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 Post subject: Newbie needing advice - Hammerhead Gts vs Trailmaster Xr
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:59 pm 
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Hi all, new member from Charlotte area, NC here just getting into the hobby. I am looking to buy a used 150cc buggy & have it narrowed down to 2, & I need your advice on which one I should go with.

The 1st option is a 2014 Hammerhead GTS 150 for $1000. "It has 463 hours on it, updated LED headlights, new carb, new fuel filter & fuel lines, & new battery. Runs 43 mph." It has turn signals & brake lights, but that's standard stuff. It looks to be in pretty decent shape as far as I can tell from the pics.

The 2nd option is a Trailmaster Xrs 150 of unknown year for $1500. It looks to be in great shape. "It has just been serviced by the dealer, & starts right up & runs great. Features adjustable steering & seats, & stainless exhaust. Has a new carb, battery, rear axle, fender, & oil change. Kart is just like the Hammerhead GTS, but without the body panels & a bigger fuel tank." He told me he spent $350 on the new parts & service/tune up by the dealer.

I've read that without the body panels, these 2 karts are hard to tell apart & the quality is comparable. My questions are:

1) Does the speedo/odo on the Hammerhead measure hours or miles? Is 463 miles or hours a lot on a GY6 engine, & should I be concerned with that #?

2) The seller of the trailmaster is a more informative. The seller of the Hammerhead answers questions & I don't think is trying to hide anything, but they're not as informative as the other. I definitely feel more comfortable that I'd be getting a buggy in good shape from the Trailmaster seller, but not as comfortable about the Hammerhead. But that is also likely due to my uncertainty about question #1 above.

3) Both buggies have front & rear hydraulic disc brakes. LED lights are definitely a plus, but not out of my scope to do as a DIY upgrade myself. I do like that the Hammerhead has the speedo/odo though. Is it possible to add a speedo to the Trailmaster?

4) Given all of the above, which would you choose? The $500 price difference & the speedo obviously make me lean more towards the Hammerhead, but the uncertainty of the # of hours/miles (whichever it measures) makes me question that kart's future reliability & potential issues. The recent service by the dealer & how forthcoming/informative the seller of the Trailmaster has been also wins points for it, & I don't really have doubts about it's future reliability, but is it worth the extra $500?


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie needing advice - Hammerhead Gts vs Trailmaster Xr
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:14 pm 
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The xrs 150 is a base model. The xrx 150 will have the Speedo, wheels & and other options.
The Hammerhead Speedo does mph and miles. 463 miles is not a lot in my opinion, but it's also depends on if it was serviced regularly and how hard it was road. The GTS will have more enclosed side panels and the Trailmaster will have just a side panel beside the exterior seats.
If the Trailmaster is in better shape, than that could be the better deal. Though I've found a xrs 150 for my friends son for only $700 last year and it was in really great shape with very low hours and good original tires.
But I'd also have to ask why he had to replace all those parts on the Trailmaster.
Are the shocks worn on either buggy? Without seeing either buggy,I don't know which one I'd choose.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie needing advice - Hammerhead Gts vs Trailmaster Xr
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:48 pm 
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Im trying to attach photos here. I'm not too worried about the springs, as I can replace those myself if needed. Im trying to get more info about the maintenance on both karts.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie needing advice - Hammerhead Gts vs Trailmaster Xr
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:02 am 
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Have you, or can you, test ride each one? That could possibly tell you more than anyone here could, without seeing them in person.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie needing advice - Hammerhead Gts vs Trailmaster Xr
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:19 am 
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matt1ptkn1 wrote:
Have you, or can you, test ride each one? That could possibly tell you more than anyone here could, without seeing them in person.


I plan to definitely test drive whichever 1 I choose, but both karts are about 2.5 hours awayfrom me in opposite directions, so I don't really have an opportunity to test drive both.

I did find out a little more info on the maintenance of each.

The Hammerhead was owned by the seller's grandfather, & he's "sure hos grandpa kept up with the maintenance."

The Trailmaster was ridden by kids "who grow up & learn on these things." The kart clipped a tree, & damaged a fender & what he thought was a rear wheel, but after taking to the dealer to have replaced & serviced, it was the axle that was bent.

I'm fairly mechanically inclined, & know I can replace the pulleys in the CVT (I plan on changing out the rollers & clutch anyway), & I'm pretty confident I could rebuild the top end on a 150cc gy6 engine, given the available kits & videos online. For those reasons, Im leaning more towards the Hammerhead, because of the price difference. I dont want to be into a kart for $1500-1600 & find myself having to do engine/CVT work & spending another $400 on those parts.

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