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Forum: Battle Scooters Today, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Red and Scooterboi - I'd be willing to bet that...

Red and Scooterboi - I'd be willing to bet that bearing at the wrist pin is a standard piece, easily available at a bearing supply house. Look at the ends with a magnifier and see if you can spot...
Forum: Battle Scooters Today, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 149
Posted By Wentwest
Laugh I saw this in the Aerostich catalog and it sure...

I saw this in the Aerostich catalog and it sure gave me ideas. Theirs is a thing of beauty, but I could create something similar out of a 2 x 12 and some other bits.
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Forum: Battle Scooters 07-04-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Gosh, I hate buying things from that seller. ...

Gosh, I hate buying things from that seller. He's very expensive, and the parts show up dirty. Most of the time I exclude him from my searches.

I just ran a search on Google for "gasket set"...
Forum: Battle Scooters 07-03-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Once you take the engine out you can do anything....

Once you take the engine out you can do anything. I know that it's a daunting task, but really it's just not that bad and, with the engine on the workbench or even on the floor every part is easy to...
Forum: Battle Scooters 07-02-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
You need to know if it pumps when it's running,...

You need to know if it pumps when it's running, and also if it holds back oil when it is not running, because sometimes oil will seep through the pump (the oil tank is higher than the pump and the...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-26-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,373
Posted By Wentwest
Tires for 10 inch rims are often speed rated J,...

Tires for 10 inch rims are often speed rated J, 62 mph. Some do go to L, 75 mph. At these speeds those tires are spinning mighty fast and there's a lot of centrifugal force involved, so if you ride...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-24-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
So, I just got done putting all sorts of Honda...

So, I just got done putting all sorts of Honda Elite 150 engine and drive line parts in boxes and up on shelves. If anyone in the SF Bay Area needs something along those lines, let me know. Send a...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-23-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
A 1946 Cushman. My first scooter, in 1965. Baby...

A 1946 Cushman. My first scooter, in 1965. Baby Blue it was. Yes, it ran, and yes, it got me around some in college, but it was SLOW. 30 or so top end, and it took forever to get there. It had a...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-23-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,469
Posted By Wentwest
Maybe you need a wrist brace like people use for...

Maybe you need a wrist brace like people use for bowling or when they have carpal tunnel syndrome. Look around at your local drugstore or sports supply place or on Amazon.
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-23-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
The device on your carburetor with a yellow and a...

The device on your carburetor with a yellow and a green wire is a bystarter, which is a cold start system. When the engine is cold and has not run recently it gets a rich mixture through an extra...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-21-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,469
Posted By Wentwest
I'm a dedicated short ride person, because I get...

I'm a dedicated short ride person, because I get soooo bored and antsy after about 45 minutes I just can't put up with long rides. I know, it's my problem and nothing to do with scooters or bikes,...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-20-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Looks like the end of a busy afternoon. Sold...

Looks like the end of a busy afternoon.

Sold the CH150 in record time, about 5 hours after listing it on Craigslist. Fellow needed it to do a 5 mile commute up and down Route 1 to Capitola, near...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-20-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
In my experience, that may not be a choice you...

In my experience, that may not be a choice you get to make. :rofl
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-20-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
I've always been impressed seeing someone do that...

I've always been impressed seeing someone do that sort of lettering and striping. The talent to do that comes from somewhere inside, that doesn't seem to exist in me. Scooterboi, you are a person...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-19-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
The Elite 150 runs again

When I got this scooter it was spray painted a sloppy black, the tires were old and flat, the brake pedal was stuck, the front brake cable was rusted and stuck, both brake operating shafts were...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-17-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Congratulations on the new project. I love new...

Congratulations on the new project. I love new projects. Recently I've learned that the first thing to do is see if it runs or not, and if not, how busted is it? After that, if it's worth my time,...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-16-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,691
Posted By Wentwest
Change the oil, change the coolant if it's water...

Change the oil, change the coolant if it's water cooled, check the level of the oil in the rear reduction box. Replace all the vacuum lines. New spark plug. You might have to clean the carburetor...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-16-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By Wentwest
I use a very thin piece of guitar string to poke...

I use a very thin piece of guitar string to poke out jets. You should be able to see a bit of light through the jets and through the holes drilled in the sides of the jet tube. And just get rid of...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-15-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
You should take a look at...

You should take a look at http://www.craigvetter.com/pages/2015-Streamliner-pages/2015-Vetter%20Streamliner%20history-p81.html for some incredibly detailed info, with lots of photos, of his attempts...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-14-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
My two cents at this point is to finish the job...

