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Take your Go Carting Off the Street

Aug 17, 2007
There are those that understand and have the passion and those that do not, but for either type of person is it obvious that off-road go carting attracts an audience of loyal and up-beat drivers. Both the young and young at heart ride go carts off-road purely for the thrill of it. Advocates of off-road go carting get a satisfaction from tumbling over the rough terrain in their carts designed specifically for that purpose. For many, the thrill is the only purpose behind their hobby of off-road go carting, but other still thrive on the competitive aspect of it.

Off-road go carts is a broad category in many aspects, from the designs of the carts to the type of people interested in the sport. Because of this the off road category of go carting is split into even more precise classifications, depending on the type of off roading a person participates in. The most noticeable separation of off-road go carting are the cart designs.

For the drivers who enjoy a recreational cruise through the mud or just like carting up and down the beach, off-road go cart designs are not as high profile as those used for hard core off roading or go cart racing. The off-road race drivers place much more attention on the mechanics of the go carts. Go carts with the best suspension system, highest torque and largest horsepower will be the carts that offer the best ride through the rough.

Unlike most street racing go carts, off-road carts have brush bars and a tall safety flag, which are just of few of extra safety features included on most all off roading go carts. For street racers, the brush bars and other features added on the body of a go cart are unreasonable when trying to achieve greater arrow dynamics. However, off-road carting requires a few more safety precautions to be taken because of the rough and bumpy ride the drivers endure.

Although the catching air and riding full throttle into a ditch is the fun and thrill that attracts people to off-road go carting, it is also the cause of the necessary safety equipment. The brush bars on many go carts are padded of additional protection, but even without padding the bars keep you more secure. The safety flag installed in the rear of off-road carts is needed to mark you cart among other riding the hills and valleys. Go cart flags help other drivers near by to spot in case you are on extra hilly terrain where you might drive in and out of sight through the valleys.

Though they are standard for many types of go carting, the three point safety belts on off-road carts are very helpful in keeping you in your seat when you hit those hard jumps. With the safety features covered, it is also important to remember that without quality performing engine and other mechanical parts, you entire purpose of thrill riding is defeated.

For this, manufacturers have come up with specialty features, such as the torque converter, for off-roading go carts. The torque converter senses different demands on the engine depending on terrain and is constantly varies to push for the most exciting ride. The more serious you become in the hobby of off-roading go carts, the more you will learn about the engine accessories you can have added to improve the off road performance.
About the Author
Mitch Johnson is a successful freelance author that writes regularly for http://www.atv-parts-n-accessories.com/ , a site that focuses exclusively on atv reviews, as well as tips on choosing parts and accessories. His articles have also been featured on recreational automotive sites such as http://www.go-cart-plans-n-kits.com/ and http://www.best-scooters-n-mopeds.com/
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