In theory if you was allowed to have a spring on only the rf of a kart on dirt. Could you make this work? What would be the pros and cons?
We actually did this back in the late '80s, then again in the early '90s when we introduced our first offset kart. We used an assortment of Briggs flathead valve springs. I always thought the car felt wonky transferring weight until we shimmed the snot out of the springs. Now, it did smooth out rough tracks a ton which seemed like a good thing, but the car was always just lazy to react, so we abandoned the idea. We tried it again on syrup with some success, but we never really spent enough time with it to make/get it "right."
FWIW, there were some road course (sprint) karts that had full a-arm front suspension that sure had the attention of everyone back in the day. Shamrock was one kart I remember, there were others.
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Now THAT is high cross!!It seems to me that one could gain more roll speed with more psi in the tires if a suspension were to work. However, I would think that the tires would need a different design in order to be optimized. I assume folks just drop air to manage the rough tracks.
Last week I made a post about mechanical weight transfer to the right side to help stabilize entry. I figured out why our entry was erratic as seen in the picture. If the driver missed his mark this would happen.
Yes! It was tough! we had to ignore the suggested numbers from Slack to get there.Now THAT is high cross!!