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  • #36375

    Rod Hawkins
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    #36374

    Rod Hawkins
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    It really depends on what you want and need. For me, space and cost are a huge factor. I don’t have a lot of space. I started with using me foldable utility trailer that I use for my dirt bikes. Worked great, and I could set it up in less than 1/2 hr, but it was still kind of a pain. One race I took off one side of wheels and nerf bar and put it in back of my wife’s SUV (which a lot of people do this or put in back of truck).

    Then I got to thinking that my buddy had one of those motorcycle carriers for his hitch. I thought that if this could be done for an upright motor that weighs much more, it should be easy for a kart that is low and flat. I starter looking for a pre manufactured one, and only found one that was well above $500. So i figured I would do something on my own. After all, the karts only weigh between 150-200 lbs.

    I ended up buying a simple cargo carrier that has a 500lb wt limit and lining it with rubber hosing (so it doesn’t scratch my frame) and it works great. Feels like I have nothing back on my car.

    Before when I had it on my trailer I would lock my kart to trailer and trailer to my car. I never worried too much about it over night, but I have only done it a couple times.

    Will post pics in next reply

    #36366

    Rod Hawkins
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    For some magnesium wheels for some reason wd40 doesn’t work well at all, but simple green works like magic.

    #36365

    Rod Hawkins
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    They make street bike and car racing and kart specific helmets. In karting people use any of these depending on what they prefer. You see a lot of street bike helmets being used in karting

    #36364

    Rod Hawkins
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    Updated

    #35797

    Rod Hawkins
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    Bump

     

    #35182

    Rod Hawkins
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    Nick,

    Brakes and bearings and carriers sold tis AM. Thank you for your interest.

    #35161

    Rod Hawkins
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    What does this reply mean “I don’t think they would ok that for us because of the kid”?

    I would be interested in driving 3 hrs up there to race the big course (something not really offered anywhere else in socalf), but for the sprint course? Nope.

    #35160

    Rod Hawkins
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    This is a great idea hopefully you get some support. My brother and I both have a back up kart that we use when we have problems with the primary, but we also us them to take friends and family to the track and intro them to the sport.

    #35159

    Rod Hawkins
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    Still have one left. Just rebuilt.

    #35158

    Rod Hawkins
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    Bump

    #35147

    Rod Hawkins
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    Updated items sold and added items

    #35006

    Rod Hawkins
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    Brian, you sure? Do a search for v8 atom and then decide. They say the performance is similar to a GP2 car. Pretty damn impressive and much better looking.

    #34889

    Rod Hawkins
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    I assume you mean rear was 54 and now it is 55? That alone with do a lot.

    #34888

    Rod Hawkins
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    Had similar situation in my kart this weekend. A couple things helped and my thought process (I am still learning).

    Dropped tire pressure from 11 lbs to 9.5 front and 10.5 rear. ( the fact that it handles well for 5 laps then goes off on a 90 degree day tells me this could be an issue).

    More negative camber

    I could have widened the rear, but I was already at max.

    Also a stiffer front torsion bar (I didn’t have that available).

    Also possible to widen front track?
    Maybe raise front of chassis?

    #34872

    Rod Hawkins
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    I have driven Porsches, Ferraris, AMG cars, m3s, rs4, rs5, etc. nothing cones close. Car mags brag when a car can pull 1g, while a minivan can pull .8g. A GTR to a minivan is closer in cornering performance than a GTR and a properly set up kart. That tells you all you need to know.

    Today we (F100) had a race at willow springs. Next to us the cars were also on the other track. 458, GTR, tons of built vipers, mclarens, 911s, vettes and even nascar street cars. While the juniors were driving we watched the karters enter the straight, go away from us and then brake and turn. We watched the cars on the other side. I made the comment to one of the racers next to me, “watch the karts and then watch the cars and tell me what looks more impressive”. The difference was obvious. It’s one of the reasons I don’t bother to track my m3 and kind of feels like cars are kind of boring now.

    #34627

    Rod Hawkins
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    “Birel are also very good and quick, but I hate their banana brake system, one piston mechanically activated.”

