Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Super9 Maintenance

My Super9 scooter didn’t want to start last week because the battery was dead. I put it on the charger and forgot about it. I tried to start it a few days ago and it would turn over, but not start. I put it back and took the WR250R instead.

Last night, I finally had some time to work on it. It’s needed some attention and hasn’t been given much this year. I took off the air filter and cleaned it. Instead of bright red it was a quite dark.
clean air filter
I checked the tires and found them a bit low. I put the front back up to 25psi and the rear back up to 28.5psi.
The gas tank was only half full, so I decided to fill the scooter up. My Super9 is a two-stroke which means it needs the oil mixed into the gas. Normally, this is done automatically by the scooter, but since mine had been modded, it needs to be mixed by hand. That’s when I saw I was out of premix. Time to make more!

I went to the gas station and filled up my container with 2 gallons of gas. Then I grabbed my two stroke oil:
premix oil
I found the mark on the mixing container that said 2 gallons:
for 2 gallons
and filled it up to the 32:1 mark on the 2 gallon column. My scooter like a mixture of 32:1 gas:oil to run its best.
32:1 premix
This mixing container takes all of the guess work out of mixing.
I also decided to pop the seat off and look at the spark plug. I found the plug NGK BRP6HS:
old plug
It wasn’t looking great, so I thought I should get a new one for 2010. I took the advice of some people on the Super9 yahoo group and bought a NGK BR9EIX which was highly recommended for modified engines such as mine.

New plug:
wrong plug
New plug installed:
plug installed but end needs to be removed
The spark plug boot wouldn’t fit, so I unscrewed the cap on the end.
unscrew the end
Fit great then:
plug boot now seats
When I tried to start the scooter, it would just click. I tried a few times and then checked the battery again. It was good, so I tried to start it again. Now it was turning over, but still not starting. I pulled the plug to take a look.

This doesn’t look good:
wrong is now flat
It isn’t supposed to be flat like that… Below is the problem. The old plug on the left and the new on the right. There goes $10 because I wasn’t paying attention!
old and wrong
The big problem is the new plug is 1/4” longer than the old. the H in the name = 1/2” and the E = 3/4” on the threads. It was too far into the engine and the piston flattened it when I tried to start it. The heat range it likely all wrong too. I’m going to find a cheaper BRP6HS and a BRP8HS to play with. The stock plug is an “8” and the modders usually go for a “9”.

Below is a chart for decoding the NGK spark plug numbers and letters:
NGK Spark Plug Code Chart
No local stores had my plug in stock, and being impatient and not wanting to wait a few days for Amazon to send me one, I took a wire brush to the tip of the spark plug. I cleaned it up as best as I could and put it back into the scooter with little anti-seize.

I tried to fire it up, and after a bit of sputtering it roared to life. I was quite happy, so I took it for a short ride around the block. By around the block, I mean a nice twenty minute ride around three lakes. :)

It’s back to it's violent self and running nicely. I will replace the plug with a new one once it gets here. Hurry up UPS!


  1. Hi, I also have a 2005 super 9. I wanted to change my air filter so i called up this kymco dealer and he said i had to use another kymco air filter. is this true? How come your filter is red and cylindrical while mine is flat?

  2. Hi Anonymous, thanks for reading. My air filter is an aftermarket UNI type filter that attaches directly the the carb which is also not stock. I do not have the stock airbox since my Super9 has been modified for more performance.

  3. You should be able to find an aftermarket airfilter that will work with the stock enclosure. Check with the Super9 yahoo group: