Tech Archives

  August 2015 - A Day and Night Difference
 

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  December 2014 - Springing and Lashing Out
 

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  September 2014 - Final Adjustments
 

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  July 2014 - Tying It All Together
 

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  May 2014 - "Building Block...The Foundation Part 2"
 

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  April 2014 - "Building Block...The Foundation"
 

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  February 2014 - "Helmet Required"
 

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  January 2014 - "Forward Thinking"
 

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  December 2013 - "Racer's (Lack Of) Etiquette"
 

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  November 2013 - "Cold Storage"
 

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  October 2013 - "Buyer Beware"
 

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  September 2013 - "Fueling The Need"
 

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  August 2013 - "A Defining Lesson"
 

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  July 2013 - "A Staggering Development"
 

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  June 2013 - "Maximum Tension"
 

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  May 2013 - "Technical Malfunction"
 

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  April 2013 - "Karting By The Numbers"
 

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  March 2013 - "Surviving the Wild"
 

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  February 2013 - "Helmet Required"
 

This month we are going to take an in depth look at one of the most important aspects in racing...Safety!

 


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  January 2013 - "Winterization"
 

This month we will be expanding on winterizing you equipment.

 


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  December 2012 - "The Principles of Protection"
 

This month we will be discussing winterizing you equipment.

 


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  October 2012 - "Cheating...Racing's Dirty Word"
 

This month we are going in a bit of different direction. With the dirty word of racing...cheating.

 

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  September 2012 - "Going the Distance"
 

You can't win if you don't finish. This month we will be discussing the little things that help you finish the race.

 

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  August 2012 - "Up in the Front"
 

In the past few months we have concentrated on the rear of the kart and the chassis. Now we will shift our focus to the front end. The front is critical to the speed and handling of our chassis.

 

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  July 2012 - "Staggerin, without falling down"
 

This month we are taking a bit of time to discuss the link between the chassis and the track. THE TIRES

 

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  June 2012 - "Getting Your Rear End in Gear"
 

This month we are going to focus our atttention to ther rear of the chassis. We will address the rear axel assembly, as well as engine and chain alignment.

 

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  May 2012 - "Unintended Consequences"
 

This month we are discussing the "unintended consequences" of our chassis set up.


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  April 2012 - "Getting It All Together"
 

This month we are concentrating on kart assembly. The critical areas will be defined along with coverage of proper seat mounting and attaching the bodywork.


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  March 2012 - "Setting Up. Basically"
 

This month, we are covering basic chassis setup using basic tools and methods. Discussion will also cover establishing a baseline for weekly reference.


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  February 2012 - "Course Introduction"
 

The new racing season is bringing a totally new format to our monthly column here in Chasen Racen Illustrated. Formerly known as the "Grassroots Tech Barn", I am proud to introduce the "Speed Shop Scholar Training Program”.

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  January 2012 - "Cleaning Addiction"
 

So, this month's column is a reprint from a couple of years ago, but the topic and timing couldn't be better for a "repeat". Cleaning is a very important part of maintaining your kart.


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  Decmeber 2011 - "Preparing For A Long Winter Nap"
 

This month we are going to expand on that topic and lay out the procedure to winterize your chassis, your tires, and anything else needing protection from the effects of winter weather.


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  November 2011 - "Beating Down Old Man Winter"
 

Here at the “Grassroots Tech Barn,” cold weather is rapidly approaching. This is the time of the year for racers with an off season to prepare their racing equipment for winter hibernation.


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  October 2011 - "Don't Let The Gas Get Ya..."
 

This month we will spend our time together to cover the maintenance and cleaning of the Box Stock carburetor. Just like the other carbs used on the other engines, the Box Stock carb is quite simple, but requires specific care to perform its best.

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  September 2011 - "Double Clutching"
 

This month, we are going a couple steps further and explain the steps required to keep your disc clutch in top operating condition. Before we cover the maintenance, let’s take the time to explain the operation of the clutch.

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  August 2011 - "If The Show Fits..."
 

We will discuss the basic operation, maintenance, and installing it onto the engine properly. Prior to the introduction of the Box Stock Engine, the shoe clutch spent most of its time tucked away on a dark shelf, or in the back of a toolbox drawer wondering if it would ever see the light of day again.

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  July 2011 - "Still on the SoapBox"
 

In this month's edition of the "Grassroots Tech Barn" in this month, I want to address the use, or shall I say the misuse, and lack of, proper safety gear.


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  June 2011 - "Expectations, Dues, and Reality"
 

In this month's edition of the "Grassroots Tech Barn" we will discuss the realistic expectations of a beginning racer, paying dues, and the reality of the matter as a whole.


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  May 2011 - "Online and the Box Stock"
 

In this month's edition of the "Grassroots Tech Barn" we will be changing gears a bit and talking about the online forum and the Box Stock engine.


