How to get an engine for your Crossfire 150R

If you’ve been having a hard time finding a replacement engine, you’re not alone in the struggle.  The newer engines with internal reverse are far less common than the standard external reverse setup.  So what to do if your engine needs to be replaced? Fortunately, there are solutions available.

(Option 1) Swap in a Standard 150cc Engine

If you’re not an engine mechanic and you just want to put in a new engine and be done with it, we highly recommend swapping in a standard 150cc engineStandard 150 engines are very common, less expensive than integrated internal reverse engines, and nearly all parts are readily available through many vendors.

Standard 150cc Engine and Transmission

Standard 150cc Engine and Transmission

Problem 1: Rear mount is different
The rear mount on the 150R is about 1.5″ to the right of where it needs to be for your new engine.  If you have welding abilities, you could cut the tab and weld it to the new proper location.

We offer a Bolt-in Engine Conversion Mount if you can’t weld, or just don’t want to make permanent modifications to your frame.  The mount securely bolts and clamps to the frame, adding a new tab in exactly the right location.


Our solution for Bolt-in Installation.

Problem 2: Reverse
Standard engines don’t come with reverse by default.  You’ll have to install that yourself by adding on a reverse kit.  This adds cost to the job at hand, but can always be added later if you’d like to swap in stages.  Be sure to pick up a non-reverse sprocket if you won’t be using reverse now.


You can wait to install reverse later, making the swap more budget friendly.

Problem 3: Sprocket Alignment
The 150R has an odd sprocket location due to it’s internal gearbox.  Similar to the rear mount issue, the sprocket is located about 1″ farther to the right of normal. There is an inexpensive, easy and well proven fix for this.  Use longer Grade 8 bolts along with a short stack of washers on each bolt to space the sprocket to the proper location.  A machined spacer could be made, but will increase cost with little actual benefit to strength.   We ride our own buggies like this due to various custom modifications and have never had a problem with the extra length.

Bolts Specs:  5/16″ Diameter – 1.5″ Length – Grade 8

Ballpark Full Swap Costs ( From $415 to $730 )
If you fabricate everything yourself and don’t mind not having reverse, you can slide in a swap at around $415.  The high range is around $730 if done with all bolt-in and reverse options are purchased individually.  We’ve put together a Bundled 150R Swap Kit at a discount, so the cost is $686 if bought together.

Required: Standard Engine | $399
Required: Standard Chain Tensioner | $13
Optional: Bolt-In Mount: Add $75
Optional: Reverse Kit | Add $239

Option 2: Rebuild your Top-End

Ok I’ll admit, this option doesn’t get you a new engine. But if your engine’s problem is low compression this might be the best and least expensive way to go.

With the most common engine failures being piston ring and cylinder related, you likely just need to replace a handful of parts.  Just doing a top-end job instead of replacing the whole engine can really help keep your hard earned in your wallet.  Good mechanical ability (or a friend with engine experience) is a must in order to take on this option.  You could take it to a professional mechanic, but that would increase costs significantly.

Rebuilds can save serious cash in many situations.

Rebuilds can save serious cash in many situations.

Ballpark Top-End Rebuild Cost: $120 to $245 in parts
A cylinder rebuild kit and cylinder head run around $120 and $125 respectively.  In most cases the original head in your engine will be fine, and only the cylinder rebuild kit is required.

Helpful Rebuilding Guides
Check out our guides below to help you through the trickier parts of a top-end job.

While these two options have a large price difference, we usually recommend swapping to a standard engine if you can fit it in the budget.  It’s less costly and more practical in the long run.  Since standard parts are so common, you won’t be limited to just one (or less than one!) source for what are often highly inflated replacement prices if you can actually find the part.




4 thoughts on “How to get an engine for your Crossfire 150R

  1. Avatar Ralph Krikke

    Let me first begin by saying that your site has been the most helpful and informative site out there. The tech advises and discussions are the best and can’t thank you enough for all that you guys have to offer. Can you recommend an aftermarket compatible motor that will work for my Crossfire 150cc R with Howhit motor that is inexpensive or maybe guide me to a couple of links to vendors that may have something that will work as far as straight engine swap? I’m sure you hear this all the time but I am on a budget and already have sunk about $550.00 into this buggy and it MUST be done by Xmas for my son. Any input would be most appreciated.

    • Travis @ Buggy Depot Buggy Depot

      Hi Ralph,
      Option #1, The 150cc engine and bolt-in conversion kit will be the best option if you’re looking for something that will bolt in and still have reverse. Please give us a call 434-446-1864. Thank you!

  2. Avatar john young

    How do you locate. The engine vin numbear for 2008 50cc or 150cc moped

  3. Avatar Julian Saldana

    I have bought all new performance parts for my 150cc and it don’t reach top speed what I need to do to fix it

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