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DCProductions 01-28-2011 10:40 PM

Hey DIY-ers!
Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum and to forums in general. I've been coming to this site for about a year for ideas and advise but never joined. I want to say a big thanks to everybody- which apparently you have a button for- and I look forward to both learning a lot and maybe giving some advise myself.
Alabama, USA's my home, and I ride my kart anywhere I can. I started karting with a 20mph 5.5 hp yard kart. It ran a centripetal clutch to 1 wheel drive and was a blast. However, the "Speedway Series" brand kart- if anyone's ever heard of that, pretty sure it doesn't exist anymore- did not last in my hilly neighborhood, and I took a go kart hiatus to work on R/C.
R/C never could replace the feeling of actually riding, so I eventually got the same kart back. I had done a little research in my spare time; I chopped out the back end and replaced it (still rigid) with a 1" live axle setup powered by a lightly modified gx200 clone and a TAV2. I replaced the steering wheel with a scooter steering column and handlebars, and I also made custom plexiglass fenders. Because of several wrecks I have had to make custom spindles also (still rigid). This setup powers me to a questionably safe speed of 55mph and even with ribbed tires gives me some cool off-road ability.
Most of the money I've spent has gone into repairs for mistakes, but it has been well worth it so far. Hopefully on this site I can avoid spending on mistakes and improve instead.

Thanks again for the forum,
David C

PS: Would post some pics but don't really have any. I'm stuck in a dorm right now so hope my description is good enough.

kibble 01-28-2011 10:47 PM

Welcome to the site! :thumbsup:

DCProductions 01-28-2011 10:55 PM

Quick question. I just realized that I had a whole lot of questions and wanted to make threads for all of them. I'm probably not going to post all of them but is there an etiquette to how many threads I should post? I don't want to flood the page with questions.

kibble 01-28-2011 11:06 PM

As long as there's not a bunch of the same question in different topics you should be fine. If they're somehow related, you might just keep them to one thread in the appropriate forum topic.

There's no limit to how many you can post, and some questions may have already been answered before. It's usually best to do searches for similar topics before starting a new one.

r97 01-29-2011 08:44 AM

use the search button.

don't post the same question in a new thread you just made a thread for.

try to keep one thread in each section.

if you decide to combine several questions into one thread, its much easier to answer if the questions are separated from each other (paragraph, bullet form, or the like)

welcome to the forum!

p.s. your kart sound like fun!

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