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Forum: Engines & Clutches 12-02-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 164
Posted By anickode
While fixed mixture engines will run lean in the...

While fixed mixture engines will run lean in the cold, they will run lean right from the get-go. It won't be a sudden power loss out of the blue.

That could be carb icing. As air is sucked...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 12-01-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 222
Posted By anickode
A lot of those Shriner cars are built similar to...

A lot of those Shriner cars are built similar to concession karts. Very sturdy, and very heavy.

Last time I drove concession karts, they had GX390s, running right around the factory 3600 rpm,...
Forum: More Builds 11-30-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 333
Posted By anickode
Doesn't have to be one of those specifically. ...

Doesn't have to be one of those specifically. There are a lot of similar type scooters out there. I was more or less just pointing out that particular design vs the razor-type scooters with the...
Forum: More Builds 11-30-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 333
Posted By anickode
You can really easily convert a push scooter to...

You can really easily convert a push scooter to engine drive using a friction wheel setup.

Say you want a 20mph top speed (which is more than enough for a stand up scooter). If the engine spins...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-29-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 19,226
Posted By anickode
You can only suck so much volume of air through...

You can only suck so much volume of air through any given sized hole. When you hit that limit, your engine can't turn any faster.
Forum: Engines & Clutches 11-26-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By anickode
I thought the compression release on those older...

I thought the compression release on those older engines was a tiny, barely noticeable bump on the exhaust cam located 180 from the lobe.
Forum: All Other Parts 11-25-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 159
Posted By anickode
Just be smart about what you build. Good tires,...

Just be smart about what you build. Good tires, brakes, and steering are absolute must-haves for a fast kart.
Forum: All Other Parts 11-25-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 159
Posted By anickode
It'll be fine. Depending how wide your frame is...

It'll be fine. Depending how wide your frame is (and thus how far your bearing carriers are), you might consider adding a third bearing carrier somewhere in the middle of the frame next to the...
Forum: All Other Parts 11-25-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 159
Posted By anickode
I made a live axle out of a piece of 1" OD by...

I made a live axle out of a piece of 1" OD by 1/4" wall DOM seamless tube. Hand cut the keyways (not full length, just the ends and for the sprocket and brake) with a cape chisel and a die grinder. ...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-24-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By anickode
If you accumulate a big enough assortment of...

If you accumulate a big enough assortment of tube, it's pretty easy to piece together whatever shape exhaust you want. Most of mine step up diameter as they go, using sections that sleeve into each...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-24-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By anickode
Cut out and save any bends from anything I throw...

Cut out and save any bends from anything I throw out. Leave about 12-18" of tube on each side. Maybe a little more on one end.

My drift trike project has a pretty wicked looking dual chrome...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-12-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 755
Posted By anickode
An old co-worker of mine always said that for any...

An old co-worker of mine always said that for any hobby, you need time, money, and space, and you will only ever have two of those things.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-10-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 755
Posted By anickode
A flathead made entirely out of aftermarket...

A flathead made entirely out of aftermarket components, from the block to the bolts.

It's a flathead, loosely based off the briggs design, but that's all they have in common.

That's Like...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-07-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By anickode
And why ethanol must be poisoned for retail sale....

And why ethanol must be poisoned for retail sale.
(denatured alcohol is ethanol with just enough methanol added to make it toxic).
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 11-07-2019, 04:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By anickode
The nitrous is the same. Automotive and...

The nitrous is the same. Automotive and industrial nitrous have additives in them to discourage illicit use (ie, huffing), whereas whip-its cannot because it's a food product. Medical nitrous also...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 10-31-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 132
Posted By anickode
Is reverse a must? A divorced trans for a Harley...

Is reverse a must? A divorced trans for a Harley type motorcycle might work.

Honda goldwing too, and they're shaft drive out, designed for a longitudinally mounted engine.

Personally, I'd...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 10-30-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 541
Posted By anickode
Especially if the flywheel wasn't properly...

Especially if the flywheel wasn't properly torqued to spec after installation.
Forum: Engines & Clutches 10-30-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By anickode
You certainly can. regular spray paint will have...

You certainly can. regular spray paint will have no trouble holding up to the temperature, but remember most paints are not gasoline resistant. without an automotive grade clear coat on the tank,...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 10-29-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By anickode
Turf savers and probably at least 10-12 hp with a...

Turf savers and probably at least 10-12 hp with a torque converter to do everything you're asking for. Probably 15" on the front and 18" on the back if crawling curbs is expected.

Without...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 10-29-2019, 06:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 541
Posted By anickode
Flywheel is all you did? You didn't open the...

Flywheel is all you did? You didn't open the case at all? It sounds like something else got changed... Valve clearance, compression ratio, cam position, etc.

What type of engine? A flywheel's...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 10-27-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 10,309
Posted By anickode
Dont know how much you're looking to spend, but...

Dont know how much you're looking to spend, but the biggest bang for your buck (and weight) might be to add a car audio capacitor (1/2 to 1 farad) in parallel with each battery in the system.

You...
Forum: Engines & Clutches 10-27-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By anickode
Usually a scored up cylinder wall results in gas...

Usually a scored up cylinder wall results in gas leaking into the oil more than oil leaking into the cylinder, at least at first. That is, until the crankcase is way overfull with diluted gassy oil,...
Forum: Engines & Clutches 10-26-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By anickode
That'll be fine for the arrangement you have...

That'll be fine for the arrangement you have proposed.
Forum: Engines & Clutches 10-26-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By anickode
One consideration (although of minimal concern on...

One consideration (although of minimal concern on a kart) is the strength of the chain. The second chain in the reduction will be under more strain than the first one. Unlikely that you'll exceed...
Forum: Engines & Clutches 10-24-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By anickode
Diy muffler! (10hp Briggs OHV, not a go kart)

Came up with this wonderful little atrocity in about 20 minutes today at work. Stock muffler was shot, blowing exhaust back against the head. Actually caused the head gasket to fail from the heat. ...
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