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  April 2011 - "So You Wanna Go Kart Racing...Part 2"
 

In last month’s edition of the "Grassroots Tech
Barn”, we took our Box Stock engine from the box and prepared
it for competition. This month, we are going to expand
upon that concept and get it mounted onto and hooked up
to the kart and one step closer to getting on the track.


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  March 2011 - "So You Wanna Go Kart Racing..."
 

Over the last couple of years, a new engine has been introduced to kart racing: the Box Stock Clone. This engine provides the racer with the opportunity to go racing at a reduced cost. The concept of this class is to provide the entry level, or budget racer, a less expensive option to get started in racing.


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  February 2011 - "The Racer's Toolbox Parts 1 and 2 Republished"
 

Racing karts are mechanical in nature. Mechanical things require tools. What tools are necessary? Do I need a huge box full of tools, or just a few wrenches? Well, those questions and more are the subject of this month’s article.


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  January 2011 - "Outrunning Old Man Winter"
 

Racing in the cold winter months takes a bit more preparation than the warmer months. Cold, damp weather is not a racer’s friend. It is even a worse enemy to your equipment. Extra care and precautions need to be taken in order to ensure a successful winter season of racing.


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  December 2010 - "What Percentage do You Fall In?"
 

In last month’s installment of the “Grassroots Tech Barn,” we got our scale platform properly set up and accurately leveled. This month we are going to continue on this idea and get our chassis on the scales.


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  November 2010 - "Kart Scaling on the Level"
 

Over the last few installments of the “Grassroots Tech Barn,” we have assembled our chassis, mounted our seat, and mounted the bodywork. This leaves us very close to hitting the dirt and making some laps.


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  October 2010 - "A Great Body"
 

Over the last several months of the “Grassroots Tech Barn”, we have been assembling our new kart and getting it ready to head to the track.


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  September 2010 - "Take a Seat"
 

In last month’s installment of the “Grassroots Tech Barn,” we discussed the initial assembly of your new chassis. From an out of the box state, we assembled our chassis and short of a few minor details, we were track ready.


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  August 2010 - "From the Box to the Stand to the Scales"
 

In this month’s installment of the “Grassroots Tech
Barn,” we are going to go in a bit of a different direction. We
are going to cover the basic stages of kart assembly.


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  July 2010 - "Bearing Care and Maintenance"
 

The last few months of the “Grassroots Tech Barn” we have covered cleaning and maintaining your kart. This month, we want to dive into our wheel bearings, front and rear.


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  June 2010 - "Getting a Clean Start"
 

In last month’s installment of the “Grassroots Tech Barn”, we covered how to properly wash your engine. This month we are going to dig a bit deeper and explain how to wash your kart.


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  May 2010 - "Rub-A-Dub-Dub Without the Tub"
 

In this month’s installment of the “Grassroots Tech Barn”, we are going to explain how to properly wash your engine. This is a topic we have covered in the past, however I feel it important enough to cover again for those that may have missed it before.


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  April 2010 - "A Deeper Investigation"
 

Last month we introduced you to the Briggs Racing Local Option 206 engine platform. This month we want to expand on this topic. As we told you last month, the LO206 is an Animal engine with a few minor changes.


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  March 2010 - "Caged Animal Unleashed"
 

There is a new racing engine from Briggs and Stratton that you may not be familiar with. It is called the Local Option 206, or LO 206 for short. This engine is based on the Animal plat-form that we have been racing for a number of years.

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  February 2010 - "Spring Fever"
 

In this month’s installment of the “Grassroots Tech Barn” we want to focus on getting your engines ready for the coming season. Certain areas are not as fortunate as us in the south to have an all-year racing season. Other racers put away their equipment as soon as the weather cools. The goal this month is to properly maintenance your engines to avoid any damage caused by winter storage.

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  January 2010 - "The Animal Carb: No Beast Here"
 

The Animal carb is very intimidating to some racers. They feel the carb is a vicious beast just waiting to act up and put an end to their day at the track. Basic maintenance and an over-view of its operation should clear up this misconception. This is the goal of this month’s “Grassroots Tech Barn”.

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  December 2009 - "Getting Your Head Back On"
 

Over the last few months we have covered replacing dif-ferent gaskets and seals to stop oil leaks. This month, we want to revisit replacing the head gasket on both the Raptor and Animal engines.

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  November 2009 - "Finishing Off a Leak..."
 

Oil leaks are never a pleasant thing to deal with. One ounce of oil can look like a gallon once it has circulated around your engine, making a complete mess and creating a very ag-gravating work environment. Last month, we explained how to replace the side cover gasket. This month, we want to expand on that and explain how to replace a leaking PTO seal, and stop leaks at the valve chamber.

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  October 2009 - "Maintenance and Repair 101"
 

In this month’s segment of “Grassroots Tech Barn”, we are going to cover two issues that although completely unrelated; both can create problems at the track. Just as with all previous articles, we will try and make this a simple step-by-step process to remedy the problem quickly and efficiently.

