Important truths (and false myths) about the adjustment of the front and rear tracks of karts
17 September 2023
The adjustment of the width of kart tracks (both front and rear) is essential for the chassis setup and, therefore, how karts can perform on a track. This is why it is important to know what the most common track adjustments are when dealing with issues such as understeering or oversteering (and many more). Thanks to the support of Andrea Accattoli, a CRG technician and mechanic, we addressed various issues regarding this issue, also debunking those clichés that make many kart drivers make mistakes.
IF YOU WIDEN THE FRONT TRACK, YOU MUST NECESSARILY DO THE SAME AT THE REAR
Answers Andrea Accattoli
CRG technician and mechanic
Let's start by saying that one of the basic rules of karting is that, when you change the chassis setup it is always sensible to work one step at a time, without carrying out too many activities all together, because there is a risk that the final result will be opposite of the one desired. This is also valid when working on tracks: front and rear are, in fact, independent of each other and therefore, if you have a problem at the front, you change only that part of the chassis without working on the rear axle (and vice versa). To give a practical example, if you lack insertion on a track, but in the middle of a bend the kart tends to "point" too much, the front track widens in order to have more precision on entry and free the chassis in motion, without in any way changing the width of the rear track.
Editor's note To find out more about this topic, we recommend reading the articles below dedicated to front and rear tracks: