Stiff front wheel.and motor wont kick in

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by rgflynn, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. rgflynn

    rgflynn Member

    Hi All.

    I need some help with the bike I bought a few months back.
    with a 80cc engine. kit
    from the day I received it and the front wheel is stiff and squeaks when pushing the bike
    and peddling it makes for hard work when you need to get the motor started.
    I cant figure out what the problem is even after a bottle of Jim Beam.
    Also when I try to start the motor it on letting the clutch out it looks like its going
    to start then cuts out.
    I don't know much about it but on reading certain things the carb could be flooded
    but not sure.
    Any help appreciated and a empty bottle of Jim Beam.
     

  2. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Active Member

    I'll empty a few bottles and you can have them
     
  3. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Active Member

    In all seriousness, the bearing nuts are probably tight but squeaking also sounds like brakes might be tight or rubbing. The carb might just be having an air leak where it meets the manifold, either make sure it's pushed hard on there and tightened nicely and/or put rtv sealant in the carb slats and let them dry for an hour and give it another shot, also if there's old gas in the carb then it could be difficult to start even with the choke.
     
  4. rgflynn

    rgflynn Member

    lol
     
  5. rgflynn

    rgflynn Member

    Thanks for the info,I have been thinking for awhile it could be the brake blocks rubbing as they they seem tight against the wheel rim
    but not to sure how to loosen them.as you may have gathered I'm not to clued up on bikes.
    As for the motor it did used to start up ok after a few tries ,but a so called know it all checked it out for me
    and changed the ratio of oil and gas .but kept pressing the fuel valve which in turn has petrol spewing all over
    and its never started since then.
     
  6. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Active Member

    well the brakes are easy, theres a nut holding a cable at some point on the brakes, loosen nut, loosen brakes slightly, tighten nut. I personally find that a quarter pull to brake contact is my favorite on caliper brakes, others prefer that any squeeze at all brings on contact, but that's them. now the oil to gas has next to nothing to do with starting, and i dont know what you mean by a fuel valve unless you mean a float tickler, in which case if its stuck in tickle mode and keeping the gas flowing into the carb then yes, its exactly a flood problem, might require disasembly to get it nice and clean and ready, sdont change anything since it worked before, just use carb cleaner AND gloves to clean it up, then give it another shot. hope this helps! good luck have fun wear a damn helmet!
     
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  7. rgflynn

    rgflynn Member

    Thanks for all your help.I will started on the brakes and think your suggestion should sort. and yes your probably right with your description of the float tickler
    its like a small brass button.
    As for the carb I will get some cleaner in and hopefully get that done over the weekend.
    And I always wear a helmet especially after a couple of Jim Beams.
     
  8. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Active Member

    I lonbve jims beenmnms
     
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  9. gary55

    gary55 Active Member

    I like a sip of jameson now and then, but it's hard to get the amsoil aftertaste out of the shot glass.
     
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  10. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Active Member

    A little bit of undiluted coolant helps with the aftertaste, use it as a chaser.
     
  11. gary55

    gary55 Active Member

    Coolant, what a novel idea! Not much for the sweet drinks, but it might make the hot summer days a bit more bearable.
     
  12. rgflynn

    rgflynn Member

    Jim Beam and Ginger goes down a treat
     
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