An exploding rim has left an American karter with hand injuries.
Anthony Colandro of Tony Power Kart Supply was mounting new tyres in his shop when a one-piece aluminium rim split.
Colandro told KartSportNews the rim was a brand new Van-K Wheel and he was using “around 120ish” psi air pressure.
“I was mounting a LF and the rim blew apart” he posted on social media.
“It blew my thumb off, 20+ stitches in right hand, eight stitches in my left hand. Fractured right thumb and slight fracture in left hand.
“It went off like a bomb. I couldn’t hear or see for a few seconds, then I looked down and seen (sic) my thumb gone. They sewed it back on.”
Tyre Fitting Recommendations:
- Use an inflation cage
- Use tyre lube to assist the bead pop on the rim
- Kart tyres in Australia typically have a 4-bar (58psi) maximum pressure warning. Do not exceed it.
The shop has now rigged up a new device (click to play):
Anthony Colandro tpm tip of the month
Posted by Chris Cirillo on Monday, March 26, 2018