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    • #51580
      Daniel Justice
      Participant

      We are putting together a laydown kart to be race ready and we are trying to decide new wheels.  Most say to run 6″ wheels at least in the rear, but I’ve heard many different opinions. We are considering 5″ all around, but I’ve been told it may not be advisable. We are running Yamaha Sportsman also. I’d like someone to break down the advantages/disadvantages, and the handling characteristics.

       

      Daniel

    • #51581
      Walt Gifford
      Participant

      5.50 fronts on 6″ wheels, 6.0 rears on 7″ wheels, Dunlop SL-4 18psi.

      Gif

      FAA certified jet engine and aircraft technician,
      Nicholson Speedway class champion 2001,
      Yamaha KT100 Service Center,
      41 years karting experience

    • #51584
      Greg Wright
      Participant

      We always found 450-5 fronts and 5.50-6 rears to be a good combo on most tracks.

       

      7″ wheels Gif?

      Greg Wright
      Rapid Racing Inc.
      Vintage B-Stock Pilot
      "When in doubt Gas it, It won't help but it ends the suspense."

    • #51586
      Glen Cherry
      Participant

      Most of the Laydown guys I know are using the Hoosier 10.5×4.50-6 Enduro Tire on front and rear. The tire seems wider than most 5.0 wide tires and being a sportsman it is plenty of tire to hold the kart. I would mount them on 6″ wide wheels. I have used these at Daytona as well as Hallett, those are two completely different tracks and this setup of tires works great. The controls and opens are using wider tires on the rear.

    • #51590
      Walt Gifford
      Participant

      Yeah 6″ wide tire on a 7″ wide wheel, it worked good on my sit up sprint. Is that weird for a lay down?

      Gif

      FAA certified jet engine and aircraft technician,
      Nicholson Speedway class champion 2001,
      Yamaha KT100 Service Center,
      41 years karting experience

    • #51592
      Glen Cherry
      Participant

      To wide for a laydown kart! Situp sprint may work, but 5.5 on front would kill your speed and wear the arms out unless your on a twin.

       

    • #51597
      Daniel Justice
      Participant

      7″ wheels Walt? Let’s not get carried away, I’m still new to 6″ wheels!

      But the 4.50-6 on all corners is one of the setups I was recommended also. How much would the handling change if you ran a 4.50 tire all around on 5″ wheels?

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