Here’s a topic that might help you on the New Vs. Used dilemma:
Basically all clubs/tracks are meant to follow the 206 rules in order for it to be legitimately a 206 class. That includes using the B&S marked plugs, correct air filter etc. The cost is perhaps a little higher, but it does help with the “oh they have a special plug/filter/widget” and makes the purchase decision straightforward. You know what you are getting and you know it’s going to work.
Good news is that you could expect to get a LONG time out of a plug, filter will last as long as you need it to and fuel pumps generally last seasons as well.
Lots (I’d say most) people start off with older chassis and just start turning laps to get their times down. Overall I think a used package in good condition from a solid buyer is a great way to start
Probably the best deal is a used LO206 complete package. That way all the mounts and extras are there and work on the kart. Probably $600 for mounts and such, Around $600 for a new engine. New LO206 package around $1200, short block $300 (or a bit less)
Where used really helps is on all the extras if they are usable. A bunch of 3 year old dried out tires that should have been thrown out but now come with the kart is not a deal. Ditto on a box of YF200 parts thrown in. Worn sprockets, suit 2 sizes too small, bent steering parts . . .
2000ish Top Kart chassis
2017 year LO206 motor with maybe 12hrs on it.
Carbon fiber floor pan
Carbon fiber seat struts
Carbon fiber steering shaft
CRG modern spindles
New tie rods and ends
New fuel tank
New CRG axle
Titanium front bumper supports
Titanium brake pedal rod
Billet Kart pedal set
Titanium hardware all over the Kart
Magnesium douglas wheel set
Aluminum wheel set
All the gears you need to our track
Spare fuel pump
2 spare spark plugs
Kart dolly (non powered)
It would help if you gave your budget, location, and goals.
Personally I wouldn’t even consider that package unless you just plan to mess around having fun, can get all of that for <$1,200, and know resale will be difficult.
None of that has any real value (except the 206). Titanium, carbon fiber, or billet pieces don’t make you go any faster. This is a great example of what someone new to karting should avoid. You can find relatively new packages that will provide more value in the long run.
Thx for the reply. I’m in Las Vegas, looking to race for fun,not as a career or anything. I’m starting from scratch, so any money I can save can be put towards other items (transport, tools, spares, etc.)
I agree with what you’re saying about value, etc. However, the kart was fast w/its current owner. The carbon fiber and titanium isn’t the selling point as much as getting on the track. I’ve been looking at other options as well…including a brand new CRG.
Currently in the process of prepping a used LO206, which is my first kart. Based on my myriad headaches, I’d say this: if you’re buying used, buy a setup that has very recently run well on a track. Sure, there will be minor things to sort/replace, but at least you’ll be working with a setup known to be sorted and in track-ready condition.
I, on the other hand, did not do this. I heard the engine fire up and thought, “Perfect!” No. Not perfect. Don’t be like me.
It’s always about whether you’re looking for a kart that you want to jump into yourself, or if you’re looking for a shop to help support you as you go. Most chassis are good, if they are well taken care of.