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Would a forklift motor be overkill for a (stretched) 49cc quad bike conversion? Answered

I Have a childrens 49cc quad bike that I'm stretching to 6 feet long, and converting into a 'party quad' with a sound sytem and lights (which will be removable). Will a (big) forklift motor running on 12-24v be overkill for it? Or should I 'accquire' the motor and try it out? And if I do get the motor, where would I find a relay/solenoid powerful enough?

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joeofloath (author)2009-04-16

Then I shall find a motor :) I wonder how long it would last on 4 car batteries in series... (48v for those who CBA to work it out).

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joeofloath (author)joeofloath2009-04-23

I found a 24v hydraulic pump motor today. I reckon it would work perfectly! Time to get acquiring.

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joeofloath (author)joeofloath2009-04-24

I can't get the pump off the end of the motor... ARGH!

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paganwonder (author)2009-04-05

You should do this BECAUSE it is over-kill. If you're going to make a statement-SHOUT. Skunkbait and lemonie are on the right track.

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skunkbait (author)2009-04-03

That's definitely overkill. But overkill can be awesome! I'd use the controls and relay/solenoid from the forklift. If they aren't available, you might could scavenge some old parts from an old electric golf-cart.

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lemonie (author)2009-04-03

The big forklift motor is going to be heavy as well as big. But the obvious answer for control gear is "same source as the motor".

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