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    • #24500
      PJ Lyda
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      I just purchased a Rotax Senior motor just to play around with and need some general info about the motor. Like how high do I rev the motor and how hot to make the motor. One last thing I need to know about is the jetting I have heard this is the problem with some of the rotax and just want the basics on it.

      Thanks

    • #24504
      tony zambos
      Participant

      max rpm’s about 12500.  that’s the peak of the power curve but it can be rev’ed to 14k.

      temp between 140 and 160.

      jetting with a 158 main jet should be safe.  watch the plug and exhaust color.  black is too rich and white is way too lean.  Look at some of the jetting programs out there.

      power valve should kick in around 7000 rpm’s.

      Down load the FR125 Operators manual.  It’s good, just don’t believe the jetting chart.

      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

    • #24508
      PJ Lyda
      Participant

      Thanks That Really helped

    • #24510
      Mike Bray
      Participant

      I have a weather station and a spreadsheet I use for jetting, works great.  Just let me know if you want the spreadsheet and I’ll send it to you.  These sites might help you some with basic information.

      http://www.internationalkarting.com.au/files/downloads/dispelling_the_rotax_myths__complete.pdf

      http://www.karting1.com/new-ThePreparation&JettingoftheRotaxCarb.pdf

       

    • #25028
      Joe Bowen
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      So after attending my first race last weekend and looking for nothing but “Seat time” I quickly learned that with a kart not running or tuned for the weather conditions made for a long day! My kart ran great on Friday with a 160 main jet NGK BR9 plug but then Saturday temps were cooler and the kart wouldn’t hit high RPM (I call it power band like a dirt bike) until at least 100′ further down the straight than the other karts. So I tried a smaller jet 158 but that wasn’t enough. I was also told the spark plug I was using wasn’t optimum for the Rotax so I question What plug is best and can you use a hot or cooler plug to tune the engine like the main jet?

    • #25031
      Joe Bowen
      Participant

      What were your max rpm’s on both days and did you run the same gear ratio? You can tune with plug temps, but the main jet will get more results. Hotter plug on cold days and a cool plug on a hot day. Check your power valve blade for smooth operation.

      I’m not sure on the RPM’s the only sensor I had was temp. I’ll have RPM sensor next race in a week. What brand plug does the rotax engine like? I plan on having a wide jet range to adjust, Plugs and gears

    • #25032
      Mike Bray
      Participant

      Start with a Denso IW27 plug and tune from there.

       

    • #25034
      tony zambos
      Participant

      Joe,

      TIP:  One of the best tools you can bring to a track is a note book and a pencil.  At least per sessson,  keep track of max RPM’s, gearing, chassis set up and lap times.  Purchase a weather sation to track barametor pressure, temperature and humidity.  Once you’ve those settings, when the weather conditions are similar, I’ ve an idea for jettng.

      You didn’t mention the type of gauge you’re using.  Recommend a Mychron 3 or 4 to capture RPM’s and lap times to begin with.  A water sensor would be nice to have so you can tell if the engine is running at the right temp. You will then have the oportunity to load that information into Race Studio and be able to review the data between weekends.

      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

    • #25045
      Joe Bowen
      Participant

      I have the Mychron 3 with the temp sensor that threads into the cylinder head on the Rotax. I’ll have a RPM sensor by next race. I know last race it was temping at 114-118 from what I’ve read that’s on the cool side

    • #25048
      tony zambos
      Participant

      When you run the RPM wire, kept it away from the water sensor lead to prevent interference.  You could safety run 25 degrees warmer.  Bring some masking to block off the radiator, if your track approves, and block off part of the radiator.  Keep an eye on temp and pull off tape as necessary. Or set the alarm function in the M3.

       

      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

    • #25029
      tony zambos
      Participant

      What were your max rpm’s on both days and did you run the same gear ratio?  You can tune with plug temps, but the main jet will get more results.  Hotter plug on cold days and a cool plug on a hot day.  Check your power valve blade for smooth operation.

      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

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