TBR7 Upgrades

I recommend these TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport motorcycle upgrades for your motorcycle based on my experiences with upgrading my own TBR7 Motorcycle( TaoTao TBR7 Upgrades To Do List ). So interested in doing your own TBR7 Upgrades? Read along.

My TaoTao TBR7 Dual-Sport Motorcycle.
My TaoTao TBR7 Dual-Sport Motorcycle sporting a few upgrades.

One of the great features of this motorcycle is the availability of parts. Not all parts are officially TaoTao TBR7 Parts, but aftermarket parts are readily available online.

I found TBR7 parts sold in FaceBook groups and forums( Need TBR7 help? ) from people who upgraded their motorcycles and decided later they didn’t want the upgrade or upgraded to better motorcycle parts.

My newly assembled TBR7 ran “OK,” as I did these bike upgrades, these new performance aftermarket parts woke up the little motorcycle.

If you are a TBR7 owner too, you will want to change out parts and get performance upgrades on your bike too.

TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport motorcycle still in crate.
Like a blank slate, but needing to be put together, my TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle.

FYI, my bike upgrades were inspired from everything I learned online about the Hawk 250 and Raven 250 and other Chinese dual-sport motorcycles. I was able to apply what I learned to my TBR7 motorcycle and afterward reviewed the return on investing time and money into the upgrade. If you are a non-TBR7 owner but an owner of one of its Chonda cousins(Hawk 250, Brozz 250, etc.), many of these bike upgrades can apply to you too.

This TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle upgrade list will grow with time. I plan to add additional information as I take time to research, upgrade and review each modification I do to my TBR7. Please check back often.

Can I Keep My TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Stock?

Many people run their TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle without any upgrades, and they pride themselves on keeping the TBR7 as stock as possible. Often they point out that the bike functions as an “OK” motorcycle out of the box, and why spend more money on a cheap bike? Well, I have one answer for them, it’s fun.

Yes, it’s been fun upgrading my TBR7 motorcycle, and if you are here, I’m sure you also think it’s fun. Thank you for visiting.

TaoTao TBR7 Upgrades & Parts, T.O.C.

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The TaoTao TBR7 Upgrades Are Listed In Alphabetical Order:

Air Filter Pod Upgrade

I wanted to increase the airflow into my engine to increase the amount of gasoline in the cylinder. The goal was to increase the power output of the TBR7 engine. I could up jet my upgraded carburetor, but I also needed to upgrade the air filter with an aftermarket air filter pod to meet my desires. This Uni was cheap and did the job!

Uni Foam Motorcycle Filter on my TBR7 bike.
My Nibbi PE-30 Carburetor with the UNI Foam Filter.

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Post: TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Air Filter Pod Upgrade

Carburetor Jets (for Mikuni VM-26)

Whether you hack the stock TaoTao TBR7 carburetor or order a new modifiable carburetor(this case the Mikuni Carburetor), you will need jets. These carb jets I ordered fit the carburetor I ordered, VM-26.

Carburetor Jets
Example of all the different Carburetor Jets I have to fine tune my bike.

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Post: TaoTao TBR7’s Carburetor Upgrade

Carburetor Upgrade – Mikuni (VM-26)

Having a modifiable carburetor, a Mikuni VM-26 “clone” that will allow me to change main and pilot jets and get the best performance out of my TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle.

TBR7 Upgraded Mikuni Carburator
This Carburetor Upgrade opened up my TBR7’s performance.

Click For Current Price On A Mikuni VM-26 Carburetor.

Post: TaoTao TBR7 Mikuni Carburetor Upgrade

Carburetor Upgrade – Nibbi “Racing” (PE30)

Now unlike the Mikuni carburetor VM-26, this Nibbi(PE30) isn’t just a drop in upgrade item. I had to change the TBR7’s engine intake manifold and purchase a Nibbi rubber boot to connect the new engine intake to the new Nibbi Carburetor. Also, at this time I had already done an motorcycle airbox delete and was using a foam pod air filter. So I also upgraded to a Nibbi Cone Air Filter. Here is my shopping list:

My Nibbi Carburetor (PE30) Shopping List


The Nibbi Carburetor (PE30) Nibbi Carburetor
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Nibbi Original High Performance Intake Manifold
and Boot Connector
Nibbi Intake Manifold
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20 Pieces Nibbi Carburetor Main Jet Kit Nibbi Carburetor Jets
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Nibbi Motorcycle High Performance Air Filter Foam Air Filter
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Post: Nibbi Carburetor Installation Instructions.

Chain Upgrade – Stock Chain Gone!

There are posts online questioning the quality of material the stock TaoTao chain is made of. Because of those posts, I decided to upgrade my motorcycle chain to the same manufacturer who made my upgraded sprockets.

TBR7 Upgraded Motorcycle Chain
O-ring less, more cleaning/lubing, but more speed. 😀

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Post: TaoTao TBR7 Chain Upgrade

TaoTao TBR7 Exhaust Upgrade

The exhaust upgrade woke up the sound of the TBR7. The stock exhaust was like flat sheet metal and had a tinny sound. Now it seems this exhaust gave a ‘deeper’ sound to my TBR7, but it could only do so much considering the motorcycle’s engine size. Some say the TBR7 goes faster, which makes sense, but it sounds faster mostly. 😀 I liked this TBR7 upgrade:

One of my favorite TaoTao TBR7 Upgrades, An exhaust Upgrade piping and muffler
Chrome exhaust piping takes on nice colors after installing.

