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  • #71841

    Mike Peters
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    Rumor has it a new batch of Horstman axle clutches are being made by Horstman

    #71907

    lynn haddock
    Participant

    Absolutely TRUE — not a rumor !!  About two month’s ago I called my old friend Gary Gebhart at Horstman and got him a little stirred up on the idea of building a totally new axle clutch. The initial reception to the idea was a little chilly but after a couple more phone calls, I finally got his ear and now it is well on the way to becoming a reality. My main selling point was to develop a clutch that could serve all of the market needs, from the laydown road race kart with a 1.25″ axle all the way to a sit-up sprinter fitted with a 50mm axle. This of course required an entirely new design because of the much larger axle. Two prototypes are under-way and Daytona is the target to have these on display as well as on the track for the initial testing. The clutch will be an all new 3 disc design with levers designed to accept a wide range of weight combinations. The plan is to cover gear ratio’s in the range of 3.80 up thru about 6.5 to 1. At this time I am not sure of an estimated delivery date for the first production run but I do know there is already a waiting list underway.

     

    #71912

    Mike Peters
    Participant

    Thanks Lynn.

    I spoke with Scott & Gary yesterday & they confirmed everything you said here. Scott & I raced  GPX200 karts with the SCK crowd 30 years ago.  Ran my first kart race in a very long time at the WKA Grand Nationals at Atlanta Motorsports Park. Strapped an IAME X30 to a CKI laydown Chassis & what a ride that was. I had just finished breaking the motor in & was getting used to the handling of the package when the clutch let go. Millions of love bugs & mosquitos lost there lives in the column of smoke behind me. The yellow jackets where unimpressed.

     

    On a side note: It would be nice if they could increase the gear ratio range down to say 3.2 for the Daytona crowd. The X30 runs around 3.4 & the B Stock crowd are down in the 3.2 range.

     

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by  Mike Peters.
    #71938

    Greg Wright
    Participant

    Great news. Now if we could get Tom Fehring to jump in as well.

    Greg Wright
    Rapid Racing Inc.

    "When in doubt Gas it, It won't help but it ends the suspense."

    #71946

    Mike Peters
    Participant

    The last time I spoke to Tom he wasn’t interested unless someone or a group placed an order for at least 100 clutches.

    #71977

    Greg Wright
    Participant

    I thought he told me 50 clutches but either way it’s pretty much the same thing.

    The Horstman news surprised me in a good way.

    Greg Wright
    Rapid Racing Inc.

    "When in doubt Gas it, It won't help but it ends the suspense."

    #72007

    Linda Baldus
    Participant

    Why can’t we just support the company that is willing to do it instead of worrying about giving them extra competition? Horstman had a great product before and the only thing SMC did was make it so neither could profit from the enterprise!

    Keep on kartin'. llb
    Raymore, MO
    lindabaldus@hotmail.com

    #72146

    Ric mcDade
    Participant

    Linda- I see both sides of the fence, both of you friends, but I will say up front, I’ll spend my money with the guys who have continued to keep parts available, even though without my friction disk/floater sales, I might become homeless. 🙂

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