Gave My MB away

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  1. phatcruiser

    phatcruiser New Member

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    Bought a dax 2 stroke motor and installed it. Every time it's taken for a ride something happens. I've replaced the cylinder base gasket twice. Finally got is sealed and then the exhaust gasket goes. No biggie, replaced it. Now the case gasket that seals the two halves of the case is leaking and the leak at the base gasket is back. This is supposed to be a car replacement for me and my daughter, who rides in a trailer behind. (well she was going to once i got the bike "fixed") No big deal if I get stranded but I cannot get stranded with my 8 year old daughter. I'm tired of throwing money and time at this bike.

    I'm not blaming the kit. I knew going in that these motors are prone to problems, but at this point I've lost my faith in the bike. Maybe it was foolish to think that I could use one of these motors to haul me and my daughter around. Such is life and no sense in getting riled up about it.

    Two great things have come from this.

    First I learned so much putting it together. My mechanical skills are better and I've gained an understanding of what is involved keeping one of these running. It has also taught me patience.

    Second, my nephew can ride it to school instead of walking 3 miles. The problems with the bike have been explained to him and his father, who is willing to tackle them and agreed to take the bike. His father is more than capable of keeping the bike running and on the road. They benefit by being able to work on something together and giving the bike a new life.

    I've decided to buy a SBP electric kit and install it on my Fuji hybrid bike. Getting the beast kit, with a 50V 23.6ah battery. Should be good for about 50 miles without pedaling, considerably more if pedaling is involved. Because it is going to be used as a car replacement my wonderful, beautiful wife, who I don't deserve(I've kept her fooled all these years) agreed to the expense.

    With the skills learned installing the CG I think I can do the electric build.

    If i were going to buy another gas kit i'd stick with a Staton FD kit, which I've had before. Very reliable.

    I can see the appeal of these china girl kits if you like to tinker.

    If I had the choice of going back and doing it over, I wouldn't change a thing.
     
  2. Kioshk

    Kioshk Active Member

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    It takes a while to get used to the idiosyncrasies of these engines and finally have a reliable build. Mine is my daily commuter, and I'm pleased with its performance and reliability, but this was after over a year of tinkering and destroyed top-ends.

    You're better off with an electric if you plan on towing your daughter around anyway. You'd risk poisoning her with carbon-monoxide.
     
  3. bluegoatwoods

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    Yeah........there've been times when I've grown discouraged with these happy time engines. After my fist two I walked away from them for a couple of years. Other periods when I've just had to take a rest were shorter. But they haven't been exactly infrequent.

    I've loved my motored bikes. But it's something like loving people. Yes, it's worth it. But it's not always joyful.
     
  4. phatcruiser

    phatcruiser New Member

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    I was wondering about the fumes. The trailer is enclosed with plastic and fabric.

    Its frustrating to go for a ride and have to cut it short. It happened every time I drove more than a mile from home. Every time. My daughter is more excited than I am. Every day she asks when we can go for a ride.
     
  5. phatcruiser

    phatcruiser New Member

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    The FD kit was the opposite of this kit. It just worked. I regretted getting rid of the FD. I stopped riding it because I commute by bike to work for exercise and wasn't driving it that much. The only issue I had was the mitsu clone had some parts vibrate off. Once the Tanaka was put on no more problems.

    Electric has a lot of positives and some negatives. Mostly cost and weight. I've got the bike and it has handled ~4k miles of commuting With only the front detailer breaking. Fuji makes awesome bikes
     
  6. motoringbike

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    What is the full name of this "FD Kit" that is so great?
     
  7. motoringbike

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    Staton FD kit

    ok I had to do a search function, so many damn acronyms

    FDR engine, or is it Friction drive?
     
  8. Mike B

    Mike B New Member

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    Like phatcruiser, I did one "happy time" and I was not happy. Gave the motor to some homeless guy in San Diego and thru the "OP Roller" in the trash where it belonged.

    Fini.

    Staton FD's are good, magic pie electrics are good and I still ride these.

    Happy times indeed once I got rid of the "happy time"
     

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