How to Build a Go Kart Frame

You don’t need to be mechanic to build a go kart frame. You just need to have the following equipment ready.

Required Tools and Materials

Harbor freight pipe bender
Filler material
Tube notcher
Chop saw
Angle iron
Measuring device
Method 1: Frame Tubing

Step 1

Sit down. Draw chalk around your legs. Make it as wide as you will be comfortable with when riding. The frame is usually 2/3 as wide as the wheelbase. The wider the wheelbase, the less chance the kart will flip.

Step 2

Saw the metal tubing and check if it looks all right. Use the tubing notcher to do some round to round tubing. This is where your feet will be, so make sure it is precisely set up.

Step 3

Cut the round tubing and weld this on the square. Put the roll bar over and in front of the driver’s head. You will have to use the round tubing for this task.

You can have the frame customized as you like. Set the seating a couple of inches from the ground when you build a go kart frame. This will make it more stable.

Make a Go Kart Frame with Angle Iron

Step 1

Repeat the first step you used in the frame tubing method. Make it as wide as you want.

Step 2

Cut off a side of the iron. Heat it and then bend to the required shape.

Step 3

When you get the shape you want, weld it. Put some filler material to make the frame stronger.

Step 4

Once you have finished shaping the kart frame, you can put some decorations on it. For example, you can use a pipe bender to enhance its appearance.


You can use different cutting tools, but the chop saw is the best. But if you do not have a chop saw you can use a hacksaw or a circle saw.

If you are going to rely on a hacksaw, use a new blade, so the cuts will be smooth. There are many types of welders available. Each of them have different capabilities, so pick the one you are comfortable with.


Use the welder with caution. Make sure you are wearing the appropriate safety gear. Consult an expert if you are unsure of how to use it.

It may seem difficult to build a go kart frame, but with the right tools the process will be quite straightforward. As long as you wear the right gear and use the tools properly, there shouldn’t be any problems.

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