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  Topic: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 9
Views: 2838

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:10 pm   Subject: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
Got it. Thanks!
  Topic: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 9
Views: 2838

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:25 pm   Subject: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
Does the 2015 Buddy 50 have the 4-circuit plug? You can check out the plug location on my website: https://sites.google.com/site/vanagonheadlightrelays/scooter-stuff/scooter-stuff---deadlight-harness ...
  Topic: 12volt booster pack
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 4
Views: 1548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:14 pm   Subject: 12volt booster pack
As Dooglas says, it is never safe to try to jump start any type of vehicle (scooter, car etc) through the 12V socket. The wiring to most power sockets is very thin and can't handle much power. If th ...
  Topic: Changes to Voodoo Scooter Parts
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 24
Views: 10625

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:29 pm   Subject: Changes to Voodoo Scooter Parts
Still available on my website here: https://sites.google.com/site/vanagonheadlightrelays/scooter-stuff
  Topic: Back in the saddle- Hooligan 170i
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 12
Views: 2854

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:15 pm   Subject: Back in the saddle- Hooligan 170i
The Hooligan is fuel injected, so no carb worries.

The advice to add Seafoam before storage is a good one. Seafoam will stabilize the fuel, there is no need to add Sta-Bil as well. I add about ...
  Topic: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 33
Views: 5495

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:02 pm   Subject: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
When I was a kid I can remember going to a gravel pit to shoot pellet guns with my uncle and watching people pump lead into the side of a split window bus that someone had abandoned there all afternoo ...
  Topic: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 33
Views: 5495

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:06 pm   Subject: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
Does the J-BuBu S have an actual sensor based, computer controlled ABS braking system that monitors tire slip, or is it one of the mechanical pressure limiting ABS systems that regulates the maximum h ...
  Topic: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 33
Views: 5495

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:20 pm   Subject: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
I am well aware of the origins of Genuine Scooters and the fact that they have been working with PGO for years. I try to make my posts accessible to everyone, not only the people who delve deeper int ...
  Topic: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 33
Views: 5495

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:13 pm   Subject: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
With a Yamaha or Honda watercooled engine you will only be visiting the valves every 5,000 miles or so after it is broken in.

I just checked the valves on my Zuma 125 (with a self installed 155BB ...
  Topic: What is the black thing above the gearbox?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 4
Views: 996

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:10 pm   Subject: What is the black thing above the gearbox?
Maybe had a dealer who hooked her up with some "upgrades" or a relative that wanted to make it look cooler?
  Topic: What is the black thing above the gearbox?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 4
Views: 996

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:45 am   Subject: What is the black thing above the gearbox?
That is the stock airbox and filter.
  Topic: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 33
Views: 5495

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:53 pm   Subject: Hooligan 170i vs Yamaha SMAX 155
The SMAX is a really great scooter. The 13" wheels make riding at speed seem more comfortable (physically and mentally). The riding position appears to be intended to keep the riders feet set s ...
  Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 32
Views: 6789

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:46 pm   Subject: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
I have heard lots of reports of cheap 1156 LED bulbs purchased from eBay and Amazon etc. burning out quickly and several horror stories of overheating LED bulbs warping lenses and in one case, a compl ...
  Topic: Gear Spotting
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 3
Views: 1057

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:00 am   Subject: Gear Spotting
This is a great social experiment and one that I have actually spent a lot of time thinking about.

I can honestly sat that I tend to vary the gear I wear according to the speeds and conditions I wi ...
  Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 59
Views: 8685

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:59 am   Subject: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1400300.jpg
  Topic: Trike conversion for Buddy 125...
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 42
Views: 5950

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:31 am   Subject: Trike conversion for Buddy 125...
Did you let Tow Pac know about the hardware issues? If the fasteners they provide are breaking on a regular basis, that could put them in a very bad position in today's litigious society.

Somethin ...
  Topic: Buddy 150 Starting problems
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 17
Views: 2978

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:45 am   Subject: Buddy 150 Starting problems
The drain for the carb is a screw on the left side (if you are sitting on the bike) near the bottom of the carb bowl. It should be the lowest screw on the carb.

Definitely pull the air filter out ...
  Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 32
Views: 6789

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:01 am   Subject: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
The two most common types of LED work lights are the "flood" beam, which has a 60 degree spread and the "spot" beam, which has a 30 degree spread.

