Axle diameter

The only way a diameter might effect wheel acceleration is that weight further from the center is harder to rotate than weight closer. 50mm has weight further from center than 30mm naturally. On the other hand 50mm is stronger, therefore thinner, so maybe lighter. If so it may rotate slower, or faster for the same force applied. It would depend on the weight of each. I think the difference will be very small.

As for the wheel, it goes around once every time the axle does. As for the axle it goes around at a ratio relative to the clutch base on the sprocket ratio.

It’s more like to do with maintaining similar axle
properties while reducing weight. 250 superkarts run 30mm axles mostly. UAS outlaws seem to run whatever the US equivalent is.

On the lower powered karts, up until the early 90’s 30mm (Hollow and solid) was pretty much the standard across the board.

Then 40mm (might have been CRG first) then I remember the 50mm being available with the TonyKart extreme in 97. I’m not 100% clear on who did what first, but those are the first examples I remember…

Fashion plays a part too of course. Certain driver runs a certain setup, others will follow with wallets.

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Ah, okay. I always assumed a 30mm would just snap if someone mounted a SSE to it, or at least do some weirder things than a 50mm, but I trust your word more than mine here.

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This idea of the axle (kart) as driveshaft (car) is very cool. Learning interesting stuff here.

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One scenario I can think of that might throw people off… When people change the axle it’s a handling decision… Without a differential a kart will scrub/bind in turns unless you unload the inside rear wheel. Axle choice (Along with other factors) influences how and when the inside rear wheel unloads and reloads while cornering.

Can you explain what you mean by unloading the tires mean. Does this have to do with air pressure, or castor and camber.

Can you believe I’m writing all this down. I want to make sure I understand everything we are talking about here because this is some good info. I’m learning something here. I want to thank all you guys who responded to the topic. I’m getting some good info.


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It involves all of them to an extent.

In a sense, a kart is a very fast tricycle. Because you have a solid rear axle, basically a fully locked differential the rear wheels scrub as they fight each other making the kart push and/or scrub off speed.

So what we do is tune the kart to unload the inside rear wheels of a turn. Controlling when and how much it lifts/unloads is the fun part of timing.

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