SHort block vs Complete Motor?

Peter21X

New member
Just purchased a Cadet Kart with an LO 206 motor but am learning has old seals. We want to give track time to our little racer. I believe its okay for our local club if they ever race again. Our alternative is to race with clubs hours away (we are Cal Central Coast, they are Central Valley).
Is it cost effective to buy short block and have head refurbished and parts swapped over verses buying complete motor? We are on budget right now but looking to grow and expand to adult LO 206 karts too. Our local club seems to be dying but we hope for resurgence.
Advise?
 
A middle step is to buy just a bare motor (not a full kit) and move the pipe/clutch/clutch guard over. (and have 2 heads and tons of spares). The older head should be more stable than a new head (as long as the valve seats can be cut so you get good seal).
 

CarlsonMotorsports

Premium User
Just purchased a Cadet Kart with an LO 206 motor but am learning has old seals. We want to give track time to our little racer. I believe its okay for our local club if they ever race again. Our alternative is to race with clubs hours away (we are Cal Central Coast, they are Central Valley).
Is it cost effective to buy short block and have head refurbished and parts swapped over verses buying complete motor? We are on budget right now but looking to grow and expand to adult LO 206 karts too. Our local club seems to be dying but we hope for resurgence.
Advise?
See my reply to your post in another thread.
...AND, it's always nice to have a spare/practice engine as well. :)


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