Puch Maxi

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1976 Puch Maxi

Puch Maxi. The Volkswagen of mopeds. Totally easy to work on and all pretty similar throughout the years.

The Maxi is a model of moped manufactured by the Puch Corporation. They were imported into Canada under the name Bombardier.

Models

  • Maxi S - The typical, full suspension commuter version with an E50 (one speed) engine
  • Maxi D - Same as the S, but with a double seat for a passenger
  • Maxi N - A rigid frame, with no speedometer. It was cheaper than other models, and dubbed the "Poor man's maxi"
  • Maxi Sport MKII - Full suspension, mag wheels, ZA50 (two speed) engine, longer seat (but not enough for a passenger)

Engine

The Maxi's engine came in three different horsepower ratings: 1, 1.5, and 2 HP, which correspond to mopeds limited to 20, 25, and 30 m.p.h., respectively. It is believed that the 1.5 HP version can be altered to effectively become a 2 HP version by derestricting the airbox and exhaust pipe.

Transmission

Maxis were produced in both E50 (one speed) and ZA50 (two speed) versions. The two versions can be identified by the shape of their gearbox covers; one-speeds have circular gearboxes while two-speeds have rectangular gearboxes. Both types are automatic transmissions, operated by a centrifugal clutch, which engages once the engine reaches sufficient RPMs. Transmission fluid should be changed every 3600 miles using ATF Type-F fluid.

Spark Plug

The spark plug on a Maxi should be gapped between .016 and .020 in (.4 and .5mm). Some spark plugs commonly used on Maxis include:

  • Bosch W8AC
  • Bosch Platinum 4214
  • NGK B6HS
  • Champion L86
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Fuel Tank

The Maxi's fuel tank is contained within the moped's frame. It cannot be removed.

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