How to Adjust Rear Disc Brakes on a Racing Go-Kart

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How to Adjust Rear Disc Brakes on a Racing Go-Kart
Amusement park go-karts are not nearly as fast as racing go-karts. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Go-kart racing is a lot more daring than you might imagine. Unlike its tamer cousin found in many amusement parks, a race go-kart can reach speeds of 160 miles per hour. Due to increased wear-and-tear, a racing go-kart's brakes need to be adjusted frequently. You can usually tell when your rear brakes need adjustment if you have trouble stopping your go-kart, the brake pedal sticks, or it doesn't stay down when you step on it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Set the brake pedal and lever in the rear position to adjust the brake caliper. Loosen the jam nut.

    Screw in the adjuster screw and tighten the jam nut.

  2. 2

    Shorten the brake rod if the pedal doesn't touch its rear stop, even after you've adjusted the brake caliper. To do this, you must remove the hex nut holding the brake rod to the pedal. Place the last hole of the brake rod over the bolt in the pedal.

  3. 3

    Reinstall the hex nut and tighten. Test your brakes before hitting the road.

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