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Old 09-24-2014, 10:43 PM   #1
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My Ruckus Thread

I have always lusted after one of these, and today, I decided to make it a reality. I have been looking for something for a fall/winter project and I decided to make it a Ruckus.

The specimen is a 2009 Honda Ruckus with 2002 miles. I picked it up this evening in Kalamazoo. The seller just happened to work at Arcadia Ales and only lived a couple miles from there, so I ended up stopping there for dinner.









It's bone stock except for a slipstreamer windshield and the cupholder. ;)


I'm going to use this thread to chronicle the project. First thing is going to be suspension. :)
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:28 AM   #2
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I'll follow. Just don't take on too much at a time, or else you won't get to ride it during the small amount of season left here!. Course, I'm a wimp when it comes to riding on snow and ice, and can see the end of season approaching.

(holds ears, na na na na na na...)
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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So, suspension is first but what's the general outline of what you hope to do?
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:19 PM   #4
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I still want to see an extreme offroad set up ruckus. Haven't come across any yet, saw a couple bws that were pretty outback worthy.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:37 PM   #5
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So, suspension is first but what's the general outline of what you hope to do?
Not sure yet. I'm going to replace the rear shock with a new aero 80 rear shock. I think it's going to be a nicely set up city/backroads cruiser.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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I still want to see an extreme offroad set up ruckus. Haven't come across any yet, saw a couple bws that were pretty outback worthy.
I would also like to see that, but it really wouldn't make much sense. I have a KLX250s for that.
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Not making sense is the fun part.
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Not sure yet. I'm going to replace the rear shock with a new aero 80 rear shock. I think it's going to be a nicely set up city/backroads cruiser.
Sounds fun! Looking forward to photos of the changes!
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:25 AM   #9
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I look forward to seeing what you do with your Ruckus. I had one for a while and added BMX foot pegs. I had a machine shop fabricate some bushings so the pegs fit securely to the frame, through the hole.

I got a soft spot for these scoots. Have fun.

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So I ordered the aero 80 shock, should be getting that in a few days:


It's a little longer and is supposed to have actual hydraulic dampening, plus a stiffer spring.

I also ordered a set of CNC aluminum folding pegs to bolt up in the holes in the frame below the seat.



I have a set of power madd hand guards, so I'll put those on:



For fun, I ordered some red reflective rim stripes for the wheels:



Also, a trick MTB bottle cage to replaced the junky one that was already on it:



I'm unsure of what I want to do for the front forks. I'm between trying the MNNTHBX spring kit (38$)



or the KN Kikaku Hydraulic forks (200$)



I'm a bigger guy, 240 lbs, So I'm not sure if the stiffer springs will be enough.
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I look forward to seeing what you do with your Ruckus. I had one for a while and added BMX foot pegs. I had a machine shop fabricate some bushings so the pegs fit securely to the frame, through the hole.

I got a soft spot for these scoots. Have fun.

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That sounds good. I think I'm just going to sandwich some fender washers and rubber washers to bush the hole.
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What kind of top speed can you get with 240lbs of rider?

(Asking 'cause I'm about that too.)
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What kind of top speed can you get with 240lbs of rider?

(Asking 'cause I'm about that too.)
Just under 40 mph, as is. I am going to do a valve adjustment and get a different variator to help that. :)
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:43 PM   #14
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Just under 40 mph, as is. I am going to do a valve adjustment and get a different variator to help that. :)
Anxious to see the results!
Tnx
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:09 PM   #15
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Since retirement 6 months ago, I'm also closing in on 240. It's so much fun to NOT do anything. Projects that used to have to be done quickly can now be strung out as long as I want. I believe 240 pounds is over Honda's stated load capacity for the Ruckus. I don't know why it is so low, my '07 Metropolitan had a load capacity of 270. I thought it was basically the same frame, and the ruckus has larger tires.

I'm assuming you are not going for the mile long GY6 conversion with a lowered seat. I have seen such scooters that people had $10,000 into. I never understood that. I myself have more than $10,000 into a truck (not counting the truck itself) but I can't see dumping that kind of money into a $2000 scooter. Especially with a Chinese engine. I guess they consider the engine disposable, and just replace them when they fail.
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