What do you know?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Guest, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I just got a TAS "Spitz" QMB 23 from the local flea market....cheap, I think. From the original owner, with all paperwork/packaging//instructions/exploded view/sales slip, ect.ect.

    Is this considered a rack mount or a friction drive (seems like both to me).

    Good Tanaka engine from Japan, That's all I know.

    Let me have all the info you guys have.

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I believe that friction drives are by definition all rackmounts...ie: they are mounted on racks either front or back
    let us know how it works for ya !!!
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm going out to fit it up to my aluminum bike now.

    Photos to follow.

    Found out this is the same as a Bikebug/Sears Free Spirit/Little Devil.
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Bah! Foiled!
    It won't fit the wide forks of the Monterey Bay Cruiser......I guess I'll have to get ANOTHER bike! :lol:
  5. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    bummer! :x
    hang in there joe.


    back to the flea market?? (that's where I'd be.... :cool: )
  6. Bike Bug

    Hi I have a customer, Mike somebody or other in Texas that handles replacement and rebuild parts for these. If you like I'll try to dig up what I have on him, Nice guy, he and I spoke several times on the phone, sadly my HD crashed a couple times since then, but I think I can find him if you want, Mike
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks Mike...this thing came with ALL the paperwork, plus the original box. Even had some exploded views. I do know it's the same as a Bikebug and Sears sold it under the Free Spirit name. I just can't wait to get it going and compare it to the Happytime motor kit.

    I know Tanaka is a decent brand. Funny thing, once I get a bike to fit it, it takes about 5 minutes to mount and have it ready to run.

    I may dismantle the Monterey and use the wheels/handlebars/seat on an old Murray Westport I picked up a few weeks back.....problem solved! :)
  8. psuggmog

    psuggmog Guest

    I have one of these motors mounted on a mid-1950s Rudge. I got mine from a man for $5USD, complete with original paperwork. He made a mounting frame and ran the motor on the rear wheel instead of the front as originally mounted. I installed it on the front of my bike. It makes the steering a little heavier feeling. I recently got a free 22cc honda 4stroke weedeater. I'm contemplating making an adapter to mount the honda to the tanaka drivetrain. There is a way to use urethane inline skate wheels or wider skateboard wheels as replacement and inproved coeficient of friction drive rollers on these macines. There is a choice of wheel diameters as well, which allows different reduction ratios.
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Five dollars!?! Mine wasn't quite that cheap. Still haven't mounted it. I did see the website that tells how to replace the drive roller. Mine (roller) is new, so good for now.
  10. msamigo

    msamigo Member

    Updated webiste www.bikebug.net

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    We are posting videos also.

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  11. Elmo

    Elmo Member

    Bill I have the exception.

    Attached Files:

  12. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    cool 'bent there Elmo :)
    I like the ingenuity/creativity !!!!
  13. augidog

    augidog Banned

    "frame-mount friction-drive"

    Elmo, that is just TWO COOL!

  14. Elmo

    Elmo Member

    Thanks for the good words guys.