Up and down the country, you can find
However, this means that you cannot use your traditional mower to win. A racing
In this guide, we’ll show you some of the basic steps on how to build a racing lawn mower.
How To Build A Racing Lawn Mower
Before you start your racing
A racing lawn mower can go up to 50MPH and more. This means that you need to keep safety in mind at all times during your build.
Plus, make sure to wear safety gear, such as boots, gloves, long pants and a motorbike helmet.
The below tutorial uses ARMA (American Racing Mower Association) rules and regulations which ensure that you build a safe racing
Step 1: Choose A Basic
Lawnmower And Strip It
First, you will need to choose a
Once you have your mower, you need to strip it down to the frame. Remove everything that’s not under the hood, including the steering wheel, transmission and stock wheels.
Step 2: Configure Your Racing
Now that you stripped your
This is easier said than done. Building a racing
You might find the majority of these parts online and with go-cart suppliers. Also have a look for merchants who sell motorbike and golf cart components.
Step 3: Reinforce The Frame
Keep in mind that the lower your frame, the better you will be able to handle your racing
Step 4: Install The Steering System
The steering system is the most important part of your
While you can keep the standard gear-driven steering setup of your original
In order to get a good speed and don’t put too much pressure on the mower frame, you will need to install a direct steering system.
This creates a direct connection between the front wheels and the steering wheel.
Step 5: Install The Transmission
Next, you will need to install the RAGB transmission, including the RAGB shaft, bracket and other transmission components.
Step 6: Install The Brake System
The brakes are another essential component of your racing lawn mower that needs to work perfectly to stay safe on your new ride.
You can choose between a hydraulic brake system or a mechanical brake system. This is where go-cart brake kits come in handy.
You can simply use the go cart brake kit, including brake line, caliper, rotor hub, rotor and master cylinder.
Step 7: Installing The Electrical System And Floor Plates
Now you will need to install the mower deck. This gives you a good footrest with a solid grip.
Then, you will need to install the battery that goes underneath the seat. Next, you can install the floor plates. We recommend using thick diamond plates.
Then, you are ready to install the electrical panel, including a starter button, tether switch and starter solenoid, so you can control all the electrical components of your new racing
Step 8: Install Seat, Puke Tank And Engine Mount
Also known as the puke tank in the racing world, you will need to install this oil-overspill tank to ensure you catch any oils coming from the crank case.
You can make a puke tank from plastic pipe and PVC which is sturdy enough to withstand the race forces.
Then, simply install a mounting bracket for your engine and a padded seat.
Step 9: Modify And Install The Engine
This is where some good knowledge of cars or motorbikes comes in handy. You will need to do some engine modifications, so your engine fits into the frame and it goes at a proper speed.
Step 10: Paint Your Lawn Mower
Now that your build is done, you can concentrate on some of the fun parts of making your own racing lawn mower, such as painting.
However, before you start painting your racing
It’s a good idea to sand down the surface with sandpaper, so the paint sticks better. Then, apply a layer of oxide primer. Allow it to dry and then start painting.
While you can paint your racing
Step 11: Finish Your Racing
Once the paint has dried, you can install the battery, bleed the brakes and fill the engine with oil. Then your new racing
Top Tips When Building A Racing
One of the most important things to keep in mind when building a lawn mower for racing is that you need some solid car or motorbike mechanical experience and skills.
This doesn’t just ensure that your
Check and double-check all the nuts and bolts to make sure that they are fully secured, as they can come loose easily with the vibration on the track.
Once you have all the parts for your new mower, a racing lawn mower build is surprisingly quick.
However, you will need solid experience with building cars, motorbikes or other vehicles to create a safe racing lawn mower.