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FKI January Newsletter Preview: Go Kart Chassis Tuning – Toe v. Ackerman

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Ackerman at work. If you look closely you will see that the inside wheel (driver’s left in this case) is turning sharper than the outside wheel. (Click on image to enlarge)

We have touched on the subject of toe and we have discussed Ackerman in previous FKI’s[i] but do you realize that the two are related?  Most karters don’t.  Since most chassis manufacturers recommend that you set your toe on the stand so that it is “neutral” or “zero” on the ground this is as far as most karters take it.  The theory being that with zero toe your kart will not scrub speed down the straight.  But does your kart lose straightaway speed if it is slightly toed in or toed out on the ground?  And, what does all this have to do with Ackerman?  Read on, the results may surprise you…


[i] For more on toe please refer to: Myth Busting the Mystery of ToeFKI February 2011.  For more on Ackerman please refer to: Chassis Tuning – Mystery AreaFKI April 2011.

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