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Karting News With Kart Parts Depot

Updated on March 31, 2014

What Is Kart Parts Depot

Kart Parts Depot is a go-kart retailer based out of Florida that offers everything from rolling go-kart chassis, complete go-kart engines, kart stands, racing tires, tire preps, body kits, and much more to help a go-kart racer that is on a budget for racing the dirt oval to the road course.

Most of Kart Parts Depots items are unique for a matching guarantee for their small ticket racing items like engine components, chassis components, and safety gear. They have a way to do business with karting around the U.S. and over seas in Europe and Australia.

An image of a JC Specialty Stage 2 Clone Engine
An image of a JC Specialty Stage 2 Clone Engine | Source

Clone Versus Flathead Engine

As to what class you want to run at your local short-track on asphalt and dirt, each class has it own rules from the Junior and Senior class racing for what we see on a national level with the WKA (World Karting Association) and IKF (International Karting Federation). You can run unrestricted or run in a "plate" class according to your experience and comfort level.

From what I have seen at Talladega with the 1/6th mile dirt oval that I race on, you can run several classes such as with popular classes like the clone lite, clone medium, and clone heavy that use the Chinese made Clone engines that are a replica of a Honda GX engine. The concept of the 4.5 hp "Clone" Motor is that it cuts cost down by 25 to 30 percent in go-kart racing for starting up and yearly maintenance. A stock clone motor can be bought for about $500 race ready with clutch and weenie pipe and costs a little bit more for a blueprinted and dyno'd motor. These engines are overhead valve engines that are common with motorcross bikes and other racing fields. At my track you can expect on average of about 8 to 10 karts in the unrestricted clone classes alone, so you can expect popularity now around the U.S. with the economic times we are in.

Back before the clone motors made their statement in the world of karting, everyone that wanted to race on the oval could use their "flathead" engines that they could use off their garden tillers and lawn mowers make up for a decent 5 horsepower go-kart race engine. The briggs & stratton flatheads are still around today but not really popular anymore where I race at or possibly across the United States since flatheads do cost over $2,000 brand new and are possibly worth $500 rebuilt that will drain out your pockets really quick on the dirt. These engines are not the type of overhead valve engines; but, you can run unrestricted and restrictor plate classes like the clones. The only difference is that you'll more than likely have to run low-grade methanol fuel than unleaded fuel that you can use in clones. If you want to have maximum power with a flathead, make sure to use a loop pipe and have your flathead advanced with blueprinting and valves seated properly.

Karting Reviews With Kart Parts Depot (Part 2)

The typical type of road racing go-kart
The typical type of road racing go-kart | Source

Go Kart Racing Chassis

Just like picking your engine package for your go-kart racing, you get a choice to pick the type of go-kart you want to race whether you want to race on the dirt oval like me or go run road-course. If you do decide to race ovals, you have a choice to race asphalt, dirt, and on coke syrup tracks (indoor ovals). The logical and recommend chassis choices for kart racing on the ovals are with the Ultramax and Triton brands since they have won many divisional and national titles on both asphalt and dirt. Just ask guys like Jamie Knopf and Todd Miller who are great champions around the southeast that are well known for becoming the best of the best. On a personal note, Todd Miller has got the best Engine shop to get your motors rebuilt the right way.

For road racing, it can be well known to see many Extreme Chassis and Tony Kart manufacturers that bring world titles to the table as they both have indy and world formula style go-karts made for road racing. Both of these chassis are made over in Italy and to say that I'm not kidding, the Italians know how to put speed out. The type of go-karts I mentioned have a smaller wheel base and are lower in terms of center of gravity, and are more compatible with downforce. The competition is a lot harder with road-racing since you do have a wide-variety of drivers that are racing for chassis manufactured teams that come around all over the world from Australia, Asia, Europe, and South America that combine the efforts for the Rotax world cup. A lot of these drivers mainly race with a 125cc world class, shifter classes, and even kid classes for 5 and 6 year olds to race in. These karts travel up to 100 mph on the long stretches and is a fun way to get into racing; but, can be more costly than oval racing.

© 2014 Andrew Simmons


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