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No one wants to zip around the go-kart track holding onto something that just doesn’t feel right. The right go-kart steering wheel can make the difference between victory and defeat. Depending on the mounting pattern, grip, and steering column length you may have a preference towards a different type of steering wheel.
Some offer more grip and some offer less. Mostly, they’re simple designs but the price can vary for what you get. Go-karting is becoming an increasingly popular sport with tracks all across the USA, and if you want to embark on building your own we’ve picked our choices for you.
In this review we offer the 4 Best Go Kart Steering Wheels:
Maxpower 5890 10-Inch Steering Wheel for Go-Karts
Simplistic and reliable the Maxpower 10-inch steering wheel for go karts is a highly respected no-frills option for builders. It has a 3 mounting hole design with a 1/2 inch center hole. The mounting holes are a 1/4″ in diameter. If you want something wider, they also offer a 12-Inch version.
It’s only two pounds, so it’s not going to weigh you down but it does appear to be stamped metal. If you’re planning to beat the hell out of this or use it for racing, you might want to opt for something thicker. For the money though, this is an enticing buy and a great value. Most customers are ecstatic about its quality. The grip is rubber.
It’s not a flat design and the depth is 1 1/2 inches in total. This is used in applications outside of go-karts with people even attaching it to their hot rods. The 10-inch version is a perfect replacement for any kids racing car or go-kart.
Flypig Butterfly H Style Steering Wheel
If you’re a fan of something a little different, you can opt for an H style steering wheel. The Flypig has 4 mounting holes and a solid metal construction. If your kid has shorter arms or really wants to lock in their grip for tight corners, this is a nice addition to your build.
It’ll add that extra leverage they need to make a tighter turn. This comes in at two pounds. The outside handles are plastic, so this will have a harder feel than other alternatives. Did we mention how freaking cool this looks? Besides being good at giving you extra leverage, it’s a different design and aesthetically pleasing. Steering wheels can be boring sometimes – doing something a little different is neat.
It is possible to add throttles to this if you wish to undertake that kind of a task! Diygokart forum could be a valuable resource, and the picture above was from a thread by user justinlogue5_0. You can read it here
AlveyTech Go-Kart Steering Wheel with Cap
The Alvey Go-Kart steering wheel is made with Kandi, Hammerhead, Roketa, and Taotao Go-Karts in mind. This is a 3 bolt mounting pattern and isn’t just limited to the brands above as this could fit home builds and buggies as well. This can be considered a “universal” steering wheel.
It’s a solid metal design with a rubber coating. As a means of protection and aesthetics, it comes with a cap. The mounting holes are 1/4″ in diameter. When we said universal we meant it, this is the plain Jane of go-kart wheels.
AlveyTech’s steering wheel is an affordable unit with a great value. It might not look as good as some other options we’ve gone over(in our opinion) but it’s going to do the job.
Ultramax Karting Ultimate 14" Steering Wheel
A 14″ performance steering wheel perfect for go-kart diyers. This comes with a mounting bracket for your tach weld. The mounting holes are our favorite touch, six in total but the design is spaced. The 1/4″ holes will be able to bolt to nearly every go-kart.
A wider steering wheel diameter gives you more leverage for a hard turn at higher speeds. A great design for racing. Ultramax specializes in go-karts and has made a solid product, although considerably more expensive than the other options we’ve listed here.
If it wasn’t for the price, this would be one of our favorite options. But, there’s no getting over it – if you’ve got money to spend then go with this. The mounting brackets make it easy to transfer over to other cart setups in the future.
Here’s a neat guide for the assembly of a Go Kart Steering Kit
We hope you’ve found a steering wheel that was a great fit for your needs in this guide. If you have a favorite or one you’d like to mention, let me know in the comments and I’ll take a look. Pictures of go-karts are always welcome too!
Good luck at the races and be safe 🙂
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