My first build , I am new to the game. Electra Vince 3i

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Skunx, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Skunx

    Skunx New Member

    I just bought my first bike to try and convert to a motorized kit. After picking up my bike I am starting to see a lot of challenges with an Electra Vince 3i. I loved the way it looks and rides. there is a lot of tight spaces I need to make work. I am sure I will be posting in the other categories very soon. Thank you guys for any advice,
    Brian Wilder
     

  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Looks like this one? Kool bike.
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  3. chainmaker

    chainmaker Member

    Welcome, that is a cool looking bike. What are your plans for a motor?
     
  4. Skunx

    Skunx New Member

    That's it . I took pictures this morning before work. I want to put a 4 stroke on it. I was not sure where to buy the kit from. It seems like gasbikes.com is the main site I keep finding. I am having breaks installed on it this week. I do not trust the coaster break alone, I did not want to skimp on safety. The rest I am trying to do my self. I loved the way the bike looked and rides, but I am starting to find some challenges with the rear hub. I am trying to figure out what gear set up to use and what I can use that will work with the rear hub. I did not realize it was a 3 speed until it got delivered. Do I need to get a new rim set up or is this possible? As far as the motor goes was looking at this one: http://www.gasbike.net/212cc-death-row-4-stroke-kit.html Please let me know if you guys have any better ideas. I am 35 years old and new to this. The reason I am doing the build is because I work downtown San Diego and parking is costing me almost 120 a month. I can do a 12 mile ride and put the bike inside the office at work. The hills in San Diego get fairly steep in some parts. I just saved enough to get the bike. On Friday April 3rd I plan on ordering the motor kit. I will also have to find a rear mount gas tank.

    Thank you guys for the support!


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  5. dougsr.874

    dougsr.874 Active Member

    DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT buy ANYTHING from GASBIKES, KINGS, OR ZONE8.....they will screw you .....will not answer phone, email or chat....don't buy from these people....a good kit is sold by bicycles-engines. com....and they have the 4G kit on sale now....the socalled 5G kit is the infamous "hoot" gearbox that some ingenious scammer renamed it 5G instead of hoot....the hoot gearbox is a real piece of s t, and cannot be made better...
     
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  6. Skunx

    Skunx New Member

  7. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Nice bike.
    You DO NOT want to make that direct drive, the sprocket WILL NOT fit over that 3-speed hub.

    It would however make the perfect 4-stroke 3-speed shifter.

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    http://SickBikeParts.com has a 4-stroke shift kit that will do it for ~$200.

    Look for a real 4G transfer case with HS 142F 4-stroke engine.
    The 4G is the best transfer case out there now until the new 10G's get here in a month or so.
    The 10G has a 100T freewheel secondary and better output shaft for aligning sprockets.

    One other note is it looks like that 'gas tank' could be made a real one like I did with this.

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    I don't know how that is put together but if it's anything like the Columbia 1937 you can make it a real tank, I have a topic about how I did here you might want to read.
     
  8. Skunx

    Skunx New Member

    That shift kit is awesome and would solve most of the problems I was worried about. You guys are awesome. As far as the tank I was just going to go rear mounted behind the seat. That shift kit is the way to go. Thank you, thank you
     
  9. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Happy to help Skunx, gears really change everything, especially with a 49cc 4-stroke.

    Here is a little up close and personal of how it works.

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    If that chain looks odd, that is because it is KMC HL 710 Half Link chain.
    It makes sizing the chain for each side easier and it's double tuff stuff.
    Expensive as heck, $30 a box, but it does both sides.

    The shift kit comes with a nice HD 410 Z chain that usually fits and works fine, that is just another option.

    You can slide the engine forward for left side chain tension, but to do the right side you are supposed to move whole engine base plate up.
    That is seldom a good option but you can use the wheel from kits tentioner for the right side.
    Just make a little slot on the side of base plate and use that wheel.

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    The future bases from SickBikes will most likely include this slot, but for now you need to drill your own.
     
  10. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I can't wait to see the finished motorbike. That Vince is very unique.
    Coaster brakes work fine as long as you have a front brake too.
     
  11. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    The coaster brake won't work with a shift kit, the pedals freewheel backwards.
     
  12. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    The bike will not have breaks then because it doesn't have front brakes.
     
  13. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Front and rear C brakes are cheap, ~$25 a wheel.
     
  14. Skunx

    Skunx New Member

    Thanks. I am getting the bike back this weekend. I am having C breaks installed. I think I will have to do the rear my self because the shop will not drill into my frame due to there insurance. I will post picturs as soon as I get it back. Also ordering the motor kit this weekend!!!

    Thank you to everyone for the help.
     
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