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Learn Go Kart Basics:
Art Ingels is generally accepted to be the father of karting. He built the first kart in Southern California in 1956.
The go kart is not only a popular 'toy' with kids but with adults alike! They start small enough and slow enough for
toddlers to enjoy and then move up to the 2 seater models for kids and teens and even go up to sizes large enough to
comfortably fit two adults with ignition, transmission w/ reverse gears, full suspension and more. The whole nine yards!
The chassis is an extremely important element of the kart, as it must provide, via flex, the equivalent of a rear wheel differential. Without this, the inside rear wheel of a kart would cause very difficult problems during a turn. This is called inside wheel lift and is needed as otherwise due to the lack of a differential it would be hard to break the karts forward momentum. Karts typically have no suspension, and are usually no bigger than is needed to mount a seat for the driver and a small engine. Chassis construction is normally of a tubular construction, typically steel, with different grades and diameters of tubing as well as their actual configuration offering different amounts of flexibility.
Kart chassis are also classified as 'open' or 'caged'. Caged karts have a roll cage surrounding the driver, and open karts
have no roll cage.
Typically, for dry conditions a stiffer chassis with less flex is better, while in wet or other poor traction conditions, a more flexible chassis is preferable.
Important GoKart Facts & Tips:
Spark Plug The spark plug is located on top of the Go-Kart engine. Standard spark plug: Champion RN4C
To inspect spark plug do the following: 1. Disconnect the spark plug cap. 2. Clean up dirt from around the spark plug base. 3. Remove the spark plug. This can be accomplished by using the spark plug wrench. 4. Replace spark plug if electrodes are pitted, burned, fouled with deposits, or porcelain is cracked. 5. Check electrode gap with wire feeler gauge and set gap at .030. 6. Install spark plug, tighten securely.