The spot light version will cr ...
  Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 32
Views: 6789

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:02 am   Subject: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
Looks like the 18W 4.2" LED lights I put on the front of my Maddog 150.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m36/thatvwbusguy/Maddog%20Front%2022JUL15_zpscgdm0u2e.jpg

I am working on a coupl ...
  Topic: Buddy running "rough" - Could it be the smoke?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 14
Views: 2283

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:21 am   Subject: Buddy running "rough" - Could it be the smoke?
The previous owners were only using the scooter in the summers and letting it sit all winter.

Knowing that your scooter sat for long periods of time would lead me to check the jets in the carb bef ...
  Topic: Fabricator extraordinaire needed for light mod.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 7
Views: 1813

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:37 am   Subject: Fabricator extraordinaire needed for light mod.
The T10 bulbs should work pretty well for this modification, since they only require a 1/2" hole for the grommet.

Do you plan on hooking these up to be used along with the DOT signals, or di ...
  Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 32
Views: 6789

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:48 am   Subject: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
Style and function finally meet Wink

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1394975.jpg


http://www.instructables.com/id/Reused-Solar-Lighting-for-a-Bicycle-Helmet-Trash-T/step3/Mount-the ...
  Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 32
Views: 6789

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:04 am   Subject: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
Don't forget about a self-leveling feature as well, all dynamic headlight systems need one. Don't want to be blinding oncoming traffic Shocked

Ultimately, the best solution would probably be to f ...
  Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 32
Views: 6789

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:06 am   Subject: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
The panels on the front of the Buddy are so closely spaced that there is really no place to mount lights that would turn with the steering other than mounting a set of auxiliary lights on the shocks ( ...
  Topic: Buddy 50 won't kick over - carb clean or spark plug?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 4
Views: 1051

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:39 am   Subject: Buddy 50 won't kick over - carb clean or spark plug?
A 2009 model year with 2,100 miles on it must be sitting a lot, which is hell on 2 strokes, even with stabilized fuel.

I would change the spark plug and give the carb a complete cleaning as a matte ...
  Topic: Belt Replacement Question
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 6
Views: 1393

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:08 pm   Subject: Belt Replacement Question
Lance uses GY6 engines in all of their scooters. I'm pretty sure the Vintage 150 used the 157QMJ. You can generally find the engine model number stamped near the bottom of the engine under the front ...
  Topic: Belt Replacement Question
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 6
Views: 1393

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:10 am   Subject: Belt Replacement Question
A new belt should not release any sort of burning rubber odor unless there was grease on one of the pulleys causing lots of belt slip. Definitely don't let your friend ride around with the wrong belt ...
  Topic: Zheng Chinese scooters
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 43
Views: 7691

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:49 am   Subject: Zheng Chinese scooters
I definitely agree that it is likely for the 170i to gain another MPH or two as it breaks in completely. In reality, it's fairly unlikely that my wife will ever hit top speed, so I am not going to ob ...
  Topic: Zheng Chinese scooters
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 43
Views: 7691

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:34 am   Subject: Zheng Chinese scooters
My wife has a 2014 170i with about 850 miles on it. Overall it seems like a great scoot, but it is really slow for a 170cc. I have never managed more than 61MPH (GPS) out of it on a long, dead-flat ...
  Topic: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 9
Views: 2838

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:20 am   Subject: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
Okay, looks like there is no 4-way plug from your ignition wiring. Did you check to see if there is always power at the horn?

The horn can be wired so that it always has power present at the pos ...
  Topic: Buddy painting recommendations?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 15
Views: 2283

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:00 am   Subject: Buddy painting recommendations?
I have had zero issues with the Plastidip peeling. As with any topcoat, starting with clean, degreased parts is the key to good long term results.
  Topic: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 9
Views: 2838

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:51 am   Subject: Buddy 50 deadlight wiring
What year is your Buddy 50?

I am sure that there is a simple way to connect a deadlight adapter to all model years of the Buddy 50 that doesn't require cutting or tapping into wires, but I can te ...
  Topic: Buddy painting recommendations?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 15
Views: 2283

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:01 pm   Subject: Buddy painting recommendations?
A little less than 3 cans for the Zuma 125. I would plan on buying 4 cans for a Buddy to be sure you will have enough.
  Topic: Buddy 150 weak start & stall on throttle
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 6
Views: 1696

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:59 am   Subject: Buddy 150 weak start & stall on throttle
Check out youtube for videos on valve adjustment and carb cleaning for a GY6 150.

