Archive for Prep Tips
Unfortunately for many of us in the US, the option to race your ICC powered kart is vastly disappearing. While you would think switching between two shifter motors would be a simple matter of bolting the new motor on and you’re off, there’s a lot more to it than that, especially if you are buying a used Honda. The big difference is that while the ICC is self contained except for the water pump, everything but the water pump is an external component on a Honda. Consequently, you need to find a place to securely mount many of the fuel and ignition system components somewhere on the engine or your kart. I think I fell into every pitfall you can imagine while making the transition to Stock Honda. Luckily for you, I will recount it all so you don’t have to…
There are a few specialty tools in karting that are a must-have. They make your karting life so much easier you wonder why it took you so long to buy it in the first place. This month’s Kart Tool of the Month – the Bux Circlip Tool – ranks highly if not first on this list. The Bux Circlip Tool takes a job that may be one of the most difficult in karting – installing circlips – and makes it so easy, safe and quick to perform it’s not even funny. As you will see in the article on rebuilding your own top end earlier this month, installing circlips is not only tricky to perform, but very difficult to describe. There is a definite technique and art to installing a circlip and it is very difficult to do so without scratching the outside surface of the piston (or the inside for that matter). Add the constant threat of the circlip springing out of the piston and flying into oblivion never to be seen again and you can see my point.
The Bux Circlip tool eliminates all of the above. After reading the directions to quickly set the tool up for your piston type*, using the tool is literally this easy: 1. Place the circlip on the end of the installer (pictured on the left above) making sure the circlip opening is in line with the groove on the installer handle, 2. Place the adapter/sleeve assembly (shown on the right in the picture above) of the installer snugly into the wrist pin bore. 3. Insert the installer into the sleeve with the groove facing up (12 o’clock position) and slide the installer through the sleeve until the installer bottoms out and snaps the clip into place as shown in this link: http://www.fastech-racing.com/bux-circlip-tool.html. That is it! It will literally take you 15 seconds a side to install your circlips with no risk of losing the clip or scratching the piston. The Bux Circlip tool has single-handedly taken one of karting’s most difficult jobs and made it one of the easiest. At $39.95, you will seriously wonder why you didn’t buy one yesterday! You can find the Bux Circlip tool at Fastech-Racing. So, go online (http://www.fastech-racing.com/piston-tools/) or call Fastech (888-333-4181) today and save yourself time and aggravation for years to come.
* Tip: Carefully remove some of your old circlips and use an old piston to set the depth of the adapter/sleeve assembly to your piston type. Then practice installing an old circlip into the old piston to make sure you have everything set properly. I found this very helpful.
Ever look at your kart and wonder why the throttle cable adjustment is so far away from the throttle pedal? Ever think to yourself that as beautifully engineered as your kart is why does the throttle cable look like an after-thought that has never been addressed since the first kart was invented in 1959. Well, luckily for us Roger Hargens of Prospeed Components did and has come up with the best throttle cable routing system I have ever seen. Not only is it beautifully engineered, it is 100% functional in its purpose, completely eliminating the trailing throttle understeer caused by most kart’s current throttle cable set-up. The system is so cool, almost everyone that has seen it on my kart has vowed to get one. Once installed, it looks like a factory part worthy of its place with the rest of your kart’s components…
Click here to finish article (no subscription required!).
I’ll be honest with you, I was not happy about having to switch from the ICC powered G1 class to the Stock Honda Powered S4 class. The ICC engine is the pinnacle of Shifter Karting with its fantastically vicious power delivery and beautiful high revving engine note. In addition, it was very accessible and easy to work on, particularly when you are going to change the drive gear. Remove the chain, undo a circlip, pull the gear off and your are half way there in about a minute.
The Honda, on the other hand, is a little more cumbersome. You have to have someone hold the rear wheels while you struggle to put a 12mm socket in the small space between the gear and your seat. Once the bolt is loosened (usually with a great deal of physical effort), now you can take off the chain, cram your hand in between the seat and engine, unscrew the bolt and finally pull the gear off…..until now…
Click here to read the full article, no subscription required!