2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

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TheScrutinizer
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2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

When I first saw a Stealth 1000 I was blown away by the disc brake on the back and the direct drive.

A month later I bought one for myself.

I have to confess I was expecting more out of it. Although I was pleasantly surprised at how much better it climbs hills compared to most scooters I thought it would be faster.

I've had 24V scooters that I've ran at 36V that outperformed the Stealth.

Anyway, 9 months after purchase the direct drive starts making the dreaded thunk-thunk-thunk sound. I called Currie asking if there was someway to service it and they said no.

A week later the Stealth was toast. Had to push it home.

Called Currie and they said it would be a $250 part to fix it. So I just bought another Stealth.

This time it was the 2007 Stealth and it featured disc brakes on back AND front. Nice.

However, the 2007 Stealth is slower than the 2006. I thought the brakes must be binding. I checked and that's not the case. This really sucks because my new Stealth isn't any faster than a 24V Citybug although it climbs hills much better than a Citybug.

I called Currie and they said they've heard of this before but couldn't offer any fixes or any explanations. (Not surprising. Their support people are obviously just script readers.)

Anyone here experience the same?

Do I have to run my new Stealth at 48V to not be embarassed by it's slowness?

Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

Tireiron55
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Re: 2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

I have a 06 and 07. I don't like the seat on the 07, but that's the only thing I've noticed. The batteries could have set longer or you just got a bad batch. I modified my scoots pretty quickly, so it's hard to compare stock for stock. Good luck. 48v is the only way to go for a Stealth. They were built for it. I had one running 60v.

I bent my wheel, broke my trans, and blew my motor. Now I cry a lot.

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Re: 2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

That's about all you can do with a direct drive scooter using the stock motor. Adding another battery makes a huge difference. Since you have another stealth as a parts supply you'll be in good shape. I bought a 2006 I-Zip 1000 and it would only do 12 mph and kinda growled at me. It was a chain model. Curry sent me another motor- which came with a direct drive! They must of screwed up. lucky me. Anyway the stealth cooks along at 22-23 mph with the other battery added at 48 volts. I keep it in a small book bag behind the seat. Looks inconspicuous and works well. The toggling can sometimes be tedious. Try it before you call Powerpackmotors and replace the motor. Although Powerpackmotors will definitely give you a lot more speed.

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Re: 2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

You can buy a new gearbox/rearwheel/motor/discbrake from thesuperkids.com for $150. IMHO the chain drive is superior so you can mod it up. Freewheel and go to an 80 tooth for speed.

-Tom

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Re: 2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

What is the situation with the new 1000 gearbox? Have the kinks been worked out - are they reliable now (safe to buy)? Also which would give you more hill climbing torque, a 1000 with gearbox stock V, a 1000 with gearbox 48V, or a Powerpackmotor upgrade on a chain drive scooter @ 37V.

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Re: 2006 Stealth 1000 vs 2007 Stealth 1000

I'm opening up my trans and putting some gear oil in it. It was okay at first, and I think the wax was holding up nicely. I haven't checked my 07 model, but I know my 06 had a good bit of wax and was holding up nicely. The gears are strait cut. The same type gears they put in drag racing cars or other high hp applications. So they aren't really bad.

But now, if I go over about 23mph, it makes some grinding noises. It used to make noises before, but they are worse now. You can also tell there is something wrong by the sound it makes. My friend thinks I'm crazy and there's nothing wrong but I'm worried about it breaking on me. I think the wax works well on chains, but not so much on the scoot when you're riding over 20mph. The gears just throw the wax away from themselves. It needs something to constantly be on them. If I could take it back, I would have done this as soon as I got it.

I bent my wheel, broke my trans, and blew my motor. Now I cry a lot.

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