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    • #25690
      Dustin McGrew
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      I have a Birel kart and it has these safety clips.. http://cometkartsales.com/8mm-Safety-Clip.html

      The price on Comet’s site for them seems insane to me. $1 for that tiny piece of metal? Is there something that is better and cheaper than these clips that I could use?

    • #25693
      Rick Brown
      Participant

      Cotter pins or saftey wire

    • #25764
      Stu Hayner
      Participant

      After working on and building many brands of karts, I welcome those pricy little Birel clips. I wish every kart used them.

      You will break countless bits trying to drill bolts, then ruin every nylock you put on that drilled bolt. When you snag an arm on a cotter pin or safety wire, you’ll be more than glad to pay that dollar a piece for that little clip.

      I think of it this way. If I bought a set of new clips every year we’re talking about less than a $20 bill.

      To me, that’s a pretty fair price for the easiest clip in karting.

      Just my $0.02

    • #25766
      Gregg Palmer
      Participant

      I agree with Stu.

    • #25904
      Dustin McGrew
      Participant

      Thanks guys. I think I’ll stick with the circlips. Now what happens if I break a bolt? I can’t find bolts with that groove in them anywhere..

    • #25911
      Walt Gifford
      Participant

      Then you will have to get a regular high tensile strength bolt and learn to drill a hole without breaking the drill bit, dress the threads so they don’t cut into the nylock and install a cotter pin so it doesn’t snag on anything.

      Gif

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

    • #30290
      brian downing
      Participant

      simple folded safety wire

      Regardless of how one creates the hole, in the end safety wire is the easiest, cheapest way to create a lock. A can of safety wire costs $15 and lasts years. Invest in a good set of pliers, a worthwhile spend.
      To prevent the snags and impaled fingers, always leave a short bit of extra twisted wire at the end and fold the sharp end back on to the nut or bolt so that it’s not exposed.

    • #25702
      Walt Gifford
      Participant

      That tiny piece of metal is chrome plated European music wire.

      Seriously you can drill a hole for a cotter pin where the slot for the clip is. Just file a flat so you can get the drill started and try to stay on center. Don’t drill too big.

      Insane prices, welcome to karting.

      Gif

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

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