Go Kart chains & sprockets are a commonly used component of a go kart drive system, thanks to their simplicity, reliability, and affordability. Compared to the more expensive pulley system, they are easier to install and cheaper, though they don’t offer the same high end performance.
Go Kart Sprocket Sizing
There two primary criteria for sizing a go kart sprocket: the size of the chain pitch and the number of teeth. Larger prockets with more teeth provide better low end speed, while smaller sprockets offer better top end speed.
Go Kart Sprockets – Understanding Gear Ratios
The gear ratio is the relationship between the number of teeth on the two sprockets, the engine sprocket (the little one) and the drive sprocket (The big one). Generally, the larger driver gears mean better low end speed, while smaller driver gears mean better high end speed.
Go Kart Sprockets – Single Wheel Drive Assembly
One very simple and affordable drive system involves the sprocket being mounted directly onto the wheel. When this is done, there are no moving axle parts, thus reducing costs . However, this single wheel drive assembly is very limited, and doesn’t offer very efficient performance, as there is no way to shift gears.