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Fast by Ferracci
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Posted - 30 Apr 2016 :  00:59:45  Show Profile Send Fast by Ferracci a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by journeyman racer

What kart do you get if you just want to have fun driving on private/practice days and not go racing?



A 4-stroke Subaru engined kart is good choice for cheap, reliable & un-complicated karting fun.

If you're after something abit quicker, a 2-stroke rotax is probably your best bet. A little bit more expensive and can be a little more involved (ie... mixing the fuel, working out the jetting, making sure the battery is charged etc...) , but they are electric starts (as opposed to push starts like a Clubman) too which helps and pretty user friendly, and alot of fun.
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zeta
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Posted - 01 May 2016 :  16:12:13  Show Profile Send zeta a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
I agree on the Rotax, and if you don't wring their necks, they will last you 50 hours between rebuilds which is a LOT of track time. Also because they keep changing the Rotax motor for race spec, an older spec motor can be found cheaply and for non-competitive use they are fine.
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journeyman racer
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Posted - 02 May 2016 :  23:05:33  Show Profile Send journeyman racer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Thank you for the suggestions. How much would a rebuild cost?

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zeta
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Posted - 12 May 2016 :  21:08:45  Show Profile Send zeta a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
A complete rebuild on a Rotax is around $1000.
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kart_racer
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Posted - 17 May 2016 :  16:29:14  Show Profile Send kart_racer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by zeta

I did a costing on getting a competitive set-up for an assault on an Australian Title in a senior karting class. Starting from scratch if you want to be serious you're looking at in excess of a quarter of a million. I decided it was out of my price bracket.



Having formerly been a karter for 10 years, I find that amount to be extremely high.

A senior karting class? That could range from the 100cc "club" style classes to KZ (formerly CIK) classes and the costs would vary considerably.

Even so, a quarter of a million seems excessive.
A kart would cost in the range of $10k.
Trailer $4k-$8k.
Engines are $2k-5k.
Tyres $300ish ea.
Licence $300/year.
Race entries $100-250.

The best bet is to get involved with one of the good teams/factories, using a good engine builder and going testing every other weekend. A good spanner spinner is mandatory.

Even doing all that and throwing everything at it, I don't see it needing $250k to win.

$50k used to be regarded as the budget for competitive running in a CIK class. I would expect that to have increased, but not by $500%.

"Bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell" - Peter Brock



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zeta
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Posted - 18 May 2016 :  21:12:49  Show Profile Send zeta a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
50k is a good budget for winning CiK, AFTER you have spent another 200k testing. Keep in mind that the testing feedback is cumulative, and if you are starting from scratch and competing with the top-line karters, they have many years worth of 50k seasons of feedback to draw from.

I agree if you get involved with a known winning team, your costs will be significantly less. I was looking to build a winning team from scratch.
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