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Choosing, Making, and Installing Your Go Kart Seats

Choosing, Making and Installing Your Go Kart Seats

Despite the go-kart’s bouncy motion, go-kart seats will protect your posterior from discomfort. You may either purchase a low-priced go-kart seat or make your own. The price is comparable after adding in the costs of a vinyl cover and a high-density foam cushion.

How to Make a Go Kart Seat

The process of making a seat for a go-kart might be tedious. On the other hand, you may come up with some neat alternatives to the standard bench or chair design. 

All you need is a sewing machine, some nylon thread, some marine vinyl, some piping or welting, some 2″ high-density foam, some 1/2″ plywood with T-Nuts, and some tools to cut the wood and drill the holes for the T-Nuts. 

How To Find a Seat That Fits

Using your waist circumference and weight is the most accurate approach to get your seat size. Use the sizing chart below to locate a suitable seat. While wearing your intended racing safety gear (including a rib protector, if used), take your measurements. Sizing kids correctly might be challenging. However, the Cadet seat is suitable for most average-sized youngsters aged 5 to 8.

The X-Small should be enough for most children aged 9 to 12 years. Take a measurement of your youngster and give us a call if you’re unsure; we’ll be happy to assist you. Please note that these dimensions are for open seating. A covered seat will reduce your breadth by about a quarter of an inch.

It would be best to consider go-kart seats as disposable. Tires and seats both eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Seats should be examined often and changed at least once every season. Thousands of drivers must gain weight to satisfy the class requirement, and they may need to change their seats several times a year. It is common practice to attach ballast weight to the seat using bolts. Because of this, stress fractures may form, weakening the seat’s structural integrity.

Over time, this makes the seat less stable and reduces its capacity to assist you in shifting your weight. When in doubt, make a change. Getting lap times down in this manner could be the most cost-effective strategy.

What Factors Should Be Considered in Choosing Your Seat

There are many considerations to address while picking out a kart seat. The idea that there are unwavering truths about where to sit may be wishful thinking. Tuners, drivers, and team owners in the karting world need to consider everything when picking a suitable seat.

The sport of karting has evolved into a sophisticated one in which modifications are made based on the driver’s input. Choosing a seat requires familiarity with your kart, the circuit circumstances, and the driver’s physical attributes.

Know Your Kart

There are several different international chassis manufacturers in the karting industry. Each kart is made from a soft or rigid material, and the tube wall thickness varies from kart to kart. Which seat is best for a certain kart is mainly determined by how stiff it is.

If your kart is on the flexible side, go for a firm seat and vice versa for something more rigid. Finding that sweet spot between the seat and the chassis is essential. A kart made of a soft material should ideally be paired with a similarly adjustable seat, but as before, the circuit layout will dictate the optimal choice.

In addition to their well-liked Silver and Viper versions, Greyhound Seats USA now provides access to the RS series. Fine textile materials of varying degrees of elasticity are used for the seats of all RS models. The RS1 is the most flexible of the three models, the RS2 is the next most flexible, and the RS3 is the most forgiving. The Silver and Viper seats, with Silver being somewhat softer than Viper, have a comparable finish to the IMAF seats.

Track Conditions

The kart’s handling is significantly altered from “Green” to “rubbered up” track conditions. Axles, camber/caster settings, rear hubs, etc., are often adjusted by teams as the track rubbers up in karting. How a track performs throughout a weekend will vary depending on factors, including the facility’s location, the composition of the surface, and the tire compound being utilized.

It’s common knowledge that the chassis must be tweaked until the “optimal setup” is achieved, but it’s less common knowledge that a seat’s softness and rigidity may also be adjusted. The seat’s suppleness and firmness become more important as the track rubs. Which way a driver chooses to go will be affected by the chassis they’re using. Several drivers opt for firmer seats to counteract excessive grip on the track. Greyhound provides racers and teams with eight distinct seat models to accommodate various track conditions.

Safety/Profile of the Driver

It makes a huge difference in your performance on the track if you feel safe and secure in your kart. Manufacturers of kart seats like NEK Seats and Ribtec are only a few examples. All motorists must have a firm grasp on choosing a suitable seat size and how a seat should fit their body.

A karting seat is our method of restraint, in contrast to the harnesses used in racing automobiles. Most seats may be adjusted to a tight fit around the hips to alleviate pressure on the lower back and ribs. Greyhound Seats USA has nine sizes but can accommodate a wide range of body types by accommodating up to 19 distinct sizes.

The kart’s ability to spin and change direction on corners may be adjusted for taller drivers by adjusting the seat’s angle. Greyhound has a small selection of chairs that recline to a broader degree without requiring the passenger to lean back. The wider angle enables the drivers to recline farther without having to lean back in their seats.

How to Install a Bench Style Go Kart Seat

It is suggested to fit the seat to double-check your dimensions and welds and ensure the seat goes forward and backward. Once you’ve double-checked this, you may pull the seat back off since you still need to perform some more welding and don’t want to burn anything.

Seat

Attach the seat back to the frame using the two (2x)1/4-20 x1′′ bolts included with the seat hardware. The underside of the seat is bolted to the frame with four (4) 1/4-20 x 1 1/2-inch bolts.

Seat Frame to Seat Slider

Connect the seat slider to the frame by sliding the top four studs of the slider beneath the frame. Insert four (4x) 5/16-18 nuts into the frame to fasten it to the seat slider. The process may need a hand wrench due to the tight fit.

Seat Assembly to Frame

Attach the seat assembly to the go-kart frame by sliding the seat over the four holes you bored in the brackets you welded to the frame. Put four (4x)5/16′′ washers and four (4x)5/16-18 nuts to the four studs of the seat adjuster to keep them in place.

Your go-kart seems like it’s progressing well. Now that you’ve built most of the chassis, we can go on to the wheel and axle assembly.