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  Topic: Virbration at certain RPMs Stella 4t
rondothemidget

Replies: 18
Views: 3576

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:06 pm   Subject: Virbration at certain RPMs Stella 4t
I had the same problem. If I remember correctly, the engine would begin to vibrate around 25 mph in 2nd, 35 mph in 3rd, and 45 mph in 4th. It would smooth out above and below those speeds.
As it was ...
  Topic: Milestone reached!
rondothemidget

Replies: 10
Views: 3034

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:52 pm   Subject: Milestone reached!
Congratulations on the milestone. Have your miles primarily been from runs to the store, joy rides and weekend trips, or commuting?
I also put over 10,000 miles on a 125 Buddy, commuting with both. ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Engine Seized
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 5615

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:34 pm   Subject: Stella 4T Engine Seized
It didn't sound like a shaking a can of ball-bearings when it died; it just lost power like it wasn't getting any gas. There were metal shavings in the crank case which lead Massimo to believe it was ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Engine Seized
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 5615

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:24 pm   Subject: Stella 4T Engine Seized
Even more bad news.

Massimo didn't recommend repairing the engine because the cost of the parts and the labor would probably be more expensive than a new engine. He said there was a strong possibi ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Engine Seized
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 5615

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:22 pm   Subject: Stella 4T Engine Seized
I would put a note on Scooter Community Classifieds to see if someone has a wrecked 4T or engine from one laying around. Considering what you can purchase a leftover 4T for, rebuilding the motor prob ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Engine Seized
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 5615

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 5:45 pm   Subject: Stella 4T Engine Seized
Regarding the drive before the seizure and condition of the engine, it warmed up for 3-5 minutes then I then drove it for about 10 minutes with stops for a few red lights. Immediately before it died, ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Engine Seized
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 5615

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 1:45 pm   Subject: Stella 4T Engine Seized
Massimo of Orange County is the mechanic and he opened it up yesterday. It's the worst-case scenario - the crankshaft. I don't know what caused it to break. All regularly scheduled maintenance was don ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Engine Seized
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 5615

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 11:12 pm   Subject: Stella 4T Engine Seized
The engine seized on my four-stroke Stella this morning. I'm a year past the warranty so I'm facing a major repair bill. Does anyone have experience with an engine rebuild for the 4T? Were the LML par ...
  Topic: Increasing MPG on Stella
rondothemidget

Replies: 26
Views: 3989

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:11 am   Subject: Increasing MPG on Stella
From all the comments, I'm now amazed I've consistently had around 100 mpg for over 10,000 miles on my 4T. And with the published 140, I thought 100 was crappy. I'm sure it can mostly be attributed to ...
  Topic: Stellauto just around the corner
rondothemidget

Replies: 69
Views: 6260

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:07 am   Subject: Stellauto just around the corner
I'll be riding one in a few weeks. Pretty stoked. We're going to try to do a 2T/4T/Auto comparison by having all in one place. Should be fun!

When and where? I've got a 4T twisty I can bring to thi ...
  Topic: Stella 4T Oil Filter Question
rondothemidget

Replies: 5
Views: 1080

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:05 am   Subject: Stella 4T Oil Filter Question
The Stella 4T has both. The screen filter is at the drain plug and the paper filter is hidden behind the battery.
  Topic: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
rondothemidget

Replies: 58
Views: 6611

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:21 pm   Subject: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
I hope I'm not jinxing myself...
After having three clutch cables snap in my first 4,000 miles, I've got 6,000+ miles on my current one. The connectors at both ends look good - no signs of fraying. M ...
  Topic: OC in Southern Cali
rondothemidget

Replies: 4
Views: 2993

PostForum: Rallies, Events, Meetups   Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:16 am   Subject: OC in Southern Cali
I just checked this thread. I live in Orange would be happy to go for a ride with other OC folk. A great North OC ride with twisties is Carbon Canyon, out to Chino Hills.
  Topic: Where is the air filter on the 4T?
rondothemidget

