Go Kart Engines
All About Your Go Kart Engines
If you want to be competitive in the sport of kart racing, your are going to need a competitive go kart racing engine. You can spend thousands of dollars on a top of the line racing chassis, but if the engine isn't built to win, it may all be in vain. There are two "brands" of go kart engines used mainly in competitive racing in North America primarily and these include Honda and Briggs engines. This article focuses on the Honda 4 stroke racing engine.
If you purchase a go kart racing engine out of a box from a dealer, chances are it will not be competitively race ready. In order to have an engine brought up to par with your competitors, you will have to find an engine builder in your area to do so. They will put your engine on a Dynamometer, which will measure the the torque and rotational speed (rpm) from which power produced by the engine can be calculated. The builder will then tweek the engine to produce the highest amount of torque and rpm within specifications to make your engine as fast as possible.
A go kart racing engine can cost anywhere between 700-900+ dollars and the costs of having the engine built competitively by an engine builder can add to that cost. Overall it is a good investment for a racing engine however.
Honda karting engines have too many components to list and it can get quite technical. The specifics include:
- The recoil or electric start system
To keep your engine running smoothly from race to race, there a few things you should do at the end of each race day before you pack away the kart for the week.
- Inspect your spark plug to ensure nothing has moved or been damaged during the day. It is advisable to replace your spark plug once a year to ensure optimized engine performance.
For more information on the Honda Go Kart Engine visit their website at www.honda-engines.com and download a product manual.
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