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...30 pounds of lead ballast for the new kart we bought, stat. The preferred method of fastening is to bolt them / safety wire them to the fiberglass seat, where placement can affect handling characteristics greatly.

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Just a thought, An old friend of mine who used to race, when he needed added weight he had long tubes full of #2 buckshot pellets that he strapped to his seat. The tubes were canvas I believe. He then could add or pour out the pellets to make the correct weight.
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Just a thought, An old friend of mine who used to race, when he needed added weight he had long tubes full of #2 buckshot pellets that he strapped to his seat. The tubes were canvas I believe. He then could add or pour out the pellets to make the correct weight.
There's so little "seat" to put anything on that I'm not sure how I could make that work. Putting the stuff into the frame rails was discouraged because it shifts around too much, and adversely impacts handling. Ugh.
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Maybe you can get a lead suit in your son's size....



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How about making up a money belt type holder for the Lead shot. The boy could wear it around his waist.
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I think I can get some diving weights to borrow. Will just have to figure out how to attach them. Long term I'm going to need something I can clamp to the kart rails or the seat.

Hoo boy.
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I think clamping to the lowest structural members of the cart is likely the best option. Are any of the structural items square or round tubes? You might consider filling them with lead shot. Drill a hole, pour the stuff in and then plug the hole with a bolt. The lower the better and if you have time, you can try shifting the distribution of weight from side to side for different courses.

If you want to lock it in to specific areas, you can try drilling a hole at one "stop" point, and squirting in some of that expanding foam insulation, then drilling another hole at the other "stop", pouring the stuff in and lifting the tube so the shot runs down to the foam, and when it is all in, you squirt some more foam in to make the other stop. Shot is trapped and if you want to take some out, drill a hole and pour it out, then seal it with a bolt.

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