Replies: 17
Views: 3798

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:43 am   Subject: Air filter
I finally tackled the air filter cleaning on my own and it's not as bad as I thought.
1. Take off left cowling
2. Take off spare tire
3. Take off rear tire. I place a 2x4 under the engine block to ...
  Topic: 4T exhaust choice
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 2318

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:30 am   Subject: 4T exhaust choice
Thanks for the Sito Plus link. I'm on my third stock exhaust and my warranty will be expiring soon. Is re-jetting needed with it?
  Topic: Fuel Tank Exit Adapter
rondothemidget

Replies: 9
Views: 1665

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:25 am   Subject: Fuel Tank Exit Adapter
My Stella 4T gets starved for gas with less than a full tank and going in the upper speed range. This could be just what I need. Has anyone tried this on a Stella yet? I'd be happy to be the first gui ...
  Topic: (edit) New Stella 4T Owner
rondothemidget

Replies: 11
Views: 1786

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:18 am   Subject: (edit) New Stella 4T Owner
No EVAP issues and no 2T gas cap for me; maybe because mine is white???
  Topic: Are You A Scooter Fashionista?
rondothemidget

Replies: 63
Views: 8364

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:57 am   Subject: Are You A Scooter Fashionista?
its funny how some folks associate that footwear with skinheads, etc. i always think of punk rock but not skinheads, exactly

different kinds of skinheads the world 'round, too. i don't think all ar ...
  Topic: Fuel Tank Exit Adapter
rondothemidget

Replies: 9
Views: 1665

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:28 am   Subject: Fuel Tank Exit Adapter
My Stella 4T gets starved for gas with less than a full tank and going in the upper speed range. This could be just what I need. Has anyone tried this on a Stella yet? I'd be happy to be the first gui ...
  Topic: Are You A Scooter Fashionista?
rondothemidget

Replies: 63
Views: 8364

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:26 pm   Subject: Are You A Scooter Fashionista?
I wear these when riding - vintage style and protection. And no, I'm not a skinhead. http://static.flickr.com/6/7145085_385638eb54.jpg
  Topic: Amerivespa 2013: Ride from LA to San Diego
rondothemidget

Replies: 24
Views: 3869

PostForum: Rallies, Events, Meetups   Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:48 am   Subject: Amerivespa 2013: Ride from LA to San Diego
Going to be riding my 4T to San Diego in a couple weeks for a Genuine "Family Reunion" Appreciation ride at Motorsport on 3/23. (All Genuine riders welcome!) It'll be interesting to see how ...
  Topic: Amerivespa 2013: Ride from LA to San Diego
rondothemidget

Replies: 24
Views: 3869

PostForum: Rallies, Events, Meetups   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:17 pm   Subject: Amerivespa 2013: Ride from LA to San Diego
Rondo, is that 60 indicated or real 60? I rode my Stella from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara this weekend and went by one of those signs that tells you your speed and when my speedometer said 55 the ...
  Topic: Where is the air filter on the 4T?
rondothemidget

Replies: 17
Views: 3798

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:37 pm   Subject: Where is the air filter on the 4T?
I ride from Tustin to Brea and back 4-5 days a week. I generally fuel up every other day or so but recently I've been refueling about every day. It's more so a general read. On my next refuel I'll wri ...
  Topic: Mods/accessories for dream Stella 4T
rondothemidget

Replies: 31
Views: 4826

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:31 pm   Subject: Mods/accessories for dream Stella 4T
You can also mount a hook under the seat:
http://www.scooterwest.com/items/Vintage-Tools/277?popup=quick_item_view&item_id=2255

ScooterShop has these too and it didn't fit at all. It was the s ...
  Topic: Amerivespa 2013: Ride from LA to San Diego
rondothemidget

