You’ll end up owning 4 to 5 gear changes by the time your driving improves and you maximize your gear ratio.
The cost is: $50 to $125. This depends on whether you can find some used sprockets or buy new. Spare Parts: you don’t really need any if you race at SRR. We keep everything that you could break in stock in The Pit Stop. Why own it before you need it? The exception to this would be if you found a not so popular brand of used kart that uses some less than standard steering components. We might not have these in stock. So you may want to get a spare set of spindles or steering shaft just in case ($125). You’ll need a two-gallon gas can and some gas (we are racing an engine with 8.5:1 compression ratio, so feeding it 110 octane is a waste of your racing budget). You should also have a small toolbox. The smallest of the small will get you by, the type with the lid that opens to reveal a tray wWell, believe it or not there is a charge for using the track at SRR. A race day entry fee will cost in a range of $20 to $40 per driver. This includes the driver’s insurance pass, track use fees, and race awards. Practice sessions will cost a driver $20 for the entire day. On race days, anyone entering our pit area will need a pit pass. These are currently in the $10 range. Practice days don’t require the pit pass for non drivers. Yearly practice passes are available also. At the time of this writing they were priced at $250. There are some consumables you’ll need to budget for. Some of these items are tires, synthetic racing oil, spark plugs, carburetor jets, engine gaskets, and gasoline. A set of tires for our Box Stock class is about $200 per set (sales pitch; buy them in ‘The Pit Stop’ and un-mounting and mounting is included). Depending on how much practice you run, two sets of tires should last most of a season, but the serious guys that are running for the season championship will replace tires about every 3-4 weeks. The kids in the 8 to 12 year old class will likely get in a season on one set of tires. As kart and driver combined weight increases so does tire wear. If a competitor runs in a 2-cycle class, speed becomes a factor in tire wear, and more tires will be used. It should also be noted that speed costs money, and most everyone who runs in the faster classes accepts this and expects to spend more money go-karting. Synthetic engine oil runs $10 to $15/quart. A Honda engine needs the oil changed every time you spend a day at the track and a quart is two oil changes. Spark plugs are $2-$10 each, jets $6, and gaskets at $2 – $10 depending on type. ith a bit more space below it. Your normal hand tools will get you started. Bring a socket set, box end and open end wrenches, pliers, Allen wrenches, and screwdrivers. Any specialty tools you need are again available in ‘The Pit Stop’. These might be special wrenches to use in hard to get at places or a tool to repair your chain; $5 to $30 price range.The most expensive thing you’ll need is transportation to the racetrack. This comes in all forms. Go-karts show up shoved in the trunk of a car, in the back of a pick-up truck, inside a mini van, on a snowmobile trailer, or even in a purpose built enclosed trailer used only for go-karting (you know, the toy box on wheels). These are go-karting’s version of a NASCAR’s hauler. Don’t sweat how you arrive. Just remember you can’t have fun until you get to the track and start riding.
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