General New to karting and racing with my son in Junior Kart Championship

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Hi, me and my son have taken the decision to go all out and race junior rotax. I am needing help with sprockets, chains. It's just me and my son, so any help would be amazing.



We are racing at:
Warden Law Kart Club
Rowrah Kart Circuit
Llandow Kart track.
Fulbeck Kart Club
Clay Pigeon Raceway
Whilton Mill International Kart Circuit.

I am trying to work out what to buy and what not to buy.

Thanks
 
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I've been karting 5 months now running two senior rotax

nothing but trouble with gold sprockets and gold chains. snapping wearing. they are rubbish !

I've learned the hard way.. just splash out on Talon sprockets and a blue rk o ring chain. just over 20 quid for sprocket and 42 quid chain on ebay at revs.. make sure you give em a squirt of lube before every sesh and boy do they last !!
 
So, what chassis are you on?
What experience do you have?
Looks like it's something like UKC you are looking to do?

If you are running totally private I'd suggest
Awning
Generator
Compressor
Lighting
Battery Charger (Kart)

Standard Karting tool box
Tyre Tongs
Bead Breaker
Alignment lasers

Rotax specific such as
Flywheel Locking tool
Jets
Spare needles
Spare Carb
Spare Loom
Spare Battery
Spare Engine

Spare Brake Pads
Spare Axle Keys
Spare Axle Bearings
Spare Rear Hubs
Spare Front Hubs
Spare Stub Axles (L & R)
Spare Spacers
Spare Height Washers/Pills
Spare Nosecone
Spare Pod Bar
Spare Steering Column
Spare Nassau
Spare Nassau Bracket
Spare set of Nose Clamps

3 x Dry Wheel Set
3 x Wet Wheel Set

Full Sprocket Set (HQ or Talon Sprocket - We use HQ/Talon but have used gold without too much issue, just need to got it aligned and tensioned correctly. But Talon/HQ do wear much les)
Spare Sprocket Set
2 x Standard Size test chain - RL Blue O Ring
1 x Standard Size race chain
2 x Longer Size Chain (wet etc)

Now, at some tracks there may be an onsite retailer, depending upon your chassis or a team that will let you buy parts if needed but the drive up to warden law is a long way from Felixstowe to not have a bit to get out on track.....

Hope this helps
 
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Hi, me and my son have taken the decision to go all out and race junior rotax. I am needing help with sprockets, chains. It's just me and my son, so any help would be amazing.



We are racing at:
Warden Law Kart Club
Rowrah Kart Circuit
Llandow Kart track.
Fulbeck Kart Club
Clay Pigeon Raceway
Whilton Mill International Kart Circuit.

I am trying to work out what to buy and what not to buy.

Thanks
Aggges ago we was using cheaper sprockets and chains. Now we only use Talon sprockets and DID chains. Generally change a chain and sprocket after 5 days running, sprocket still quite good, chain not so much. Always run 2x sprocket protectors.
Kart Circuit Gearing - Mark Lewis Blog
Can start here, if anyone else wants to chime in and provide updates, am happy to update it. It's a copy of Ethan Acroyd's site (Circuit Gearing (ethanackroyd.co.uk)) but not sure if his dad still updates this.
Good job! We also have a gearing calculator, which can help sometimes in finding out a rough idea of what going up or down a tooth can do!

So, what chassis are you on?
What experience do you have?
Looks like it's something like UKC you are looking to do?

If you are running totally private I'd suggest
Awning
Generator
Compressor
Lighting
Battery Charger (Kart)

Standard Karting tool box
Tyre Tongs
Bead Breaker
Alignment lasers

Rotax specific such as
Flywheel Locking tool
Jets
Spare needles
Spare Carb
Spare Loom
Spare Battery
Spare Engine

Spare Brake Pads
Spare Axle Keys
Spare Axle Bearings
Spare Rear Hubs
Spare Front Hubs
Spare Stub Axles (L & R)
Spare Spacers
Spare Height Washers/Pills
Spare Nosecone
Spare Pod Bar
Spare Steering Column
Spare Nassau
Spare Nassau Bracket
Spare set of Nose Clamps

3 x Dry Wheel Set
3 x Wet Wheel Set

Full Sprocket Set (HQ or Talon Sprocket - We use HQ/Talon but have used gold without too much issue, just need to got it aligned and tensioned correctly. But Talon/HQ do wear much les)
Spare Sprocket Set
2 x Standard Size test chain - RL Blue O Ring
1 x Standard Size race chain
2 x Longer Size Chain (wet etc)

Now, at some tracks there may be an onsite retailer, depending upon your chassis or a team that will let you buy parts if needed but the drive up to warden law is a long way from Felixstowe to not have a bit to get out on track.....

