Getting a new GEBE kit.

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by LabRat63, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. LabRat63

    LabRat63 New Member

    I am getting my tax refund around the 8th. I have decided on the 32cc Tanaka PureFire 2-Stroke and a cheap bike from Walmart (to be upgraded when I can afford it)

    Will the gas tank and twist throttle from the Kings Motorbikes kits work with GEBE kits? And should I order a spare belt with the kit? What else do I need?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  2. Papasaun

    Papasaun Guest

    Good going !:grin:
    Me? I don't know hebe's from GEBE'S,,, but someone will be along to help with the info that is evading you.

    And don't forget to mention to Dennis or Julia,,,,,,heard about them on MBc. :cool:

  3. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

  4. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    If you have the extra cash, yes, order a spare belt; as you learn the unique nuances of the gebe system you will be glad you had the foresight to have an extra belt on hand. You won't be frustrated with down time waiting for a new one to arrive. Good choice by the way!
  5. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    Good choice :)

    I have the 32cc kit on a Schwinn D7 with various additions...

    truing the sheave is a must and also its advisable to get a U stand so you can work on the back wheel (punctures etc)

    there are boost bottles and tuned pipes available for this engine - should be good for maybe 35-38 mph top speed on the flat with these additions..

    good luck with it and hope things go well...

    BE SURE to tighten everything - and then after the first little while re-tighten... things *will* work loose..

    Jemma xx
  6. LabRat63

    LabRat63 New Member

    Next question I have probably should have been my first. Has anyone here had both the 32cc AND 40cc Tanakas? Is there any significant difference between them? I would like to get the 40cc, but the 32cc will be more manageable budgetwise.
  7. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    I have a 40cc...don't really think the extra cc's or bit of extra hp and torque are that significant nor is it that much faster... 32's gas mileage is better and it's quieter...probably the better choice. Bigger is not always better.
  8. LabRat63

    LabRat63 New Member

    32cc kit ordered, should be here Tue or Wed. Getting bike today.

    Is an Opticube an adequate headlight? Money is real tight right now, so I need to find the cheapest headlight I can.

    I'll get something better in a month or two when I can afford it, but I know none of that junk from Walmart will be good enough.
  9. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    my opinion: no basic bicycle light is going to satisfy you at will mostly just serve to make you visible...might as well go as cheap as you can, you'll be wanting something better very soon. there are a couple of homemade lighting projects happening, if you're handy you might consider building something with some real lumens.
  10. Hive

    Hive Guest

    My Limited

    Experience over three engine installs is to be patient.

    When I ordered my first engine, I had a list of items to do that was a mile long.

    Fortunately, my typical procrastination turned out to be a benefit, in that by the time I received the engine and began to install it, I found most of the stuff I thought I needed was not necessary and overkill.

    Besides, I had much to occupy myself with unplanned fitting and problem solving due to the frame I was working with, which called for some careful analysis before putting things together. I learned that simple is best.

    For example, the dropouts were recessed cnc machined aluminum as was the frame seat clamp and I did not wish to mess up bike by rushing work. Amazing what a few SS washers and longer axle can do ... if you have the patience to work it out and wait until the right parts and tools are available.

    Three bikes later (only two engines) I understand that these are bicycles and though motorized, need to be seen as not motorcycles.

    FWIIW, I went from 25cc 4-cycle which I loved and ran great, but would not take me up my hill-street easily, to Tanaka 3300 which solved the problem and I like the light torqy motor and fast enough for a bike and me.

    Take it easy and have fun with the project - one patient step at a time.

    Life is short enough without increasing grief more than is necessary. Makes it way more fun.

    BTW, Augi is right about the trigger throttle. Simple and works. And, I think safer to make quick stops, if needed.

    Here is pic of variation using Sinz brake lever...

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  11. LabRat63

    LabRat63 New Member

    *Sigh* Motor is due tomorrow, for all the good it will do me...

    Winter storms through noon tomorrow. My pretty new bike is a pretty ice sculpture now. :(
  12. Hive

    Hive Guest

    The Snow

    Gives us time to plan, if that is any consolation. I hate the stuff, being a steelhead fisherman, beer guzzler and standing in fast running creek true warm weather person. No wonder the ancients celebrated the winter solstice in earnest. (Now Christmas.)

    If it is any help, my bike hangs above the engine in garage, but I have the basic parts for another muffler experiment to put on my T-3300 sitting on coffee table. And, though I have the urge to put it together and maybe three variations as more experiments, I look out at the new snow and simple think, "screw it! Can't run bike anyway."

    Why I usually color my words green...
  13. LabRat63

    LabRat63 New Member

    More time to plan :(

    02/13/2008 6:13 A.M. OUT FOR DELIVERY
    02/13/2008 5:56 A.M. DESTINATION SCAN
    02/13/2008 5:10 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
  14. larymor

    larymor Guest

    It will all fall into place labrat. Where do you live? I am in North Dakota....-10 below and a foot of snow on the ground!
  15. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Ten below, huh, makes me mighty thankful for my 57 degrees, even though the forecast calls for rain.
  16. larymor

    larymor Guest

    Yeah...negative 10 below zero! Tonite it will get to -25...not a place for the faint of heart..only the slightly insane. My GEBE has been sitting in the garage since the end of october 07...start it once every couple of weeks to keep it loose. I used to leave my motorcycles sit all winter and come spring they started right up...lawn equipment too. I don't subscribe to all the winterizing BS.
  17. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Well, I did get a nice sunny 66 degree ride Sunday. But come August, you'll be stripped down to your sneakers and a helmet while the temperature and humidity are in a race to see who reaches 100 first.
  18. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Labrat, it could be worse. Anything that doesn't fit easily in the back seat of a bush-plane comes to me either by truck via Fairbanks and Anchorage, or a tugboat pulls it on a barge from Seattle. I've been waiting since the end of '07 for an exhaust pipe.
  19. LabRat63

    LabRat63 New Member

    GOT IT!!! INSTALLED IT!!! And all I can say is...WOW!!!!
  20. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    LOL, congrats!