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Old 05-03-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Did some laps in a 125cc TaG kart...

and holy crap those things are fun. I've driven 6hp indoor karts before, but when the guy said this was 28hp I knew I was in for a ride It just accelerated and cornered so fast I had to flex my fingers on the straights becasue I was holding on so tight I now have bruises on my ribs so it must have been a good day.

Any TaG racers on here? What does it cost to get into it? And Maintenance etc?
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Cost is anywhere from 2500-7000 for the kart depending on how used and abused it is and spares.

Not too bad to work on. Nut and bolt check everything as teh things vibrate like crazy and loosen things up quickly. Can't remember the life of an engine as I never dealt with that side of them. Cheaper than cars by a good amount. Tires will cost as much as you want and how fast you want to go. You can find tires that last forever to tires that are good for a day of track time.

Invest in a good rib protector and Advil as well.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:10 PM   #3
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I did my 1st 125cc shifter kart session a few weeks ago. 39hp. I could not believe how fast these things are. I am hooked...wont be buying my own, but I will continue to rent. Made my 360hp 370Z feel like a Geo Metro.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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I've lapped a Biland-powered kart, a rotax, and an EZ-Kart. All a blast (the Biland being the coolest I think). None as fun as a shifter, but still, make driving almost all full-weight street cars on track feel like piloting a barge.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:46 AM   #5
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shifters > all.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:22 AM   #6
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There is a karting thread around here somewhere. Search for it.

What engine?

I run a Rotax, rebuilds about every 20 hrs. Not a lot of vibration due to the balance shaft. Fun little hobby.

You can spend a varying amount racing these. Really depends on the level you want to participate in. I ran a club series last year and all together spent about $300/race. But I also run new tires every race, which isn't absolutely needed. Had to give it up for this season due to a new addition to the family.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:16 AM   #7
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shifters > all.
Formula A Karts > *





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There is a karting thread around here somewhere.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1188393
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:38 PM   #8
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If any of you need karting gear let me know, I can hook you up. PM Me. Gloves, Rib protectors, etc.

My friend used to own the West Hampton track out on LI and we used to run around during the summer in his Shifters. His 125 had 47hp, the 80 had 32hp...just ridiculous. Only thing that has come close to its acceleration is Formula SAE cars.

I don't think there is anything that can handle as well as a shifter kart, bar none, the grip and braking potential, and pure acceleration...its the quickest way tos care yourself for sure
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:44 PM   #9
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I've been tossing carting around in my head for the last couple of years vice autocrossing. I'm tired of standing in the sun for 8 hours to get 5 min. on track, but can't afford to track or road race right now.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:00 PM   #10
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Some laps for fun at the local track to me.



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Old 05-04-2010, 08:04 PM   #11
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Is that the new track at Pacific?
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since when do FA karts have a onboard starter?

and a clutch?

but yes FA is awesome. except when u have to change an engine every race...
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:26 PM   #13
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I did my 1st 125cc shifter kart session a few weeks ago. 39hp. I could not believe how fast these things are. I am hooked...wont be buying my own, but I will continue to rent. Made my 360hp 370Z feel like a Geo Metro.
Hey do you need to get licensed for those karts even for rent??
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:25 PM   #14
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!!!
I just recently got hooked on to karts!
I can't imagine driving anything that's more than 20hp...I've had some pretty decent times at my local indoor and outdoor tracks but the karts were 6hp and 13hp respectively. I feel alot more improvement to come with just a little bit more push so I'm going to a kart school this friday in NC @ Lowe's Speedway...anyone in that area? or heard of Endurance Karting school?

Main goal is to have my own shifter kart and race competitively. Much less money saved from time attacks and more seat time than autocrossing.

Are there any race schools in the east coast you guys have been to? mid-atlantic area would be ideal
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:30 PM   #15
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Johan at Endurance Karting is a very good guy and very quick in everything he drives.

As for other places to learn I'd look into the Woodbridge Kart Club in the MidAtlantic. Fastest stock 125 road racer in the eastern US runs with them. You'll learn a lot just being on track and in the paddock with them.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:40 PM   #16
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ah right on! I did talk to Johan prior to signing up and he seems a very cool guy too, I guess I'll meet him there. My only concern is that what I interpreted from his website is that it would mostly cater to beginners... I'm sure I will still learn from any sort of karting class but I would like that there is flexibility for some people that are not so much beginners and not quite experts either.

I'll def. check out WKC...someone's pointed me to their direction before, I just seem to have not paid too much mind to it, but thanks! I'll see if I'm able to follow their schedule!

btw, am I going the right route? Or since I'm fairly ok, I should just jump into renting shifter karts?
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:51 PM   #17
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Hey do you need to get licensed for those karts even for rent??
Nope, I didn't. They did need to see me drive a regular kart 1st to make sure I knew how to get around a track ok before shoving me in a 125cc shifter kart.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:45 PM   #18
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ah right on! I did talk to Johan prior to signing up and he seems a very cool guy too, I guess I'll meet him there. My only concern is that what I interpreted from his website is that it would mostly cater to beginners... I'm sure I will still learn from any sort of karting class but I would like that there is flexibility for some people that are not so much beginners and not quite experts either.

I'll def. check out WKC...someone's pointed me to their direction before, I just seem to have not paid too much mind to it, but thanks! I'll see if I'm able to follow their schedule!

btw, am I going the right route? Or since I'm fairly ok, I should just jump into renting shifter karts?
If you go racing some groups don't allow you to go straight into shifters. You get to start on the smaller karts and prove you can handle them. Kt100, HPV, etc. Very fun as well.
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True of the WKC. You have to attend a weekend kart school. I started out in an Enduro Kart (laydown) with a KT100. Acceleration is slow, but they attain speeds of 100+mph on tracks such as Summit Point Main and VIR and they obviously negotiate the turns quicker than cars.

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