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  Topic: Poked holes in my cowl ! (spoiler)
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 153

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:18 am   Subject: Poked holes in my cowl ! (spoiler)
The extra ventilation did help. A few more holes may approach the cross-sectional area of a factory-vented cowl, but this little bit did help.

Without performing the test running up a hill over an ...
  Topic: Not starting
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 1
Views: 90

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:51 am   Subject: Not starting
Does it rock back and forth? It isn't stuck in gear is it, that would explain if the kick starter wouldn't depress?

The de-clutch switch can prevent starting with the electric start.
  Topic: Poked holes in my cowl ! (spoiler)
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 153

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:50 pm   Subject: Poked holes in my cowl ! (spoiler)
A couple weeks ago viney266 and I were sitting around the table with a bunch of locals enjoying some cold adult beverages. The subject of Stella engine cooling came up.

The engine cooling fan mo ...
  Topic: A Scooter Affair Podcast
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 164

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:26 pm   Subject: A Scooter Affair Podcast
Thanks for sharing, I just finished Episode 1. I'll be sure to be regular listener.

It is good to know that the Vespa Club of America is accepting of our Stella scooters. Josh has a great story a ...
  Topic: Smoke out of front of Stella 4T
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 5
Views: 203

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:15 pm   Subject: Smoke out of front of Stella 4T
Be cautious about abraded wiring harness conductors in the steering column. The insulation can wear off the wires and then they short to ground against the metallic frame of the scooter.

Poke aroun ...
  Topic: 2008 Stella 2T Rust in fuel tank, clean or replace?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 219

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:01 am   Subject: 2008 Stella 2T Rust in fuel tank, clean or replace?
I just cleaned a fuel tank out on another vehicle last week with the same problem.

I used a product from Eastwood for sealing fuel tanks. It had to be shot-blasted, then pickled with hydrochloric ...
  Topic: DR 177 kit issue.
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 10
Views: 372

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:36 pm   Subject: DR 177 kit issue.
Wow. I'm glad you found it. You'll love the DR kit once it is sorted.
  Topic: 2003 Buddy 2T no electric start
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 277

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:34 pm   Subject: 2003 Buddy 2T no electric start
Electrical testing should start at one end and move to the other. You've done a good job so far. I usually start at the problem device and move away from it (your choice). Get a BIG jumper lead (ma ...
  Topic: Restricting a 150
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 16
Views: 530

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:26 pm   Subject: Restricting a 150
I know this is a smart-arse answer, but you could always start dating large women. Speed problem solved.

We normally want our machines modified to go faster so they keep up with traffic. I have t ...
  Topic: DR 177 kit issue.
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 10
Views: 372

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:23 pm   Subject: DR 177 kit issue.
Was the decision to upgrade to the DR177 just an upgrade, or due to some failure with the original cylinder?

I would agree, the crank should spin freely when the gear selector is in neutral.

Pul ...
  Topic: DR 177 kit issue.
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 10
Views: 372

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:41 am   Subject: DR 177 kit issue.
Its easy enough to pull the gudgeon pin back out and look inside the crank chamber. There should be no foreign objects for certain and the crank should turn smoothly with you guiding the connecting r ...
  Topic: Stella 2005 headset wiring woes - seeking advice
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 3
Views: 282

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 5:54 pm   Subject: Stella 2005 headset wiring woes - seeking advice
Doing each wire one at a time avoids confusion about where they are supposed to terminate. Its better to avoid putting a splice where the original break was. That will just be a fat spot where it wi ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:50 am   Subject: DR177 kit installation
ARGGGGG the saga continues.

The ambient was 80°F today and I rode the 9 miles into the office and back. (Running the 107 Main Jet at present, due to lack of power and noticing some "four stro ...
  Topic: Howdy!
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 261

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 10:19 pm   Subject: Howdy!
The Star (Stella) has got the style I love.

I hope you can solve the source of misbehavior. The old tech is at least fixable with a few hand tools. Fuel injection is nice and all, but there is not ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 43
Views: 1679

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 07, 2020 12:55 am   Subject: Royal Alloy
Have any of the constituent here actually purchased one?

