Parts, Tools and Equipment Guide
There are no written rules about what kind of parts, tools and equipment you’re going to need for go karting, however, this should get you off to the right start if you are looking for what to buy before you get started. You will probably have some of these tools at home already and the rest you will most likely acquire slowly over the rest of the season. This is no means a complete list, because as a novice karter, you will find you’ll always be looking for something you don’t have in the tool box!
This brings us to our first item:
Tools – The Must Haves!
• Tool Box – it sounds simple, but if you don’t have a proper tool box you’ll lose track of your stuff pretty quick! It’ll save you so much time when you need it too!
• Ratchet Set
• Allan Key Set (Hex Wrenches)
• Needle Nose Pliers
• Adjustable Wrench
• Rubber Mallet/Hammer
• Giant Flathead Screwdriver! (this is a bit of a preference of mine. I never leave the house without it because I always seem to need it for some reason!)
• Funnels (gas and oil)
• Tire Pressure Gauge (the ones with a release are convenient)
• Air Compressor or Tank
• Tape Measure
• Duct Tape (of course!)
• Safety Wire
• Bead Breaker
• Chain Breaker
• Dish Soap (used for changing tires)
• Hose Clamps
• Rip Ties (tie wraps)
• WD40 (most people prefer higher end lubricants)
• Brake Cleaner
• Rags – Shop Towels work quite well
As I mentioned, this is by no means a complete list and I’m sure there are some tools that I’ve missed. If you can’t afford all of these tools at once (and don’t worry, most novices can’t) don’t worry! I can’t speak for all levels of competitiveness; however, from my experiences most karters will be more than willing to help a novice out! If you need a bead breaker to change your tires, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow competitor! Most people will be more than willing to help you out!
Equipment can be subdivided into two categories in this case. Spare parts and General equipment. Spare parts are just things you’ll want to have just in case you have a little accident out on the track (because it happens to everyone eventually! The General equipment section is stuff you might want to consider buying that will basically keep things running smoothly for you!
• Tie Rods
• Spare Rims
• Spare Tires
• Washers (various sizes)
• Spark Plugs
• Battery (date acquisition)
• Gears (assorted)
• Assorted nuts and bolts (you’ll need lots of lock nuts)
• Kart Stand
• Alfano (or other data acquisition device)
• Woods Tent (a easy pop up shade/rain tent you can get at Canadian Tire)
• Lawn Chairs (you’ll want them when lunch time rolls around)
• Fold Up Tables (a convenient work station when you need to do repairs)
• Pen and Paper (for writing down info and filling in tech forms)
Overall, this list of parts, tools and equipment should get you ready for your first season. Again, it’s not a complete list; however, it should be a great start! Don’t worry too much if you don’t have everything at first, you’ll get the hang of it and acquire everything you need over time! Have fun!
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