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Walbro High Speed Low Speed Needles

Cheap Solvent Tank Parts Washer Option

Yes, this is an attempt for you to either use my links to my eBay store or sell you a cheap solvent tank parts washer solution. However, all profits go back into Norcal Karters to support this site.

So, with that out of the way, earlier today I posted a video of my cheap solvent tank hack using a stainless steel basket and a 5 gallon bucket. Even in the video, I said I ended up with a bunch of steamer baskets with no home.

So after putting my solvent tank to use for the first real time cleaning Walbro WB3a carburetors for use on the Yamaha KT100, Iame HPV, Iame KPV, and many other engine applications, I was so happy with the results I decided to document it in this karting article.

Now, I knew the cheap solvent wash bucket idea would work, just not this well. If you are a small team effort, just you, or a high paid kart tuner, I think you will appreciate the simplicity of this parts cleaning solution. The only thing I don’t tell you in this article is what my cleaning solution is because I don’t want to be responsible for any possible discoloration or reactions that may occur while using any detergent or petroleum based cleaners.

As I mentioned in the above video, I am using two buckets and baskets to keep 1 real dirty cleaner and 1 fairly clean solvent. As the cleaner in the clean bucket becomes discolored, I will turn that into my filthy bucket and the filthy bucket will be properly disposed off based on local codes.

As you can see in the photos of the Walbro WB3a carburetors that I cleaned, this hack does a good job. You can imagine how bad the carburetors looked before I started and how the needles turn black from tuning. I was able to tear down and clean all 10 carburetors in about 30 minutes with this set up.

The basket (you can order below) made soaking and pick up very clean and easy. I only filled the bucket with enough cleaning solution to fill half way up the stainless steel basket. While wearing gloves, I grabbed a carb and used a light scrub brush to remove heavy grime and tech paint. Rinsed in the dirty bucket again and grabbed another carb. Some carbs I had to use a small screw driver to lightly scrape some old tech paint, but it was a very fast and efficient process.

My total parts list included

If you are local to the Sacramento area, you can purchase the basket, mat, and bucket directly from me and I will deliver next time at a local track. If you are not local, use the ebay link above and I can easily ship the basket to you.

I also accept donations if you’re not interested in a purchase, but you still want to help out with the Norcal Karters project.

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Evaluating Your Towing Needs

So you have your 1988 Honda Civic Hatchback and you have a kart.  You remove the wheels and bodywork and shoehorn your kart inside, stacking your equipment around the kart like a can of sardines.  Ice chest on the passenger side floor and your gearbag sitting on the passenger seat.  This system works for you, and it is practical, very practical.  On Sunday, race transport, but Monday through Friday, paycheck transport.

If I just described your motorsports transport, post your photos and loading system on kartpulse under this thread, Kart Pulse – How Do You Transport Your Kart.

I’ve been there, albeit for a short time.  Currently I am looking into expanding our karting transport from a 6′ x 10′ enclosed trailer to a 8.5′ x 20′ enclosed trailer.  Our current loading and unloading system includes wooden ramps to run a triple decker kart stand through the cargo door opening.  Squeezing my fat ass between the tires and the trailer walls, neither move, so I end up climbing up or under the karts, axles, kart stands, to reach the tie down points.  For the two of us, this system has worked for us since 1997.  There might have been some cussing and swearing in the above process, but it is not Facebook official.

My dad and I actively race at our local NorCal kart tracks, participating in the Briggs 206 classes.  However, we also have a couple of 125cc shifters that we leave at our homes in order to have enough room for our two race karts.  The motivation behind a larger trailer, we have a new teammate, my five year old daughter.  I’m not sure how her racing will progress over then next couple of years, but I do know on practice days, we will have to have at least three karts heading to the track.

My dad and I have talked about a larger trailer for some time.  Looking at multiple brands including Haulmark, Interstate, Carson, Wells Cargo, Pace, Look, TPD, inTech, CargoMate, Double R, Charmac, Logan, and a few others.  Most of these were found online, then I started driving around to the different local dealers to inspect the quality and options.  I will list the local dealers and brands at the bottom.

