New to karting, have about 13 months experience. Mechanical engineering background with strong mechanical skill. I am working with my 16 year old, very tall son. He is 6-4”. We are lost!!!
Our home track is North Texas Karters in Denton TX. We are experiencing a significant loss of pace during the summer months when the rhino lined track surface picks up ridiculous grip. Have witnessed more than a few grip flips in our 13 months. Turn 1, 2, 3 are all banked, turns 4 thru 9 are all flat. In winter or wet, my son is competitive, in hot conditions anywhere from 0.4 to 0.9 off the leaders that he was in front of at times this winter.
Kart is a 2022 OTK LN running a Briggs LO206. Motor is mounted on a 15 degree mount with the sprocket in-board and set as close to the seat as possible (we bent the posts over slightly to accommodate chain. New frame, no cracks or bends. Running a size 2 Tony seat set as far back as we can and seat bottom flush to just below frame rail.
Baseline setup is
3 mm camber
1mm toe out
caster with neutral bottom pill and sniper top pill at 1 stop forward
Front spacers at 1 full and 1 small
Front bar horizontal
Rear width at 54.75 to 55.125 (max)
Std med rear tony hubs
Douglas magnesium wheels (he doesn’t like the feel of the different offsets in the OTKs)
Ride heights at medium all around
Steering links on upper holes of steering shaft
1030 mm HH axle
I don’t have the current front/rear weight but can get that tomorrow evening.
Right now we are forced to gear to compensate for the lack of corner exit speed and are running out of gear on the end of the straight. So typical 1-2 tooth bigger on rear than competitors.
We have experimented with lower rear ride height, narrowing the rear, adding caster, going vertical on the bar, adding spacers. All have either made no measurable difference in the lap time or made the hopping severe enough that he can’t push an entire run.
He has convinced himself the kart is down on power, I see the rapid gap that forms from middle to exit and am convinced we have a chassis tuning issue or the driver turning in a bit late and asking too much of the kart. The latter is going to take some feedback from an experienced driver for my son to accept, as I have no driving experience.
I believe we should be exploring narrower front with 1 full, or a half spacer, running the bar out, and standing the kingpin up even more to take even more jacking out of the kart, but at this point am not confident.
Any suggestions much appreciated.