How to Upgrade Performance on a Kymco 50 CC Scooter

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How to Upgrade Performance on a Kymco 50 CC Scooter
Upgrade the performance of a Kymco 50cc scooter by altering its CVT. (scooter image by Vonora from

A Kymco 50cc scooter's performance relies directly upon the scooter's continuously variable transmission. Equipped with factory-installed gear wheels in the CVT, the Kymco scooter is designed to balance power between initial acceleration and overall cruising speed. Ultimately, this means a Kymco 50cc scooter can't accelerate very quickly or cruise very fast. You can upgrade the acceleration or the cruising speed performance of your Kymco 50cc scooter by replacing the gear wheels.

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench
  • Strap wrench
  • Alligator clip
  • Replacement gear wheel

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  1. 1

    Loosen the small bolt that connects the top of the kickstart of the Kymco to the CVT box with a socket wrench.

  2. 2

    Pull the top of the bolt out to disengage the pin that holds the kickstart in place to remove the kickstart from the CVT box.

  3. 3

    Remove the outer cover of the CVT case. Six bolts evenly spaced around the perimeter of the case secure the cover.

  4. 4

    Remove the rear gear wheel in the CVT using an impact wrench.

  5. 5

    Clip the drive belt in place with an alligator clip. This will prevent the belt from unlooping off the rear gear rod as you remove the front gear wheel.

  6. 6

    Remove the front gear wheel in the CVT using an impact wrench.

  7. 7

    Position and bolt on the replacement front gear wheel. The performance upgrade you desire determines the size of the replacement gear wheel you install. Larger gear wheels improve overall cruising speed, while smaller wheels improve initial acceleration and hill-climbing speed.

  8. 8

    Remove the alligator clip holding the drive belt in place.

  9. 9

    Position and bolt on the replacement rear gear wheel.

Tips and warnings

  • Replacement gear wheels for Kymco 50cc can be purchased from official online Kymco dealer sites such as Monster Scooter Parts (see Resources).
  • Installing gear wheels to improve your acceleration will limit your scooter's cruising speed and vice versa.

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