Big guy wants to race!

FP-74

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I am 60ish 5’10” 260 lbs found a great place to race, but I’m having trouble finding a kart to fit a fat guy...
The first pic is what most are running. The second pick is a local kart for sale that the guy says I won’t fit in.
I have a Manco 225 American Express Frame with a live axel (3rd pic)I just squeeze into it and it needs a bit of work (I have a new predator 212 in the box) I would hate to put a lot of work into the Manco to be left in the dust (these guys are FAST). I have about $1000 to spend
I don’t know if there is a racing kart that is larger. Really just need the steering wheel a little higher and farther from seat. Sorry about the long post!
any advice? PLEASE don’t say loose weight!

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Mr. Spindle

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i suggest you go look at the kart for sale if you're using it for racing purposes, may as well try to fit in it. that's just my two cents.
 

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If you have the tools, shorten the steering column. Cut weight on the kart where you can. Depending on the track, you may not be as disadvantaged as you might think.
 

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Is that an oval track with all left turns?

I'm 6'-6"/235lbs and won several heats & main events on dirt oval kart tracks when I was well into my 50's.

Your Manco wont ever handle as well as a racekart.

That kart for sale in your pic is an Ultramax, Its probably an older model but it's one of the top brands of offset chassis karts and was specifically designed for oval track racing. Probably be a good choice for you as long as it's in decent condition.

You'll be able to adjust the seat further back if needed.

You'll find info about ovalkart seat sizes at this link: https://www.out2win.com/catalog/seats.html

You'll find some steering wheels that'll give more beer-belly clearance at this link: https://www.out2win.com/catalog/steer_wheel.html
 

FP-74

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Thanks for the responses! Not oval.. one right turn (in and out on the back side). Yes, i believe the Manco won't handle as well as a race kart.
I Think I'm gonna look at that ultramax even though he says I wont fit... anderkart, you mentioned that kart is designed specifically for oval track, Is that a deal breaker?
 

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Hard to say... An Ovalkart will make righthand turns but it's definitely gonna push more than a straitrail chassis on that one corner, but on the other hand it should out-corner a comparable Straitrail chassis kart on all the lefthand turns.

Have you gone to the track and found out what type of chassis the top drivers are running?

Its easy to tell the difference:
An oval chassis will have the steering column & seat drastically offset to the left, and the rear axle offset to the right:
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And then everything is pretty much centered on a strait rail chassis except the seat & steering column will typically be just slightly offset to the left:
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FP-74

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They seem to be a mixed bag... I think I’m gonna give it a go and hopefully I can deal with the one right turn. This is a REALLY out of the way track only 6 or 8 people go there. Literally in a farmers field but well done. I see what you mean by the offset wheel seat and rear axel in the pic of the kart I plan to pick up. I guess I just want to try it. They are a pretty loose group. The other 2 pics are from the track. ( I wish I could upload the video). Thanks for the advice!DADA5C28-57C0-407E-81A6-06B7970B70D7.png3BC6014E-2AEC-4BFC-AF0D-07F728C2E4C1.pngB5C06F15-8E68-4EC6-A342-073F6834E0C2.jpeg
 
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