Hope this helps
Epic list! 2nd season in and I'm about half way there :LOL:
 
Looks like I may be doing more rotax this year.......so year 1 for me lol
 
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Looks like I may be doing more rotax this year.......so year 1 for me lol

I think with the proposed plans that MSUK have with all the classes every man and his dog has a few classes to choose from :LOL:

How come more Rotax and less X30?
 
I think with the proposed plans that MSUK have with all the classes every man and his dog has a few classes to choose from :LOL:

How come more Rotax and less X30?
I go where I'm told lol, working with my sponsors to help them gain or expand their presence in massively growing rotax class.
Thing is there's a big difference in rotax engine performance, no matter what the sales speil says and there's definitely room for another respected tuning brand in the class to try and level the playing field a bit.

As for MS Kart, a very under-appreciated chassis which goes just as well as OTK and its miriad of repaineted and rebadged siblings and Birel etc but is overlooked due to the lemming mindset that says you have to have one of the mainstream wagons.........its much cheaper and arguably much stronger.

Lastly, JDR, Jack Dex Racing......imho gives the best balance of advice, service, equipment and more importantly commitment at an extremely competitive price.
The guys working in the awning are still racing to one degree or another and theres a reason that Jack Dex gets to drive multi-million race cars globally and current race drivers from all higher end classes come to him for fitness training in karts.

So, moving to do a bit of rotax for a while but I won't be hanging up the x30 boots just yet as enginewise it's so much more engaging and fun driving an X30 ๐Ÿ˜‰
 
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If you're chewing up sprockets and chains, then they're not aligned properly. We had a couple of Talon sprockets in the collection, and a number of DiD and RK Blue Chains. Save for the sprockets that we would use far more than others, we'd never end up stripping the teeth and the chains would never get that worn. Just ensure plenty of lube each time you go out, and ensure that you re-align every time you put a different sprocket on. A great tip is to put a bit of insulation tape on the axle next to things that can and do move (Hubs, sprocket carrier, brake carrier etc).... If the tape starts bunching up or there's axle visible between the tape and the thing that shouldn't have moved, it's moved....
 
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I go where I'm told lol, working with my sponsors to help them gain or expand their presence in massively growing rotax class.
Thing is there's a big difference in rotax engine performance, no matter what the sales speil says and there's definitely room for another respected tuning brand in the class to try and level the playing field a bit.

As for MS Kart, a very under-appreciated chassis which goes just as well as OTK and its miriad of repaineted and rebadged siblings and Birel etc but is overlooked due to the lemming mindset that says you have to have one of the mainstream wagons.........its much cheaper and arguably much stronger.

Lastly, JDR, Jack Dex Racing......imho gives the best balance of advice, service, equipment and more importantly commitment at an extremely competitive price.
The guys working in the awning are still racing to one degree or another and theres a reason that Jack Dex gets to drive multi-million race cars globally and current race drivers from all higher end classes come to him for fitness training in karts.

So, moving to do a bit of rotax for a while but I won't be hanging up the x30 boots just yet as enginewise it's so much more engaging and fun driving an X30 ๐Ÿ˜‰
Seems like you have things all planned out fella with some good people round you. Keep doing your thing I say!

If you're chewing up sprockets and chains, then they're not aligned properly. We had a couple of Talon sprockets in the collection, and a number of DiD and RK Blue Chains. Save for the sprockets that we would use far more than others, we'd never end up stripping the teeth and the chains would never get that worn. Just ensure plenty of lube each time you go out, and ensure that you re-align every time you put a different sprocket on. A great tip is to put a bit of insulation tape on the axle next to things that can and do move (Hubs, sprocket carrier, brake carrier etc).... If the tape starts bunching up or there's axle visible between the tape and the thing that shouldn't have moved, it's moved....
Good tip tbf! I do that on the axle bearings too, nasty experience of the grub screws coming loose and the axle shifting ๐Ÿฅน
 

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