General Top Tank Kit

Zachary Price Carpman /

Hi guys well I just picked up a general top tank that runs awesome stock, except for one thing, it has very little compression left after 7000 miles. It has a motori minarelli engine on it that I know have a bunch of kits available to improve performance and would get my compression back but I am a novice to kit installs. I guess my question would be which Kit should I buy as a novice and what carb would I match it up with, and what kind of tips and suggestions would you give to a first timer like me?

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80cc polini

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^ the polini kits are the best for them. They are cast iron and can take a beating. I run a 21mm Dell carb on mine currently and a Motion Left pipe.

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polini is best for noobs i say its forgivein

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Zachary Price Carpman /

So if i buy the 80cc polini kit and the 21mm dellorto carb is it pretty much plug and play from there?

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you might have to run windows update

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its a great kit for everyone. Cast Iron is the way to go always.

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That is just my set up, you dont have to go with a 21mm, you can use a 19mm as well, Mikuni flatsides are a good choice too. Once your carb is tuned real good you'll ride really smooth.

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will the stock clutch hold up ok with the polini 80cc ?

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make sure you port match the intake and exhaust, they are both terribly small out of the box.

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Zachary Price Carpman /

Anyone have a link to which carb/intake will work for the 80cc polini kit?

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My favorite combo is the Weak-ends V1 intake paired with the Mikuni vm20 .

On my General I am running that set-up with a modified Puch treats pipe . . . ported and case matched top speed GPS 56.6mph at 12/40 gears right now and plennnnty of power getting there.

Definitely would recommend these two for the V1 Polini... the Mikuni carbs are much easier to tune and dial-in compared to the PHBGs. Plus the vm20's stock idle jet and needle work great for this set-up ; saves ya lots of dough, especially if you hunt for a carb on eBay or elsewhere.

just my two cents!

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Stock clutch is fine... however you should ditch the stock springs and run stiffer ones like eds blue or yellow V1 springs.

Welding the 4 pins of the stock clutch is also recommended when running stiffer springs. . . this helps the clutch not blow to to pieces when engaging at relatively high RPMs.

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Darrell Gabbard /

as a novice i would ask how fast do you want to go and whats your knowledge of carbs?

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Zachary Price Carpman /

Going fast is really not what I am looking for, as of right now on flats once she gets going I can go around 35-37 and that is plenty fine with me. The lack of power up hills and off the start is what I don't like. My knowledge of carbs is pretty good, I have owned 3 peds now and taken many carbs apart, cleaned, adjusted throttles, and messed with jetting. Speed is not what I am looking for it is performance I guess

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Yes Ed's clutch springs are the best! After using one of them I never want to go stock spring again! Ed Springs Foreva!

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regardless, if you're looking for performance and reliability definitely get new bearings and seals . . . especially if your motor has 7000+ miles.

Run non-detergent SAE 30w oil to prolong the life of your clutch and transmission. Be gentle with your starter clutch too, as some of the weaker components (namely the ball-bearing in the starter plate and the leaf-springs on the inside of the transmission cover) can melt away if you're careless.

since you're looking for low-end power. see the post in this thread regarding stiffer clutch springs, look up clutch tuning in general, and think about getting a low-mid pipe such as the V1 mamba or other circuit pipe.

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Darrell Gabbard /

buy another V1 to rebuild over the winter so you can have a fresh engine for the spring. if speed is not the issue then i recomend the Autisa (if you can find one) or the olympia kit at treats

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