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  • #55705

    John Malabanan
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    Hey all, I just became interested in doing Karting. I am really new to all this so I have a lot of questions. I am 14 years old and I know a track near me. I already have a helmet and gloves because I always do indoor Karting. I want to build my own Kart and race around a track against other people. How much do I need to spend and what parts do I need to build a Kart? Also what Kart should I ride for my age?

    #55707

    Sebastian Bacon
    Participant

    John,

    Welcome to kart racing! This is a great sport. Where are you located? The parts you need could vary by location.

    Thanks

    #55708

    John Malabanan
    Participant

    John, Welcome to kart racing! This is a great sport. Where are you located? The parts you need could vary by location. Thanks

    I live in Phoenix. I will be planning to go to the Phoenix Kart Racing Association. https://www.pkra.com/

    #55722

    TJ Koyen
    Participant

    Hi John,

    Welcome.

    Your best bet to get started in karting is to get in touch with a local kart shop and have them assist you. Karting is split up into classes by age/weight/engine. A shop can point you in the correct direction in terms of what classes and kart brands are popular in your area. This is important because you don’t want to end up with a kart brand that isn’t supported in your area so you can’t get parts, and you don’t want to buy an engine package that doesn’t have a class to race in near you.

    Most people don’t “build” their karts from the ground up. It’s much cheaper, easier, and quicker to buy a used setup that’s built up and proven. Shops usually have used gear for sale or can point you in the direction of something in your budget.

    At your age, you would fall into the Junior classes (12-15 year olds). It’s a matter of figuring out what is the popular junior class in your area.

    Hopefully someone from the Phoenix area can chime in with some more specific information.

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    #55741

    Richard Gordon
    Participant

    Look this guy up

    http://ekartingnews.com/2015/10/20/ekn-industry-insider-innovative-kartings-curtis-ruth/

    In Phoenix area.  Think you would be in LO206 or World Formula.  Those engines are easy to maintain and fairly inexpensive.  There are also 2 cycle classes in your area.  Good luck and have fun!

    #55745

    Mark Traylor
    Participant

    John,

    PKRA is a great track.  We race there with my son in LO206 cadet.  You are of a junior age and we have a great group of jumiors running in World Formula Junior,  The class is growing and competitive.  This weekend there is a great 2 day racing event called the Briggs and Stratton 4 Cycle Super Showdown.   You should definately come out and see what it is all about.  Curtis Ruth at Innovative Karting is a great supporter of the local grass roots karting effort and will do a great job of directing you to the equipment you need new or used.  As TJ said it is the best thing to buy a used kart and take advantage of the development that the larger karting companies have put into development, as simple as a kart seems there is a lot that goes into them from an engineering perspective and purchasing parts such as brakes, bearings, axle an bearing hangars would likely exceed the cost of a decent used chassis.   The LO206 is a great package and we have a cadet class that is on fire with that engine, there is also a growing adult LO206 class as well but the juniors are all running the World Formula engine.

     

    Mark

    #55756

    John Malabanan
    Participant

    Hi John, Welcome. Your best bet to get started in karting is to get in touch with a local kart shop and have them assist you. Karting is split up into classes by age/weight/engine. A shop can point you in the correct direction in terms of what classes and kart brands are popular in your area. This is important because you don’t want to end up with a kart brand that isn’t supported in your area so you can’t get parts, and you don’t want to buy an engine package that doesn’t have a class to race in near you. Most people don’t “build” their karts from the ground up. It’s much cheaper, easier, and quicker to buy a used setup that’s built up and proven. Shops usually have used gear for sale or can point you in the direction of something in your budget. At your age, you would fall into the Junior classes (12-15 year olds). It’s a matter of figuring out what is the popular junior class in your area. Hopefully someone from the Phoenix area can chime in with some more specific information.

    Thanks for the reply! 🙂

    #55872

    Curtis Ruth
    Participant

    First off, take a read on this:

    http://www.innovativekarting.com/howtogetintokarting.htm

    We have a race on the 8th of November at PKRA. We have alot of options for beginners to get into the sport. From Used to new and all types. We can show you the ins and outs and get you behind the wheel.

    Options like the kart below start out brand new at $3999.00

     

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