These are the most common questions from our customers:
1. What tire is best for my application?
We offer a variety of different tire compounds to best suite your track and conditions. Our SPORT-S compound is the softness compound to offer maximum grip in most indoor application mostly used for performance on low-temperature asphalt surfaces. The SPORT-M model will give you a good balance between wear and performance on most concrete surfaces and is our most popular compound. SPORT-H is the hardest compound, which accommodates higher temperatures and is suggested for outdoor conditions. RAIN/DIRT is exclusively used for outdoor wet conditions where traction is a must.
2. How do I know what tire size is needed?
In the SAKAMOTO tire line, you can find all of our standard sizings on the outer sidewall of the tire. These sizes will look like 11x6.00-5. The 11 indicates the diameter, 6.00 is the tire width, and the 5 indicates rim diameter. All measurements are in inches.
3. What tire pressures do you recommend?
For the SAKAMOTO tire line, the Pressures will vary depending upon the conditions of the track, temperature, and desired performance to wear. The max/min pressures range from 0.75-3.5 BAR or 11-50 PSI. The optimal operating range for indoor applications will be between 1.5-2 BAR or 30-40 PSI. For outdoor applications, we suggest starting at 1 BAR or 25 PSI, and depending upon track conditions and the rise in pressure, adjust to handling conditions.
4. Do I need tire tubes with the SAKAMOTO tires?
Most SAKAMOTO tires are tubeless racing kart tires. Once mounted and seated on the properly sized rim, you are ready to hit the track. The 12x4.0-5 Concession Tire requires a tube, which is included.
5. Are there any other tips SAKAMOTO recommends?
Here are our suggestions and tips that will help you get right on track. Make sure when mounting the tires, you are using the correct rim and proper equipment for your own safety. For ease of installation, use a recommended tire lube to apply the tire to the rim. Take caution to visually check the rim, tire mounting surface, and the tire bead before inflating to the desired pressure. After mounting new tire to the kart, brand new tires will be slick the first few laps. Take caution while new tires break in. While in circulation, or after each outdoor race, check tires periodically for damage or debris to avoid any future issue. Any other questions, feel free to contact our team at +1 (760) 268 9320