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PostSubject: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:47 pm

Well, i haven't seen much information on my minibike online, so i figured i should make an off topic post. It is a 1970s? sears Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush (was never officially named) that i conviniently named "Steve." I was hoping that maybe someone knew something about this bike? It originally should have had a 3? hp briggs flatty, and a Comet 30 clutch. as of right now it has a 6.5 hp clone, and a high performance centrifugal clutch. This bike goes 50+ mph (all that i have had the balls to go) but doesnt have the power i was hoping. Any way to boost the power for free? and where could i get parts for this bike, as it needs a new back wheel, as the current one has been tweaked a bit and vibrates at high speed. Steve is a very fun ride, and is easy to ride so it is perfect for beginners. Just hoping that anyone may know something about this bike. Hopefully pics will be up soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:49 pm



Now this isn't my bike, however it is the closest i could find. my ipod isnt working at the moment so that is why i found a pic on the internet..
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:32 pm

That looks sick. I want one.

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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:57 pm

oh yeah its fun, Trust me LOL... except in the mud. street tire gets 0 traction AT ALL LOL... good luck finding one tho... but with the full suspension and all you can be on it all day and it wont beat you up at all which i like!
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:21 pm

Ive thought of taking my CB175 and chopping it up into a minibike with tude. Really heavy though and would need serious mods, as well as a big but small engine like the Predator 13hp. Doubt my 18hp opposed would fit lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:54 pm

Check out OldMiniBikes.com the folks over there ought to be able to tell you what you want to know.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:02 pm

well, they did make horizontal shafted opposed twins... that would be cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:07 pm

he has one
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:11 pm

@ZSmachines wrote:
well, they did make horizontal shafted opposed twins... that would be cool.
I have one, 18 horses. Its just sitting in the shed, so someday I want to make a go kart with it. That would FLY. I'd Imagine you would have a really hard time getting a oppy in there. You would have to stretch the frame for sure. If you are serious about a twin I would get a v twin, more compact.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:44 pm

no no no i was talking about doug having a mininbike w/ an oppy. i just want to build my clone to make horsepower.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:58 pm

DUDE! I want one... Can you get a picture of how the front forks are set-up for suspension? That looks interesting....
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:46 am

@ZSmachines wrote:
well, they did make horizontal shafted opposed twins... that would be cool.

They are pretty rare these days.

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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:16 am

I was considering pulling all the parts off one to convert a vertical to horizontal, lots of work and don't know anybody that seriously wants one

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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:19 am

@redlinemotorsportts wrote:
I was considering pulling all the parts off one to convert a vertical to horizontal, lots of work and don't know anybody that seriously wants one

Heh.. if someone else goes through all the work to do it Id certainly be more inclined to try! lol!


If I hadn't had scrapped the 3.5hp push mower engines I had I would have liked to experiment with those.


Anywho, heres a picture of a 70s minibike I got from a friend. After its been sitting in a shed the past 30-40 years. Goint to attempt to restore it the best I can.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:52 am

well,i can try to get my shenanigans working long enough to get a pic uploaded.. but basically the front forks work just the same as a standard coilover shock, except no shock... just spring. one piece of metal tube slides into another bigger one, with a spring outside. i really need a rear tire.. i fell flat on my face in the mud yesterday lol
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:19 pm

@ZSmachines wrote:
well,i can try to get my shenanigans working long enough to get a pic uploaded.. but basically the front forks work just the same as a standard coilover shock, except no shock... just spring. one piece of metal tube slides into another bigger one, with a spring outside. i really need a rear tire.. i  fell flat on my face in the mud yesterday lol


I read somewhere that there are bushings in there too. Sounds pretty cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:01 pm

meh it is a little bit better than s solid front, but not by much. it is super springy when it isnt seized, which happens a lot...
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:08 pm

@ZSmachines wrote:
meh it is a little bit better than s solid front, but not by much. it is super springy when it isnt seized, which happens a lot...

You could probably take the forks apart and attempt to fix them. I think I read the thing about the bearings or bushings being in the forks on OMB.com. I'd take it apart and see if you could replace those bearings/bushings, and lube it up good. That would probably keep it from binding.

Still looking for one in my area for me to snatch up.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:13 pm

Have you seen the Colombia mini bike? it is like mine, but appears to actually be better.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:52 pm





Well, pics are finally here... whaddya think?
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:08 pm

Yeah, those forks need rebuild. That is probably what is causing it to bind.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:16 pm

yeah.. i think my fuel tank chicken fixes that tho...
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:54 pm


Started to make a trailer for the old girl... got a rolling, towable frame done!
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:08 pm

That thing looks pretty neat.

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PostSubject: Re: Sears Roebuck & Co. Puddle Jumper/ Orange Crush/ Steve Minibike   Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:50 pm

Thanks! yesterday i painted it orange, hopefully i will get the box part done soon...
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