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Old     (the_bum)      Join Date: Jul 2008       01-14-2009, 8:33 PM Reply   
So I just went and picked my go cart up from my Grandma's. Going to tear it apart and make a winch, its a 5 horse Briggs and Straten with a torque converter on it already. Do y'all think this will be enough engine to work for a winch?
Old     (lffreak139)      Join Date: Nov 2008       01-14-2009, 8:56 PM Reply   
It all depends on how heavy the rider is...and it'll be harder to start off in deeper water with a smaller engine
Old     (jsuds)      Join Date: Sep 2008       01-14-2009, 8:58 PM Reply   
i think it will work like a champ!!!
Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       01-14-2009, 9:27 PM Reply   
I'm doing the same thing. I'm pretty sure if you use the correct spool/sprocket (bad terminology) combo it will be fine. Deep water starts probably won't be the brightest idea... but I'm confident it will work with a 5hp
Old     (101wake)      Join Date: Jan 2009       01-15-2009, 12:03 PM Reply   
Hope you weigh less than 180 lbs if you wanna do a deep water start.
Old     (lffreak139)      Join Date: Nov 2008       01-15-2009, 12:52 PM Reply   
That's what I'm saying..I know deep water starts aren't to common...but still. And Luker was right about the sprocket. Go to and you should be good. That's where i look stuff up.
Old     (bird_dog)      Join Date: Jul 2008       01-15-2009, 2:03 PM Reply   
the 5 horse may be enough.. the advice i would give is in the spoon diameter. the larger it can be the better. i would suggest no less than 8"
Old     (wakecourage)      Join Date: Aug 2008       01-15-2009, 2:06 PM Reply   
My friends built one with a 5 horse engine. Unless you weigh under 120 pounds deeper water starts are out of the question. We just sat in a couple inches of water and that worked great.


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