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  Topic: Anyone else use their scooter for commuting?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 37

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:33 am   Subject: Anyone else use their scooter for commuting?
I only have a 9 mile trip into the office on all back roads. Scooting to work is perfect.
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 9
Views: 229

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:21 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Its nice to be able to put a number on something and chart it out. The wide-band lambda sensors are power-hungry to keep the internal heater warm. I bought a system like this 15 years ago to try to ...
  Topic: Stella won't start with the start button.
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 1
Views: 19

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:37 pm   Subject: Stella won't start with the start button.
Yes, the clutch must be pulled to use the electric starter.
Start with the "declutch" switch to make sure it is operating. Follow that to the PRD relay.

http://www.lmlparts.co.uk/electr ...
  Topic: gas probs with Stella
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 3
Views: 91

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:51 pm   Subject: gas probs with Stella
Starting with the float needle valve is a good place to start. Is the float floating? Make sure its not damaged or hung up.

The volume of fuel delivery out of the petcock is pretty slow.
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 9
Views: 229

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:40 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
The weather turned cold, so I haven't come to a final conclusion with enough miles for break in. It is between 106 and 108 Main Jet.

The 106 gives good pickup and pulling torque, but hasn't yiel ...
  Topic: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 7
Views: 223

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:15 pm   Subject: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
I test drove the ZERO line of electric motorcycles about 10 years ago. The torque off the line is great. This is why they give the ECO modes, so you don't waste your battery charge pulling out at ev ...
  Topic: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 7
Views: 223

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:30 pm   Subject: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
I wonder if they will be importing all three models? The NGT holds two batteries for a max estimated 80 mile range. That's JUST what I would need to make my farthest normal trip. I'd have to plug i ...
  Topic: Which case gasket
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 106

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:35 pm   Subject: Which case gasket
The biggest difference is the thickness. The blue paper one is half the thickness, and consistent with the thickness of the factory gasket.
  Topic: Which case gasket
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 106

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:57 am   Subject: Which case gasket
Stella 2T gasket kit came with two case gaskets. The holes are identical.
Which one should I install?

The blue paper one, or the shiny grey one?
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 9
Views: 229

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:50 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Update.

The ride and tune testing continues on the DR177 & Sito+. As of today the present jetting is:

Stock 20/20 carb
55/160 idle, 160 air, BE3 atomizer and a 106 main jet.

4th gear an ...
  Topic: 2T Exhaust Spoon?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 3
Views: 162

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:47 pm   Subject: 2T Exhaust Spoon?
I saw this "exhaust spoon" thing on Youtube by user Stariocek. It looked liked an interesting concept. It looks like a spoon-shaped shield to keep the oily exhaust directed away from the r ...
  Topic: Post recent pic of your Stella (or P-series Vespa, or Bajal)
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 58
Views: 14282

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:54 pm   Subject: Post recent pic of your Stella (or P-series Vespa, or Bajal)
'09 Stella 2T... wrecked and re-born.... "Stella Undead"
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 9
Views: 229

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:52 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Well, gang.... the rain finally stopped enough to do additional testing.

The 112 main jet was silly rich. It was just soot on the plug.

I skipped over 110 and went straight to 108. Still sooty ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 9
Views: 229

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:35 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Might as well start a new thread on this.

DR177 kit from Scooter Mercato came in Thursday. I spend all evening doing the cleaning and prep work to bolt the kit in. No grinding, no cutting, just b ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:56 pm   Subject: Cylinder Install
There's no mention of any sealants used during the cylinder install here. I know the DR kit has no head gasket. (unlike the LML stock head)

So should it just go together dry ???

http://www.sc ...
  Topic: Lets see your helmets!
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 187

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:43 pm   Subject: Lets see your helmets!
My wife razzes me that its not DOT approved.

Dang, those colors are cool though.

Right, Artfull Dodger?
  Topic: I just Joined Modern Buddy!
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 8
Views: 217

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:36 pm   Subject: I just Joined Modern Buddy!
Scoots are just plain fun. I should have bought one years ago too.
(And I like that my feet stay dry too, Wheelbender)

Welcome to the group, Scoop. Everyone is helpful and friendly.

Mmmmm tha ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:31 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
The oil line was full. I've noticed the oil drains the other way (into the crankcase) if it sits too long and the tank is too full.

I'm starting to think that the root cause was previous overheati ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:50 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart >> Cyl Kit
The original cyl wall is chewed up pretty well, Dave. The original head is worse. This was my chance for Stella to gain some cubes, so I'm taking it. (got the nod from the wife) Wink
I've got ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:03 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
I'm settling on the DR177 kit, doing it myself, and considering which main jets to buy.

Current setup that was just about right for the stock cylinder and SITO+ exhaust was:

Stock 20/20 carb
55 ...
  Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 10
Views: 234

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:32 am   Subject: going to look at this one tomorrow
That's a civilized ride. Very nice choice. How was the first day driving it to work?
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:31 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
The problem with doing it myself is when to stop. Doing the best job you can do for me often involves going too far. I'll probably end up wanting to replace the seals and everything. I will only be ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:54 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
At this point the engine is going to have to be pulled to search for debris anyway. Its just if I want to do it myself, or see how much my ignorance will cost me at my local shop.

Everyone thank y ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:25 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Both rings are broken with pieces embedded in piston.

I'm thinking new stock piston and cylinder kit, keeping reliability in mind .... and stop racing around like a lunatic. Embarassed

What do th ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:39 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Does the cylinder come off without pulling the engine from the frame? I think I've seen that on other Vespa models. Does it clear the frame and head studs alright on the Stella?
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:43 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
I checked the compression again. It ain't good folks. Whatever that noise was it was bad. Now the compression is only 40 psi.
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:51 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
I forgot to mention, I removed the carb and looked at the reeds. They looked intact. I suppose a broken reed would be visible.

