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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:54 am 
Welcome to TR.
My first piece of advice is for you to make a build thread.
The reason behind this is to build a story for your bike, ask questions, and keep track of progress.
You can create one here. viewforum.php?f=6

If you have been lurking this forum then you know that the information here can be a bit over whelming.
So I am going to try and sum up a few things for the beginner.
This is taking in consideration that the bike is basically stock.
First and for most, don't go out and buy a bunch of mods off the bat.
If you have to blow that big bank wad, the first thing you should buy is a tachometer.
As a matter of fact, here is a list of things I would suggest.
I do not work for, or gain any compensation from Amazon.
I list this just because these are the cheapest I have found.

Amazon has the TTO for 30 bucks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0031B ... UTF8&psc=1
If you have issues with the tach: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=82404&hilit=+trail+tech

And a set of scales for your slider weights $10.35: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012L ... UTF8&psc=1

And an after market rear shock, the stock will try to kill you.

By all means, if you want a more expensive one go for it.

Now, before any mods should be performed, even aesthetic mods, you have to make sure the bike is running the best it can.
I am not talking about top end speed or how well the bike takes off.
I am talking about how the engine runs.
A good running engine will not stall, hesitate, backfire, pop, or make any other unusual noise or behavior, from a stop all the way through wide open throttle. (WOT)
So first things first.
You will first need this: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6g_mT ... sp=sharing. I have added a Directory to this manual on page 2 of this thread.
Download it and save it. <-Don't forget to read it.
Make sure that the maintenance is up to date, check the maintenance section in the manual.
Here is a maintenance section on TR: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34563
Here is a little something that Toastblows posted in there.
1. Manual says 10-40w oil for the engine. It says to change it at 600 miles the first time, then every 3000 miles or something. Most people around here check it right after they buy it new from a dealer since its over filled and change it ASAP. I just drained it to a normal level and then changed it at 500 miles the first time. I change it every 1000 miles after
2. Gear oil is like 3000-5000 miles or more according to manual who knows. Its about $9 for a quart of 75-90w mobil 1 synthetic gear oil, which will get you 9-10 changes. i change it every 1000 miles.
3. Spark plug I change in the spring 1 time a year when i pull it out of storage. Change as needed
4. Air filter i change in the spring 1 time year when i pull it out of storage. Change as needed
5. Fuel Filter, change as needed, probably 1 time a year or X amount of miles depending on if you are running many miles a year.
6. Drive belt will last you maybe 4000-5000 miles at most, when it gets below 17 mm in width change it.
7. Rollers will last you between 0-10000 miles....if you ride forever and only stop for gas you may never wear a flat spot on them. If you ride 1 block at a time and stop and go and stop...you will need to change them often.
8. Tires last about 5000 miles for rear, 10000 or more front, change as needed. Keep filled at 25 psi for optimal ride and wear.
9. Some people check timing right off the bat. The manual says check at 15k miles. There are tutorials here how to do that.
10. Changing the head lights/tail lights/turn signals when they burn out is best for optimal performance.
11. Washing the ruckus when it gets dirty helps it get clean. Wash as needed.


^ Good info there.

Now for the carb,
Here are some good links on the Keihin carb.
How to clean:
viewtopic.php?f=34&t=17488
Jetting:
http://www.jetsrus.com/FAQs/FAQ_rejetti ... _rejet.htm
http://www.chinesescooterreference.com/ ... uretor.pdf
viewtopic.php?f=34&t=11877
http://battlescooter.proboards.com/thread/2685
If you need more info just Google it, there is a tone of info out there.
If all else fails we are more than happy to help as long as you have done your research, post your findings in your build thread.
Carb Diagnostics:
If the bike hesitates around 20 mph or returning to idle takes a long time, the carb is running lean.
When returning to idle the rmp's drop low and then recover to desired rpm, the carb is running rich.