I’m writing this series for a couple of reasons.

  • There is not a lot of easy to process information online
  • There is not a lot of local trailer dealers that have multiple options on hand
  • Help others find the information they need
  • Highlight towing and trailer safety
  • I’m very hands-on and I want to touch, feel, and smell my new trailer

As I visited multiple locations, not a single one had an options center or demo trailer.  All the information was verbal or in a  brochure, printed or online.  Some manufacturers had very cheap finish work, and others had proper finishing touches.  Each manufacturers trailer brochure presents each trailer like a show piece, but in reality, there are differences.  For the purpose of this article, we are searching for an 8.5′ x 20′ enclosed cargo or car hauler.  We do not need built in cabinets or other nice finishing touches, since we plan on building the inside to fit our needs.

We are also targeting a price range of under $10,000.00, which eliminates the aluminum frame trailers from our lists.  However, the nicest finish that I found out of the trailers I personally looked at, it was the inTech brand out of Indiana.  The trailer was built on an aluminum frame and the finishing touches were done properly.

Again, we are staying under $10,000.00 for our trailer budget.  We kept looking at used trailers in the same price range, and you do get more trailer for your dollar when you go used, but we both didn’t see the advantage of saving 10%-25% on the trailer purchase with the unknowns listed below.

  • Was the trailer overloaded and damaged the suspension?
  • What is the life of the tires after sitting?
  • How Many Miles Are Really on the Trailer?
  • Cost of New vs. Used is a small difference
  • Trailers hold good resale value
  • Most 20′ Trailers have 7000 lbs capacity, I want 10,000
  • Looking for extra height for a triple decker kart stand

Two very important things that will affect your trailer purchase, what is your current tow vehicle and the capacity and where will you store the trailer.

I have a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD2500.  The GVWR of my particular vehicle is 9200 lbs.  This is the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of my truck, fully loaded with passengers and gear, plus the tongue weight of the trailer.

I also have a 25′ trailer pad that I have easy access to.  For some of us, this is critical from a budget standpoint.  In a previous karting life, I had a 28′ trailer that I had to store at a local facility.  It cost $220.00 per month to store the beast.  Throughout this series, I will have a few various forms to fill out to request free checklists and spreadsheets.  Ask me for my trailer buying checklist.



Buying a Trailer or Tow Vehicle

This is our introductory buying guide for tow vehicle and trailer options series.  These articles will begin with the thinking and planning stages.  Below are the questions we will answer.

  • What is your budget for transport or trailer needs?
  • What tow vehicle do you currently have?
  • What is the capacity of your vehicle?
  • Will you add a trailer to your tow vehicle?
  • What is the capacity of your trailer?
  • Do you have a place to store your trailer or tow vehicle?
  • How much equipment do you need to transport?
  • Will you need to work out of the trailer, use it for storage, or simply move equipment from point A to point B?
  • What type of insurance will I need for trailer?

These articles will be living documents and will change as we update each section.  This post will act as our table of contents for buying, using, purchasing, and more, a trailer or tow vehicle.

My Disclaimer.  This guide and website is designed to give you basic information.  It is your responsibility to further research your driving, vehicle, and towing needs per your specific uses and application.  For starters, your vehicle owners manual is a good resource for towing information, plus specifics for your vehicle.

Any reference to weights or ratings in this article as an example could be from a sample vehicle.  These numbers or measurements are only to act as a guide to help you determine your ratings or specifications.

One reason we are putting these articles together is to avoid expensive mistakes and accidents that many have made over the years by overloading their tow vehicles, trailers, or equipment.  Every year, I personally hear of at least two racing teams who lose their vehicles, trailers, and/or equipment in towing accidents.  Help spread the word to minimize bad towing habits.

Keep in mind that I am using a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD2500 with a gas 6.0 engine.  Always consult your owners manual for your vehicles specific requirements.  Where math is required, I will show the formula as well.

If you would like to see some expansions on these articles, please send us a quick note.