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  • #30578

    Rod Hawkins
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    Agree 100%!!!! I have a few other hobbies and visit sites on a regular basis to feel my interest and learn more. This sport has by far been the hardest to learn about. And it isn’t even close.

    I understand the lack of magazines on the shelf, but I am really surprised at the lack of tech info, product tests, and DIY stuff.

    Know how hard it is to tune a kart without some pro sitting next to you all day at the track. Just to find baseline info and ask questions regarding, “if my kart does …… Around these types of corners, how do I begin to solve that problem?”.

    Lukily I know a couple people that do give me some advice, but I get tired of bugging them, so I go back to guessing.

    Examples. What should the baseline set up be for me at XYZ track running my Birel R31 with a kpv?

    Or

    Since I hate the OTK brakes so bad, how can I improve the braking power and how could one modify it to put a Birel brake on an OTK (I have seen this done using a custom bracket, but I don’t feel too comfortable asking how to do it, since the person is so busy, but it seems like an easy enough modification people would talk about it.).

    Or

    How to modify the 180mm OTK brakes to the 206mm?

    The list goes on. I google a lot, but this sport, as technical as it is, has very little information.

    Maybe all the experts that set these things up like to keep the secrets to themselves, that’s the only thing I can think of?

    #30162

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Reggie,

    You want to scour the classifieds section. Here is an example of something that you might look for. This is at the low end of the price scale and used for a KPV with a chassis and full set up on the higher end will be $3-4,000. Without knowing the condition of this chassis, it is a pretty good deal. I bought the exact chassis model a year ago with a leopard motor for $2400 (I got ripped off, but didn’t know better). Got interested in F100 and sold the leopard for the same price I got the KPV (used) for.

    http://ekartingnews.com/forums/topic/socal-2005-margay-brava-1-4-hpv-100cc/

    If you are looking to spend $2500-4000 range, contact stu, he gets karts and basically strips them, paints them and gets all parts in great working order and sells them for about 1/2 price of new (but your kart will look new). He will also take you out and teach you how to drive, and tune it to your liking. Think of if kind of like a certified preowned car, since he will back lot of the parts for a little while (opposed to buying a used one and it braking on the first race and you are left fixing it on your own).

    Actually I think my brother has a spare roller (everything but motor) he might be looking to sell, send me a PM if you might be interested in that too. I think with a motor you could do it slightly less than that ad I posted.

    #30161

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    This is a great idea for a night sprint. Too bad the wt classes don’t fit my equip list with my body type. I have a tony and a birel and with my wt using my KPVs I am at 365-370. For me to race this I’d have to lose over 30#. Not many 5’11″ 44 year old dudes that weigh 150 or under. Too bad.

    #30144

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Reggie,

    Come to the next F100 race, walk the pits, introduce yourself, etc. if you get to the pits, just ask for a guy named “Stu”, everyone will know who he is. He is a good resource and will get you familiar. He does race as well, so he might be busy tuning and fixing or racing, but if you get there early enough he can introduce you to several of the racers and we can all answer your questions. It’s a great atmosphere and tons of fun.

    The biggest problem you might have is bring competitive with 3 brothers sitting on each other’s laps while trying to race. Iirc, Stu might have some rental karts available too.

    #30143

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Duplicate post

    #30142

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Depending on condition, sounds like a decent price. Someone buy this and join us for the F100 series!!

    #30141

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Tom,

    It probably depends on what equip you run and what level you are use to racing.

    I love the F100 series. We race every track in the area (grange, calspeed, parris, Adams and willow springs). Best of all the guys are super nice to hang out with and very helpful. There are 3 levels, so if you are experienced, you will race against some of the fastest people around, if you are a beginner, the class still has 12-15 people in it every week.

    Check out f100 karters online.

    Some people will race the F100 series along with other series as well. The F100 series also has a shifter class as well (obviously not the same 100cc motor, but some guys like to run shifters and 100cc on the same day).

    #28698

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    I have seen the same setup as pictured, problem is for me is that a car is to low to the ground so the setup does not work. If you use a truck or SUV why not just put it inside.

    I don’t like having to take off the wheels and the Nerf bars to put it inside also it takes up a lot of storage space so if I need to bring a lot of tools or other equipment.

    #28686

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Ya. I already have a trailer like that, just wanted something quick and easy. Getting the trailer from my sideyard to the street and setting it up can be a little bit of a pain

    I shopped these for a while and just recently gave up and bought a folding Harbor Freight 4×8 trailer. I have a large enclosed trailer/toy hauler for long trips, but for just quick trips to the local track that was mega overkill. I just wanted something small & light that didn’t take up much room for storage to use on short trips – which is why a hitch carrier would’ve been perfect, but pre-made ones were way overpriced IMHO, and I’ve got too many projects to take on building my own right now.

    I had this same HF trailer a few years ago with my formula 500 car (about 600#, 55″ wide, ~9′ long), and it worked great. It only takes up about a 5′ x 2′ area in the shed for storage once folded, and has proven to be easily capable of handling the load for several years of service – all for about $230 out the door if you find the right coupon.

