New here. i have a Panama Jack Cruiser and a 79cc predator. need any advice

machorobert89

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i would like any advice on this bike and motor combo. Also the best place to get parts. I'm gonna use this bike for commuting to work and back, day and night. so lighting/charging advice will be ap[appreciated. i have a lot of experience in the auto industry. and I'm semi comfortable with these things. but uncharted waters have different aspects. with that said lets hear what everyone has to say. no I'm not gonna go 2 stroke quite yet. that's for a special build after I at least get my transportation to work figured out. the hobby part of this is I am a mechanic at heart. but I got a dui and need this for work. i have since kicked the booze and any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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i ordered a 30m series comet but it seems like they didnt provide all the parts. and now im rethinkin the whole trans situation now, so any trans imputwould be helpful. i want to go at least 30 mph and im 200 lbs
 

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i would like any advice on this bike and motor combo. Also the best place to get parts. I'm gonna use this bike for commuting to work and back, day and night. so lighting/charging advice will be ap[appreciated. i have a lot of experience in the auto industry. and I'm semi comfortable with these things. but uncharted waters have different aspects. with that said lets hear what everyone has to say. no I'm not gonna go 2 stroke quite yet. that's for a special build after I at least get my transportation to work figured out. the hobby part of this is I am a mechanic at heart. but I got a dui and need this for work. i have since kicked the booze and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Robert if you are serious about needing transportation to work, my best advice is forget gas and put a front electric hub motor kit on that neat bike. The controller and maybe even the battery could go in that cool handle bag and you would have cheap reliable transportation with enough power to run all the lights you would want. Something like this:
 

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i enjoy gas motors. i do plan on doing some sort of electric project some day. but i would rather go combustion. p
I also like gas engines too, or more accurately I should say, I love them. The thing is the clutches, chains and sprockets needed to make the bike go are notoriously unreliable and usually require a lot of maintenance. If you have to have an IC engine; the hybrid electric/gas is the answer. Just remember to bring along a chain breaker and there will be a get home option, when the gas power goes US (un-servable).
 

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my town isnt huge that isnt a problem really. i appreciate your imput. but if im gonna have to take this to work and back i wamnt to have fun. and electric to me personally sounds boring. but after this build i wouldnt mind having a electric bike for a backup
 
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i would like any advice on this bike and motor combo. Also the best place to get parts. I'm gonna use this bike for commuting to work and back, day and night. so lighting/charging advice will be ap[appreciated. i have a lot of experience in the auto industry. and I'm semi comfortable with these things. but uncharted waters have different aspects. with that said lets hear what everyone has to say. no I'm not gonna go 2 stroke quite yet. that's for a special build after I at least get my transportation to work figured out. the hobby part of this is I am a mechanic at heart. but I got a dui and need this for work. i have since kicked the booze and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Have you test fit the motor? That is the main issue I can see with it, also 30 mph should be pretty easy as I hit that at 230lbs with a 49cc.
 

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Hey, machorobert89 !

If I may toss in my .02, Electric is definitely no-muss, no-fuss compared to Internal Combustion, especially for distances under 10 miles each way.
I have a 1000w Ebay Kit, with a $200 battery pack ( a cheapie ), and it'll do almost 30mph and give a reliable 5- 8 miles each way.
If your heart is set on 4-stroke, maybe get one of the better 49cc bike kits. They have enough stink to get you 30mph, come with most, if not all the parts you'll need, etc. By the time you get all the support parts/pieces for the 79cc build, it'll cost you as much as a decent 49cc 4-stroke bike kit. (Unless you already have the 79cc Predator- that's a different story.)

I wish you the best.
 

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Hey, machorobert89 !

If I may toss in my .02, Electric is definitely no-muss, no-fuss compared to Internal Combustion, especially for distances under 10 miles each way.
I have a 1000w Ebay Kit, with a $200 battery pack ( a cheapie ), and it'll do almost 30mph and give a reliable 5- 8 miles each way.
If your heart is set on 4-stroke, maybe get one of the better 49cc bike kits. They have enough stink to get you 30mph, come with most, if not all the parts you'll need, etc. By the time you get all the support parts/pieces for the 79cc build, it'll cost you as much as a decent 49cc 4-stroke bike kit. (Unless you already have the 79cc Predator- that's a different story.)

I wish you the best.
yes i already have the motor. i work at harbor freight so i can get them at this point free replacement anytime i want
 

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yes i already have the motor. i work at harbor freight so i can get them at this point free replacement anytime i want
NICE! Harbor Freight is an awesome place. If you scan through this site, you'll see a bunch of 79cc Predator builds to learn from. A lot of people have also detailed their builds with the Cranbrook/NelLusso, so there's good insight there. My .02 on the Huffy's are those wheel bearings... they really do need TLC and a watchful eye until one can come up with a replacement/improvement. I'd love to see if anyone as ever managed to get sealed bearings to run in those hubs. Doubtful.
 

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Do research dont try and reinvent anything...there are lots of reliable 79cc pulling daily commuter duty.
Use good parts....a couple/few hundred bucks makes the difference between a rolling headache and alot of fun.
79cc
Jackshaft
Max tourque clutch
Sportsman flyer adapter
Get a 2 stroke slide carb and billet intake
The mounting plate that comes with the 79cc can be used to fashion a vertical mount (with buggy clamps) or 2 pieces of angle iron on either side of down tube and seat post tube welded makes a solid mount ..if you have access to a mill (or are good with a drill) you can put slots to adjust left/right.
 
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