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    • #91639
      Mark Traylor
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      William,

      when I say get a new engine I am specifically referring to a new LO206

    • #91552
      Mark Traylor
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      William,

      second all said above.  used is good to get going.  The Birel AM29 is a great four cycle kart.  $1200 for a used package may be a pretty rough kart.   check it out closely.  I do tend to recommend a used chassis but a new engine.  That way you know where you are starting on the engine and to price difference is really not much between new and used on the engine.  I dont think it is worth the $200-$300 savings.  If you go to  Houston you can go by and see Alan Rudolph ar SpeedSportz racing park.  It is a super nice new facility with a driving school and a complete kart shop too.

       

      Mark

    • #91423
      Mark Traylor
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      Kevin,

      As TJ said use the watch.  Evinco tires do tend to wear the way you describe due to the shoulder geometry.   For a cadet running blues flip the tires after a full day at the track to reverse the inside and outside edges.

      I assume you mean 1.5mm on the snipers and not 1.5 degrees.   1.5 degrees would be a massive amount of camber.  If you due the math quickly and we assume that the snipers are 30 inches apart when doing an alignment 1.5 degrees would be 20mm.  On the other hand 2mm on the snipers at the same distance between the snipers and you get .15 degrees.

      Adding the positive camber to drive tire wear as you have tried will increase grip up front and throw off the front to rear balance in the kart (as you have found).  Remember these karts are mostly designed in Italy and the euro run a narrower front tire.  The rears are still the 4.6″ we run but the fronts are about an inch narrower.  So when the kart is run with 4.6″ tires all around the cadets have a massive amount of front grip.   Imagine driving a full size kart with 7.10″ tires in front.   when my son was running a birel cadet we would typically run 2-4mm negative camber per side.

    • #90681
      Mark Traylor
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      Freddy, hate to break it to you but your cell phone company didn’t use any lube.  They charge extra for that.

    • #90680
      Mark Traylor
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      BTW…you can not say anything you want about karting on this forum.  The owners of the site don’t tolerate bad behavior.

    • #90679
      Mark Traylor
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      TJ Koyen is the farthest thing from an asshole.

      the life of a kart engine (KT100 excluded) really is pretty much 10 years max.  An old or out of voque engine may not be able to be raced nationally all over but it is not worthless, it just changes duties and becomes a hobby karter engine or a club engine.   My son races Briggs and Stratton at home and an X30 on travel races.  If we get to race 5-7  years on X30 then have to switch that is ok as we have gotten good use out of them and they will be sold to someone only racing club or running a hobby kart.

       

      this sport is always evolving.  It is not perfect but those of us that do it love it.  and throwing out names and calling people assholes does not sit well at all, particularly when people have repeatedly tried to help answer questions.   The best way to learn about the sport is to get involved in it.  even if it is volunteering at a club as a corner worker.

    • #90599
      Mark Traylor
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      I did not insult you.  I pointed out the obvious.

      There are street races, the largest of which is the Streets of Lancaster GP.  They are very expensive and logisitically challenging to put on.

      many karting entities have done booths.  They are popular but do not translate into new karters.  Yes, running a karting club is a business, you can not spend money that 1) you don’t have, or 2) money that does not lead to a corresponding growth.  The 10×10 booth I spoke of was discounted down to $8500.  My ROI was in participating karters, that was clear.  Track Magic used to have a booth at the NASCAR and INdycar races at Sonoma raceway.  My club used to partner with the Bondurant School at large events such as Barrett Jackson Auctions.  They just flatly do not pay off, cost and effort is well beyond the value of new leads.

       

      Your issue is valid about engines.  Currently the X30 can be raced at nearly any track in the country with multiple series using them, SKUSA Pro Tour, USPKS, WKA,  IKF, SKUSA Winter Tour,  Gold Cup, and pretty much any club in the country.   Don’t get too invested in any one package, be flexible and willing to liqudate and change before an engine becomes near worthless.

      SKUSA has spent a lot of money putting karting on TV.  I was involved in one of the first karting series that was televised, Formula Swift Superkart.

      I have found the best way to recruit people into karting is to talk to people about it and mentor them as they get started.  This is a VERY difficult sport and it is very intimidating.

      Franklly for as often as you use the word “fact” you have very few of them.  Karters as a community have been doing this for some time, the community has its issues but we all work hard to grow the sport.

      If you wish to donate to a kart club, great.  Find your local club and donate to them.   Your posts have gone from asking questions as a new person to the sport to Trolling.

    • #90594
      Mark Traylor
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      Richard,

      If you do not want to race karts then don’t.  You don’t need to come on a karting forum and complain about how terrible it is.  We are karting people here.   There is a place in karting for nearly any budget and skill level.  If someone wants to jump in the sport at the top level when getting started I will assure you they will become frustrated and will typically be very short lived in the sport.

       

      Trust me your ideas on marketing karting are not new, and I can assure you that they typically do not pay back.  For instance, my club was offered a highly discounted 10’x10′ space at an indycar event.  For that to pay off you would need to get 10 new club members that will each race 10 times that year.   the ROI on the booth investment is non existent.  FACT (using your word).  Indoor kart tracks for the vast majority see outdoor race karting as a competitor, not a partner.  98% will not welcome race kart advertising, its akin to Target advertising inside a Walmart.

      Can kart racing be improved? Ofcourse it can.  Honestly you dont have a clue about the sport though.

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