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Many dirt bike enthusiasts choose to ride kick-start bikes because they offer a more hands-on and rewarding experience. However, electric start bikes are becoming increasingly popular due to the convenience of not having to kick the bike to get it started. Some riders may wonder if it is possible to convert a kick start bike into an electric start bike. In this article, we will explore the possibility of converting a kick-start dirt bike into an electric start bike and provide tips on how to do so.
What You’ll Need:
- Basic knowledge of electricity
- 1 battery charger (12V)
- 1 battery terminal connector
- 1 6mm hex key
- 1 voltmeter pulley
- puller drill saw
- wire strippers
- safety glasses
- mechanic’s gloves
Parts for Electric Start Conversion Kit:
- 1 electric starter motor
- 1 solenoid switch
- 1 battery tray
- 2 12V batteries
- wiring harness and instructions
Converting a Kick Start Bike Into an Electric Start Bike:
1- Remove kick-start assembly
Remove the kick-start assembly from the bike. This will typically involve removing the left side panel and unscrewing the kick-start lever from the engine. Consult your bike’s owner’s manual for specific instructions on removing the kick-start assembly.
2- Install the electric motor
Install the electric starter motor in the place of the removed kick-start assembly. The starter motor will be mounted to the engine in the same location as the removed kick-start assembly. Use the 6mm hex key to secure the starter motor in place.
3- Install the solenoid switch
Install the solenoid switch to the frame of the bike. The solenoid switch controls the flow of electricity from the battery to the starter motor. Consult your electric start conversion kit instructions for specific instructions on installing the solenoid switch.
4- Install the battery tray
Install the battery tray to the frame of the bike. The battery tray will hold the batteries that power the starter motor. Consult your electric start conversion kit instructions for specific instructions on installing the battery tray.
5- Connect the wiring harness
Connect the wiring harness to the solenoid switch, starter motor, and batteries. The wiring harness will route the electricity from the battery to the starter motor. Consult your electric start conversion kit instructions for specific instructions on connecting the wiring harness.
6- Test the electric start system
Before riding the bike, test the electric start system to ensure it is working properly. To do this, connect the battery charger to the bike’s batteries and turn on the charger. Then, press the electric start button. The starter motor should turn over and start the engine. If the engine does not start, check all connections and consult your electric start conversion kit instructions for troubleshooting tips.
With a little know-how and the right parts, you can convert your kick-start bike into an electric start bike. This conversion will make starting your bike easier and more convenient. Just be sure to thoroughly test the electric start system before riding the bike to ensure it is working properly.