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 Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART

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PostSubject: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:26 pm

What if?????

Well guys I have decided to join a gokart build off on diygokarts.com. Basically I want to take the engine from the front to the rear building a custom clutch and brake. Doing a pully swap on the motor and tranny to hit around 20 mph. Then cut the whole thing in half and weld up a rider cocpit to lower the center of gravity then cut the front solid axle in half and make those into A arms for the front with direct stear. When i am done other then maybe the rear fenders. It will look nothing like a Lawn tractor.

Think I am crazy and skilled enouph to pull it off Well stay tuned to find out cause im taking it to a whole new level!!

Heres a video of the mower I found to cut up



A video explaining everything visually will be out this weakend Just before the cutting torches and grinders get to have fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:37 pm

Sounds good, will follow your build for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:09 pm

Im building a 'go kart' out of my 80's MTD wizard - inital setup is 6" rims, custom spindles and straight rear axle, 4" ride hieght - using a horizontal shaft 6.5HP greyhound motor, go kart clutch and chain to the back - my future upgrade is getting my 20HP onan horizontal shaft going or find another horizontal shaft motor - be a lowered screaming tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:02 pm

I say with the welder in a grinder anything's possible! From what you're describing it sounds like you're going to build a custom lawn mower version of a Honda Odyssey. Should be pretty neat!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:17 pm

Honda Odyssey??

Not sure if thats a good or a bad thing. LOL

I have not yet decided on the peddles yet and weather there should be 3 like on an auto or just go with the normal 2
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:56 pm

@Maine Mud Mower wrote:
Honda Odyssey??

Not sure if thats a good or a bad thing. LOL

I have not yet decided on the peddles yet and weather there should be 3 like on an auto or just go with the normal 2
Backin 88 Honda made a go-kart/ dune buggy.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:32 pm

Interesting To bad they only had a torque converter and not a 5 speed. Maybe thats why they seem to have died off.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:51 am

I just picked up the steal and bolts to make the front a arms and Will be ordering The ciolover shocks and mounts this weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:36 am

When do you plan on starting the build.
Sounds interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:56 am

Start time will be 7:30 pm eastern time tonight cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:29 pm

Sounds like cool plans for that tractor cant wait to see it built
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:26 am

Down to frame time lapse
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:49 am

Front coil overs came in
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:41 pm

Honda discontinued the Odyssey because it had a live axle and people were afraid because it didnt turn very tight or very well at all
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:21 pm

They were still a heck of a lot of fun.

The later ones had a 350 motor and reverse, and I see em occasionally converted to bike engines with shifters,

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:19 am

Sorry for the lack of work on this project guys. My son and i got a 50.00 yardmachine we got up and running and drove it around just to have the stupid thing blow a headgasket and have to put it right back in the garage.

Hopefully will get to work on welding reinforcements and cutting out and moving the engine base plate soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:13 pm

The tire is where the engine will go and the front axle will move forward
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:16 pm

So youre essentially making a RER using a FER frame? I like it!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:24 pm

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So youre essentially making a RER using a FER frame? I like it!

Well that and lowering the center of gravity and adding a role cage to shut the wife up.

The seat is about 5 inches higher then it will be when done.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:53 pm

Engine Plate moved. clutch started need to swap pulley to flat idler. And reinforced chassis before cutting front of tractor

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:13 pm

nice
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:15 pm

very intersting
youll have your work cut out for ya
cant wait to see more.
its gonna be a mind bender of a project good luck
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn tractor made into 18hp 5 peed GOKART   Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:07 am

thats a cool comcept. the one thing i dont like about rear engine mowers is tht fact tht you sit on top of everything which means a higher center of gravity. with your design yoh have almost eliminated tht problem.
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