If I gently pressurized the combustion chamber (via the spark plug ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:18 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
So, I got the flywheel off. The key was not sheared. The magneto plate was not loose.
Timing was not to spec according to the stamp marks on the shroud.

I attempted to find TDC by normal means o ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:00 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
I pulled Stella out into the open and had more help this afternoon (and less beer). I cleaned off and painted the timing marks. I thought the vane (painted white) was supposed to line up with the A ...
  Topic: That Scooter Thing 2T Engine Rebuild Guide
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 153

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:17 pm   Subject: That Scooter Thing 2T Engine Rebuild Guide
Do you think I'm going to need these video's soon, John?
Wink

thanks for sharing, I've been following their channel, but its nice to have them all together in a list.
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:37 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
If it were the stock exhaust.... but a SITO+ with less than 400 clean-burning miles on it. I wouldn't think so. A plugged exhaust would be a slow decline this was like a switch.

If a crank seal fa ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:40 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Already used the gauge. The compression gauge registers above 120psi.
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 31
Views: 457

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:07 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Help me out guys, what haven't I checked? My scoot is generally a one-kick start.

I rode to work today and back home with no problems. Right as I came down the hill the engine cut off and I coast ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 12
Views: 195

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:49 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
Mike,

The 2009 is just fine. I just don't fill the oil tank up the whole way. Problem solved. Sounds exciting. Hope you can close the deal on one of them.

Yeah, I remember obsessing over the ...
  Topic: oil pump bypass leakage
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 5
Views: 318

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:06 pm   Subject: oil pump bypass leakage
The ball check is under the Automatic Oiler pump cover. Ball goes in first. Then the spring, then a little plastic holder. I wish I took better photos to share with you.

Robot did a nice video o ...
  Topic: oil pump bypass leakage
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 5
Views: 318

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:32 pm   Subject: oil pump bypass leakage
First make sure it isn't a gasket leak.

I found this as well. If I fill the oil tank the whole neighborhood will fill with smoke when I start up Stella.

Now I only top-up the oil tank frequentl ...
  Topic: gas gauge
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 7
Views: 286

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:37 pm   Subject: gas gauge
Can you find a friend with a multimeter? Harbor Freight sells them at a reasonable price. It is an invaluable tool working on vehicle electrical systems.

If the gas gauge stays at empty, it could ...
  Topic: gas gauge
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 7
Views: 286

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:36 pm   Subject: gas gauge
Testing the sender is pretty easy with a multimeter. Set it to ohms and go from the sender wire to ground. Use a hook to lift and push the float up and down gently. The ohm reading should change sm ...
  Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 7
Views: 371

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:43 pm   Subject: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
We call that the "Jesus" clip... I always pray "Oh Jesus" when one flies across the room into the darkest corner.
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 53
Views: 3698

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:51 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
The 125-150cc segment is very crowded

True. The true vintage look is not easily obtained, few get it right. Its hard to get the best of everything.
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 53
Views: 3698

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:11 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Are there no demo rides at Amerivespa? We need a first-hand account of this new curiosity.
  Topic: SITO+ is an afternoon job on a 2T
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 889

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:43 pm   Subject: SITO+ is an afternoon job on a 2T
Just an update. The clock just turned over 4000 miles the other night.

Everything is running great. Stella can haul my 180lb carcass up a particular hill with an average 8.5% grade at 40mph. T ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 53
Views: 3698

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:09 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Agreed, RoaringTodd. I'm not sure why they didn't they bring in the GT200 LC? That would have differentiated the offering from everything else currently available through Genuine.

I've ridden my ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 53
Views: 3698

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:51 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
JohnK, that's the story that I heard. The Scomadi / Royal Alloy are the best looking vintage scoots outside of the Stella.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Stella 2T and all, but I keep watching what ...
  Topic: Troubleshoot Stella tail light & brake light not working
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 552

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 1:57 am   Subject: Troubleshoot Stella tail light & brake light not working
Whether it is turn signal lamps or tail lamps, the principle of troubleshooting lighting is the same.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMD30Osi_qg&t=86s

Your tools of choice are a test light an ...
  Topic: Just bought my first Stella
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 634

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 1:49 am   Subject: Just bought my first Stella
Congratulations, on the 2T. I too am just entering the world of the Stella 2T. I've only had mine since July (not quite a year), and have only gone out on short trips to work and back. (It needs to ...
  Topic: Beer Run
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 712

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:15 pm   Subject: Beer Run
Stella can also make a mail run to the box at the end of the driveway.

Looks like Mrs. Fixit has been online shopping again.
  Topic: SITO+ is an afternoon job on a 2T
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 889

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:03 pm   Subject: SITO+ is an afternoon job on a 2T
I don't have a tachometer to check it, but if the idle is too high the gear seems to clunk harder when putting it into first gear. I opted for a nice low idle so it doesn't clunk so badly. It remind ...
  Topic: SITO+ is an afternoon job on a 2T
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 889

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:59 am   Subject: SITO+ is an afternoon job on a 2T
Second day riding to work after the exhaust upgrade. Plenty more torque and it seems to rev better now that the engine can breathe. I didn't think it would be as loud as it is with the SITO+.

Is ...
  Topic: Beer Run
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 712

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:01 am   Subject: Beer Run
Stella makes a beer run.
A growler on the hook, and a six in the box.

Spring is just around the corner.
 
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