In the process of putting my kart back together for the upcoming season. Last year was our first season and we bought everything race ready.
As I cleaned everything, I realized that most of the heim joints, the spindles, steering bearing, etc had a film of grease/oil/something on them that went away when cleaned. What am I supposed to use on those parts and how often should I be applying it?
Seems to me that something like WD-40 would attract dirt and if not constantly torn apart, cleaned and reassembled would do more harm then good.
I think a lot of us use Tri-Flo for this purpose. Does the trick nicely! Use as needed to keep parts moving freely. It depends on what you clean your moving parts with, but we re- apply whenever things get sticky.
I use Tri-Flow for axle bearings, spindle bearings, steering shaft bearing etc. and never have had an issue. Clean bearings thoroughly between sessions by spraying with brake cleaner or starting fluid, then apply Tri-Flow before you go out each time.
I always recommend starting fluid first because it doesn’t eat the powdercoat like brake cleaner does. Some people seem to have better access to brake cleaner, that’s the only reason I mention it. But starting fluid is the best, we buy it in cases.
My dad, Tim, is the stand guy. I’m the helmet painter guy. :)