Posted on Apr 17th 2016
If you are new to the sport of karting then you will have loads of questions about getting started. Below are just a few but feel free to contact us and ask away!
How do I know what is the best class for me?
The class for you depends on your budget and your goals in karting. If you are unsure if karting is something you really want to do long term and don’t want to break the bank, then Briggs LO206 is the best option. They are very low maintenance, and will be the cheapest entry point into the sport of karting. They still exceed speeds of 60+ mph. If you are on a higher budget and wish to compete in the highest level of competition then the IAME engine program is the way to go. The speeds are greater and more experienced drivers will be in these classes.
Check out our article Choosing A Class for more detailed information on the subject.
What is the resale value on racing karts?
The resale value of a kart depends on how well it was maintained, how many hours on engine since last rebuild, the year of the kart and engine, and the condition of the chassis. Most private sellers are able to resell a new package they bought for 55%-75% after one year of racing.
How often do I need to rebuild my engine and how much does it cost?
Most IAME X30 engines will need a top end rebuild every 15-20 hours and a bottom end rebuild every 30-40 hours. Top end rebuilds run around $450, while bottom end rebuilds run about $850. The Briggs LO206 engines don’t require any rebuilds other than a new head gasket after a year or two of running.
How long can I run on a set of tires?
The rule is the harder the tire the longer it will last. You may be able to get 150 laps on the MG Yellow tire , while the harder MG Red tires may last for 300 laps depending on your driving style. Most competitors in the Briggs LO206 classes will run the same set of tires for a few races while majority of IAME competitors will put on a new set of tires for each race weekend to gain every advantage they can. New tires are NOT required for racing at the club level.
How do I transport the kart?
Most people transport there karts with a small enclosed trailer. A 6' x 12' trailer is more than enough room for a single kart, stand, and tools. You could probably even store a couple karts in a trailer of that size. Some people manage to transport in the back of a pickup truck. Transporting the kart won’t be necessary if you rent a garage at Go Pro Motorplex, unless you wish to drive at a different kart track. Kartsport now offers storage at $100 per month, and includes storage your kart scissor kart stand. Electric lift stands add an additional $25/month.
Does owning a kart require regular maintenance?
Yes, owning a kart does require regular maintenance. Karts experience a lot of load and a lot of vibration. Nuts and bolts will loosen up over time, and some components may crack. Spending time checking bolts and nuts can go a long way. You will need to purchase some basic tools to be able to properly work on the kart (See article New to Karting: Tools). However, KartSport’s full service kart shop can service your kart at an hourly rate.
View our article, Tech Tip: General Maintenance, to get a better idea of what you're getting into.
What are the reoccurring costs in karting?
Reoccurring costs can vary greatly depending on your goals in racing. Tires are at the top of the list for their $185-230 price range. High performance racing fuel can cost roughly $10 per gallon, and a gallon of fuel will get you anywhere from 30 to 40 laps. Briggs LO206 competitors will run on non ethanal gasoline, which gets the price down to around $4/gal. Drive systems will eventually wear, but regular maintenance can allow your sprockets and chains to go the distance. Engine oil, chain lube, degreasers for cleaning, and shop towels are relatively inexpensive but will be common purchases. Brake pads will wear over time, but the amount of wear will depend on your driving style. Arrow brake pads last longer than most brands, while OTK brake systems will need pads replaced up to seven times as much as Arrow pads. Most Arrow drivers only go through a few sets of pads per season.
Always be sure to factor in your track day passes. Most tracks charge around $40-70 for track day passes. Some tracks offer memberships and may be worth taking advantage of depending on how often you practice. Typical club race entry fees average $75.
Is it okay to purchase a used kart package?
Absolutely. You can actually save a great deal on the initial purchase of a kart package by buying used. KartSport often has used team inventory for sale that has low amounts of time on each chassis. Generally there is not much of an advantage to a new chassis unless the kart has been run for many seasons or the kart’s frame is not true (bent). Beware of purchasing used karts online as some buyers spend more money repairing than by purchasing a new kart. Check out our used inventory here.
Do your research before buying used equipment from private sellers. I can't tell you how many times people have shown up at our track expecting their package to be legal to race in our club series only to find out it's not. ALWAYS check your class structure at your local track, or talk to the local dealer for advice on what kart and engine will be best for you.
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