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How durable are Lifan engines?

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I put a Lifan 125cc engine on my 1974 Honda XL70, I recently bought a used honda carb that looked like my original. I put my jets into it and for some reason it`s has twice the power now. I dont have enough road in my nieghborhood streets to top it out but I was around highway speed today.

What is the maximum rpm`s the engine can take?

I`m exceeding the factory specs.

It gets like 2 miles per gallon now lol.

It`s freaking scarey.

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I've got one in a atc70 and it's been fine. I don't wring it out though, but it has lots of tq and the 4spd is sweet.

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Impressive...I'm surprised more people don't have these so they can hit highway speeds in their neighborhood. :cheers:

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When I said twice the power, I meant from the carb switch.

I wanna find a Kikker 5150 frame for it.

I think my transmission is going out. I got it from a crappy company, and when I installed it I noticed the Transmission output shaft seal was chewed up.

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The engines are very reliable, how ever the assembly line isn't- locktite and torque specs are frequently missing. It's a 50/50 crap shoot on whether any given engine (or bike) was assembled correctly. The recommended way to make a Lifan last is to take it apart and re- assemble it making sure everything is tightened down properly.

There a quite a few Lifan forums out there and this seems to be the one constant on all of them- good engines, just bad production line workers.

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The engines are very reliable, how ever the assembly line isn't- locktite and torque specs are frequently missing. It's a 50/50 crap shoot on whether any given engine (or bike) was assembled correctly. The recommended way to make a Lifan last is to take it apart and re- assemble it making sure everything is tightened down properly.

There a quite a few Lifan forums out there and this seems to be the one constant on all of them- good engines, just bad production line workers.

I should have bought it from HooperImports.com

The problem now is my transmission seems to be going out, when I down shift from 3rd it goes into neutral and I have to upshift then down shift again.

Can you point me to a lifan forum? Hooper imports wont answer my emails, when I ask for tech info.

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Lifan engines in general are pretty durable but it sounds like yours has been abused. Time to pull the transmission apart and see what's going on. I own 3 of them. The 200 has over 24,000 miles with zero problems.

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Lifan engines in general are pretty durable but it sounds like yours has been abused. Time to pull the transmission apart and see what's going on. I own 3 of them. The 200 has over 24,000 miles with zero problems.

Yea I do run it hard though. The gear ratios kinda suck. First gear it does like 3 or 4 mph. it hits high rpm`s on all the gears pretty quick.

Do they make different sized gears for these transmissions. this engine was in sketchy shape they day I got it. The were even nice enough to drop it off upside down in the box on my porch lol.

I`m trying for high speed, it has enough torque.

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Best you can do is change the sprocket sizes to whatever is optimum for your use. A single tooth larger on the front sprocket can make a big difference. Horizontal Lifan engines do have a very low 1st gear. My theory is they're made for everyday transportation on small motorcycles and designed to start off in second gear using first as a granny gear for steep low speed hills with heavy loads.

Yea I do run it hard though. The gear ratios kinda suck. First gear it does like 3 or 4 mph. it hits high rpm`s on all the gears pretty quick.

Do they make different sized gears for these transmissions. this engine was in sketchy shape they day I got it. The were even nice enough to drop it off upside down in the box on my porch lol.

I`m trying for high speed, it has enough torque.

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Best you can do is change the sprocket sizes to whatever is optimum for your use. A single tooth larger on the front sprocket can make a big difference. Horizontal Lifan engines do have a very low 1st gear. My theory is they're made for everyday transportation on small motorcycles and designed to start off in second gear using first as a granny gear for steep low speed hills with heavy loads.

I hope this helps and not hijacks....

What size chain does the 200 have?

If you put a bigger cs sprocket on it, what size chain would then be best?

Is there a beefier chain you could put on it that is still on the cheap side?

oops just seen op has a 125 and I guess being on a honda makes a difference also..

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Mine is a 420 chain. It seems to be up to snuff now. I just need tires and get the brakes working.

I was wpnder if a new honda xr100 gears could fit in the lifan engine? I`m going to rebuild the original 72cc engine once I get the monet, but even that had short gear ratios.

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I put a Lifan 125cc engine on my 1974 Honda XL70, I recently bought a used honda carb that looked like my original. I put my jets into it and for some reason it`s has twice the power now. I dont have enough road in my nieghborhood streets to top it out but I was around highway speed today.

What is the maximum rpm`s the engine can take?

I`m exceeding the factory specs.

It gets like 2 miles per gallon now lol.

It`s freaking scarey.

What was the Honda carb off, I'd been keen to do this to mine :)

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i had one. beat the piss out of it. keeped it pined to the tits all the time. broke the frame. it sat outside for 2 years. water got into it somehow. hydro locked. rings rusted shut. drained the water and oil. put new oil in. sprayed 1/4 of a bottle of wd-40 into the cylinder. let it sit...kicked it over, got most of the oil out. kicke dit over till it started. cranked on it..the rings came loose....

now its in a buddies go-kart and still going. being reamed out even worse.

id say they are pretty indestructible.
 

 

HOWEVER, i did take it apart and locktight the hole motor and torque everything down the day i got it.

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The horizontal Pit bike type engines work very well , 17T front sprocket helps make 1st gear more usable 

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