Replies: 24
Views: 3869

PostForum: Rallies, Events, Meetups   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:42 pm   Subject: Amerivespa 2013: Ride from LA to San Diego
I'll be taking my Stella 4T. I've ridden a good amount of miles maintaining 60 mph so I'm confident it can handle it. However, Magnato, I would recommend getting some freeway riding experience before ...
  Topic: Custom Stella Seats
rondothemidget

Replies: 12
Views: 3037

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:18 am   Subject: Custom Stella Seats
The 3.5 x 10's fit with no problems. The 100/90 10s won't fit on the front or back. The disc brake cable and housing limits the clearance in the front, and the engine in the back. I tried.
  Topic: Changing tires wasn't so bad
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 3432

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:13 am   Subject: Changing tires wasn't so bad
I've been through a couple of sets of tires. I had to use tire irons to break the bead with Heidenau K61s. It was easy and hands only with Vee Rubber tires from ScooterWorks.
  Topic: Mods/accessories for dream Stella 4T
rondothemidget

Replies: 31
Views: 4826

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:04 am   Subject: Mods/accessories for dream Stella 4T
You can also mount a hook under the seat:
http://www.scooterwest.com/items/Vintage-Tools/277?popup=quick_item_view&item_id=2255

ScooterShop has these too and it didn't fit at all. It was the s ...
  Topic: Mods/accessories for dream Stella 4T
rondothemidget

Replies: 31
Views: 4826

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:00 am   Subject: Mods/accessories for dream Stella 4T
This might be a straight swap for the stock hook:
http://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/products/luggage+hook+for+vespa+all_12960000
First-hand experience, this won't be a straight swap. I fortunately l ...
  Topic: Just Double Checking a couple of things: Maintenance
rondothemidget

Replies: 11
Views: 1450

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:49 am   Subject: Just Double Checking a couple of things: Maintenance
Thank you Robbie! I sincerely appreciate it.
  Topic: Just Double Checking a couple of things: Maintenance
rondothemidget

Replies: 11
Views: 1450

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:36 pm   Subject: Valves
I don't mean to hijack this thread as I hope it develops into a discussion on general maintenance.

Does anyone know the recommended mileage/frequency for adjusting the valves on the 4T? I can't fi ...
  Topic: Cold Starts - How long does it usually take?
rondothemidget

Replies: 11
Views: 1821

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:44 am   Subject: Cold Starts - How long does it usually take?
I always kick start mine and it always starts on the first kick - no choke. However, it's garaged and it never gets very cold in So. Ca.
  Topic: Busted exhaust weld
rondothemidget

Replies: 21
Views: 2260

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:34 pm   Subject: Busted exhaust weld
Have many others experienced a broken exhaust on their 4T Stella? I've had two break now. One was at the weld, like the others posted here, and the pipe broke on the other near the heat cover. They we ...
  Topic: Stalling, Dying, Chugging, Bogging, Sputtering 4t
rondothemidget

Replies: 14
Views: 3106

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:37 pm   Subject: Stalling, Dying, Chugging, Bogging, Sputtering 4t
I have this problem as well. With a full tank, my Stella 4T runs perfectly at 60 mph for 25 miles or so. Not even at WOT. Then when it gets down to 2/3 or 1/2 a tank, it starts acting like it's out of ...
  Topic: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
rondothemidget

Replies: 28
Views: 4043

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:33 pm   Subject: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
I guess you could try it with the tank at 1/2 or less just to see if the stalling recurs.

My dealer was telling me the other day they have run into several cases of the fuel line being too long and ...
  Topic: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
rondothemidget

Replies: 28
Views: 4043

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:10 am   Subject: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
Would loosening the gas cap so it's not tightened at all give me the same effect as a vented cap? Aside from avoiding gas spilling out, do I have to tighten the gas cap all the way? I don't understand ...
  Topic: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
rondothemidget

Replies: 28
Views: 4043

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:28 am   Subject: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
Thank you Robbie.