As I recall, this video is pretty good for the valve adjustment procedure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vl1mrT ...
  Topic: Buddy painting recommendations?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 15
Views: 2283

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:14 pm   Subject: Buddy painting recommendations?
I did 3 coats applied 30 minutes apart at 60-65F, then let everything dry for about 48 hours before reinstalling. I'm sure the finish wasn't completely cured when I installed the panels, but I had no ...
  Topic: Buddy painting recommendations?
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 15
Views: 2283

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:54 pm   Subject: Buddy painting recommendations?
Another good option for painting a scooter on the cheap is Plasti Dip. I painted my formerly gloss black Zuma 125 with the camo green about 2,500 miles ago and it still looks great even though I do q ...
  Topic: Zheng Chinese scooters
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 43
Views: 7691

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:00 pm   Subject: Zheng Chinese scooters
NICE!! I was going to recommend skipping over the 50cc and going for the 125cc, but a lot of people don't want to deal with the motorcycle endorsement for some reason. Good luck with your new ride!
  Topic: Genuine Warranty
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 33
Views: 5102

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:54 am   Subject: Genuine Warranty
Our local dealer said that the factory warranty would only be honored on my wife's 2014 170i if they did the first service and valve adjustment at 500 miles. This is in agreement with what Genuine su ...
  Topic: Zheng Chinese scooters
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 43
Views: 7691

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:20 am   Subject: Zheng Chinese scooters
The Scootdawg forums can now be found at http://itistheride.boards.net/

I have put in countless miles on all sorts of Chinese scooters and have not found them to be any more problematic than my wi ...
  Topic: Zheng Chinese scooters
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 43
Views: 7691

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:39 pm   Subject: Zheng Chinese scooters
Asking for opinions about other brands will usually be met with lots of skepticism on a site that is largely focused on fans of a single brand. This is in no way meant to be detracting or demeaning t ...
  Topic: buddy 150
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 4
Views: 1140

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:54 am   Subject: buddy 150
Be sure to drain the gas out of the carb bowl too. You don't want any of the gummy stuff that might be left in the carb clogging up the works when you try to start it.

I would remove the carb bowl ...
  Topic: Buddy 150 weak start & stall on throttle
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 6
Views: 1696

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:48 am   Subject: Buddy 150 weak start & stall on throttle
You could hope for the best and try changing your fuel filter, but it sounds like it might be time to clean the carb out. Also, when is the last time you checked your valves?
  Topic: Installed LED headlight in my Blur
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 4
Views: 2356

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:57 am   Subject: Installed LED headlight in my Blur
Once the installation is complete, please take a few photos of the LED bulb conversion shining on a wall from about 20-25 feet away.

When the light source (bulb) is changed from one type to another ...
  Topic: Headlight looks misshapen and other questions (Buddy 150)
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 7
Views: 1728

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:43 am   Subject: Headlight looks misshapen and other questions (Buddy 150)
Yes, the nub is most likely a marker light (sometimes known as a city light or parking light).

I will be installing one of the Philips HS1 bulbs into my wife's 170i in the next few days and will ...
  Topic: Blinkers not blinking
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 3
Views: 1121

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:03 am   Subject: Blinkers not blinking
Make sure that the ground tab on the side of the bulb and the power tab at the base of the bulb are both making good contact. Since Genuine decided to make the entire turn signal housing out of plast ...
  Topic: Headlight looks misshapen and other questions (Buddy 150)
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 7
Views: 1728

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:10 am   Subject: Headlight looks misshapen and other questions (Buddy 150)
That headlight does look kinda dicey. Try to post a photo of the bulb inside the headlight housing (when it is not on) so I can see what type of bulb you are running?

The speedo looks about normal ...
  Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 19
Views: 4155

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:47 am   Subject: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
I can appreciate that the kill switch is a safety device, but in my 28 years of riding all sorts of two wheeled vehicles on the road, I have never had an emergency that required the use of a redundant ...
  Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 19
Views: 4155

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:28 am   Subject: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Many aftermarket throttles don't have spaces for stock style electrics (kill switch / start button). I am installing an NCY Quick Draw throttle on my Ice Bear Maddog 150 (stretched Ruckus clone) and ...
  Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 19
Views: 4155

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:12 pm   Subject: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Yes. I never turn mine off on any of my scoots.
  Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
thatvwbusguy

Replies: 19
Views: 4155

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:56 pm   Subject: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
It doesn't really matter unless you have any sort of accessories connected to the ignition switch. If you do have your deadlights connected to the ignition, I would probably use the key switch.

In ...
 
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