April Prep Tip – EZ Clip
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.
Enter SwedeTech’s EZ Clip. Once installed, all you need to remove the gear is a screwdriver or a 90 degree pick. Slide the clip off, remove the gear, put the new gear on, replace the clip, and you are back in business in a matter of minutes. Installation is easy and will take you about 10 minutes (or the same amount of time it takes you to change a gear now – see photos below).
The best part? As a FKI subscriber you get 15% off the price of the EZ Clip for the entire month of April! So, if you are ready to make your Stock Honda life much easier, get on the phone and order one today (SwedeTech: (916) 687-3890). When you decide to change gear ratios 15 minutes before the next heat and actually can, you’ll be happy you did!