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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CashCow, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I have changed the tires on my dual sport bikes over the years. I figured it was good practice in case I got a flat in the middle of nowhere. I have a dealer mount all my street tires.
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  2. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Razzo, my 2005 Vespa GT has developed an ignition problem.

    I bought the part a couple of weeks ago and decided to replace the ignition today.

    This requires removal of the glove box panel, then the part near the steering column behind the keyed ignition.

    It was easy and I tested it successfully.

    Then I put it back together, but when I closed the glove box, it wouldn’t reopen.

    So I fixed one problem while creating a new one.

    At least I can ride it without access to the glove box.

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  3. wbdvt

    wbdvt Been here awhile

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    Not sure if same on my GTS and Sprints but if I remember correctly then there is a little arm attached to the ignition that needs to be in the right position during reassembly. Robot has video on the glove box removal and that lever arm.

    Here's my project today. Taking off the variator and clutch just for inspection and to test the tool I had to make to hold the variator and clutch.
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  4. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I remember seeing that little arm.

    Now I will have to force the glove box open to get to the big screw inside to get the panel off so I can fix it.

    Not today.

    bill
  5. Dan V.

    Dan V. Been here awhile

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    Well, those things happen.....Spent many hours on Sunday looking at Youtube videos for dryer repair. Thought I had it figured out.

    Pulled it apart on Monday and tested elec parts with meter. Found a bad sensor - nothing in the Utubes pointed to this as the problem. Went to the appliance parts place to get the part - counter girl says you need this part, too! Ok, but $60 bucks - thats three times more than online......

    Put parts in, tested - Yay - it works again. Decided to pull the front panel off to clear dust bunnies. Hoovered it out, buttoned it all up, and pushed it back to the wall.

    Damn. Now it doesn't worky........Forgot to plug the connector for the door switch back in. Pull it back out, went at it, and put 'er back.

    Now I can do the laundry - er, now I can tell the wife she can finish the laundry :lol2. Nice to do things for youself, save a few bucks, too. But things happen....hope you can get the door open w/o farkling things up!
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  6. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    My Vespas are easy to work on.

    I just don’t do it enough to where I know all of the little tricks.

    If I worked on them all day, every day, I think I could repair anything on them.
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  7. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer Supporter

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    I was able to replace the ignition switch on my 300gts without removing the glove box.
    I had the front cover off to replace the speedo cable, and was able to access it from the front.
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  8. The Virginian

    The Virginian Long timer Supporter

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    Smart man that Bill!:nod
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  9. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Club ride on Razzo this morning.

    Nice route around West Jacksonville by Mark, ending up at Boondocks, a new restaurant for me.

    I didn’t notice that I was low on fuel at the start. I rode on the low fuel light for 15 miles and broke away 8 miles from the stop.

    I filled the tank with 2.35 gallons, so I could have made it.

    Bill

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  10. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Bill, is that a P38 reflection or decal on the Vespa box?
  11. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Sam, It is an XP 82, Twin Mustang.

    I got the sticker on the last of three scooter ride visits to Douglas, Ga during its extensive restoration.

    The owner and workers were most inviting on each visit, taking time to show us their work.

    It has now flown successfully.

    Bill
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  12. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    :hmmmmm

    Thanks Bill, I'll check it out.
  13. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Quite a history the Twin Mustang has, cool sticker Bill!

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  14. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I will post some photos of our visits tomorrow.

    The plane and those doing the restoration made for fun rides.

    Ken started the rides, but we were joined by many others on these treks.
  15. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Tire changes- the secret is the spraying the juice as bueller stated!
    You can literally "stomp the tires on"! I use a thick pad on the floor and stand on them after spraying, tough tire, get yer wife to stand on one side...
    I use the one handed squeeze clamps (I have for woodworking) to clamp the tires for removal, not zip ties, when in my shop.
    Damned FL sunshine! Life's not fair?
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  16. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Here are the photos from two of the visits to the XP 82 in Douglas, Georgia.

    Having such a cool project going on so close to home made for a great ride destination.

    The work on the plane was painstaking and spectacular.

    Bill

    IMG_2852.JPG They allowed full access to the plane.

    IMG_2866.JPG IMG_6224.JPG Stephanie Yue, Quezzie to some, came down and visited with me, Ken and Jim on the first trip to see the airplane. This was a photo op in front of an old DC3 (I believe).

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    The distinctive design feature of this plane is the twin fuselages. This visit maybe a year before the upper two photos were taken.
  17. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    That is great information, but I will never use it as I have sworn off of tire changes.

    Bill
  18. wbdvt

    wbdvt Been here awhile

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    Hmm, what's your plans on a tire failure on SCBR 2020?
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  19. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Should I run, I will do what I did in 2016 and 2018.

    I will start with new tires and bring one mounted front and one mounted rear tire in the support vehicle.

    I have not needed either yet, but having the spares is comforting.

    I changed the rear wheel and tire in Seattle after 2016 so I would have a fresh tire starting 2018.
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  20. wbdvt

    wbdvt Been here awhile

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    I am hoping that I won't need a tire change on the rear as I will be most likely running City Slicks on the rear and a Power Pure on front (CS not available) but as I hope to sell the scoot at the end, not sure I want to pony up the money for a rim ($180) but rather change a tire if needed. Will be practicing changing over the winter as well as plugging a tire.
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