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What Are The Best Carter Go Karts?

After operating for almost 70 years, Carter Brothers’ Mfg. Co. Inc. has discovered that innovation is necessary for longevity.

Established by the W.W. In the late 1950s, Carter Brothers evolved into a significant supplier of lawn mowers. In the mid-1980s, when U.S. farming hit a low point, and the CPSC-induced Consent Decree left Powersports dealers with little youth-oriented product, Carter Brothers entered the go-kart industry. Carter Brothers were founded in 1936 by Charlie Carter as a manufacturer of machines that revolutionized the peanut farming industry.

Traditional go-kart sales were steady, albeit tiny, and kept Carter in business. However, in the late 1990s, the company attempted to diversify its product offerings and expand operations. The firm, which is still family-owned, currently makes 15 specific four-wheeled vehicles, ranging from the kid-friendly Turbo Turtle kart to the more adult-focused double-seat XTV. The Trail Runner is one of the company’s more well-known devices, along with the XTV.

The multi-building Carter site is located in Brundidge, Alabama, an hour south of Montgomery, on 300 acres of forested ground. The 230,000 sq. Offices, manufacturing, powder-coating, and warehouse facilities are all housed inside the ft. spread. A short distance distant, across Highway 231, is a two-building R&D facility.

Although Jim Caldwell, vice president of operations, informed Powersports Business that current output “easily” surpasses 40,000 units per year, the plant is designed to generate up to 60,000 karts annually off just one shift. Caldwell says he thinks output will reach close to two dozen XTV per day within the year, even though the production line now handles 150 go-karts, 35 Trail Runners, and 10 to 12 XTV per day – 20 over the Holidays.

What Are The Best Carter Go Karts?

2004 Carter Brothers Talon 2004 DLX150IIR

The wheelbase is 59 inches, the front track is 45.7 inches, the rear way is 39.4 inches, and the axle gear protector sets the stock ground clearance at 6.7 inches.

Compared to other buggies, the 2004 Talon is a relatively tiny area. Besides being a little like another buggy, turning the wheel at low speeds is difficult, but I’d say it drives really nicely. 

Additionally, it can make a 6’2″ guy like myself blend in with merely enough room to be still comfortable. His 53″ width makes him well-suited for riding on the trails. His low gearing also helps to pull off the old solid axle power slide to help bring the rear end around the corner quickly.

The engine is a regular GY6 with an attached stock cam. The 2005 Talon comes equipped with a performance cam that is not included in the 2004 Talons. This engine was only offered in the air-cooled form in 2004 and lacked an external oil filter. The typical transmission gear in most GY6 engines was also present in 2004. This is distinct from the engine or transmission gears installed in the 2005 Talon GY6 models and has a 4-tooth increase for increased top speed. Compared to the 2005 Talon’s highest rate of 40 mph, a well-running 2004 Talon is geared down to a top speed of 30 mph.

With a 16-tooth drive gear and a 39-tooth axle gear in the original 2004 Talon, the drive gear gets to turn a great 2.44 times before the axle gear is expected to make one revolution. This results in a more robust bottom end! You may reach a top speed of 40 MPH with the taller gear buggy with a 16-tooth drive and 31-tooth axle gear. This does, however, have a cost. They must give their driver equipment more work to accomplish in less time. The taller buggies demand that the driver gear only get to complete 1.94 revolutions for every entire course of the axle gear.

The 2004 Talon is a capable climber in its stock configuration. It is a great idea to put the stock exhaust pipe on the “Should Be Upgraded” list because it was one of the shortest I had ever seen. In the 2005 model, it was enhanced. Your 2004 Talon will be a superb climber if you give it a new performance pipe, add a hotter cam, and swap out the factory airbox for a high-quality air filter like a UNI.

You would then want to swap the factory 108 jet size out of the carb and replace it with a more powerful 127.5 jet after finishing the pipe, cam, and air mod. The 2004 Talon, in my opinion, is a fantastic trail rider and hill climber buggy with its gearing set to keep the power lower and a top speed of 29 or 30 MPH.

The maximum load capacity of the 2004 Talon is 400 lbs. Given that some 250cc buggies won’t carry that much, it’s not bad. If you want to use your 2004 mountain goat buggy to tow a trailer, there is a place on the back ready to accept a ball. The Talon’s 1.75-gallon fuel tank is insufficient without a fuel reserve component. He can get by on 1.75 gallons for a very long time.

Carter Brothers GTR 250 Interceptor

It has a four-stroke, water-cooled engine with a capacity of 250 ccs SYM 250 cc. The maximum torque is 20.6 Nm at 5500 rpm (15.19 lbs/ft at 5500 rpm), while the output power is 13.2 kW at 7000 rpm (17.69 hp at 6000 rpm).

This go-kart can accommodate two riders at their maximum load or 180 kg/400 lbs, and its fuel tank with a 1200cc engine oil capacity may hold up to 4 Gal (15 liters) of fuel. The battery is 12V 12Ah, and the temperature rises to 20 to 25 degrees.

Take Away

Carter Brothers now employ the most cutting-edge equipment available in our sector. Today’s production process includes laser technology, robotic welding, powder coating finishes, and computer-aided designs. Carter Brothers have maintained its commitment to delivering the same high-quality items that its founders had in mind over 70 years ago throughout this shift.

Carter Brothers will uphold its same time-honored traditions and principles no matter how much it expands in the future. It’ll keep developing cutting-edge items for our devoted clients and the dealers who have grown to be an integral part of our family.