Will thick pads fit in my GTK caliper?
To use thick pads you must have short pistons. Short pistons can be identified by being flush with the caliper surface when fully wound in.
Why should I always use DOT5 silicon based fluid?
Using anything other than DOT5 will perish the internal seals and cause leaks.
How many Pad compounds are there?
Kelgate offer soft (black), medium (yellow) and hard (red) pad compounds in all pad types.
A hard compound will require greater force on the pedal to slow down but they will last longer. Some hard pads are also available in Thick variant for extra longevity.
Which way should the disc be mounted?
Kelgate brake discs are specially designed to expel air on rotation. Cool air is drawn in at the centre of the disc and expelled on the outer edges when the disc is rotating.
When looking at the top of the disc from the side, one of the 3 grooves should be "leaning backwards" so that the outermost part of the groove is closer to the rear than the the innermost part.
Our newest 12x200mm discs (GTK) now come with a directional arrow.
What is the benefit of a floating caliper?
The floating caliper bracket ensures the disc and caliper remain at a constant position relative to each other. This means that any flex in the axle or chasis will not cause the disc to drag against the pads. This typically occurs when cornering and will hamper a quick exit particularly for the lower powered karts.
Are Kelgate brake only for Go-Karts?
Absolutely not. Kelgate brakes are used on a variety of motorsport vehicles as well as an industrial brake.
Which calipers will the Floating Brackets fit?
The Kelgate Floating Calipers only fit the GTK and the K calipers and with a 30mm axle.
What are Ceramic Coated Pistons?
The smooth operation of the caliper pistons, particularly piston retraction is essential for optimal performance.
Ceramic coating is significantly tougher than anodising and ensures a smooth surface for the seals to interact with as well as insulating the caliper from brake pad heat.
How do I get my pistons out?
1. The easiest way to remove your pistons is to pump the brake slowly whilst connected to the Master Cylinder. Ensure there is something inserted between the pistons (where the disc would be) to prevent any piston popping past the inner seal - a piece of wood is useful for this.
Once the pistons are 90% out they can easily be removed fully by hand.
2. If the caliper is disconnected the next best approach is to insert a 3mm or 2.5mm allen key (3mm for slotted magnets / 2.5mm for smooth magnets) into the screw in the centre of the magnet. Using a clockwise rotation (anti-clockise may undo the screw) rotate the whole piston whilst pulling outwards. Once the pistons are 90% out they can be removed by hand.
3. If your pistons are perforated (holes drilled around the circumference) a 2mm diameter bar can be inserted through one hole and out through an opposite hole. Rotate and pull outwards to remove the piston.
4. If there are no magnets or perforations then internal pliers are the next option. Grip the piston strongly and rotate whilst pulling outwards. If the pistons surface is damaged it will only be in the inner part of the piston and not affect the efficiency of the seals.
Do prices include VAT?
Yes, all our web prices include VAT at 20%.
If you are not a VAT payer please let us know and we can issue you an invoice without the 20% tax.
What's your shipping policy?
For almost all products we aim to dispatch the same or next day.
Orders under £100 or under 2kg will likely ship with Royal Mail (24hr)
All other UK orders will ship on a DHL Next Day service
If you require a Saturday delivery, or AM delivery (supplimentary payment required) or delivery to a circuit give us a call and let us know.
A variety of couriers are used depending on the destination country.
All Kelgate products are UK manufactured and do not attract any EU tariffs. However the courier may ask you (usually email or text/SMS) to pay the relevant VAT prior to delivery.
**Since Coronavirus and Brexit shipments to the EU have sometimes had extremely long delays and are occassionally returned to sender without explanation. Please be aware there may be an extended journey time.
Corona Virus Update
Royal Mail delivery times have been pretty awful this past year or two with a 24hr service occassionally taking up to a week (despite 2 price increases).
DHL deliveries have fared better but on occasion the Next Day is 2 or sometimes 3 days.