First build complete!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Rigs, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Rigs

    Rigs New Member

    Hello everyone. Just finished my first build last weekend and having a blast! Used a Huffy Cranbrook from Walmart and ordered a 66cc Skyhawk from bikenet.com with CNS carb. Took about 5 hours to build in total. Spent late nights in the garage after my little ones went to bed. Added a front brake, speedometer and fuel filter to the gas line.

    It fired up after a few tries and I have about 20 miles on it. My neighbor saw it and plans on making one this winter. I'm already planning on building another one so I don't have to ride alone all the time.
     

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  2. BGRooster1

    BGRooster1 New Member

    Looks great .What did the whole thing set you back?
    I found a nice one already built for $400.I think he might take a little less.
     
  3. Rigs

    Rigs New Member

    It cost about $350 total with the extras I put on it.
     
  4. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    Its funny how many people have gotten this exact bike at walmart, i got the same one this summer for $75 added $185 motor from bikeberry and it works pretty good. i liked how you fixed the rear fender by shortening it for the chain,I just cut alittle off the side is all on mine. But you are missing your front fender , it makes your bike not as attractive ,Plus i see you used the supplied over sized front mount . It works but not as cool as could have been done for a front mount.

    Did you have any issues with the brake arm hitting the bolt heads on your rear hub ? That area frustrated me till I just welded the darn thing.
     
  5. Rigs

    Rigs New Member

    The back fender is actually the front fender turned around. I like the look of not having a front fender and read a few horror stories of the bracket breaking and guys taking nasty spills. No issues with the back brake arm. I should have planned the front mount better but I wanted to get it done and my time is limited with 3 little ones running around. The engine is holding solid and I check the bolts before each ride. Nothing has come loose yet.
     
  6. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    Yea i know what ya mean when you said you just wanted it done,here is a pic of my cranbrook that is identical to yours. Oh by the way , that nice tan thread on the seat will rip on you in a very short time. My lasted two miles before it started to come off the seat.
     

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  7. Rigs

    Rigs New Member

    Very nice. Like the tan painted pieces and where you put the tank. By chance, do you remember the maker of the rear rack? Looks good and so many out there are flimsy pieces of junk.
     
  8. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    Thanks, the rack was off an older huffy i got at a yard sale I had intended to motorize until I found the cranbrook. The tank that came with the motor I stuffed into that rear bike bag to hide it, just something I wanted to test out to hide the ugly tanks that come with kits is all.

    I like cruiser style looking bikes best . Yea the cranbrook is cheaply made , all the bolts were loose on it when i got it , and also the left crank pedal was cross threaded and fell off on me, I also just welded it . LOL Its just a el cheapo build so i took some chances on it as far as welding things to it, they turned out but my next one will get better. They say practice makes perfect, this is my 3rd build,Im working my way up to something similar to a whizzer or indian style bike.
     
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  9. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    here is the front mount I made, some people dont like rubber being used on the mount but it works for me.
     

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  10. knobb490

    knobb490 Member

    Hurricane, I like the rubber on the mount. I've used it extensively on my rack mount belt drive and it sure helps with the vibrations. Pics on my blog...http://enginepoweredbikes.blogspot.com/
     
  11. knobb490

    knobb490 Member

    Rigs, I know what you mean about the late nights after little ones are in bed. Seems like there just isn't enough time. Before I know it, it's midnight and I've got to get to bed. Arrrgh!
     
  12. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    Nice blog knobb490, I looked over the pics and read some of it. You can tell you are passionate about it.
     
  13. jroyse

    jroyse Member

    how did you decide on the skyhawk engine?
     
  14. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    I like ordering from Bikeberry website for my engines because they have good customer service and this engine kit was one they offered. I also liked the new carb and slant head it has . So far it seems the skyhawk is a pretty nice engine kit.

    Sorry Rigs did not mean to hijack ur thread
     
  15. Trix

    Trix New Member

    This is my Huffy Cranbrook :devilish:

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  16. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    sweet job,trix. Only thing that would have made it better is if you had actually made the gas tank in the frame . Not sure what that is you have used under your gas tank ?
     
  17. a/c man

    a/c man Member

    Don't use rubber mounts.
    Repeat... Don't use rubber mounts.
     
  18. hurricane

    hurricane Member

    blah blah blah, they work fine if you know how to use them, but yea improperly installed rubber mounts may fail.

    But then so can any part of a cranbrook build. LOL
     
  19. adb140275

    adb140275 Member

    I need a legit reason why not to use rubber mounts. If they were all bad, why would cars have their engines mounted through rubber for insulation?
     
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