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Table of Contents
Introduction
    About the Author
    How to Use This Book
Where To Begin
    What Is Karting All About?
        The Investment and the Return
        A Realistic Expectation
    An Introduction to the Lingo
        Tight
        Free
        Loose
        Push
        Flat
        Understeer
        Oversteer
        Balanced
        CG and VCG
        Bite or Sidebite
        Left
        Nose
        Cross
        Percentages and Weights
        Stagger
        g’s or Lateral g’s
        WKA, IKF and Other Sanctioning Bodies
    What Type of Racing Are You Going to Do?
    Dirt
    Pavement
    Coke Syrup
    What Class?
        Restricted Engines
        Stock Engines
        Stock Animal Engines
        Limited Modified
        Open Modified
        Unlimited
    Reconnaissance – Going to the Track
        Track Bite (or Grip)
        Typical Gear Ratios
        Types of Tires Run
        Classes
        Schedule and Costs
        Track Evolution
        Assembling the Information
Getting the Equipment
    Buying a Chassis
        Chassis Components
        Chassis Performance
        Buying New
        Buying Used
    All of the Adjustments
        RF and LF Camber
        King Pin Inclination (KPI)
        Scrub Radius
        RF and LF Castor
        Trail
        RF Lead
        Cross Adjustment with Spindle Washers
        Ackermann
        RF and LF Hub Spacing
        Toe and Front End Alignment
        LR Cross Adjustment
        RR Lead or Axle Lead
        Axle Height Adjustment
        Front Stagger
        Rear Hub Spacing and Tread Width
    Buying an Engine
        The Parts
        Buying New
        Buying Used
        Do I Need a Spare Engine?
    The Rest of the Kart Related Equipment
        Clutch
        Tach/Laptimer
        Toe Lock
        Sprockets
        Body
        Chain
        Motor Mount
        Chain Guide or Sprocket Guard
        Kart Stand
        Spare Air Filters, Filter Socks and Filter Oil
    Tools and Other Things
        Karting Specific Tools
        General Tools That are Needed
    The Tow Vehicle
Putting Everything Together
        Disassembling with a Purpose
        Rear Bearing Maintenance
        Front Bearing Maintenance
    Reassembly
    Mounting the Seat
        Preparation
        Locating the Seat
        Mounting the Seat
    Mounting the Body
        Mounting the Nose First and Then the Side Panels
        Mounting the Side Panels to the Nose and then Mounting It All as One Piece
    The Motor
        Indexing the Spark Plug
        Oil
        Fuel Level
        Flushing the Engine
    Mounting the Motor
    Aligning the Sprocket to the Motor
Everything Tires
    Tire Variables
        Diameter
        Width
        Manufacturer
        Compound
        Durometer
        Cut Profile and Rubber Thickness
        Directionality (Symmetry or Asymmetry)
    Rim Variables
        Diameter
        Width
        Backspacing
        Beadlock
        Machined Rims
    Mounting Tires
        Mounting Lube
        Tire Bands
        Mounting the Tire
    Tire Sizing
        Stretching a Tire
        Shrinking a Tire
        Turning Tires
Tuning with Tires – Air Pressures
        Tuning with Air Pressure – Some General Comments
        Tuning with Air Pressure – Overall Pressure in All Four Tires
        Tuning with Air Pressure – Air Pressure Splits from Left to Right
        Tuning with Air Pressure – Air Pressure Splits from Front to Back
        Tuning with Air Pressures – Air Pressure Settings on Each Individual Tire
Tuning with Tires - Prepping
        Tire Chemical Safety
    What Does it Do?
        Time Matters
    How Can We Apply It?
        Combinations
    What Types of Chemicals?
Tire Selection
    Track Conditions
        Track  Hardness
        Track Bite
        Hard and Fast
        Hard Dry Slick
        Hard and Shiny Slick
        Medium Soft
        Medium Soft and Shiny Slick or Dry Slick
        Medium Soft and Tacky
        Soft
    Specific Tires
        Maxxis HT3’s
        Burris
        Vega
        Firestone
    Reading Tires
Setting It Up
        Before We Scale
        Preparing the Kart
        Preparing the Scales
        Step by Step on the Scales
At the Track
    Packing it all Up and Heading to the Track
    At the Track
        Shakedown
        The First Controlled Practice
        The Second Controlled Practice
        Heat Race
        Feature Race
    After Racing
        Reflections
    Continuing…
Weekly Maintenance
        Cleanup
        Checkup
        Setup
        Tire Maintenance
Track Tuning and Problem Solving
    The Process
        Identifying the Right Problem
        Finding the Right Solutions
        Making Changes Big Enough to Feel
        The Baseline
        Chassis Evolution
        Oval Kart Chassis Development
        Generation 1 – ~1992 to 1996
        Generation 2 – 1997 to mid 1999
        Generation 3 – mid 1999 to 2004 and on
        Generation 4 – 2004 to ??
        Generation 4b – 2005 to ??
        The Kart Isn’t Making Enough Bite and/or Isn’t Working
    Common Problems and Solutions
        Where the Weight Goes
        Push In
        Loose In
        Push Out
        Loose Out
        Unresponsive or Flat
        RR Tight
        LR Tight
        Hard to Steer
        Pull to Left
    Tuning the Gear Ratio
        Clutch Driver and Sprocket Ranges
        A Tooth is How Many RPM?
Driving Tips
        Be Smooth
        Using the Throttle and the Brake to Help the Kart
        Passing
        How to Stay Out of the Way
Getting and Using Help
        Many Roads to the Same Place
        Lies and Misinformation
        Getting Others Involved in Your Problem Solving
Procedures
    Camber Change
    Measuring Camber
    Castor Change
    Measuring Castor
    Adjusting Cross with Spindle Washers
    Adjusting Cross with a LR Adjuster
    Adjusting RF Lead
    Installing a Steering Lock
    Setting the Toe
        Setting Toe with the Accutoe Pro
        Aligning the Front End Setting Toe with Alignment Plates
        Setting the Toe Without Aligning the RF to the RR
    Changing the Sprocket Gear
    Setting the Chain Tension
The Bill