Azusa Engineering Go-Kart Kit
very easy to do, but a bit over priced
I received this kit from my father 5 years ago for christmas. We put it together in just a couple hours, it was a very easy assembly and almost everything fit good. The frame is really meant for a kid, not a teenager, so i extended the frame by 1', which was a huge improvement. The cheap parts of the frame would be the tie rods, which are bending on me a lot, and the engine mount, which is fairly weak and the welds actually cracked on me, if you have a welder i suggest reinforcing the mounts with some angle iron. The last thing i have had major problems with is chain adjustment, the motor mount is slotted, but not enough. For the longest time i could never get the right chain tension, so i finally extended the slots by about 2", which helped quite a bit.
Overall, i would not recommend this to a friend because of the price, for the cost of just this rolling chassis, i could build a much bigger and better kart, and still have money left over to put into a sled or motorcycle engine.
July 25, 2009
My son and I needed a project we could do together. He wanted something to satisfy his urge for excitement, and I wanted something that would teach him about hard work, tools and safety, and self esteem from achieving something on his own. Could NOT have asked for a better project!! This kit is very well constructed, has everything it says it has (everything you need 'cept an engine and clutch), and step by step instructions that even a 13 year-old can follow and complete. The instructions state supervision and quality assurance are the key to success in motorized vehicle kits, and while I certainly wouldn't let him do this without me, he certainly could complete it himself with minimal support. A great experience for both of us, and a fun ride for him to enjoy and show off. Thanks.
November 18, 2008
This kit was very good. Some parts needed a little tweaking. However, anyone with moderate wrench skills can put it together. My son and I (5 yr old) put this kit together in a weekend. It was fun to let him put the bolts and nuts on the wheels, as well as various other parts. I mounted a 6 HP Subaru motor on it and my son loves it. I later added a differential axle on it to help him make tight turns (see product review). I highly recommend it.
January 21, 2008
Great for the price, however.
This kit is a good way to go for all, however, if you have a 6 hp. w/ torque converter (The comet) you'll have to modify the kart's frame so the chain will fit correctly. Then with this amount of torque it may bend the motor mount plate and brake the welds. If this happens you'll have to double the plate or add L brackets under the plate for more support. In short, my 5 yr. old loves it.
November 23, 2006