Maybe 'fixed' is too strong a word...

posted Apr 19, 2010, 1:45 PM by Scoob Edoo
OK, the TnT and Jr kart school happened on Sunday and here is what happened:  I completed work on the shifter (hooked up the throttle cable, bled the rear brake, added oil to the tranny, added water to the radiator) and worked on getting the Suzuki started.  I think there was an issue with the plug cap not making firm contact with the plug, so I manually adjusted it for a tight fit.  I missed the morning sessions entirely.  I never could get the motor started on the stand, but I got the fuel flowing to the carb and confirmed that I had spark, then got a push start and it fired right up!  So it was functional enough for a run in the first PM session.  Then the shift level lost the bolt while at the line for my 2nd run... I located a replacement (and used loctite) and got a few more good runs in.  But the motor temps were going too high for me (up to 200 degrees at the end of my 3rd consecutive run, so I pulled into paddock and let it cool.  I guess something is blocking the radiator?  I will test the flow and try to figure this out.  Last year this motor never went above 145 degrees in the summer...

On to the Cadet problems: the K80 is running, but VERY, extremely rich.  I know nothing about this Tillotson carb, so I need to pull it off and clean it out and try to decipher its inner workings.  The motor wants to run, so it's the carb's problem.  The pull-string, once again, gave problems: pulled out and stayed until we manually wound it, then the cord snapped (again) and I had to redo the whole thing.  I flirted with the idea of putting the newly rebuilt motor on, but instead just rewound and replaced the cord on the pull starter.  Had I known how bad the current K80 was running, I would have swapped the motor.  We could keep it running well enough for Kieran to get several runs on it, but it was not ideal, nor was it fast.  I will be swapping the motor this week for probably Saturday practice at NJMP and the Sunday Philly event at CBP.

Meanwhile, Killeen's kart just kept plugging along with no complaints.  Speaking of Killeen, this was her debut at the school and she has a ways to go to learn how to read the course.  She was lost on all but the slow follow sessions of the mini-course.  And she's not (yet) responding well to people waving her down, but she progressed a huge amount by the end of the school.  Kieran and I will work with her on reading cones and paying attention to the course instead of everyone trying to help.  She's very smart and should pick it up quickly.
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