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Purchasing Used - how far to investigate

 
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Used scoot checkout after purchase
Jump on and ride
50%
 50%  [ 2 ]
Change the fluids and the plug
25%
 25%  [ 1 ]
Clean the carb
25%
 25%  [ 1 ]
Pull the engine
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Total disassembly and overhaul
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
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Mr.FixIt
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Joined: 01 Aug 2018
Posts: 82
Location: York, PA, USA
Stella 2T

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:01 pm    Post subject: Purchasing Used - how far to investigate Reply with quote

When you purchase a used scoot, how far should you go over it before putting it on the road? Change the fluids, check the brake linings, check the plug. I had to do much more naturally, I bought mine wrecked. Should I have just pulled the engine and done all the seals and cleaned the engine up? Oh glorious hindsight!

The ONE thing that I didn't do was to check under the fan shroud for a mouse nest. The guy I bought it from had it in a garage, who would have thought there would be a mouse in there? Grrrr. Well, it should run much cooler now.

The original intent was to decoke the head, so I did that anyway. That had never been done.

Considering the SITO+ exhaust and all this work I've been doing, I'm ready for the breakfast rides this year. I should no longer fear any distance. *jinx*

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Stanza
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Location: Chicago
Puch Maxi, Honda C70

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends entirely on the age of the bike, the backstory, my general impression of the seller, etc. Too many variables. If they seem even slightly clueless, but the bike starts and runs, I'll feel it out on my own test ride. If it's their daily and it's feeling right performance-wise, I'll leave it alone until it misbehaves. If it's a barn find, I'll fine-tooth comb it, having also found mouse nests, caches of corn in the CVT, etc.
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Dooglas
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Buddy 125, GTS300, Typhoon 125

PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like it is important to home in on the fact that we are talking 2-stroke here, As Stanza says, the condition and age of the bike have great bearing on this question. As a general answer though, I think a 4T merits an inspection and fluids change (plugs last a long time in 4Ts), while a 2T merits fluids, plug, and carb cleaning. (if you don't already know how to clean the carb on a 2T scooter, you should learn)
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