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Old 04-13-2008, 03:08 PM
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I sealed the intake and replaced the plug, tried to start it, and it was still very hard to start. The reason I said the clutch adjustment made the biggest difference is once it was adjusted it started grabbing better it started right up.

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Old 04-13-2008, 04:12 PM
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yep that will do it. The motor has to have a solid turn to start. I am dealing with that now in a weed eater I'm trying to use on a bike.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:41 AM
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Now I have a new question... What is normal break wear on pads for V-brakes? Every couple days I have to tighten the cable that pulls them together onto the rim because they are wearing out. I'm thinking it's just that they were pads that came on a cheap bike so they wear quick, but I'm not sure. It could be something more.
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:14 AM
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I've been on ebay looking for parts. I found some disc brake kits I can afford. What will I have to do to mount them? Is there a mounting kit similiar to the one we use to put the drive sprocket on the rear wheel available?
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:30 AM
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What do the kits on ebay come with for hardware to mount them? Or are they upgrade kits for bike that presently have disc brakes?
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:34 AM
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I've been on ebay looking for parts. I found some disc brake kits I can afford. What will I have to do to mount them? Is there a mounting kit similiar to the one we use to put the drive sprocket on the rear wheel available?
they can only be mounted to a fork that is already set up for disk brakes. if you want disk brakes you will also need to change your forks. i have researched this and could find no other way
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:38 AM
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New wheel+New forks+kit=disc brakes.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:46 AM
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It is gonna be expensive. One thing I was thinkin about doing is having my buddy weld me a bracket on the fork I have. I was looking at forks an ebay and there are some cheap ones, but I love the color of my moon dog and I don't want to get another color fork on it. Another thing thing I was planning on doing before I got this brake idea was to put a springer front fork on it, but I don't think a springer can support disc brakes. Which sucks cause those springers are sweet, and I need some suspension on this thing. A fork isn't all I would need either, I would have to get a new front wheel that has a disc mount on it, I couldn't find an adapter of sort on ebay, then I would have to buy the disc brake kit. So if I buy all this stuff I'm probably going to end up spending about 300 bucks. I'll probably just buy a set of V-brake pads every couple weeks. It just gets annoying having to keep adjusting those things. Something I thought of this morning was that I might not have to adjust them as much any more because before I got this thing runnin like a champ the other day I had to ride my brakes a lot because the throttle was stuck halfway open and the thing was always screamin around when I was riding it. Maybe now it will just putt around and the brakes will last longer. Theres a real nice bike shop down the street, I'll stop in and see what they have to say brake upgrades. They already know I motorized my bike and they give me that disappointed parent look every time I go in there to ask them somethin... I love it.
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:12 AM
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Maybe it's just me and the little back wheel and low speed but the brakes that are on my front came off a bike that was worn out when I got it. I don't think the brake pads have changed much at all. But then I have the coaster rear brakes that do most of the real work.

Are you sure that you aren't adjusting them too tight and they are dragging.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:19 PM
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Now I have a much bigger problem. I just got back from a little ride and could not peddle my bike at all. Makes startin out kinda sucky. My rear derailleur is continually popping my chain off. It keeps shifting to a gear even lower than 1. And the chain gets caught in between the gears on the rear wheel and the spokes of the rim. (IF you haven't noticed, I don't know a lot of the "technical" terms of bikes, so bare with me and I'll describe it best I can.) I stopped and took a look at the derailleur arm and adjusted it all the way and when I got to where the screw wouldn't go in any more I noticed that the top of the arm where the chain goes onto the little gears in the derilleur was bent. A lot. I don't remeber running into anything that would have bent the arm like that, so I'm really not sure how it happened. The best Idea I have to take care of this is to get rid of the derailleur arm, shorten the chain, and just have a 1 speed bike that I can at least peddle to get started.
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