How To Remove Predator 212 Governor – Easy Guide

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If you want to enjoy the thrill of high speed while go-karting, you don’t need to have a governor in your go-kart’s engine. The purpose of a governor is solely to limit your go-kart’s speed, and removing it may not have any negative impact on the engine’s performance.

In small engines like the Predator 212, the governor’s primary function is to maintain the RPM at 3600. By removing it, the RPM will increase by 1.5 times, reaching up to 5000, making your go-kart significantly faster than before.

How To Remove Predator 212 Governor - Easy Guide

Without further delay, let’s explain how to remove the governor from a Predator 212 engine in a few easy steps, allowing you to enhance your go-kart’s speed and fully enjoy your karting experience.

How to Remove the Speed Governor on a Predator 212cc Engine?

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Prepare Required Tools During Governor Removal Process

Before you begin the process of removing the governor from a Predator 212 engine, it’s essential to know which tools are required to complete the job smoothly. Below, you’ll find a list of the tools that will assist you in this task.

  • Screwdriver or Socket Wrench: To remove the engine cover and access the governor components.
  • Pliers: To disconnect and remove the governor linkage.
  • Wrench Set: For loosening and tightening bolts and nuts as needed.
  • Adjustable Wrench: Useful for various tasks during the process.
  • Gasket Sealant: To reseal the engine after removal, preventing oil leaks.
  • Safety Gear: Safety goggles, gloves, and hearing protection to ensure your safety while working on the engine.
  • Work Gloves: To protect your hands from sharp or hot components.
  • Work Area: A clean, well-ventilated workspace with adequate lighting.

Note: Please make sure you also consult your engine’s manual for specific instructions and safety precautions.

Remove your Engine from Go-Kart

You can’t remove the governor until you’ve taken the engine out of the mount. The reason for this is that you need to stop the oil supply to the engine by removing the fuel tank, draining the oil, and gaining access to the internal engine parts by removing all the mounting bolts.

Once you have removed your Predator 212 engine, it’s time to place it on a sturdy workbench to comfortably proceed with the next step.

Drain the oil

Now that you know how to remove a Predator 212 engine and have placed it on the workbench, the next step is to thoroughly drain the oil. Draining the oil is essential to prevent oil from dripping out of the engine while working on its internal components.

steps to guide you on how to drain the oil from the Predator 212 engine:

  • Locate a 10mm (M6) bolt and washer at the bottom of the engine.
  • Position the engine upright on the edge of the table or workbench.
  • Use a wrench to remove the bolt.
  • Place a bowl underneath the hole where the oil will come out.
  • Lift the opposite side of the engine slightly to ensure the oil drains out properly.
the bolt where the oil be drained from
the place where the oil is drained out

Remove the Transmission System and Fuel Tank

To access the governor, you must uncover the engine, which can be achieved by removing both the go-kart’s transmission and the fuel tank.


During the transmission removal process, you may encounter two scenarios: the clutch or the torque converter. If you have a clutch, simply slide off the clutch from the crankshaft after removing the crankshaft’s bolt and washer. For a torque converter, remove the crankshaft’s bolt and washer from the driver pulley, and then take out all four bolts supporting the torque converter’s plate.

Fuel Tank

To remove the fuel tank, you’ll need 8mm and 10mm sockets to remove the mounting bolts. Use locking pliers or your hand to pinch off the fuel line to prevent fuel wastage.

remove the mounting bolts
pinch off the fuel line
unmount the fuel tank from the engine

Remove The Predator 212 Side Plate

Now that you’ve completed all the tasks mentioned above, it’s time to remove the side plate of the Predator 212 engine. You can do this by using an M6 socket or wrench to loosen and remove all six 10mm bolts.

removing the crankcase cover bolts

Once you’ve finished the process described, the next step is to carefully detach the side plate without damaging the gasket. There are two recommended methods for doing this:

gasket and crankcase cover
  • Use a hammer to gently and slowly tap the edge of the cover.
  • Alternatively, use a sharp, thin object to carefully wedge it between the cover and the engine.
hammering the crankcase's cover to remove it

While there may be other methods, I’ve omitted them as they could potentially pose risks to the engine’s well-being.

Removing the Speed Governor

Once you’ve removed the crankcase cover, you will find four different components inside the crankcase: a crankshaft, a camshaft, a governor arm, and a governor gear. The governor is located in the top left corner of the Predator 212 engine’s crankcase.

crank shaft and camshaft look
governor and the governor arm

To remove the governor, begin by loosening the nut that secures the governor’s arm, which can be found outside the crankcase. Use a wrench to remove the nut. After removing the nut, you can freely move the arm in and out. At this point, you should either cut or break the arm. Once you’ve done this, you will have access to the governor.

Now that you can access the governor, proceed to remove its various components:

  • Governor shaft
  • Governor lock pin
  • Governor clip
  • Governor gear
  • Governor washer

While some mechanics might find it challenging to remove these parts, I’ve found it quite straightforward in my experience. To remove them, use pliers for parts like the shaft, gear, and lock pin, and use a sharp object for smaller components like the clip and washer. Begin by removing the pin and shaft, then take out the clip and gear, and finally, remove the washer located under the governor gear.

Note: Ensure that you remove all components carefully to avoid damaging any other internal engine parts when you start it up again.

Reassembling the Engine

The final step of the process involves reassembling the engine. Simply remount the crankcase cover with a gasket positioned between the crankcase and the cover. When remounting the cover, apply gentle force to ensure it fits securely on the engine. Then, begin tightening the bolts.

The last part of the process is to reinstall the transmission and chain. Finally, remount the fuel tank, and you’ll be ready for a faster go-kart experience, with the engine’s RPM increased from 3600 to 5000 and a 1.5 times speed boost.

Should You Remove the Speed Governor or Not? – My Personal Review

The removal of the speed governor comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Based on my personal experience, whenever I get a go-kart equipped with a Predator 212 engine, I choose to remove the speed governor. This decision is fueled by my desire to drive the go-kart as fast as possible and experience the thrill of go-karting. If you share the same enthusiasm for speed, removing the governor might be the right choice for you. However, if your children also drive the go-kart, or if you prioritize safety and prefer a more leisurely go-kart experience, then retaining the governor might be a wiser option.

Pros and Cons of Predator 212 Governor Removal

Pros of Predator 212 Governor Removal

  • Increases top speed by 1.5 times compared to the governed state.
  • Raises the RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) from 3600 to 5000.
  • Enhances power output.
  • Improves acceleration, making the engine more responsive and quicker.

Cons of Predator 212 Governor Removal

  • Reduces the engine’s lifespan.
  • Increases fuel consumption compared to the governed state.
  • Higher RPMs can lead to premature wear and tear.

Final Words

As previously mentioned, removing the Predator 212 speed governor is a suitable choice for those who relish faster go-karting experiences. However, I would advise against removing it if your children also use the go-kart. Faster speeds increase the risk of accidents and injuries. Prioritizing safety in such cases is paramount.

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