206 is definitely a reliable engine package, and very popular. Fuss free.
I’ve never had bad luck with the leopards though, the only bad experience I’ve had was I had a brand new one that had a faulty starter housing that kept killing starters, and it cost me a regional win potentially, and a regional championship due to starter rules back in 2007…
Electronic gremlins are the worst though. Whether its with a car or karting, it just sucks!
I just fixed a 14 year old kids leopard today as his wasn’t running and he was tired of spending money on it like you… turns out for him a 3 dollar fuel filter was his issue!
Anything with an engine is going to be a money pit in a way. 2 strokes just have a price tag to go with it, but once you figure the leopard out it’ll last a good while if you don’t rev it to 17k like top level racers do I blew up 2 in one weekend and I thought I did something wrong, come to find out there have been 3 other leopard drivers that had the same issue at this track, so I blame the track!
It depends on the x30 ignition you are referring too… the new style that came out or the older key start ignition? The key start i believe is similar to the MY09 leopard and should work. The new usa update I don’t think will work, and its not worth the $350-$400 price tag to find out.
I can’t give an opinion on Rotax though, they are virtually bullet proof as they rev super low compared to the leopard. The rebuild time is significantly better on a rotax, but it has a higher price tag to rebuild too.
In the off-season I’d be willing to look over your electronics and help in anyway I can!
Post a picture of your stator and wire connectors from the stator and we can start work from there…