    Funny the differing views on this. I just went thru hell modifying my otk to use a birel banana brake. The banana brakes suck, unless you like good brakes.

    #34519

    Rod Hawkins
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    Wow, this post hits the nail on the head. All this was done and it was called “progress”. I am not sure what kind of progress or how some people define success, but this isn’t a way to do it. I have gone from checking this site almost daily to checking it a couple times a week. There just isn’t enough content or new activity. No matter what BS excuse is given, those are the facts.

    First you take all the threads posts and comments acumulated over 10 years all the stuff that posters took the time to think about , put into words and create threads or reponses and you throw it all into an archive to die.

    Then you make all the members sign up all over again. At first the process is clumsy and frustrating.

    Then you make posting photos a mystery obvisouly it still is to some and it is not the same or as easy as the old forum.

    Then somehow you make difficult or impossible to copy and paste without turning your post into some that looks like a secret code.

    So some get frustrated and walk away. Then some that aren’t frustrated get bored from the lack of content and walk away and so begins the death spiral.

    WAKE UP it’s not social media or the time of year or the economy and people didn’t suddenly decide to stop talking and just read. Who ever decided to make the switch in the manner it was done knowingly or not came up with the perfect formula to kill a forum.

    Brian

    #34434

    Rod Hawkins
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    Updated availability and pricing

    #33612

    Rod Hawkins
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    Depends on what is supported in your area.

    Kt100
    Kpv100
    World formula
    Etc. These are all options

    #33610

    Rod Hawkins
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    Dan,

    If you are coming from other sports like I did, the eye candy at shops is very disappointing in karting. The money and population just isn’t there to support it. I also ride dirt bikes, mountain bikes and surf. I love to check out equipment before I purchase. If you are looking for a local kart shop to compare to a motorcycle super store, or bike shop, it just is probably not going to happen.

    Stu has a couple new karts and a BUNCH of used (but nice) used karts (used isn’t even a good word. Think of them as certified pre owned. Almost. He usually takes them all apart, powdercoats them, gets all the parts running correctly and sells them. Then he will go to the track with you to help tune it). I live in SoCalif and was surprised at the inability to walk into a shop and get tempted to buy something. I had been to several and stu’s is the best, but it still isn’t like a motorcycle superstore if that is what you are expecting, but you get way more than that in someone who will be straight up with you and talk karting and support his product.

    #33609

    Rod Hawkins
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    I have been researching this a lot lately as well. I have the banana brakes on my birel and I recently bought a tony chassis. I hate the otk brakes. Hate them. Some people like less braking power and more modulation. The brakes are so different that the braking points are totally different and I can’t get use to it. I recent bought a banana brake set up to throw on the otk (with a lot of modifications).

    Just depends on what people like. If you like powerful braking, people say the banana brakes are the best ones ever made (from the research I have done).

    #33608

    Rod Hawkins
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    I have only raced about 6 or 7 races. Half of those races have been cut short by either crashing (hurting myself and/or kart) or mechanicals.

    Every time I think I am prepared, something else breaks. Blown engine (only my 3 time out on it), broken header (who could have predicted that?) and broken clutch. That doesn’t could the numerous broken chains or stripped drive gears I have gone thru in practice or a race. Just when I think I have everything in working order something else breaks. Last race it was my clutch and it wasn’t found until I went to start the final race. The worst part is, I had a spare kart and another spare engine I could have run.

    For now on, I am going to have both karts go through tech check, and bring both to the grid. If one has an issue right there my back up will be sitting in last place and I will hop on it and go. I can’t afford to keep going out and paying and come away without racing. One of the most frustrating things in the world.

    If I were you, I would take 2 karts ready to race and bring all the typical maintance parts (chains, gears, etc). The other kart can work as a back up or a donor.

    #33607

    Rod Hawkins
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    Bump. This kart is in great condition. First one to see it will buy it. It is that good.

    #33605

    Rod Hawkins
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    Carlos. Sent email and texts. No reply yet. Is this still available? Please send me pictures.

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