We Build Barstool Racers.

 

The idea of a powered barstool is by no means new. Back in 1985 John Norton answered the question that no one had asked. He built the first barstool with an electric starter motor, so he could ride across his shop to retrieve another beer from the fridge. Mike Ferguson was just a kid hangin’ out and watchin’ guys make these stools and race them. The ideas he had for improving them and the fun factor stuck in his head.  Mike finally decided to quit talking about and start building the “best powered barstools in the world”.

In 2002 Big Chicken Barstools was formed with the intention to build functional utility vehicles for the racetrack, and really fun toys. Over the next couple of years they expanded the product line by asking his customers “what else can we do”?  The customers responded and the barstools on this page are examples of the hundreds they have built.  

At Big Chicken Hot Rods, Mike decided to step up the game and in 2016 began building new and improved versions of the already successful, powered barstool products.  The new barstool designs feature improvements based on what they have learned from fifteen plus years of producing barstools and utility vehicles.

Big Chicken builds a variety of powered barstools. They leave the shop running about 25mph and as your skill level increases you can “turn the wick up” to 40 with adjustments to the governor.  At Big Chicken, they have built it all.  Tandem barstools, utility barstool trucks, full race barstools with 90 mph gearing, and even an off road barstool for a southern Arizona ranch. 

The option list is everything from mild to wild. For example, electric start, front disc brakes, leather seat, custom wheels, custom two stage powder coating, color matched to your auto paint, bumpers, aero package, just to name a few. Stay tuned, it’s gonna get bigger and better.
 
Give us a call and let us help you design your custom, one of a kind, show stopping, garage enhancing, talk of the race pits and the neighborhood, barstool or truck.

 

The pictures here are examples of the standard model barstool, where quality of construction and top shelf components are first and foremost. The chassis is Tig welded DOM tubing and features laser cut and CNC machined brackets and tabs.  Each barstool chassis is constructed in house and is designed to handle heavy use and abuse without bending or leaning. Wheelie bars come as standard equipment, along with a custom designed cup holder in the upper steering brace so you don’t have to ask your friend to “hold your drink” while you ride.  The standard drivetrain consists of a Briggs 900 series intel engine with a 3 year factory warranty, Torque-A- Verter clutch system hooked up to a 1.25 chromoly rear axle and race cart hubs and polished aluminum wheels.  Mike is so confident in the craftsmanship and design of his barstools that Big Chicken offers a lifetime warranty on the frame.

Barstool Racer Parts and Accessories

Barstool Trucks.  

Built with an extra 20" in wheelbase, and available with an optional 4"wider track our barstool trucks provide a more stable platform for a barstool utility vehicle.  We have built our trucks with flat beds, utility beds as well as with an aluminum truck box.  Our trucks come standard with a electric start 14.50tq briggs engine and 44 series clutch. With 50% more power and a drive train built for work our trucks are capable of hauling most anything you might want to throw on it or behind it. 

The Twin Chicken and the Barstool HD

Need and extra seat or some extra clearance?  Our HD and twin chicken are constructed with a raised front axle and the rear axle slung underneath the main rails.  We add a little wheelbase and width to both of these units for increased stability while retaining a smaller bar stool friendly footprint.

Twin chickens are available as special order items.  I have given rides to dozens of friends at races, unless your passenger and you are on a synchronized swimming team or have both raced competitively in side hack motorcycles, your autocross times may suffer on the track.

 

Details Matter-

We use sprint kart parts capable of 100mph, quality bearings, quality clutches, and  Briggs and Stratton made in the USA eng ines in our drive train.

Our steering steering shaft rides on replaceable bronze bushings and twists our spline driven street rod steering foot.  Our upper steering mount comes with a built in cup holder and optional remote mount key switch. 

 We use USA sourced DOM steel tubing and tig weld all of our frames on precision jigs. I learned many years ago that a standard chrome barstool is not strong enough when an engine is added, we build our barstools in house out of .095 wall tubing and incorporate double rings to make sure our barstools dont bend! Our ergonomically designed foot rest is gusseted and braced and have been stress tested by 6'-10" 400 pound test pilots..