I might be sticking my neck out but it seems there are two different stalling issues. The first is related with the evap system where, during general use, it sputters and dies. T ...
  Topic: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
rondothemidget

Replies: 28
Views: 4043

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:09 am   Subject: Stella 4-Stroke stalling
I'd be interested to see if anyone experienced this problem first-hand, and corrected it with a vented gas cap.

I'm fortunate to live near a scooter shop that sells Vespa parts, primarily online. ...
  Topic: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
rondothemidget

Replies: 58
Views: 6611

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:13 pm   Subject: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone

the adjuster should be installed in the 'out' position iirc and then it is brought in to tighten the cable.

That said the adjuster keeps failing on my cables so I just used a fourth hand tool to ...
  Topic: Week one on a Stella 4T (first ever scooter!)
rondothemidget

Replies: 29
Views: 4515

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:54 pm   Subject: Week one on a Stella 4T (first ever scooter!)
Shifting is one of the reasons I got the Stella. You'll drive like these guys after you get a few thousand miles of experience -
http://youtu.be/i3gtcDO1HhI
  Topic: Stella mileage is improving
rondothemidget

Replies: 7
Views: 1093

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:43 pm   Subject: Stella mileage is improving
How are you driving it, to get that kind of mileage? I average around 100 mpg but I'm mostly going 50 to 60 mph with a lot of stop & go.
  Topic: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
rondothemidget

Replies: 58
Views: 6611

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:39 pm   Subject: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
It's been a frustrating ordeal but I hope my clutch problems are behind me. I just got a new clutch lever, cable, adjuster, and cable screw nipple. The cable is lubed and everything is adjusted... for ...
  Topic: Not feeling the buddy love
rondothemidget

Replies: 47
Views: 3491

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:29 pm   Subject: Not feeling the buddy love
I thought this topic was going to be a critical review of the classic Nutty Professor movie with Jerry Lewishttp://images.wikia.com/villains/images/f/f4/Buddy_Love.jpg
  Topic: My Buddy is 26,000 miles strong!
rondothemidget

Replies: 13
Views: 1375

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:04 am   Subject: My Buddy is 26,000 miles strong!
I'm always happy to see more scooter riders in Orange County.
  Topic: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
rondothemidget

Replies: 58
Views: 6611

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 9:38 pm   Subject: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
It wasn't covered under warranty and I ended up paying just over $50 for parts and labor. An extra cost was that I was without the scooter for about two weeks.

I just ordered a clutch cable and a ...
  Topic: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
rondothemidget

Replies: 58
Views: 6611

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:43 pm   Subject: Two Clutch Cables and a Microphone
As compared to other scooters or motorcycles you've ridden, how has your Stella clutch cable held up? My second clutch cable just snapped; the first at 1,000 miles and my second at 4,000 on my 4T Stel ...
  Topic: My First Time Riding Vintage
rondothemidget

Replies: 12
Views: 828

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:58 pm   Subject: My First Time Riding Vintage
How do you holster it when shifting? Is it a smooth motion of shoot, holster, shift, retrieve, shoot, holster, etc. for each round?
  Topic: Busted exhaust weld
rondothemidget

Replies: 21
Views: 2260

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:49 pm   Subject: Busted exhaust weld
Had that happen to mine. It's covered under warranty.
  Topic: Gas Tap Issue?
rondothemidget

Replies: 11
Views: 2314

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:04 am   Subject: Hose Length (double entendre)
I think I may have solved my problem of it acting like it wasn't getting enough fuel around half a tank. The fuel line connector from the tank points left but the carb is on the right . The fuel line ...
  Topic: 2000 mile road trip on a stock 2012 Stella 4T... holy epic!
rondothemidget

Replies: 8
Views: 2182

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:40 pm   Subject: 2000 mile road trip on a stock 2012 Stella 4T... holy epic!
My compliments. You've given us all something to strive for.
 
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