    #28658

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Yep, although that is way more than what the motorcycle carriers cost and other hitch haulers. The kart is under 200 lbs, so it isn’t like it has to be a huge deal

    #28644

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant
    #28261

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Run the Kosmic/otk with Yamaha in F100 series in SoCal. Great racing and not too expensive.

    Do a search for f100 series

    #28259

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    No one prevents you to wear leathers. I sometimes where my dirt bike pants and jersey (very breathable).

    #27485

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    My username is “Rod Hawkins”.  If I try to login using that user name it doesn’t work.  I know the trick now, because I have done it enough times, but the trick is to login using “rod-hawkins” and it will work.  It is very frustrating to figure out at first and I almost gave up, and if I weren’t so OCD, I would have long ago.  Which makes me wonder if that is why the site seems slower than it did before the change?

    #27393

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    We are receiving at least 20 new members a day. To me, that’s growth. It’s taken people time to adjust to the new forum, and like the old forum, many just watch without posting. The forum is to answer questions about the sport. We’ve eliminated all the drama BS that occurred on the old site. Our mission is to provide a place for karters to ask and discuss the sport.

    Rod, for someone who seems to think the site is a ‘ghost town’, you are posting one classified a month. Classifieds continue to be our busiest section of the forums. – AND YOU SOLD YOUR LAST ITEM. I’d say that’s a success, wouldn’t you?

    Regarding the ‘New Post since Last Visit’ – we have been unable to adjust the standard system in place for the forum. It is a something that we have not been able to find an adjustment for. However, there are other options

    New Posts: Last Day

    New Posts: Last Three Days

    New Posts: Last Week

    New Posts: Last Month

    You can find those at the top of the screen where it says EKN Forums with the little logo next to it.

    No. Just any growth isn’t much success to me. I guess it just depends on the goals you establish. It just seems like before I would go to the general discussion area and the front page there would be several new topics and chatter. Now on the front page there are topics that haven’t been replied to in almost 3 weeks. I use to come and be able to spend a lot of time learning and watching people discuss topics, now I can come and look at classifieds, look at general discussion and a few other things and be done in 10 min with all the new posts I want to read.

    The lay out it great, graphics are great, everything seems to work very well, but I think something happens with the quarky way the login works that people just give up trying to join or log in.

    Is the site a “success”? Those are relative terms, but I think it could easily be 3 times more busy.

    #27363

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Yep. This site is ghost town. Really sad. The new format to login or register is just weird and a pain.

    #26991

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    I got the seat placement dialed in by someone that is very familiar with setting them up. He just didn’t have time to set up the front track and I was just looking for a hard copy of the baseline setup so I know where to go when I adjust certain things.

    #26973

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Just as Robert mentioned, start with KPV/HPV100 motors.  The person he is referring you to is Stu Hayner.  He helps run the F100 series.  It is great fun for you to get started and Stu is passionate about helping people learn and get started.  We run at Grange (near victorville) and Adams (riverside) and Apex (Perris).  The guys are all very friendly and willing to help.  You might even want to come out to one of the races before you dive in head first, but I guarantee you will have a blast.  I bought a Leopard as my first kart motor and thought I was gonna race that level, in reality the F100 series is much more suited for what we want to do.  There are different classes, so you will race against guys that are your level and not feel overwhelmed.

     

    here is more info about the next race and series.

    http://ekartingnews.com/forums/topic/formula-100-karting-series-round-2-may-17th-at-apex-in-perris-ca/

    #26926

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Go to kartdavid.com and have them make a crg kit for your body work. Have done this and it turns out great.

    #26854

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Thanks,  found some info online, but it wasn’t easy (this is for an EVXX, which is close and different tires)

    http://www.stablekarting.com.au/news/detail.asp?iNews=8936&iType=100

    Set Up sheet – Kart Model: Tony Racer EVXX

    Condition: Normal Grip Circuits
    Date: 2010
    Tyre : MG Yellow Tyre

    Rear Track: Tony Kart wheels, rim to rim, o/side to o/side; 1385mm (1390mm max.)

    Usually 1385 and leave

    Front Track: Tony Kart wheels,

    Top of inside front rim to centre of kingpin —- 125 mm_135 mm (start at 130 mm)

    Rear Bar: out

    Front bar: in and flat (we also have three types of round torsion bars)

    Rear ride height: STD, i.e. chassis middle

    Caster: add caster if circuit is twisty/tight (can be driver dependant)

    MG tyres normally require additional caster,

    Rear wheel hubs: standard i.e. 85mm

    Rear axle: Tony type N (H is harder, P or E is softer)

    Front crash bar: Usually tight

    Front lower crash bar: tight

    Front ride height: STD i.e. middle of c section

    Seat stays: one per side (for more rear grip add additional stay to brake side)

    Side pods: loose

    Tyre pressure: 10_10.5 psi

    Front Hubs: 80mm long (std on Racer EVXX)

    Toe out: 2mm total

    Wheel Type: Tony Kart magnesium wheels all round

    This set up sheet is for circuit that offer normal grip levels for the duration of the event.

    It is not intended for a Green circuit or a circuit that has worn out stones.

    #25561

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    In OC and interested. PM sent

    #25560

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Location?

    #25559

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Location?

    #24132

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Sold

    #23932

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Bump for new price reduction to $799

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