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Old 01-18-2020, 12:06 PM
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Default Is it safe to run a predator in the rain?

I have driven my go kart in all kinds of weather including rain snow and hail but is it safe for the engine to run it while its wet or can it hurt it? Its stock. Does the stock engine cover keep the breather dry or will it get choked out by the rain?
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Old 01-18-2020, 12:41 PM
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I’m sure it’s better not to, but I didn’t have a place to store my kart except behind the house at one point, and all I ever did was rubber bad a grocery sack over the air filter. It sat for weeks at a time getting rained and snowed on and never seemed to hurt it.
An easy way to tell would be to ride it in the rain and then check the air filter to see if it’s wet.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:18 PM
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the original airfilter should keep water from reaching the carb..
it does so pretty well usually.
The original exhaust keeps water out of the combustion chamber as well.
An aftermarket airfilter changes the game though (by a vast amount)
So does an aftermarket exhaust (if water can enter the tip.. it's anyones guess ...)

you said yours is stock, sooo I'd go for "you should be fine"

a good pouring rain can change any game though ..
but in such conditions you'd be soaking wet within split seconds anyways..
which is unlikely to be karting weather anyways.

if your engine sat outside during such,
you might want to allow it to dry a bit before you start it up.
checking for water in the airfilter and exhaust,
carefully turning it over manually once or twice (kill switch engaged) to gently check for hydro lock.. is all you need to do really.

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I have some videos to upload now lol including paying my freind to drive his kart through a small puddle. And instead he drives through the deep part lol. The karts seemed fine and mine starts. With 2-3 pulls when cold and 1 when warm even in the rain
https://youtu.be/rtjCXQgZvz8
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