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2014-08-09 13:00:00 GMT+00:00
Hello and a couple questions about getting started
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John Wehrheim
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrChip wrote:
Good drivers are fast on the straights

Great drivers are fast through the turns..

Very true! But if the kart isn't setup properly the great driver will be slow through the corner.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Wehrheim wrote:
DrChip wrote:
Good drivers are fast on the straights

Great drivers are fast through the turns..

Very true! But if the kart isn't setup properly the great driver will be slow through the corner.


...but I think Stevie Roberts or Dicky Wilson can get in any kart and make it turn laps faster than it had ever turned before with any other driver..
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stevie and Dicky are great drivers! however I have to respectably disagree. My bet is they would disagree with you too.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey adam! welcome. i'm also back for round #2 in karting. my son went all the way through karting to formula cars and circle track. didn't get to where he wanted to go, so quit racing. now he's getting back in just for the fun, and sprint karting is what he wanted to do.
TAG is where it's at, and it's not a rotax IMHO. we were all over rotax and raced all the nationals but that engine is a pain. so much disparity and extremely precise tuning is required to win.
in my first time around, i switched karts and engines constantly. seems about half the 2 cycle stuff around these days used to be mine (shaking head). only restriction my wife gave me this time was to buy ONE kart and ONE engine package and be settled with it.
i'm getting an IKart from Rick Sweeting and running a Parilla X30. you can not beat that package. and with that package you can run anywhere with large groups. some will be super fast, some won't, so always someone to race with.
PM me if you want more info, and good luck as karting is a blast.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

richie#89 wrote:
in my first time around, i switched karts and engines constantly. seems about half the 2 cycle stuff around these days used to be mine (shaking head). only restriction my wife gave me this time was to buy ONE kart and ONE engine package and be settled with it.
i'm getting an IKart from Rick Sweeting and running a Parilla X30. you can not beat that package. and with that package you can run anywhere with large groups. some will be super fast, some won't, so always someone to race with.


I managed to acquire one of Richie's Tonykarts--am quite happy with it. But if Richie reverts to form, perhaps I'll get to buy his iKart someday! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richie-well put. I would have loved to be a pro racer but I learned early on to keep my day job. Started in karts in 1958, went to cars, too expensive, went to bikes, too fast, now back to karts. Best bang for the buck in motorsports, and safe too! c
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:58 pm    Post subject: Getting Started Reply with quote

Aahh rotax not that bad I'am having fun in mine. It's as fast as I ever want to go. And i'am still trying to get used to it lol.

Edward 54 razor/arrow rotax Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I believe was trying to be said by Richie about Rotax is about the jetting at national events. While Rotax is "spec" and great for local racing because of its longevity, and the fact that most local racers don't bother messing too much with the jetting, nationals and regionals are completely different stories.

The Rotax motor has countless combinations with the jetting inside the carb, where most national competitors with large budgets will nail down by testing at the track two weeks prior at the same weather conditions, giving them an enormous advantage over their competitors. The X30 motor, on the other hand, simply has its bottom end and top end t-handles that you turn and usually don't need to mess with throughout a weekend, or if so, very little, and play a smaller effect. The X30 is also the preferred engine by far in the Junior TaG categories at AMP as well because of the extreme elevation changes.

For local racing, however, both the X30 and the Rotax motor will be around for years to come from what I have seen, and both have long life cycles before needing bottom end rebuilds.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

richie#89 wrote:

in my first time around, i switched karts and engines constantly. seems about half the 2 cycle stuff around these days used to be mine (shaking head).


And I thank you Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xracing36 is dead on. rotax is an awesome package and tons of fun, but a lot of work to get everything out of it. at OGP, we had about 4 drivers all going out at every session with different carb settings and one guy who downloaded all the data to figure out what was best. pretty hard for the independent driver to show up and compete with that. and they are not all created equally. in OGP's back room there were stacks of them to be compared.
this time around there will be no big tent for us, just me, angus and rick! so the simplicity of the X30 is very appealing.
and you are welcome darren, hope you are still enjoying it!
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