anything to say about 32cc Tanaka PureFire? good or bad

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by robpugl, May 18, 2009.

  1. robpugl

    robpugl New Member

    Anyone have anything good or bad to say about the 32cc Tanaka PureFire? I know its a broad question but Im interested in what people experience with it is. Im considering buying one. Im looking something small, light, quiet or at least not so loud and of course something powerful, that can move me and 200lbs of stuff to 45mph in 2 seconds( only joking 4 seconds be ok )
    PS off the there anyway to do a spell check from these post windows?

  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    It's my first choice for a 2 stroke, do the "break in" right at the beginning, the first 100 miles or so, and it just keeps getting stronger.

    Cranks on the first pull most of the time.
  3. robpugl

    robpugl New Member

    thanks for the reply. I hope "Cranks on the first pull most of the time" is not said about the rider.
  4. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Mine has probably 3,000 miles, but sits idle for weeks while I break in other engines, then when I get ready to ride it, put in fresh gas and off it goes.

    Not afraid to load up that bike and head any which way I choose.
  5. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Good luck if you decide to go with the Tanaka, many swear by them.
    But what I wanted to add was if you use the firefox browser it spell checks everything here. Don't think there is any spellchecker in the forum program.
  6. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    There are two tweaks I do to the T-33.

    The (6) small metric Allen's heads, 4 on the exhaust side and 2 holding the spark plug cover, cost .80 to replace, and mine, on the spark plug, worked loose. So I removed all of them, put a touch of fingernail polish on the threads, and never have had a problem since.

    The black engine cover is 2 parts, and some of the pavement in my area is super bad bumpy. To prevent either upper or lower from separating/cracking at a bolt-on spot, on the exhaust side, where those vents are, I poke a black zip tie into the crack, pull it tight. No chance of a rattle.

    If you ever take off the top cover, to clean the filter, triple check it for tightness. I didn't, it flew off, and now my personal T-33 has a beat up, glued back appearance.

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  7. robpugl

    robpugl New Member

    bamabikeguy thanks for the tips from what Im reading not many negs on the
    Tanaka. I guess my mind was nearly made up before I posted this . I'll order a new system from gebe today. One question for you bamabikeguy is that the standard mounting position shown in your jpeg. I recall a different orientation of the gas tank in other pictures Ive seen.
  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    That picture is from when the Tanaka's first came out (I think even before I started frame mounting all my builds). I was doing a mileage test with a measuring cup.

    Because mine has saddlebags, when folks order them, some plan ahead and I lean them back farther, (though none as far back as my personal bike).

    Often we change out the front strap that GEBE sends, and use a 3 inch wide piece of heavy aluminum, bought at Tractor Supply.

    GEBE's strap is really heavy duty nowadays, another way to push it back is to order two straps and bolt them together.

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  9. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Yea it's a kick *** engine I love it !!!!
    Lots of power in a small package and you can mount the gas tank vertical so the cap is on top.. makes it easy to fill it all the way up..
    and yes they do get stronger and stronger with time..
    And these Tanaks are very easy to start always !!!
    it's just about the best 2 stroke I have seen.
    Thats my take...
  10. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    TANAKA 33 test case and tip:

    Gene and Dwight are retirees, and they ordered 2 bikes, a grey and a gold Sun Comfort Rover 21 speed.

    I had one engine on hand, I put it on Gene's bike, and Dwight's arrived a week later. So Gene's engine had a 100+ mile head start.

    They put on identical speedometers, the 100 mile headstart still shows on both odometer readings. Gene's bike is ALWAYS a tad faster, always gets a tiny bit better mileage. Both are getting stronger, but I told Dwight to sneak off and make up for the imbalance.

    If you will do the following, your bike engine will do the same:

    Use 89 name brand gas and good oil. (Amoco 89 is my fav).

    Crank it up, take a very short run to make sure nothing is loose.

    Then take a 10 minute run, stop for 10 minutes and repeat. 10 on, 10 off.

    Don't hold it at full throttle very often on that first tank.

    You look down the road, run the throttle at 1/2 until you reach the oak tree, then up it a little, 3/4 till you pass the red mailbox, 1/3 to the Moore's driveway etc etc etc. Keep picking targets and varying that speed. No steady speed over 20-30 seconds.

    It won't take long to get the hang of it, up a little, down a bit on the engine. Start popping it up to wide open every now and then.

    Hold back on the wide open throttle for long distances, however, until you get at least 100 miles on that piston/cylinder combo, else you will get in a rut, and NEVER catch Gene and Dwight.
    Last edited: May 20, 2009
  11. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Tanakas are bullit proof, just ask any commercial landscaping equipment mechanic.
  12. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Yea and they start sooo easy, prob. the best small 2 stroke I have ever seen..
    Iam so impressed that in the future I might get a Tanaka weed eater and chain saw.
    I just bought a new RYOBI weed eater and that darn thing is hard to start.
    my last ryobi the 720R was much better...I guess they dont make em like they used to.
  13. robpugl

    robpugl New Member

    Great advice guys. I’m not sure if your using the same setup Bam as the one in the jpegs its basically the setup I’m using. I find however rather than using the strap over the wheel I ran a strap from the gebe rack leg to a section of the rear bike fork. I’m not using the correct terminology but I'll send some photos if you’re interested. Many advantages for me doing it this way. Its much tighter and solid set up, plenty of room to put a rack or even a seat (I have something designed that doubles as a seat and a rack being fabricated) Somehow when police see the engine mounted in frame they see a motorcycle or moped before they see bicycle. With the engine in the rear I never ever got stopped in the city. It’s all psychological and considering the gebe is faster than anything else I've seen on a bicycle.
  14. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member


    I've read a bunch of your posts in the time I was here and I like the way you think! You remind me alot of myself in being very calculated!

    Much respect for you and ride safely...
  15. robpugl

    robpugl New Member

    Thanks Bama I don't know how else I'd get by although I can say my thinking has gotten me into as much trouble in my life. Anyway I got my rig togeather. The Tanaka out of the box got me up to 32 mph before I pulled back, did'nt want to push it on my first tank. Next thing is an alarm. Im looking into setting up an mc pager alarm the ones I've seen are big and bulky. I'm rigging up some MR16 lights or 11's with a 14v battery should be plenty to juice to run things. I'll let you know how its going. Is it possiable to drop a line to you directly.
  16. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    Tanaka, { & other Japanese engines } + + +