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    West bend 820 on Mini bike

    Anyone try mounting a West bend 820 on their Mini Bike? Any stories to share?

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    I have a Westbend 820 mounted in a Taco22 .It's extremly LOUD and dangerous to start ! I also have a Quarter Horse minibike which has a 820 as its original equiptment .It's alot more civilized to operate than my Taco .

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    Thanks Tomsprops for your feedback from a fellow Mb'er that has tried this engine. I have a 700 tricked out and wondering if worth to trade up for an 820. I know the 820's are fast- just was looking for feedback on the control. thinking on putting on a azusa frame with jackshaft on vintage asuza wheels. Bill1

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    Back in the day a buddy of mine had an 820 with 4 carbs on it. He'd go to the local hillclimb and beat most of the full size motorcycles. Only prob was he went thru clutches like crazy.

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    My Rokon Trail Breaker had the 820 engine, and was rope and kick start. It hurt a lot less kicking that high compression two stroke to life. Steve

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    I have a couple of Chrysler Snorunners that have a WB820 on them. I have been wanting to mount one of the motors on a minibike for quite some time now, I haven't decided which one yet, either my Stellar or my Simplex Sportsman. I've been looking for a mount, G.E.M. makes one plus a couple of other company's. Problem is that Kart stuff is PRICEY. I have an extra Snorunner engine mount that I could use to make my own.
    I think it will make a great minibike engine. It's factory detuned to about 7HP and with a few mods I can squeeze about 10 out of it. Plus it has a lighting coil to boot. About the biggest problem is that it is a CW spinning motor, so it will be mounted backwards- that is the recoil will be on the left side. A Fairbanks Mores kicker will fit, but a recoil will work too. Can't wait to start it.

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    Hey I found a photo of my Taco22 in my gallery

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    Nice taco 22!!!! The WB 820 does looks good and my current 700 is RH DRIVE not a LH like yours which presents some problems because the chain will be so close to the reed header.

    I bet your taco 22 flies - speeds at least in the 50's if you dared. Bill1

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    Mark G - take a look on ebay_ I see them from time to time. I bought a new one for my 580/700 mount for a 50.00 from a guy in oregon- he still shows his offer. Typical kart sytle - i would look for one that has engine bolt slots fore and aft- mine is left to right- just would be eaiser to install- less drilling. Bill1

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    My arctic cat screamer has the original 820 on it that I rebuilt-pretty wicked animal!! It has a great sound to it!! It should really have a kick start put on it- pull starting it can be dangerous!! I love this thing!!

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