Go Kart Set Up can be a pain if you aren’t prepared. Many beginners who buy go karts for racing are overwhelmed when it comes down to the last week before racing season and the kart hasn’t been set up yet! What do you do!?! The answer is simple as long as you follow the following steps and make sure you have everything you’re going to need. Of you haven’t yet purchased your go kart and want to know how to get started, visit our Start Go Karting page!
What You’ll Need
Before you start there are a few things you must make sure you have on hand so that once you get started you don’t realize your missing a key component!
- Ratchet Set
- Metric Hex Wrench Set
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Assorted Wrenches
- Lots of Nuts, Bolts and Washers in various sizes
Parts & Equipment
- Fuel Line
- Safety Wire
- Cable Ties
- Throttle Cable
- Go Kart Grade Chain
- Chain Guard
- Go Kart Seat
- Motor Mounts
- Fuel Tank
- Rear Sprockets
- Go Kart Body Kit
The Set Up
You should first start with mounting your seat. This is because without the engine or other components installed, it will be much easier to get the seat in just the right spot.
As a karter myself I find that mounting the seat is the most difficult part of the whole installation! I have found in the past, the best way to mount the seat is to set the kart up on the ground without rims on so that just the chassis rests on the ground. Then, take a long flat piece of metal and rest it against the bottom of the chassis (roughly where the bottom of the seat will rest) and clamp it down.
Then place the seat on the peice of metal and adjust it to the angle best suited to you and your racing style. Take a marker and mark through the seat mounting tabs where you will drill the holes. If the seat mounting bars on the chassis are not close enough to the seat (if your tiny like me), you may have to bend the bars inwards so that you may attach it. Once you have completed this step, simply drill the holes where you have marked them. Then bolt your seat on using large washers to reinforce the seat. This will help especially if you plan on having a heavily leaded seat!
Next it’s time to mount the engine. First you must ensure you have your clutch and sprocket installed on your engine. Once you have, you can put the engine on and get it ready to race! Simply line your engines motormounts up with the bottom pieces that are illustrated above and lightly tighten. The reason you don’t tighten the engine all the way is because you still need to put your chain on. After you install your desired sprocket on the axle, you can put your chain on so that it rides the clutch and axle sprockets! You can then adjust the engine until the chain reaches the proper tightness. It’s hard to describe how tight you want your chain. Basically you don’t want it too tight as to cause too much resitance… but you don’t want it too loose so that it falls off mid-way through the final race! After changing gears for a little while you’ll get the feel for how tight the chain should be. USe your best judgement!
Now it’s time to attach all the last minute components. The most important is probably the throttle cable! In order to to do this you must first attach one end of the the throttle cable to the throttle on the engine. Once that’s attached, you must run the throttle cable down the chassis towards the throttle pedal. Once this is done, you should cut the throttle cable leaving atleast 6-8 inches of slack. You then attach the loose end to the throttle peddle. In order to to this you might need a helping hand! Get someone to pull the throttle on the engine as far forward as it can go. As they do this, you should attach the loose end of the throttle cable to the peddle when it’s fully extended. When you’ve got that completed and find that when you push down the peddle there is still some slack in the throttle cable, don’t sweat! That’s a normal occurance. All you have to do is adjust the nuts on the engine where the throttle cable goes through untill it tightens to where it should be (maximum throttle!!).
Be on the lookout for our how to videos for a visual explanation of how to complete your Go Kart Set Up!
It’s now time to apply the finishing components! This is the fuel tank, fuel line and tachometer! Your fuel tank will fit snuggly and securly underneath your steering wheel between your legs once it’s installed. Usually the chassis comes equipped with the a gas tank and a knob which bolts it into place so that it doesn’t shift during a race. Next you simply take a fuel line hose and attach one end to the fuel tank and the other to the fuel intake on your engine. Be sure to fasten these securely with either safety wire or cable ties! The last step is to attach your tachometer. Most of them include instruction manuals which should be followed. Usually you attach the magnetic strip to the bottom plate with some nuts and bolts and then attach the cord to the spark plug with some electrical tape! That’s it!
Hopefully this has been of some assitance to those who had no idea where to start when it came to your Go Kart Set Up! Again, be on the look out soon for our new videos which will show you how to do everything you’ve read here! Happy Racing!