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  September 2009 - "It Won't Start...What Now?"
 

Sometimes, it’s just a bad day. You get to the track, ev-erything is ready to go, roll up to the grid, pull the rope, and it just won’t start. What do you do? Where do you look first These are just a few of the questions that we will answer in this month’s installment of Grass Roots Tech Barn.

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  August 2009 - "The Racer's Toolbox...Put To Use"
 

Last month we showed how to remove the flywheelfrom both the Animal and flatheadengine. This month, we want to dig a bit deeper into this subject. We will illustrate with more detailed images, the proper way to remove the flywheelsfrom both of these engines.

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  July 2009 - "The Racer's Tech Toolbox 2"
 

Over the last couple of months, we have been building our toolboxes for the track and the tech barn. Although many of the tools are very general and self-explanatory, there are a few that require further explanation on their application and use. This month, we will dig into and explain a few of these specialty tools.

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  June 2009 - "The Racer's Tech Toolbox"
 

Last month we covered the tools that we need to have at the track. This month we want to take it a step further. Every racer’s goal is to be in the tech room at the end of the night, which usually means we had a successful day at the track. We will help you to have the tools you need to disassemble your engine for tech inspection.

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  May 2009 - "The Racer's Toolbox"
 

Racing karts are mechanical in nature. Mechanical things require tools. What tools are necessary? Do I need a huge box full of tools, or just a few wrenches? Well, those questions and more are the subject of this month’s article. We will help you to fillyour toolbox with the tools required to perform the job you need to do, and cover your bases without getting too carried away, which is something we all seem to have tendency to do.

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  April 2009 - "Tire Maintenance"
 

Tires are one of, if not the most important aspects of any kart racing program. Not only having the proper tires, but the choice of which ones to select is an issue every kart racer faces every week at the track as well as at the shop.

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  March 2009 - "Cleaning Addiction"
 

Cleaning is a very important part of maintaining your kart. A lot of racers discount this and do not spend the necessary time to do the job properly.

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  February 2009 - "Driveline Maintenance"
 

In today’s world of kart racing, it is easy to sometimes overlook some very important items. All the time spent preparing tires, loading the trailer, and traveling to the races can be all for naught if our driveline maintenance is not up to par.

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  January 2009 - "Cold Remedy"
 

The goal of this article is to educate you on how to store your engine for an extended period of time, and how to bring it back out, and prepare it for the return to the track.

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  December 23, 2008 - "Safety, Safety, Safety"
 

  We, as racers, tend to spend our efforts, time, and our money in   the manner we feel will help our performance the most.

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  December 23, 2008 - "Maintenance & Repair 101"
 

  Two issues that although completely unrelated; both can create   problems at the track.

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  December 23, 2008 - "Weekly Maintenance"
 

  A properly maintained kart is usually a faster kart.

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  December 1, 2008 - "Kart Washing Again"
 

  Cleaning is a very important part of maintaining your kart.

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  November 1, 2008 - "Bad Day It Won't Start "
 

  It won’t start,What now??

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  October 1, 2008 - "Lashing Out "
 

  Setting valve lash on an Animal engine.

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  September 1, 2008 - "Leak No More"
 

  Quick fixes for leaking gaskets.

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  July 1, 2008 - "Taking Care of Your Investment"
 

  More pointers on engine maintenance and care.

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  June 1, 2008 - "Spits, Sputters, and Hiccups"
 

  Tips on the Animal carb.

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  May 7, 2008 - "A Clean Animal is a Good Animal"
 

  More tips for maintaining your Animal

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  May 7, 2008 - "Keeping a Healthy Animal"
 

  This article is all about maintaining your Animal.

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  May 7, 2008 - "Cover Your Assets "
 

  This article is all about safety.

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  October 23 , 2007 - "Tire Sizing "
 

  This article includes a few tips for preparing your tires.

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  October 23 , 2007 - "Kart Washing and Weekly Maintenance"
 

  This article includes a few tips on washing and maintaining your   kart. It   also includes a weekly checklist.

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  October 23 , 2007 - "General Engine Care and Maintenance"
 

  This article is all about engine care and maintenance, from washing   the engine to maintaining all of the engine's components.

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  October 23 , 2007 - "Clutch Maintenance"
 

  A new article has been added. This one is all about clutch   maintenance.

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  September 20, 2007 - "Getting Things Straight"
 

Welcome to the area of JRPW that we call "Extra Stuff." Here, you will find everything from news and updates to tutorials and tech guides. This month, we have added a new tech article to our library. As published in the September 2007 issue of Chase'n Race'n Illustrated, Jimmy Rivers explains how to properly align your kart using the Accutoe Pro.

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Jimmy Rivers is the author of the “Speed Shop Scholar”, a tech series featured monthly in “Chasen Racen Illustrated”, Dirt Karting’s premier publication. Covering a wide variety of topics to assist the racer.

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