Today I want to talk about the different type of shifter kart engines can you use go kart chassis. There are a lot of choices out there. The primary categories to look at aR motocross based engines and Italian CIK racing engines. Your Motocross engines are going to be Honda, Kawasaki’s, and Yamaha. Your Italian manufactured engines are going to be TM and vortex. Two differences between these two manufacturing countries are that iron engines are made specifically for kart racing. They’re made to fit right onto your chassis. So naturally they’re going to be simpler to work with for many reasons. It’s important to be able to quickly the engine to the frame, if it’s a shifter kart, connect all of the linkages for the shifter. The next thing to consider is horsepower and torque that the engine is creating. A purpose-built shifter kart motor like the vortex 125cc shifter has an outstanding amount of power. 43 horsepower to be exact and a boatload of torque to go with it. Also, they are renowned for being very reliable firing less maintenance than other Motors. Types of go karts and by far the Vortex is my favorite engine you also have to consider price and availability of parts and service. So when you do your shopping, I would recommend considering all of these factors. I like this place they have good supply’s of shifter go kart engines.
I can’t stop thinking about this new 125 Shifter Kart I got today man is this thing crazy fast. I took it out on the track for about 3 hours and burn the tires off of it. Pretty complicated learning to use the gears, personal ever up for a downshift, and down for an upshift. There are a lot of drivers at the track that we really really really good but I wasn’t one of them. All I can say is that it takes a long time to learn to race a go kart. Back when I was doing Motocross we used four stroke engines more than two stroke because that’s just the way it was.
Nowadays everybody has the super fast Vortex go-kart engines sometimes Honda. Must have hit a hundred and twenty miles per hour at the end of the back straightaway and then had to break down to 2nd gear for a hairpin corner. All I can say is wow that is so intense man. It was a little kid out there and he was tearing it up in his car. You must have been about 10 years old and he was super fast you really know how to take the corners. Kind of embarrassing when you’re a lot older than 10 and you’re getting yourself beat by a little kid. It took awhile to get the motor turns because the carburetor was very sensitive to the air fuel ratio.
This is what it looked like 🙂
I’m also coming to understand that humidity comes into play a lot. Basically the more water in the air or you can leave me engine out because it’s cooling me engine. It’s sorta like water injection in Top Fuel dragsters. They interact the water into the intake of the engine and it cools the engine off inside. Because of that you can leave the mixture out and make more power. All I know is there’s a lot to learn especially when it starts to rain. Why are these things hard to control in the rain? Probably because they have so much horsepower and torque for such a light vehicle. Invited some friends out to drive how much for them.
They said they didn’t want to crash my shifter kart and I don’t really want them to crash it either. The tires really got worn out after a few hours but that’s okay I’ll just buy more. The real challenge is physically it’s very tiring to drive a go kart so I will have to work on my fitness for the next session at the track. Until then stayfast my friends!
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