Normally, one would think that the engine is the probably the most important part of the Go kart. However, it is really the chassis that has the most significant role in the mechanism of the equipment. The chassis or also known as the frame is the one responsible for holding up the components of the equipment all together.
The Ideal Go Kart Chassis
The perfect chassis would be one that is sufficiently light to allow for an excellent handling of the equipment, and yet a material that is durable enough to launch a kart forward without the smallest amount of deterioration. However, this kind of material is one that is truly rare in its kind.
To maneuver well on the circuit, the machine should have a well-built frame since these frames are responsible for how well the equipment turns into every corner. This is the most important characteristic that the frame should have, to be able to negotiate the turns well. Unlike weaker Go karts with low quality components, with a sturdy frame, you will not have to deal with inappropriate slides and drifts.
Earlier Go karts used stiff frames which consisted of shorter bars crossing over each other. These frames easily broke down due to the wrong tire traction or suspension. This means that the Go kart does not have the adequate weight stability which has a big impact on the handling of the machine. Right tire tractions help reduce the strain experienced by Go karts as an upshot of acceleration, turning and braking.
As a remedy, the modern Go karts are now using longer bars for the frames. These longer bars provide for more flexibility which allows the driver to maneuver better over different kinds of track surfaces, be it concrete, asphalt or dirt.
Choosing The Right Kind Of Chassis
Before finding a frame for your Go kart, first consider the kind of track surface with which you will be riding on since different frames behave in a different way depending on the demands of varied track surfaces.
Dirt tracks tend to place a large amount of challenge and stress on the Go kart’s front rail while the stiff back rail that zips through dirt may result to the engine’s losing of power when the Go kart cuts a turn. To provide for this, the ideal frames for dirt tracks are those with narrow front rails and with longer backs. As for asphalt or concrete surfaces, the complete opposite is the best option.
With regards to the design of the chassis, wide rear rails make the Go kart plant itself better on the track without the possibility of skidding or sliding. This movement is commonly known as “side-bite”. With more ability to do so, the Go kart won’t easily flip over in the instance of crashing.
Maintaining The Chassis
Karting aficionados often face one major issue and that is the longevity of the chassis. Frames undergo distortion every now and then as a result of the grueling breaks and turns of the speedster coupled with the smacks on track walls. It is thus recommended that the frames be changed at least once a year.
Another technique to preserve one’s chassis would be to run the Go kart in a reverse manner that is running the kart in the track backwards. It gives the effect of shaping the frame opposite of what it would be if it will be run in a normal course.
Choosing a chassis for your kart is largely dependent on how flexible it is and on the right traction of the tires. For a more demanding circuit, it is always best to opt for more flexibility and vice versa for the less demanding ones.