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Brantley French



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: looking into clones Reply with quote

ok so I was talking to John tonight and he brought the clone class to my attention. Id like to ask what other clone drivers think of the racing in the class and also what did it cost you to start?
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Kerry Wilson



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brantly, I guess it is according to what you are looking for in racing.

The clone class in my opinion is an excellent class to begin in if you have no experience or are looking for the cheapest way to get started.

The clone engine is real cheap, $130 - $160 and is pretty fast for what it is.

If you don't have a kart you have a choice of trying to find a good used kart or buying new. A good used kart should be no more than $500 to 800 or cheaper. New karts are $1200 to $1800 or more.

I race both the clone and TAG class. The way I compare the two is that the clone class is more like stock car racing and the TAG is Formula 1.

I think the racing tends to be closer in the clone class because of the slower speeds.

It comes down to how much you want to spend, with the clone class being much cheaper to run with slower speeds, using regular pump gasoline and the TAG more expensive.
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Brantley French



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im really looking at going up to $1000. i would be willing to go up 200 more but i would have to see how the kart was under me.
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Mike Pugh
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Brantley
The smile per dollar ratio is huge in the clone class .
Alan has a chassis for sale on our forum that would work .
http://www.georgiasprintkarting.net/forum/ads_item.php?id=131
Add another $300 bucks for motor , header , and misc. parts and you should be in your budget .
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Brantley French



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im going to try to see some clone racing saturday and then im going to really build up some money over the break. learn what i can. thanks for all this info.
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metzgerov



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I highly recommend it!

I spent about $900 total getting a kart and getting it race ready, getting the tools and a trailer.

Since that this season I use 1-2 gallons of gas a race I could still be running on the same set of tires but I bought different ones. And I add 16 oz of oil every weekend. That and a couple $12 gears and thats it!

I honestly spend more in bottles of WD40 cleaning my kart than anything else

Laughing

This weekend racing for last place was some of the best racing I have done.
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Michael Jackson



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the clone class grows we have different races going on due to the difference in drivers and karts. Even though Shane and myself were not up front didn't matter because we had our own war so to speak going on further back. That is what is fun about this class. Not much money involved but a lot of fun and now more competition due to the variety of people trying this class. Sometimes slow is just a word and has no effect on the competition . Eventually we hope to be up front with the hot dogs but for now we will be content to do battle further back.
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Michael Jackson



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the clone class grows we have different races going on due to the difference in drivers and karts. Even though Shane and myself were not up front didn't matter because we had our own war so to speak going on further back. That is what is fun about this class. Not much money involved but a lot of fun and now more competition due to the variety of people trying this class. Sometimes slow is just a word and has no effect on the competition . Eventually we hope to be up front with the hot dogs but for now we will be content to do battle further back.
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Darrin Tebbe
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a fun class.

Great to start out in, or for us old guys to just have fun.

If you want to be competitive I would suggest starting out with a chassis that does well in low HP 4 cycle classes, like:

Coyote FreeRoller (including wide track variants)
Bandit Y2k

The two above chassis have been running at the front of WKA Gold Cup classes for years. I have a 96' Coyote and I think Mike's is even older than mine. I got mine as a basket case off 4cycle.com for $600. Put some leftover wheels & tires on it from a Jr chassis I bought for my son, and first time out it was fast. My point being, there is a reason those chassis still look pretty much the same today as they did in 96'. They work.

There are some other chassis out there that work well too, but it should be pretty easy to find a Bandit or Coyote.

Just my .02.

DT
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Brantley French



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey i forgot.... where do u buy a new clone motor from?
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