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Go-Kart AlleyBy Go-Kart Alley
First created
Go-Kart AlleyBy Go-Kart Alley
First created
$10,907
pledged of $39,500pledged of $39,500 goal
13
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 21 2017 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

About the Go-Kart Alley Kit

Go-Kart Alley is an action adventure book and web series about mechanically minded kids who build their own go-karts. We realize not everyone has these abilities. That’s why we created the Go-Kart Alley Kit. With just simple tools, our ingenuity paves the way for your own action adventures!

The kit comes complete with a jig welded frame, hardware, and an easy-to-start gasoline engine. No need to buy anything else. All of the karts have the following features:

  • CNC bent, 11ga steel tubing, 1in diameter 
  • Jig Welded Steel Frame  
  • Tie rod steering  
  • Live Axle  
  • Disc brake  
  • Tubeless tires  
  • Padded Seat
  • 212cc Easy Start Engine

Two models available

There are two models available. The Y/T (Yard and Track) has a traditionally short wheel base great for tight turns and maneuvers. The XL has an Extended Length frame with increased seating and leg room for those of us who are only kids at heart. Both kits are quality jig welded steel made right here in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Both include all the necessary parts to get you moving!

Options

Like the kids in Go-Kart Alley, you may want to customize your own paintjob. Maybe you have a cache of parts and just need a frame. Then again maybe you just want to ride! We have options for you! You can choose a bare metal frame, Bare Metal Kit or, Powder Coated Kit. The choice is up to you.

How the kit works

The kit arrives in one box and contains the fully welded frame, your wheels and tires plus all the parts and hardware including your engine. It’s a big box but not so heavy. Two grown people of average ability can handle it easily enough. Our shipper will get it to your address but you must get it off the truck and into your workspace. Follow the easy to read instructions, watch our videos and you will be having your own action adventures in no time. With our highly accurate jig welded manufacturing, assembly goes off without a hitch and the end product is a brand new go-kart just like the ones from the catalogues that inspired Go-Kart Alley back in the day!

Time-lapse video of the assembly. In the video below, a father and son assemble the kit with simple tools in a small garage over the course of one afternoon.

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Why the Go-Kart Alley Kit?  

There are other kits out there, but a go-kart should be more than just a frame with wheels and a motor that moves it. It should have style and curves that captivate your imagination. It should move YOU! Our kits will definitely move you!  

Vintage go-karts have a fond place in the hearts of many. Fans of Go-Kart Alley frequently remark that our go-karts are just like the ones they used to have. But acquiring an original vintage kart is getting harder and harder. They are either too hard to find, too expensive or too far gone to restore without a great deal of time, tooling and effort.  

We restored a number of classic vintage go-karts for our web series. Once we began to think about producing our own kits, we took a look at our fleet of over 18 go-karts to get inspired! We went with a design that is the perfect blend between race kart and yard kart. Something that will give you superior handling on the track yet rugged enough to take the abuse you might give it off road.  

Project Schedule  

The kit design is done, several one-off prototypes have been made and the components have been sourced. All we have left to do is build the jig, bend the tubing, weld and powder coat them. Our order fulfillment team is in place and ready to ship you your kit!

Please back us!  

With this Kickstarter, you’re not buying a go-kart kit, you are backing sustainable family entertainment that educates and encourages parents, kids and kids at heart to get out and make your own adventures! With your support we will continue to write more books, make more action adventure videos, build videos and who knows, we might just get our own television show! But we can’t do it without you.  

Our designers, builders and manufacturing staff have put careful thought and ingenuity into making you a quality go-kart kit. Our writers, actors, cast and crew have put hearts and soul into our Go-Kart Alley books and videos. We want to bring you more but we can’t do it without your support. Please place a pledge and be a part of our action adventures.

The not-so-small print:  

Remember, Go-Kart Alley is fiction. Go-karts are real, both real fun and real dangerous. Our stunts are carried out by trained drivers on closed courses under the supervision of professional stunt coordinators. It is vitally important that anyone riding a go-kart wear the proper protective gear. The rider should wear, at a minimum, a full-face DOT-rated motorcycle helmet, gloves and a helmet supporting neck brace. These items and other safety equipment are not supplied with the kits but can be found through many online or retail sellers.  

We aim to provide the best assembly documentation in the industry and will include written instructions and online videos for all of the crucial steps. We will be available to help you through the process, so if you need assistance, please ask. However, this is a kit and the ultimate build quality is up to you.  

We will ask you be careful and sign a reasonable waiver prior to shipment that covers these and a few other topics.

Risks and challenges

Any project has inherent risks and the Go-Kart Alley Vintage Go Kart Kit is no exception. However, we like to think that we can and have minimized these obstacles through a combination of upfront work and experience.
With over 20 years manufacturing experience, we have patterned our production frames after tried and true designs that have stood the test of time and abuse. The quality of our prototypes and their ease of assembly has surpassed even the originals with which we have had extensive experience. We have a long standing relationship with the number one supplier of go-kart parts in the nation to give you the best components with regards to both availability and performance. We have planned the time it takes to source each component and create each kit to maximize the probability that we can deliver in our promised windows.
Our manufacturing experience and purveyance of parts speaks volumes. It says we can make, package and ship a quality kit in the timely manner you expect. It also tells us to expect adversities. We are confident in our abilities to handle any adversities should they come up, and still deliver you quality in a reasonable amount of time.

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    Signify your love of the concept with a donation of $5 or more. To show our gratitude, we will include your name in the instruction manual and provide you first notice to all future product releases.

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    T-Shirt

    Wear the colors. Get a high quality, retro styled Go-Kart Alley T-shirt. We will use the post Kickstarter survey to get your size.

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    Book + T-Shirt

    Read about the adventures of Go-Kart Alley AND wear the colors! Get a copy of the book that started it all signed by the author PLUS our retro styled T-shirt. We will use the post Kickstarter survey to get your size.

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    Producer + Book + T-Shirt

    Become a Producer of a Go-Kart Alley Action Adventure episode! Our end goal is to independently produce sustainable family entertainment, funded by our own fans. Receive producer credits in our next film PLUS, a book signed by the author AND a Go-Kart Alley T-Shirt.

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    U-Weld Kit

    Want to build your kart your way? Get a box of bent tubing and weld it together yourself. We provide the curves and you provide the creativity! One size fits all. Comes with NO instructions and NO directions. Not for the novice go-kart builder.

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    XL Bare Metal Frame

    Get a complete, welded XL go-kart frame that gives you a baseline to build off of. Ready for you to paint and assemble with whatever parts you choose to complete your vision.

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    Bare Metal Kit

    Everything you need to paint and assemble your own go-kart, without welding! Comes with every single piece you need, just paint it and put it together! Kit comes complete with Predator 212 engine with power to spare!

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    Why paint? Just put it together and have fun! Complete go-kart kit with Extended Length powder coated frame, Predator 212 engine and Go-Kart Alley graphics. You pick the color in the post Kickstarter survey.

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    Featured in Episode

    Receive a kit of your choice, build it, then have it featured in an episode of Go-Kart Alley, SIGNED AND AUTHENTICATED by the cast and series creator! F.O.B. Fort Worth, TX

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