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DT360 GoKart questions?

21 Nov 2019 21:07
sparkyz92
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DT360 GoKart questions? #1
Just bought a gokart that has a 74 DT360 motor and gearbox as the powertrain, Personally I wouldnt have chopped up a beautiful bike for this kind of project. However since the deed is done and I don't want to just let it sit, I should understand the motor. My first question Where does the clutch cable connect to the engine block? I ask because thier is only a brake pedal and gas pedal can't find anything resembling a clutch lever. I got a wire harness coming out of the block, a tach wire, spark plug wire going to the ignition coil from plug, throttle cable, and the shifter. Second question What are the bare minimum requirements for getting this engine to stay running, Previous owner said it starts only to putter and stall he thought it was a wiring issue. It has compression, I just acquired it, will post pictures once its unloaded. Combination of excitement and eagerness has me posting this without enough information to answer fully, But maybe some tips or things I should do before trying to crank the motor? Putting the two pictures from the listing.
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21 Nov 2019 21:20
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DT360 GoKart questions? #2
Look under the engine for the clutch actuator lever.

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22 Nov 2019 00:32
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DT360 GoKart questions? #3
MarkT is spot on regarding location of the clutch mechanism.

The DT360A used what turned out to be a not terribly reliable CDI system for its spark. Some owners used the DT250A points plate and flywheel to convert to points. A battery is not needed for a spark.

Interesting looking machine you've bought there!

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22 Nov 2019 06:09
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DT360 GoKart questions? #4
I'm looking forward to the video of you driving it when you get it running.

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22 Nov 2019 07:01
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DT360 GoKart questions? #5
Wow, that's a very interesting looking go-cart. Looks like a lot of fun. I'm also looking forward to a video.:likey

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22 Nov 2019 07:58
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DT360 GoKart questions? #6
There's a lot of effort in that kart. My cousins put a 125 vespa shifter in an old moss cart back in the early '70s. We loved to visit them! I remember running that up through maybe 3rd gear on gravel before having to shut it down. This one looks much safer. Yes, keep updating please.

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22 Nov 2019 12:01 22 Nov 2019 12:02 by RT325.
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Wow someone's put a lot of thought into that. Please bung a good air filter on before it sucks dust in if ya heading on a gravel road or dry dirt paddock. Awaiting a video sometime--looking forward to one actually.

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22 Nov 2019 17:31 22 Nov 2019 17:41 by bluntz465.
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DT360 GoKart questions? #8
It looks like a deathtrap to me with the fuel tank mounted over the exhaust pipe.But now that I think about it.. isn't every bike?
Still I would try to keep the sloshing to a minimum with no suspension on the cart it is likely much more violent off roads.
A 30 HP cart could be quite interesting indeed!

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30 Nov 2019 16:40
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DT360 GoKart questions? #9
Been raining hard up here and haven't really been able to do much. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.
Got it fired up, tank was gross, petcock clogged, carbs nasty as all hell. Got it all cleaned up, got it to crank over and run for a bit, had to turn it off by pulling spark plug wire. Little bit of work after the rains and I'll have a good video posted to my youtube channel Gamecrazednerds. Will post some more follow ups soon, so sorry for the delay hope no one was blue balling for news on this project.


Got an air filter on it so no one worry!
Wish I could get the yellow paint off the gas tank, saw the beautiful OEM metallic green under the petcock.


I need to get a better way to shift, using a jack bar, the clutch is wired too the trigger from a doner weedwhacker just need to adjust it a bit.
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30 Nov 2019 16:59
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Very cool! Thanks for the update! :OnFire

P.S. if it still has the CDI pulling the plug wire while running can result in super-high voltages building up internally that zap the electronics.... be careful of that. Kill switch isn't hard to wire up on any of the magneto (either points or CDI) bikes... one wire...

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