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Someone with no idea about karting looking for advice

I am chasing advice as someone who would love to race but has absolutely no idea about karting.

I have a kart in Adelaide that has been out in the weather for quite a few years, the engine (100J) isn't on it but last time I looked the axle and most of the chassis was pretty rusty. I only ever completed 1 meeting and then couldn't really afford to continue at that time. I am assuming that the kart sitting there that long it is probably useless and beyond repair.


I now live in Melbourne and want to get back into the sport. But I notice all the changes that have happened recently.... no more SNL class which was the entry level back then. The Yamaha engines are gone etc.

So Basically What is the entry level class these days? I see there is KA4 Senior which is similar to the national class but no one seems to run it. Otherwise KA3 which would need me to buy a brand new engine for $3000 as it seems the KA100 is still too new to have many 2nd hand ones circulating yet.

(My Previous Kart/Engine/Stand etc. only cost me 2k) 
I am in my 30s, 5"10 tall and around 85kg so I would probably be in a heavier class now.

Also I live in an apartment block at the moment so there is no storage for something like this, maybe a stupid question but is there anywhere that offers Kart Storage or something of that nature? I am going to be moving early next year and should have space for it then.

Thanks in advance!

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My suggestion if you really want to race with Karting Australia I would go for a 125 TAG setup. You can pick them up cheap second hand and then choose to run in TAGR (equivalent speed to the old clubman's but with WAY less maintenance) or with the same equipment (assuming it is current engine for the rules) you can run in the open classes.

I use to run on a budget of about $3000.00 per year in the TAG R class but believe the tyres may not last as well as the MG reds.

For example, a competitive 125 tag package I have for sale that would have you on the track for around $2500 + transponder + licence + rear bumper bar + Safety equipment + club membership. From there you can spend anything up to $10,000 +

Buy this. It's near new. 6 hours total use on engine and chassis -

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/east-wagga-wagga/other-automotive/a...

Price is negotiable.

Note: I'm not the seller, but I know the kart and the bloke selling it.

One point I forgot to include, Go to the club you wish to join and see what classes are well supported, (between Tag/TagR and KA100) and then head down that path as regardless of which is the better setup, its no fun when there is no field to race against.

How true David

My son recently won the state championship in TAG heavy ..... GREAT hey !!...... pity there was only 7 of them     :(

Back in 2010 he also won the state series for Sportsman 125 (on reds) held over 5 rounds with a field of 19..........

I know which he places more stock in !!!

Sorry for the hijack 



David Arnold said:

One point I forgot to include, Go to the club you wish to join and see what classes are well supported, (between Tag/TagR and KA100) and then head down that path as regardless of which is the better setup, its no fun when there is no field to race against.

Kerbrider in Port Melbourne offer Kart Storage and transportation to Todd Rd, which should get you by.  Assuming the location works for you.

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