My two cents at this point is to finish the job with the cylinder and piston and rings, new gaskets, put it together and run it on pre-mix, but for goodness sake use a pretty rich mix of gas and oil....
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-11-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 691
Posted By Wentwest
You're doing it right! Ride that scooter, and...

You're doing it right! Ride that scooter, and enjoy it.
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-10-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
New Tools! Always a treat. I have a set of box...

New Tools! Always a treat. I have a set of box end ratchet wrenches and I use them a lot. When I work on machinery I end up with a bunch of tools spread around me, and the box ends for 10mm, 12mm...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-08-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
That's a great truck, with a nice bumper sticker,...

That's a great truck, with a nice bumper sticker, too. It should last you a couple of decades.
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-08-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Gabby Giffords

Things I didn't now about Gabby Giffords. She's a motorcycle and scooter person, too. Check out this piece I found on cartalk.com.
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Forum: Battle Scooters 06-07-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,378
Posted By Wentwest
Wow, that sounds familiar. I just spent who...

Wow, that sounds familiar. I just spent who knows how many hours bringing an 87 Honda CH150 back to life, and if I clear $300 when I sell it, I'll be lucky. And I'll do it again anyway. 'Cause...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-05-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,984
Posted By Wentwest
My suggestion is you find a Kymco or Piaggio...

My suggestion is you find a Kymco or Piaggio dealer and check out what they have. They often have unsold, new scooters from the last several years. And you really need to just get on something that...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-05-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
I just gotta say that I come to this forum to...

I just gotta say that I come to this forum to chat about our scooters and our experiences with them. I truly do not want anyone's opinion about 2 cycle versus 4 cycle engines or Honda versus Yamaha,...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-03-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 459
Posted By Wentwest
What you are seeing is Spring prices, and a value...

What you are seeing is Spring prices, and a value on transportation. Whether the price is a good one or not is up to you. The rebuild could be great, or it could be crap. Depends on the mechanic,...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-02-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,700
Posted By Wentwest
Is it still milky the next day? If it's air...

Is it still milky the next day? If it's air getting mixed in it should clear out in 24 hours.
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-02-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Definitely get the piston first, then give it to...

Definitely get the piston first, then give it to the machinist. No question.

And in my humble opinion 40 to 1 is not enough oil for the break in period. Break in on a 2 cycle is pretty critical....
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-01-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 646
Posted By Wentwest
Great machines, and they just are improved 100%...

Great machines, and they just are improved 100% with a milk box zip tied on the luggage rack. I'm just finishing a total rebuild of one. 2 engines become 1 and off you go.
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-01-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Well, my name's Bob, but I'm not your uncle. And...

Well, my name's Bob, but I'm not your uncle. And I never thought of a milk carton as gasket material. Wouldn't the folds be a problem? Seems like they might want to leak.
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-01-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
You can make any gasket except the head gasket...

You can make any gasket except the head gasket with gasket material you buy at the car parts store. You have to cut it out yourself with a nail scissors, but it's not that hard to do. If you can,...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-31-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
So, I agree that the 50 to 1 ratio is too little...

So, I agree that the 50 to 1 ratio is too little oil. That's a piston that did not get enough lubrication. You need to find out what the dimensions of the piston are and then start the process of...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-31-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
Try loosening the drain screw on the carb and see...

Try loosening the drain screw on the carb and see how much gas drains out. It should be a couple of ounces. If it's empty, there's your issue.
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-30-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
I'm late in catching up on the saga of the Aero,...

I'm late in catching up on the saga of the Aero, so bear with me if I get it wrong. You were riding and it went slower and slower and then stopped. Did it run out of gas? Did the vacuum line to...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-22-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
The Elite 150 is a solid machine, and should take...

The Elite 150 is a solid machine, and should take care of you for a while. If you have questions about it, look at the "tech tips" in the "files" section of the ch250 group in Yahoo groups. The 250...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-19-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By Wentwest
Check the connections before you jump. There are...

Check the connections before you jump. There are only two wires, a hot line from the stator (yellow?) and a ground (green). If it gets disconnected it will do what you say. Bystarters fail and...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-18-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6,660
Views: 356,725
Posted By Wentwest
My daughter has a 98 Toyota Tacoma that she...

My daughter has a 98 Toyota Tacoma that she bought new. It has 190,000 miles, original clutch, some scratches and lots of signs of use, but it's a great machine and I have hauled home many a busted...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-18-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 760
Posted By Wentwest
I made a tool out of a piece of 3/4 inch...

I made a tool out of a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, a long rectangle. Bore a big hole through for the socket to go on the crankshaft nut, then look at my photo here and add the 4 bolts, with nuts and...
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