Kart republic Information

I wish more manufacturers, importers, and dealers produced product videos like this. It still blows me away the lack information that group actually puts out or provides.


Yep. Pretty incredible. Apparently “our kart wins stuff” is a good enough sales pitch. I guess if it’s working, why change it?

I think kart racers should ask something more akin to “what have you done for me lately” when looking for a new chassis/motor/tire/widget.

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I am under the impression that CompKart are a Birel chassis with a bit of there own welding (bearing carriers, front seat mounts, lower steering mount) on it. They certainly run all the same Birel/Freeline components.
Happy to be corrected

That incredibly detailed walk through of the CompKart 4r is solely responsible for my next purchase decision. Definitely wish more manufacturers did that. Ionic Edge has a video out as well.

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No, you’re correct @Billholt . I just posted Karting Concept’s video of the Compkart as an example of what Kart Republic and every other manufacturer should be pushing out.

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Bringing this thread back but has anyone seen or driven the KR3, it was supposed to be Dino’s “diamond” but I’ve never heard of it running except this comment.

I’ve seen versions of it in use here and there on social media, but can’t say for sure that any of those have been in the US. It seems like the KR2 is the preferred model over here, but from what I can tell there may be multiple versions of that chassis too. Someone more informed on the KR line can probably chime in with more info.

Does anyone here have experience with both KR and OTK? Just since it never hurts to know what’s out there- I’m curious how they compare in terms of how easy they are to tune, how well they work for tall vs short drivers, frame stiffness, driveability, etc.

We had Ramsey on the KR and OTK at different times during the season a couple years ago. He said both were good, though they tune very differently.

If you look at the KR or WPK karts now, they are running those things like noodles. No seat struts, no bars, soft seats… Different philosophy than the OTK for sure.

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Yep, looks like the KR2 in the direct drive classes, and KR1 for the shifter classes mostly. And with the US having no homologation requirement most of the time, Dino can shift up the tubing if he feels like its worth it over here.

Even within the homologation they are only limited by the size and number of tubes, they can make changes to geometry and most wouldn’t know.

That is one of the redeeming factors of OTK, they are almost all identical.

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I was talking to the WPK guys out here in Indy. They never run seat struts, have ended up on the same axle at every track they went to, from New Castle to Daytona, and the biggest changes they make with the karts is the camber adjustment. Supposedly they’ve used up to 5 boxes of negative camber on the karts, and they usually run a lot more negative than most others. I’m not sure on the tuning for OTK equipment, but like TJ said, the baseline setups are very different between the two brands

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I’m going to be working with a junior driver who races KR down here in Australia, have spannered at a couple of race meetings for him last year, and after having seen the product up close, and reading the blurb and reviews on TKart, they seem like a pretty good product. The componentry is first class, and they have a few little nice finishing touches like welded tabs and loops for cables and things like that. Also if this is important to some people their net weight is rather light, although OTK are also quite light. Worth looking at if you have nearby dealer support etc.

Is the WPK kart an exact replica of the KR2? Can understand if that didn’t pop up in conversation lol.


Yes, you can get any KR model in metallic blue as a WPK. They’re also coming out with a 206 chassis pretty soon, they’ve been developing it over the past year or so.

But no KR3 , Dino’'s love child :sob:

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If you want me to, I could ask Billy if he can get one made

So apparently Dino is still developing the design, which is why we haven’t seen them yet. It’s been in development for probably 3 years now, but I’m sure it’s not easy to make a new design like that work. I did tell them I’ll try one out when it’s ready though.

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I’m interested in the 206 chassis since Kartsport is at GoPro.

I’m sure its a measure of resources. He’ll spend most of his resources winning races now, not developing a new kart that might win races later.

Or it doesn’t work very well but he really wants it to work and its taking time.

I imagine it’s more of a side project for him, so not top priority but probably something he’s interested in getting to work eventually.

@AaronT you could probably talk to Eric Jones about it. If I remember correctly he was on it for the CKNA Grand Nationals in CIK Medium and did pretty well