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Post: TaoTao TBR7 Exhaust Upgrade

Motorcycle Exhaust Wrap(Functional & Cosmetic)

Now you can read how I had problems with my TBR7 motorcycle overheating( Overheated Motorcycle Engine Problem(s) ), and an exhaust wrap was part of the solution of having the engine run cooler and the oil cooler( New Oil Cooler Installation For My TBR7 ). I wasn’t looking forward to losing the great rich colors of the upgraded exhaust system, but afterward, I liked the zombie-apocalypse-look the motorcycle was taking on. So the exhaust wrap was both functional and cosmetic. You can’t beat that!!!

Motorcycle Exhaust wrap with tools for installing.
Motorcycle exhaust wrap with tools and parts I used to install it.

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Post: Motorcycle Exhaust Wrap Installation (TBR7 / Hawk 250 / etc).

Foam Hand Grips For Your Motorcycle

My hands get numb/pins&needles from longer rides, so tried this cheap solution and it worked for me. Foam hand grips for my TBR7. Advertised to work with other motorcycles as well, but sure it will work with my TBR7’s cousins like RPS Hawk 250, TT250, etc.

Motorcycle handlebar foam grips

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Post: Cheap Foam Motorcycle Hand Grips

Front Sprocket Upgrade(15t -> 17t)

By increasing the size of my front sprocket, I got more usable 1st gear out of my TBR7 motorcycle and a higher top-end speed for the same max engine RPMs.

Larger 17t Front Sprocket Upgrade for TBR7 motorcycle.
15t -> 17t Front sprocket upgrade, see size difference?

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Post: TaoTao TBR7 Front Sprocket Upgrade
Post: Best TBR7 Performance Upgrade For Under $20

LED Motorcycle Headlight Bulb

It took me three tries to find a replacement led headlight for my motorcycle. This led bulb was the final result, and my TBR7 looks excellent with it installed.

TBR7 LED Headlight Bulb with Package.

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Post: TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle LED Headlight Bulb Upgrade.

Rear Sprocket Upgrade

The rear sprocket required additional work to upgrade when compared to the front sprocket, but I did notice an extra increase in top-end speed after the upgrade.

TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle rear sprocket upgrade.

Click For Current Prices TBR7 Rear Sprocket Upgrade.

Post: TBR7 Rear Sprocket and Studs Upgrade.

Note: if you are changing out your rear sprocket, to save yourself time and headaches, order yourself rear sprocket stud bolts. Read My Post: Rear Sprocket Changing Tips: TBR7 Hawk 250.

Rear Sprocket Stud, Bolts, & Nuts Upgrade

When I upgraded my rear sprocket, I took the TBR7 down to a 42 tooth rear sprocket, I made mistakes. I did not plan for the stock rear sprocket stud nuts to be so ‘soft’. I immediately upgraded by going to Home Depot and getting replacement nuts, but the rear problem was removed the stock studs and nuts. I found I should have just ordered new rear sprocket stud bolts with my sprocket. Would have saved me so much time. I ordered these for the next sprocket change:

TBR7 Motorcycle rear sprocket studs.

Click For Current Price For New Rear Sprocket Studs And Nuts.

Post: Rear Sprocket Upgrade Tips: TBR7 & Hawk 250.

Spark Plug Upgrade – NGK

One of the first upgrades for my TBR7 motorcycle was the spark plug. I changed out the stock TaoTao version for a better iridium spark plug. My experience has shown that iridium spark plug generally wears slower, preserving their spark gap and engine performance. I expected no less different from the upgraded spark plug. I expected smoother idle, more power, quicker throttle response, and stable long spark plug life. Feel my upgrade nailed it.

TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle spark plug upgrade.

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Post: TaoTao TBR7 Spark Plug Upgrade.

To my RPS Hawk 250 owners:

We might dispute in the forums, but deep down, we are all Chonda-family. Much of my TaoTao TBR7 upgrades have been inspired and directed by reading posts about Hawk 250 upgrades.

Face it, you Hawk 250 owners dominate the online communities, so it’s expected you also dominate the forums with all your upgrade stories.

However, let it be known that much of the TaoTao TBR7 upgrade information I shared from my adventures can also help upgrade your Hawk 250 motorcycle.

Just remember all TBR7’s have carburetors, and only some of the Hawk 250s have carburetors. So only be inspired by the upgrades I did that can apply to your motorcycle.

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by.

Picture of me, as a New Motorcyclist.
Just Me…Newly Licensed.

Hi I’m Tom, A New Motorcycle Rider and Blog Author.

I am a new rider(Pa Learners Permit at the end of 2020, and I received a Pa Motorcycle License in 2021 after passing a Motorcycle Safety Course).

I bought my first motorcycle, a TaoTao TBR7, at the beginning of 2021 and have been doing upgrades on that motorcycle since.

I added to my motorcycle collection by buying a Boom Vader Gen 2 in 2022, and that Grom-Clone motorcycle has been upgraded by me as well.

I continue to ride my Boom Vader Gen 2 motorcycle as well as my TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport bike.

Read more on my About Me page.

Fun Fact: I’ve only been on one group ride.