How to Go Kart Racing on a Budget: Tips and Budget-Friendly Items

Kart racing can be an exhilarating and rewarding hobby, but it can also be quite expensive. While you can't do much about the cost of gas or race entrance fees, there are ways to make the rest of the sport more cost-effective. Here are some budget-friendly options that may sacrifice some performance but will allow you to compete more often, especially if you're just starting out or racing as a hobby.

1. Consider a Used Chassis/Go Kart

Buying a used chassis can significantly cut down on costs. Shopping online at Facebook Marketplace or similar platforms often reveals many used chassis at good prices. However, the downside is that it's challenging to know how well they were cared for, if they were in any major wrecks, or if the chassis is straight.

A better option is to contact local race teams to see if they have team-used chassis available. Many race teams use a chassis for only a few races before selling them. These chassis are typically fitted with upgraded parts, expertly maintained by team mechanics, and tested on a chassis table before sale. While slightly more expensive, this option is worthwhile in the long run.

2. Economical Sprockets

At Rev Performance Materials, we carry affordable 219 Eco Sprockets and #35 Split Sprockets. These sprockets are about half the price of their premium counterparts but still perform at a high level. They are an excellent option for racers looking to build a collection of sprockets in different sizes without breaking the bank. This way, you can test various gear options, and when you settle on the size you prefer, you can invest in the premium version.

3. Budget-Friendly Chains

Chains are another area where you can save money. The Extreme #35 chain is a good budget-friendly option, costing about 40% less than the RK 219. The CZ 219 Chain is also a more cost-effective choice that many racers have had success with. While these budget chains may not last as long as premium ones, they provide solid performance for those looking to save money.

4. Cost-Effective Engine Mounts

Engine mounts are critical for securing your engine to the chassis, but you don't have to spend a fortune on them. Our Eco Mount is less than half the price of our 4T Mount. While it may lack some features, such as sliding capability, it is still a high-quality option that will keep your engine securely mounted.

5. Eco Sprocket Guard

Protecting your sprocket and chain from touching the ground is essential for longevity. Our Eco Sprocket Guard is the most cost-effective way to achieve this. While there are more premium options available, the eco version will get the job done, ensuring your gears and chains stay protected and last longer.


Kart racing on a budget is entirely possible with the right strategies and products. By considering used chassis from reliable sources, opting for economical sprockets, chains, engine mounts, and sprocket guards, you can significantly reduce your expenses without sacrificing too much performance. These budget-friendly options will allow you to compete more often and enjoy the thrill of kart racing without breaking the bank.

Remember, starting with cost-effective items is a great way to get into the sport. As you gain experience and determine your specific needs and preferences, you can gradually invest in premium parts to enhance your racing performance further. Happy racing!

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