Our son got a hoverboard for Christmas last year and picked it up right away. Unfortunately, our daughter never felt quite comfortable on it. After coming across the Hoverboard Go-Kart attachment, I started brainstorming on how to make our own hoverkart attachment and after a couple tries we finally came up with a design that can be made pretty easily from 1/2″ steel pipe. This project costs about the same as the off the shelf HoverKart so I wouldn’t say that you save any money, but it was a blast to build with my son and he loves telling his friends that we made it ourselves!
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Full Project Video
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- 3/4″ Plywood (2ft x 2ft)
- Kneeling Pad (optional)
- Tool Box liner (optional)
- 1/2″ x 30″ Steel Pipe
- Optional to use two 12″ or 18″ pipe nipples instead
- 1/2″ x 24″ Steel Pipe
- 1/2″ x 12″ Steel Pipe Nipple
- Optional to use two 6″ pipe nipples instead
- Qty 2 – 1/2″ x 6″ Steel Pipe Nipple
- Qty 4 – 1/2″ x 3″ Steel Pipe Nipple
- Qty 2 – 1/2″ x Close Steel Pipe Nipple
- Qty 2 – 1/2″ Steel Pipe Street 45
- Qty 6 – 1/2″ Steel Pipe Tee
- 3″ Swivel Caster (no lock)
- 3/4″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/4″ Wood Screws
- May need fender washers if caster holes are too big
- DAP RapidFuse
- Hose Clamps
- Size will vary but the 5-7in worked for us
- Qty 4 – Bike Handle Grips (optional)
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How to Build a Hoverboard Go-Kart Attachment
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If you are working with black steel pipe then you should start by wiping away all the oil with lacquer thinner. This make for a cleaner process and, if you choose to, paint will stick better.
The control arms are what will be used to drive and steer the hoverkart. They will be used much like the controls on a zero turn mower.
We used the Dremel Ultra-Saw to cut the pipe where needed. The two halves of the 30 inch pipe then get used for the control arms. This is cheaper but you could also opt for two 12 inch or 18 inch pipe sections to avoid cutting.
The cut ends then got deburred and rounded over with the Dremel 4300 rotary tool with grinding wheel to soften the edges.
While I was cutting Brayden started assembling the control arms. We initially did the bottom a little different but realized it wasn’t necessary and just added to the cost.
I then followed up with a little glue on each joint and a pipe wrench to assure they stayed secure.
The main body was pretty straight forward. We cut and deburred a 12″ pipe for the two 6 inch foot rests. These could also be two 6 inch nipples if cutting is not for you.
We swapped out the blade on our Dremel Ultra-Saw to cut a piece of wood down to 11″ x 10″. We had a 1×12 but a piece of plywood would work even better.
Then we secured it to the main body with 3/4″ wood screws.
We then used a scrap block of 2×4 about 4″ long to mount to the front of the body and then mount the caster to, all with 1-1/4″ wood screws. You could double up two plywood pieces here instead.
The final assembly is pretty straight forward. The control arms threat onto the main body until they just start to tighten, then back it off so that the control arm swings freely.
Finally, use an appropriately sized steel hose clamp to attach the kart to the hoverboard.
And off they went. Madison picked it up surprisingly fast and now they are both ripping around the garage and driveway.
The only thing about this attachment is that the hoverboard constantly thinks someone is on it. That means that if you just stand up and leave it, the handles will tilt forward and the hoverkart will starting moving on its own. I’m not sure if this is the same for all hoverkarts but nonetheless, the kids figured it out and now always turn it off before getting off the hoverkart.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!