A Guide to Converting an Electric Scooter to a Gas Scooter
If you have an electric scooter, then you may be keen to convert it into a gas scooter. There are a few reasons why you should not, such as the risk of pollution. However, the electric scooter itself is not without problems. For example, you cannot ride it in even the lightest rain, it is also prone to run out of battery life when you are stranded in the middle of nowhere, and the wires and parts can sometimes be more trouble than they are worth. If you are fed up of your electric scooter, and want to convert to a gas scooter without buying a new machine, then you can do this fairly easily with a few home improvement tools.
Taking off the Electronics
The best way to start your conversion is to take off all of the electric components to your scooter. Start with the engine by removing this from the mount, and taking off all of the bolts. Keep the bolts, as you can fix the gas motor to the scooter with these. Then take off the wires connected to the back wheel, and remove the starter button. All of these should be kept by you somewhere safe, as you will be able to use these when you create the gas scooter.
Use a Chainsaw Engine
Rather than having to bother with constructing a gas engine from a kit, a good way to convert your scooter to gas is to use a chainsaw engine. Take your chainsaw, and open up the case, either by sawing it open, or simply unscrewing it with your screwdriver. Take out the chain, and then remove the bar part of the machine. The casing will be perfect for attaching to the scooter, so seal up the housing before you start installing it.
Removing or Using the Centrifugal Clutch
Take the centrifugal clutch out of the chainsaw's crank. This will allow the scooter to be permanently on, so your can drive off, although you may have to lift up your rear wheel to get the scooter started. As an alternative, keep the clutch in place, and use the chainsaw to connect it to the sprocket. This will allow you more control of your machine.
Connecting up the Sprockets
Take the other sprocket, and using one of the bolts from the electric components, place the motor sprocket onto the scooter. You may have to shift the mounting of the rear wheel, as the sprocket needs to be screwed in here, and it can overbalance the scooter if you are not careful.
Place your motor on the bike, screwing the housing down to the scooter platform, in the place of the electric motor. Connect the bike chain to your sprockets, and then take the starter motor from your electric scooter kit, and connect it to the chainsaw motor, wiring it into the on/off controls on the motor.