Darrell Smith, our test and development driver, is giving you some tips how you can keep your kart and equipment in good condition even during the off-seasons's time.
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.
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.
Airbox/air filter. Airbox needs to be disassembled and cleaned. Take out the filter and clean also. If the filter is old or very dirty, replace it. Radiator. Check and clean the radiator (using a small cable tie is ideal for this). Remove all debris trapped in the fins of the radiator and stick a note on the radiator to remind you to fill with some fresh water the next time you go to the track.
Tools & spare parts – Give your tool box a good spring clean and sort out your spare parts.
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.