Mitsubishi TLE 33 or 43 questions

Discussion in 'Friction Drive' started by s_beaudry, May 21, 2009.

  1. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    I know it will all depend on weight and conditions...

    But who hear has a friction setup with either one of these engines, and what is your real world MPG with the engine??

    Also, is there a noticeable power and or noise difference between the 33cc and the 43cc engine?


  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Dunno about the Mitsu mpg on the friction, but on the noise, a 33 is "quieter" (engine behind you anyway, and I'm talking Tanaka.)

    And on the belt system, no diff on the speed.

    33cc mileage is definitely better, by at least 25% imho.
  3. kerf

    kerf Guest

    I have a 43, great engine, haven't checked mileage, it uses so little it's not an issue. What is an issue is POWER, bigger is better. My wife has the 43 now because I got a GP460.
  4. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Heh, just got back from a morning ride with a Mits 43 on a FD. Zippy.

    I have no idea how it compares with the TLE33 but I can offer my 2 cents comparing it to my other engines which are Robin 35s. The Mits43 has more pep in the top end but the Robin has more torque and pull at low end.

    I've seen where some have the opinion the Mits and Robin have about the same exhaust note but not for me. The Robin is quieter. They're my favorite engine but the Mits43 is a close second.

    Mileage? Good, very good.
  5. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    I have the TLE43 staton friction drive. The last time I checked, it was 140 mpg. It's not loud, but, the sound IS a little more annoying than a 4-stroke. (more 'pop' in the exhaust than a valved 4-stroke.)
    Last edited: May 21, 2009
  6. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    I have TWO TLE43 engines on "The Dragon Lady". Gas mileage is about 60mpg.

    FWIW, mopeds are MUCH louder than Mitsubishi engines. That being said, I'm not worried about running my MB. It's pretty quiet with expansion chambers.
  7. adb140275

    adb140275 Member

    not to jack the thread, but where can you even buy a tle43?
  8. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    I have a several new TLE43s and would consider selling one or two.....if interested shoot me a PM.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  9. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    And, there is one place that I'm aware of that still has new TLE43's...

    In this thread, scroll down to Post #15. Note the issue our the obscenity filter (the last 3 letters of mitsubishi and the 1st letter of TLE43.) All of his other engines are clones, but this one (per the photo) is the genuine article...)
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  10. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Hey Lou, actually those are long gone. I talked to Glen the owner at MeFast recently and he said that page was 5 years old, just never took it down.
  11. cpuaid

    cpuaid Member

    I almost fell for that outdated MeFast page myself when I was looking for a spare engine. They really need to take that page down, seriously. For those looking for a TLE-43, try a 42.7 cc John Deere M series. Made by Mitsubishi for John Deere and by all indications is the same engine.
  12. unior

    unior Member

    Where can I find a john deere m series?
  13. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    They're used on JD's string trimmers.

    ref this engine manual. It IS the same engine. Says so, in the manual. Which is good to know, if you need parts...
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2010