    seen that before a while ago, same time as the hayabusa smartcar.

    Looks uncontrollable!
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    hi, i guess you saying 200cc and 390cc you are after a Honda 4 stroke engine pro kart?

    You could, if you get a pro kart chassis you can fit any Honda engine to it 160, 200, 390cc.

    Have you thought of a two stoke kart? its a lot faster. i have got a water cooled rotax 125 on a techno chassis. More maintenance than a 4 stroke but quicker and more fun IMO.

    Its a lot cheaper to buy a used kart as one than try to put one together from parts.

    Heres some forums for you. karting.co.uk karting1.co.uk :beerchug:
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    My mate had a rotax max and that thing was rapid. When you hit the power band it was off.
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    thanks for the replys. I was always looking at second hand. never knew 2 stroke was faster always thought 4 stroke was for some reason. Ill look on them forums.
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    Yeah my rotax max has nearly as good power to weight ratio as my (old) chipped S3 running around 265bhp!

    Car ~176.6 bhp/ton

    Kart ~166.6 bhp/ton
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    deffo get a 2 stroker they are the boy min,as for people saying they are more maintenince ,i wldnt really say so ,i race motocross and quad cross with 2 strokers i wld say the 4 strokers are always in the guts of there bike more,
    2 strokes are a piece of cake to work on and are cheap for parts,you pretty much need double the cc to keep up with the 2 stroke if u buy a 4 banger,well it works that way with bikes i race my 250 against 450s its pretty equal then
    all in all the 2 stroke is best bang for ure buck lighter ,faster ,cheaper to run/maintain
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    i only say more maintenance as in the 2 stroke kart engine needs rebuilding anywhere from a few hours to around 50 hours depending on what engine. where as 4 strokes dont AFAIK
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