Once you are sure the engine is running perfectly it is now time to address the CVT, (Variator, belt, and Clutch)
Tuning the Variator:
Tuning the Variator is the best way to gain performance.
Weights size = 16X13, A general rule, heavier the bike + rider = lighter weights than a lighter bike + rider.
Here is a good link on a how too:
http://planetruckus.com/variator-roller ... r-install/
I want to mention something that is not mentioned in the how to, on rollers, you will see that on one end of the roller is covered and the other end is not, so if you are putting the roller in the top ramp, the covered side goes in on the left. See Video for better understanding:
http://youtu.be/N33kjn4F8WI
Also when installing the Variator, one of your washers will fit into the splines, make sure that it is seated into the splines before torquing the nut down, if you don't, you will wreck the splines and you have created a migraine headache.

Here is a good quote from Oldfart55:
GETs make the most power around 8200-8500 rpm, so you want to stay in that range as much as possible. So if you're topped out at 40 and only turning 7500 rpm, you need lighter weights to bring the revs up. If you're topped out at 40 and hitting the rev limiter*, use heavier weights to bring the revs down. Hit 40 at 8200-8500 and you should be pretty good, just fine-tune from there.
*03-05 8200 rpm
*06 and up 8850-8900 rpm

CVT tuning is probably the most discussed topic on TR so feel free to do a search.

Helpful links:
OEM Parts: http://partzilla.com/
Jetting: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=67177&start=0
Spark Plugs: http://www.dansmc.com/Spark_Plugs/Spark ... talog.html
Carb Adjustment: http://battlescooter.proboards.com/thre ... n-nvk-carb
Valve adjustment: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=44778
Variator, Weights and Contra sping: http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/show ... w-it-works
Parts lookup: http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.com ... S50-Ruckus

Some torque values I find helpful to keep on hand:
Spark plug 9ftlbs
Oil Drain Plug 18ftlbs
Clutch Nut 29 ftlbs
Drive Face 24 ftlbs
Front Axle 33 ftlbs
Rear Axle 87 ftlbs
Fly Fheel Nut 33 ftlbs

Now that the bike is running at its best, mod to your heart's content, but only do one mod at a time.
Good luck, I hope this has helped.

If anyone has anything to add, please, be my guest.
Questions should not be asked here, that is what the ALL NOOBS ASK QUESTIONS HERE FIRST thread is for. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14936
But the best place to ask, is in your build thread.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:11 am 
Good summary, I have been reading for the past four months and basically have bookmarked all the pages you listed..

The carb links have been very helpful.. Not sure if you added but the link to modify the air box from stock to aftermarket intake is another good thread..

Thanks for putting this together, should help new people starting out. :highfive:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:28 am 
elrapto wrote:
Good summary, I have been reading for the past four months and basically have bookmarked all the pages you listed..

The carb links have been very helpful.. Not sure if you added but the link to modify the air box from stock to aftermarket intake is another good thread..

Thanks for putting this together, should help new people starting out. :highfive:


Thank you, and you are welcome.
I did not include the air box mod because, its a mod.
Before moding you need a good base to mode from.
Thanks for the input.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:51 am 
Gotcha..

Another link I found helpful..

http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/oemparts/#/c/honda_scooter/parts

Pick year of your Ruckus and the GET engine afterwards..

Helps to find part numbers and diagrams and also a reference for OEM parts pricing..

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Total Ruckus' greatest hits!!! :banger:
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DEVHOUR3D wrote:
Total Ruckus' greatest hits!!! :banger:
You put together a great collection :highfive:

This should be sticky'd, if it already hasn't.



Agreed and done.
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Thanks guys.
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It goes to show my time was well spent.

I got a sticky! I got a sticky! WOOHOO!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:41 pm 
Ba, good collaboration. As a newer Ruckus owner, reading a lot in the beginning is a huge plus. I've been here for about 2 months and if I had your thread back then it would've saved me a bunch of time. Funny though, I basically read everything you laid out before you did the research and put this together. Very good info in one tight little spot. Thank for spending the time you did.

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This is a solid thread. Wish I'd found it prior to starting.

My advice to new folks? BUDGET and layout what you want to do and what order you want to do it in.
Don't spend $250 on new front forks only to find out you needed that $ for a new crankshaft. :wasted:

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Like this thread, thanks for compiling info! Great info in this entire site, but this is a great way for new ruckus owners to start!

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