Engine Identification

Den Socling

New Member
To begin my first post here, I'll say that I have never played a game of golf except for the miniature version. Secondly, I had never touched a golf cart until I recently bought a 97 Club Car DS. I only wanted something to haul friends and picnic supplies from our house to our picnic area along a creek. I wanted to spend less than $2000 so I ended up with this for $1200.

When my wife and I went to see it, it seemed a little odd. It has a manual transmission with 3 forward gears and reverse. It apparently has a centrifugal clutch.

I've been Googling the dickens out of this cart and can't find any information about identification of this engine. I can't even find out who built it. I don't think that it is original equipment since I see nothing like it in my searching.

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I did put a new carb on it after I found it was commonly used on a lot of small engines.

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With the new carb, it starts instantly and runs well. I just want to keep it that way. I found a dipstick in a difficult location and it's full of oil but it's dirty. I don't see any oil filter but what's worse is that I don't see a drain plug. I've looked at the bottom but haven't jacked it up high enough to get under it yet.

So I have two questions. Who made this engine? Where is the darn oil drain. I guess I have three questions. Where do you refill with oil?
 

Den Socling

New Member
Here are some pictures of the cart.

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I'm not sure that it didn't start out electric and somebody put the engine in when it needed batteries.

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I added the start button on the dash and you can see the gear shift in this picture. It looks like somebody hacked a slot for the gear shift. It surely wasn't a factory job.

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I believe it was worth $1200 but I want to get some clean oil in the engine. I'm guessing that 10W-30 would be correct? That is when I find the drain!
 

Nubs

Cartaholic - V.I.P.
The engine looks like a honda ATV, i know some had reverse. The oil fill is most likely that chrome cap with the slot in it in the first picture. I would start there.
 

Nubs

Cartaholic - V.I.P.

Den Socling

New Member
They are very popular little 124 cc engines. You can find them for sale all over the place. I see they are supposed to get premium gas (91 octane) and 10W-40. I'm feeling better about this cart all of the time.
 

Den Socling

New Member
From the research, I see that it is often available as Lifan 125 Semi Auto. It was originally a Honda engine that the Chinese ripped. Then I believe other manufacturers copied it again and again. Mine has zero branding but from the diagrams, I see that it is undoubtedly the same engine. They differ in the gearbox. For bikes, it neutral with 4 up. For ATV's, it's 3 forward plus reverse.
 
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