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Old 01-27-2010, 08:07 PM   #31
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I've heard good things about those sport exhausts, if you can find one to modify for the engine. Supposedly, some of them are rather small and very quiet.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:52 AM   #32
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

A Peerless transmission from a tractor isn't a bad idea at all. Dead tractors are easy to find and I happen to know I can pick up a brand new transaxle unit for less than a bill anyway. You could easily adapt a tractor transaxle to just about any power source you want.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:54 PM   #33
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

Have you thought about a VW engine and transaxle???
maybe a Sportster motor??

OR... if your a good detective, you can track down the low down dirty SOB who has my 2003 Kawasaki KFX 400 4 wheeler and I will donate the whole thing to your project. I THINK the 4 wheeler is in Texas if that helps.
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

On second thought, the Sportster motor is probably going to be in the high end of the $$ area of what your not wanting to spend.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:52 PM   #35
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Yes, I am familiar with lawn tractor transaxles. We occasionally use them in KSR. I have one or two around here somewhere.

WV is a practical possibility, but I dislike the sound. That said, a local guy has a home-made exhaust system on a kit car, and he ran the pipe forward under the car, and then back again, so the pipe is "normal" length. That did help on the quality of the sound.
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

Just about any transaxle assembly would work, IIRC most of them are selfcontained on a subframe, upper suspension mounts shouldnt be hard to fabricate, you could even eliminate the suspension struts and lock the steering linkage straight ahead and then use a single tire/wheel to steer with
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The Kawasaki KLR has been around forever and uses a 650 thumper. I know you can find these bikes fully functional on the cheap so a wrecked one should be even cheaper. Honda also makes a 650 in the same category as the KLR but they haven't been doing it as long so the prospect of finding a wrecked one would be more difficult.
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Anybody familiar with the Briggs & Stratton opposed twin engine? Looks to be rated at something like 16 HP. Flathead design, I think.

The local lawn mower guru has a lawn tractor with this engine, no mower deck, and a defective transaxle. The transaxle trouble does not worry me. He wants $100,- -- after he tunes it up and starts it for me. Are these engines any good, generally speaking?

By the way, he tells me that gasoline powered golf carts are becoming scarce and expensive -- which matches my observations on eBay and Craigslist.

Quite a few big ATV thumper engines on eBay, but very big $$$.

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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

Generally speaking, a well-maintained Briggs opposed twin will run a long time. Be aware of the fact that Briggs support for the L-head engines (opposed twins, non-OHV singles) is pretty much gone now due to increasing EPA standards. Short-blocks for said opposed are pretty much non-existant (snapped up by lawn mower racers). Many individual parts are still available, but again, supplies are dwindling. $100.00 isn't bad - IF - the engine is in very good condition. I still get a few in the shop every so often. Their owners take very good care of them, and they are still strong.

I've been in the outdoor power equipment industry for about the last 15 years. If you can post the model, type and code numbers, I can get you just about any OEM information that Briggs still offers for it. HTH
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Thanks Griff!

Matter of fact, Perry (the local mower guru) told me that he had this machine sold for $200 a year ago, to a guy who wanted to use it for lawn mower racing! Then the transaxle snapped on the test ride, and the deal fell thru.

So these engines are "racing" engines, eh.... Now I KNOW I would need to build my own deep-reduction chain drive anyway.

Are these engines noisy? I can probably put a giant muffler on it, but I'm worried about mechanical racket.
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