Lawn Mower conversion?

Discussion in '4-Stroke Engines' started by Fast Doggu, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. Fast Doggu

    Fast Doggu New Member

    Being a young and cheapy person I wanna build one of these motorized Bikes but I have limited Resources So the cheapest route for me would be Converting a Lawn Mower into Horizontal, If anyone has done this is it worth it? Does it work fine?

  2. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    yeah it works, so long as you can find a motor that'll fit in your frame. a lot of lawnmower engines are pretty big. even cheaper route would be to pick up a flathead briggs from the flea market or a swap meet. should only be a few bucks
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  3. Old Bob

    Old Bob Member

    Converting a vertical shaft into a horizontal shaft can be tricky, You need to make a new intake manifold to rotate carb and modify crankcase breather, plus fabricate a mount, its not worth it,get a horizontal shaft.
  4. JunkyardDog

    JunkyardDog Active Member

    A vertical shaft engine cannot be converted to a horizontal shaft. At least not a 4 stroke. 4 strokes have crankcases, and they are completely different in design between a vertical shaft engine and a horizontal shaft engine.
  5. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    I think you can probably attempt a weed wacker build instead of lawnmower for the reason listed above if you have an old weed wacker laying around. Look up "weed wacker motorized bike" on YouTube. It seems rear mounted into a friction drive is the easiest conversion.

  6. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    all you have to do is rotate the carb and add an oil flinger to the connecting rod. it's dead simple, a child could do it. in fact, I did it at least a dozen times as a child.

    the bigger issue with conversions is mounting.
  7. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    even the vanguard and similar v-twins can be modified to horizontal and they have oil pumps and filters to contend with.

    the only difference between the horizontal and vertical shaft engines on little push mowers is the cases and, as butre said...the oil flinger. and yeah, the carb manifold.