How to Mount Your Gas Tank on a Go Cart Engine

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  • 2-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 200-500
What You'll Need
A replacement engine (snowmobile or lawn mower engine will do)
Fuel tank
Fuel line
Face mask
Welding helmet
Eye goggles

Go kart engines, as with all engines, are not infallible to damage or disrepair. Go kart engines are the most important parts of the go kart, and your choice of engine depends on the speed in which you want your go kart to move. Replacing these engines is not an expensive venture. Gas tanks are the next best thing but they come with their own disadvantages like having low torque and needing to be cooled with water. They are also expensive and will need intensive maintenance in the long run, though mounting one on a go kart engine is not difficult.

Step 1 – Safety First

This type of project requires a rudimentary knowledge of engines as engine parts need to be fitted in their prospective slots for the go kart to function with minimal incident. Do not embark on anything in the process that you do not understand fully. Also, ensure that there are no flammable objects around the working area.

Step 2 - Removing the Go Kart Engine

This step should be simple enough. If you purchased your go kart, find its manual and follow the instructions, in reverse if need be. Do not forget to replace your seat before you mount the gas tank as this allows your seat to be bolted in at the right angle to operate the kart without strain or incident.

Step 3 - Mounting the Engine

Ensure you have a clutch and sprocket installed on your engine. Line the engine on the motor mounts up with the bottom pieces and use the wrench to tighten this lightly as you will need to put on the chain.Depending on the engine particulars, you may need to weld it in. After installing your sprocket on the axle, put on the chain and ensure that it rides the clutch and axle sprockets. Now adjust the engine until the chain reaches its proper tightness. This depends on how hard you want it to be. There is no way of testing this hardness other than when you are actually riding the go kart.

Step 4 - Finishing the Job

Add the remaining components; the fuel tank, fuel line. Fit in the fuel tank underneath the steering wheel. A knob and chassis should come together with this tank. Use the knob to bolt the tank into place to prevent it from shifting when you drive.

Take the fuel line hose and attach one end to the fuel tank itself and the other end to the fuel intake slot. Ensure to secure this with cable wire to prevent leakage or any other danger involving leaking fuel.