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Hooligan wheels on a Buddy - terrible or brilliant idea?

 
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buzzvert
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:08 am    Post subject: Hooligan wheels on a Buddy - terrible or brilliant idea? Reply with quote

The Hooligan's 12" wheels are compelling. Has anyone swapped the 10"s on a Buddy with them?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As nice as that might be, it won't work. On the front, the fender would be in the way. In the rear, the tire/wheel won't fit because the engine is in the way and possibly part of the frame.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even 10 inch alloy wheels would suit me. I live near salt water and my wheels rust from the salty air.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard tell that the newer alloys are a direct swap for old steelies. Go for it!

As for the hooligan wheels though....yeah no. The engine case is in the way.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stanza wrote:
I've heard tell that the newer alloys are a direct swap for old steelies. Go for it!

As for teh hooligan wheels though....yeah no. The engine case is in the way.


Thanks everyone for the info. I ran into the same issue a few months back when I tried to do something to make a Honda Metropolitan less terrible. What got me thinking is the fact that my rear steelie is out of true which is causing a nasty rear brake warp, and you can tell at speeds over, say, 40. It's minor, but if I swap out, was pondering options.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, after thinking about this it might be possible if you change the engine to a long case version. Should bolt right in because I think PGO used standard GY6 engine mounting points. Modify the front/rear fenders to clear the bigger wheels. You'll get a longer wheelbase and bigger wheels for more stability.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There you go. You can solve the problem of a warped rear wheel by replacing the engine, half the body panels, and a few other miscellaneous parts. Hmmm, sounds like a whole lot more trouble than it is worth. Why not just replace the wheel for cheap and call it good?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dooglas wrote:
There you go. You can solve the problem of a warped rear wheel by replacing the engine, half the body panels, and a few other miscellaneous parts. Hmmm, sounds like a whole lot more trouble than it is worth. Why not just replace the wheel for cheap and call it good?


Not for everyone, granted. But when you can get a GY6 long case equipped bike for $500 or less off of Craigslist, complete with 14" rear wheel... it would be a compelling project. People do this all the time to their Hondas- so it's not too far-fetched, especially for the people that are sitting on a lot of scooter parts.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honda Ruckus owners are always modding their rides in one way or another. Who says Buddy owners can't do the same?Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:46 pm    Post subject: Front wheel only. Reply with quote

I was thinking about just putting a 12inch wheel up front only. What are the axle measurements on the hooligan?
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