I’ve written a number of commentaries on this topic prior to now, however I feel it warrants rehashing, as a result of there are two attainable the reason why your clutch is smoking. I normally focus on one most probably motive, however on this article let’s speak in regards to the two attainable causes of why your clutch is smoking in your go kart.First the elemental understanding of go karts is required. The drive line sometimes consists of a clutch driver and the pushed axel sprocket. The pushed axel sprocket is mounted on to the rear driver axel which turns the drive wheels. It is a one step system, or a one ratio system.The centrifugal clutch which is used on most go karts, makes use of weights which might be mounted internally within the clutch that fling out and press in opposition to the clutch bell housing. The bell housing then in flip strikes the sprocket driving sprocket enamel.The everyday clutch has 10 to 12 sprocket enamel. As a rule of thumb any clutch that has greater than 10 to 12 sprocket enamel goes to present hassle to the drive line. Bother as in smoking clutch.The engagement of the weights to clutch bell housing happens at a sure rpm. Usually this rpm is round 1800 to 2000 rpm. The engine must blast via this stage of rpm and get the clutch pack to stay and at last have interaction to the partitions of the clutch bell. The smoking facet happens when the clutch is participating however just isn’t totally grabbing. If the extended engagement happens for too lengthy, the clutch will begin to smoke and ultimately harm it to the place the weights will solely slip and maybe even crack and break aside.As I said at the beginning of the article, the extended engagement happens due to two attainable causes:1.) The engine just isn’t highly effective sufficient to get previous the engagement stage2.) The clutch weight rpm just isn’t excessive sufficient.The engine not being highly effective sufficient sometimes is the results of a mismatch in ratios to the rear drive wheels. So the true motive is that the ratio just isn’t steep sufficient, and subsequently the engine smokes the clutch.(One other attainable situation can happen and that’s if the clutch is made to interact at decrease rpm than the engine can seize at, the engine could not have sufficient energy, and the engine will all of the sudden (extra like violently) shudder and cease. It’s not unusual for the engine to be so overpowered that it rotates backwards momentarily.)The second method the clutch will smoke is that if the clutch rpm by no means reaches engagement velocity, or it’s within the neighborhood of engagement velocity, however just isn’t excessive sufficient above the engagement velocity to get a lock. This can smoke the clutch and is prevalent in mismatched jackshaft techniques.The treatment for the primary clutch smoking drawback, is to change the drive line in order that the general ratio is steeper. The easy technique is to extend the rear sprocket diameter. Applications have been written that can estimate should you clutch will smoke or not, they sometimes are discovered on net pages or can be found for buy via varied net pages. Usually what happens is that the hp-ratio simply is not going to be attainable utilizing the easy one ratio system. So a jack shaft must be added to make the ratio even steeper. In different phrases, making it a two ratio system.That is the place guys who set up jackshafts should be conscious. The clutch sometimes can’t be placed on the driving force of the jackshaft, with a ratio in entrance of it. This can make the clutch rotate too slowly, although the general ratio is appropriate. So the clutch engagement rpm must be taken under consideration in any other case the clutch will smoke on the secondary jackshaft mounting place.The underside line is that if clutch just isn’t participating due to both too little hp, or too gradual of a clutch velocity then the system should be modified by altering the ratios both behind the clutch or in entrance of the clutch.