Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
5/26/08 5:32 p.m.

Went to Harbor Freight this weekend, picked up one of their 6.5 horse engines on sale, and got my boy's yard kart running again. Not a bad way to spend a holiday weekend. More power than the old 5-horse it had, too.

Total cylinder count now stands at 15 (4+4+5+1+1)

neon4891 Reader
5/26/08 5:34 p.m.

more is good:grin:

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
5/26/08 5:36 p.m.

I still need to sort out the linkage. I suspect it's only opening up to about 3/4 throttle, so the real scaring of the mother may still be yet to come. :grin:

mad_machine SuperDork
5/26/08 6:03 p.m.

does it sound any meatier? I grew up in a small seaside resort community, so I never had a go-cart. They were totally illegal

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
5/26/08 6:54 p.m.

Nah, it actually sounds pretty tame. Probably moreso than a lawnmower, since it's a new muffler and not going full-blast all the time. We were a little worried about the neighbors having a conniption, but so far we've had nothing but smiles and waves.

SVreX SuperDork
5/26/08 6:57 p.m.

I tried counting the other day. Gave up at 127. :omg:

Wowak Dork
5/26/08 7:16 p.m.

My cylinder count is down to 10, and 6 of them are for sale. :(

stuart in mn
stuart in mn Dork
5/26/08 7:48 p.m.

What kind of engine does HF sell? Is it a far east clone of a Briggs and Stratton or something similar?

mtn Dork
5/26/08 7:51 p.m.

lets see 3+4+4+5+8+1+1+1+1+1=29. outboard+saab+bmw+volvo+crown vic+weed whacker+lawn mower+blower+power washer+snow blower

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
5/26/08 7:57 p.m.
stuart in mn wrote: What kind of engine does HF sell? Is it a far east clone of a Briggs and Stratton or something similar?

Yup, pretty sure it's a chinese clone of a B&S, or something like that. They also had some larger ones... 11hp and 15, as i recall.

And the 11 wouldn't fit the kart. I checked.

joey48442 Dork
5/26/08 10:17 p.m.

Ive seen Subaru engines at my local harbor freight.


Jay_W HalfDork
5/27/08 7:48 a.m.

I got one of those cheap cheap chinese imitation honda 13 hp engines to upgrade from the briggs 5horse mill that came with the 300 buck yard kart I bought. It goes juuuust fine, and still works, 3 years later... this is better than I was expecting.

mad_machine SuperDork
5/27/08 8:28 a.m.

I only have 12 cylinders at home.. all my lawn equipment is electric

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
5/27/08 8:30 a.m.

Jay, the 13 would fit your Kart? I'm jealous.

ProDarwin Dork
5/27/08 8:46 a.m.

Do the cylinders have to be in running vehicles to count? I have 16 (4 x 4), but I have more engines...

Jay_W HalfDork
5/27/08 10:21 a.m.

It fit that kart after we FORCED it to. 'Tweren't nothin' some channel and a wirefeed couldn't fix. The spendy part was the snowmobile-style variable final drive. This kart wishes it had suspension... hmm, lemme do a cylinder count. geez, 57...

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