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Old 08-23-2007, 08:40 AM
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Hey everyone I have come up with some new plans for my next homemade project:

My main goal is to make a lightweight car that will be set up much like a go kart. In other words, it will be VERY close to the ground, have a solid rear axle, no clutch and no suspension whatsoever. From past experiences, I believe that this combination, teamed up with the right gearing ratio, weight distribution and power band, I should end up with a car that is capable of drifting.

I already have most of the parts: hardened steel gears and sprockets, bearings / mounts, wheels (of a 1:10 on road touring car), servos etc. The engine I am planning to use is a 26cc stihl brushcutter engine which I will be porting and making a custom pipe for.

Now, here are my questions:

Should the engine be tuned for low down power or high revving power?
Should I make the chassis from tube or plate?
Should I gear it for low top speed but awsome acceleration?
And finally, what do you think would be the average idle speed for these size engines?

BTW, I will upload pictures of the parts I intend on using very soon.

THANKS, Sam.
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:44 PM
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i would think it should be a high revving motor and the plate would be your best bet,but the tube would look a heck of a lot cooler.and you could do more with the tube.
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:47 PM
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Sup Sam123

Im in the process of making a 1/5 scale drifter too. body will finally be 1metre long.
No suspension, chain driven, eventually 4 wheel drive. Havent really thought about gear ratio's etc.
See what happens Will just give it nuts! Using the 23cc from my traveller.
Going to make it with no suspension at 1st just to test it doesnt handle too rough. (if sweet, then ill keep it that way)
Tyres ill be using are from a lawnmower, low grip, solid rubber.
Chassis will be made of 12mm PVC/Polypropylene plastic. errr... Plastic chopping board material. Easy to work with,
for people who dont weld much. Its a bit bendy, will have to brace it heaps.
We shall see.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:02 AM
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Sounds good, although I would definately reccomend you use plate for your chassis instead of plastic. Plate is easy to work with, cheap, lightweight and strong.

As for my car, I have decided to use 3.5mm aluminium plate instead of tube. The ratio I will be using is 3.28:1, with a top speed of 37km h @10 000rpm with 6.5cm diam. wheels.
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PVC cracks too easily...
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