Every barstool we sell comes with an adjustable height or removable wheelie bar. We offer tow plate attachments, wing trunks, electric start engine packages and performance engine options. If you are looking for utility vehicle for the racetrack, or lake we believe nobody builds a better barstool racer!

Barstool Racer Pricing

Barstool Racer- We start with our guaranteed for life Big Chicken Chassis, Add a made in the USA Briggs 6.5 hp vanguard engine, and mate it to a Torq-a-verter clutch. Power is delivered to an 1.25 chromoly axle, turning aluminum sprint cart hubs.  Rubber meets the road through polished douglas wheels, and grooved Burris racing 11 x 5.5-5 front and 11 x 7.0-5 rear rubber.  Stopping is handled with an Airheart brake caliper, and our own specially sized laser cut wave rotor.  Each barstool is hand assembled, tuned and tested by craftsmen and barstool professionals. 3645

Barstool Racer-Stu Mann edition. Stu Mann was the truck driver and logistics professional on one of my former race teams.  Stu was the guy that loaded the trailer, strapped down all the equipment, got to the races first and started to set up before we got there. We designed this barstool with Stu in mind, it comes with an 9.0 tq electric start engine package, polished aluminum mounts and hubs, and aluminum bars and billet stem. Multi stage and candy colored powder coat includedWe start with our guaranteed for life Big Chicken Chassis, add a made in the USA Briggs electric start engine and mate it to a Torq-a-verter clutch. Our electric start engine kit includes a sealed motorcycle battery, wing trunk and wiring loom. Power is delivered to an 1.25 chromoly axle, turning aluminum sprint cart hubs.  Rubber meets the road through polished douglas wheels, and grooved Burris racing 11 x 5.5-5 front and 11 x 7.0-5 rear rubber.  Stopping is handled with an Airheart brake caliper, and our own specially sized laser cut wave rotor.  Each barstool is hand assembled, tuned and tested by craftsmen and barstool professionals. 5505

Barstool Truck-We add 20'' to the wheelbase for our truck chassis, and still give it a lifetime guarantee. Our trucks come standard with a electric start 14.5 tq made in the USA Briggs engine mated to a 44 series torq-a-verter clutch and jack shaft. We use a wider 1.25 chromoly rear axle on our trucks to widen the track and allow for our optional dual rear wheels. Our trucks use the same billet race cart hubs, and split sprocket carriers as our race stools, same polished douglas wheels and and grooved Burris racing 11 x 5.5-5 front and 11 x 7.0-5 rear rubber. Stopping is handled with an Airheart caliper and Big Chicken wave rotor.  Each unit assembled, tuned, and tested by hand with care. 7895

Barstool Truck-deluxe-We add 20'' to the wheelbase for our truck chassis, and still give it a lifetime guarantee.-Our trucks come standard with a electric start 14.5 tq made in the USA Briggs engine mated to a 44 series torq-a-verter clutch and jack shaft. We use a wider 1.25 chromoly rear axle on our trucks to widen the track and allow for our optional dual rear wheels. Our trucks use the same billet race cart hubs, and split sprocket carriers as our race stools, same polished douglas wheels and and grooved Burris racing 11 x 5.5-5 front and 11 x 7.0-5 rear rubber. Stopping is handled with an Airheart caliper and Big Chicken wave rotor.  Each unit assembled, tuned, and tested by hand with care. 8295

Barstool HD-Designed for environments needing a bit more ground clearance and stability, we widen the track on the HD by 4" and lengthen the wheelbase 4" too.  Same USA birggs engine, and torq-a-verter clutch come standard. However the chromoly axle gets slung under the chassis, and the drop axle get flipped to create more clearance. We use polished douglas wheels, and 11 x 7.0-5 tires on all four corners for the HD. 4045

Tandem barstool racer-Need a barstool racer built for two?  We use our 4"wider front axle spacing, and stretch our chassis to fit another stool.  We add a cuphold for the passenger and use the rear steering supports to tie the chassis together into a rigid predictable to ride barstool for two. Our tandem barstool comes standard with a made in the USA briggs engine and torq-a-verter clutch.  We use a chromoly 1.25 axle, billet sprint cart hubs, polished aluminum douglas wheels and four 11 x 7.0-5 grooved Burris tires. Stopping is handled with an Airheart caliper, and laser cut wave rotor. 4945