Howto: Honda Ruckus GY6 Swap

SFT Skinny GY6 Ruckus Mount

We all know how slow the stock Honda Ruckus 50cc motor can be and even all the small performance mods out there for this small engine can realistically only gain you about 5-10mph in top end without significant time tuning and testing.

So what are the options out there to make your Honda Ruckus faster you may ask. There isn't really a bolt on "Big Bore" kit for the Honda Ruckus out there. The second option is a GY6 swap. This is pretty much replacing the stock Ruckus motor with a Chinese 150cc GY6 engine. It is a completely new engine with 3 times the displacement and power. It is capable of pushing your little Ruckus to 60mph and keeping up with traffic off the line. So how do I do a Ruckus GY6 swap?

This guide will look at a "budget" GY6 swap which will outline all the essential and necessary parts you will need to be rolling without hurting your wallet...much as least. We will also offer some tips on how to make the most out of your 150cc GY6 engine.

When doing a GY6 Ruckus Swap, the first thing you have to do is establish a budget. The bare bones basic GY6 swap can run you around $1000-$2000. Mechanical skills are necessary as you will be wrenching, wiring, and installing parts if you will be doing it yourself. The stock Ruckus motor and harness are not used so you will be removing those from the Ruckus.

Next is to decide what sort of wheel setup you want to run with the GY6 motor. The stock Ruckus rear rim cannot be used on the GY6 motor. It is important to decide at this stage if you want to use a fatty wheel or not as this will govern what sort of GY6 mount you will have to get as well as add or decrease your build budget. You can score skinny style stock GY6 rear wheels on eBay for around $75-$150. Fatty rims will require a GY6 hub and either a 10x8 or 12x8 rim, which we have HERE. We offer our version of the GY6 fatty mount found HERE which is required to be used if you want to run fatty style rims.

150cc Ruckus Rims