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Project Ruckus Destrucktus

I was waiting for some parts for my Harley so I decided to take up another project. I swapped out the motor for 150. Most of the other changes I found laying around the garage.

Here is my 03 Ruck
GY6 Swap
Some old drag racing pegs that I cut down.
Bicycle Handlebar and clamp I picked up cheap.
Edge Led Taillight (stolen from my Husky)
Stock Front Forks w/ bracket for the Gy6 brake welded on. (used to be drum)
Its in beta mode right now.
Now for some pics (they are not great, my garage is jammed with bikes and an old car) I post better photos as the scoot gets completed and this snow clears. Yeah that might be awhile.







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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2008, 08:29 PM
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cool.. i have one that is in boxes that i need to put a crank in. the engine is from an elite 150??
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nice work. after going to the mods vs rockers show and seeing all the modded up Ruckus's i wish i would have got a Ruckus instead of the Zuma.

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Why the GY6 Swap? I understand that it's a bigger engine, but isn't that engine pretty unreliable and used in countless chinese budget scooters? I love the Ruckus and have thought about getting one, however the lack of any other engine mods that really make a diff, have kept me from buying one. I saw a non GY6 (some other engine) on a ruckus once, but couldn't get a good enough look at what it was.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_GY6_Engine

i guess it could or could not be a honda.
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Looks great. Those things are growing on me.

Question- what's the primary use for a scooter for someone who rides motorcycles? Commuting, garage project, ...? Seems like it'd be a blast to mess around with, but don't know if I'd use one regularly.

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We gonna see some Ruckus wheelies next year?.... don't say "it can't be done"

Take it to the STREETS!
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Whoa one at at a time, wait ok you guys did ask them one at a time forget.

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nice work. after going to the mods vs rockers show and seeing all the modded up Ruckus's i wish i would have got a Ruckus instead of the Zuma.
There was a guy who would rip by our shop last year with one at like 55-60 and when he finally stopped in I checked it out and he told me about the swap. I always was freakin out when I would see the ruckus rip by. I knew I was gonna build one after that point.

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Why the GY6 Swap? I understand that it's a bigger engine, but isn't that engine pretty unreliable and used in countless chinese budget scooters? I love the Ruckus and have thought about getting one, however the lack of any other engine mods that really make a diff, have kept me from buying one. I saw a non GY6 (some other engine) on a ruckus once, but couldn't get a good enough look at what it was.
Reason 1: Its Cheap (I picked up a whole chinese scooter with only a few hundered miles on it running great that I was able to sell the parts off of and recoup the money)

The motor itself is fairly reliable. Plus has a lot of upgrades available. Its also the most common motor swap. The rest of the scooter was pretty junky the steering stem was loose after 300 miles and I couldn't get it tightened up. It was dangerous. I wouldn't recommend a chinese scooter to my worst enemy. Some of the wiring was also scary.

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Looks great. Those things are growing on me.

Question- what's the primary use for a scooter for someone who rides motorcycles? Commuting, garage project, ...? Seems like it'd be a blast to mess around with, but don't know if I'd use one regularly.
I'm gonna use it as a commuter. But the main reason was as a garage project, beer getter, mess around vehicle.

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We gonna see some Ruckus wheelies next year?.... don't say "it can't be done"
I won't say it can't be done. I don't know if I can do it but I'd be more than happy to let you try. (you have to take the DRZ to the track with us first)

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What's involved in the motor swap? I would be very interested in doing this with a friends Ruckus.

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Wheelieing that thing would be a breeze, you have two foot holds in the rear that would work perfectly!

It's all about moving the weight to the rear:


Even an automatic 200cc ATV can do it.

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Brian I crashed a Zuma wheeling it for a block. Put it down with the wheel cocked and highsided it braking every panel, bending the handlebars and scuffing the seat. It was spectacular.

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There is a a lot involved in the swap especially as far as wiring. It will ultimately depend on if you want disk brakes if you wanna keep the ruckus headlights and controls and so forth. There is no step by step guide or plug in kit for this so it will depend on your mechanical ability.

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I won't say it can't be done. I don't know if I can do it but I'd be more than happy to let you try. (you have to take the DRZ to the track with us first)
I got no problem taking the DRZ to the track with ya... it's a pig and I'll either be the slowest guy out there on it or else I'll just get kicked out for doing wheelies.... but then I'll show ya how Ruckus wheelies are done!

Take it to the STREETS!
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