Darrell Smith, who heads our Tech Support Team, may not be on track at RMC events supporting our many customers or delivering training on-demand at the moment, but he still continues to share his knowledge and advice with our Rotax community.
Here are a few ideas to fill in your time and help you be even better prepared for the upcoming season.
1. If you have your GO-KART at home, use this opportunity to give it a good CLEAN & SERVICE.
Start by taking it apart. While you clean, you can also check everything is in good order.
This should include the following components:
Carb – Remove and service
Fuel tank & fuel line – If you have not already done so, remove all the fuel from the tank, fuel line, fuel pump and carburetor. Clean out the tank, replace the fuel line and filter if needed.
Exhaust – Replace exhaust matting. Check the springs have good tension and replace if necessary. Check the exhaust and support brackets for any signs of damage or cracks.
Clutch & clutch drum – Remove clutch drum and clutch, clean and service. Check for any damage or excessive wear and replace if necessary.
Chain & sprockets – Remove and check for any wear and replace if necessary. (Also spares.)
Engine – Check the amount of hours you have used your engine. [Do you actually have an hour meter?] This could be a good time for a service or complete overhaul.
Tools & spare parts – Give your tool box a good spring clean and sort out your spare parts.
2. What about your RACE GEAR?
This is also the ideal chance to empty out your race bag and give it a freshen-up too!
Helmet – Carefully remove your visor and give this a good clean, together with any spare visors. Soapy water is a good cleaning option or a specific helmet/visor cleaning spray.
Leave your helmet to air out for some time before replacing the visor and storing.
If you keep your helmet in a helmet bag, also give the bag a clean and hang out to air.
[It’s a good idea not to leave your race gloves inside your helmet in the bag too!]
Race suit & balaclava – If it’s been a while, perhaps it’s time to dry clean or wash your suit.
There’s nothing better than a sweet-smelling, clean race suit and balaclava to start the day.
Gloves, rib protector and boots – Gloves and boots also need to be aired out and cleaned. Make sure you check if they are worn out, have any holes and in need of replacement.
Wet suit, wet gloves & boots – Often overlooked, but a must when it rains! However, the wet-weather gear seems to be mostly forgotten until it’s needed and not often washed. Hang these out to air and wash if needed, following the manufacturers’ instructions. Rain suits are made from plastic and can tear easily, so double-check for any rips or tears.
Always remember… a clean kart is a fast kart! ;-))