I'd love the opportunity to take a test ride, alas the demo day back in March at my local shop did not include the Royal Alloy among the cho ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 2:32 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Can you tell me where you got that italian flag hex emblem thats on your front horn cover? I want one!

The previous owner had de-chromed the Genuine badge and it looked pretty poor. I ground out t ...
  Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 11
Views: 621

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 10:26 pm   Subject: New BMW Scooter Design?
I threw up in my mouth a little.
  Topic: Hot Reed at Scooter Mercato?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 5
Views: 497

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:45 am   Subject: Hot Reed at Scooter Mercato?
While there truly is "no replacement for displacement", a 2 Stroke must breathe. This is something I have learned as well as read. The exhaust sets the bar, everything else must adjust to me ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:57 am   Subject: DR177 kit installation
No real update from my last post. Unlike Christopher, I haven't opened up the ports on the cases. The 108 Main jet still feels about right. There seems to be so many variables on engine builds that ...
  Topic: How're we all doing?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 33
Views: 1065

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:35 am   Subject: How're we all doing?
I've been using Stella to run and get takeout after being stuck in the home-office all day. Scooter rides are indeed a good way to relax.
  Topic: Air mix issues Stella 2T manual
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 449

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:46 pm   Subject: Air mix issues Stella 2T manual
If you intend to loosen the fastening bolts, I'd make sure the gasket are good. When you cleaned the carb, did you use new gaskets? I like brake cleaner over carb cleaner. It doesn't leave any oily ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:51 am   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Christopher, that's impressive that the venturi makes that much difference. viney266 in my local scooter club predicted that I'd be around 116 with my setup, but it doesn't seem that I can make any p ...
  Topic: Some guy hotrodding his Stella
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 1260

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:50 pm   Subject: Some guy hotrodding his Stella
I've watched quite a few of the "That Scooter Thing" videos.

Why not hop up a Stella? She sure pulls better up the hills after some performance parts. For "agnostic" purposes ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:09 am   Subject: DR177 kit installation
I'm thinking the engine has to be well heat soaked. Quick trips may not be enough, and ambient temperature plays a part in reading the Cylinder head temperature.

I'm beginning to think the 38/120 ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:49 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
The saga continues. It was a balmy 70 'F today and the CHT was getting higher that I've ever seen it reaching nearly 300 'F on the way home. I wasn't even really pushing it hard. I had already been ...
  Topic: Dragster on the dyno
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 10
Views: 1328

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:54 pm   Subject: Dragster on the dyno
Keep us informed on how you get on during the Cannonball. It looks like a nice northerly route.

You've got the right machine for it.
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:17 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Hopefully shifting the mid-range to the leaner side through the idle jet and enriching the main jet back to 107 makes the difference. It certainly feels too rich in part-throttle as it is. If the SI ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:25 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
That's what I need, a break in the weather. All the testing has been done at uncomfortably cold temperatures.

Patchik, thank you for sharing your experience with the idle jet. Its worth the effor ...
  Topic: Stella ads
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 2
Views: 743

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:37 pm   Subject: Stella ads
I get the "what year is it" question all the time.

http://www.justgottascoot.com/images/StellaAdGuessHowOld.gif
  Topic: ***Solved*** ++Photo++ should my oil line look like this?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 8
Views: 936

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:28 pm   Subject: ***Solved*** ++Photo++ should my oil line look like this?
I was able to get one from SIP.
  Topic: Interesting 2020 scooter videos
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 15
Views: 2771

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:52 am   Subject: Interesting 2020 scooter videos
I watched a review of the 2020 GTS 300 HPE. The earlier models have a higher top speed, but the power and torque of the HPE engine is incredible.

Doesn't the Royal Alloy 300 use a Vespa engine? D ...
  Topic: squeak and rattle
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 14
Views: 1096

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:51 pm   Subject: squeak and rattle
A little Blue Loctite won't hurt. Clean the brake dust out of the hole first with some brake cleaner and a cotton swab (or a handful of them).
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 64
Views: 8968

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:50 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
I just watched a youtube video from "Motors for the Masses" reviewing the Royal Alloy GP300. Now that's something I could get excited about if it ever makes it here to the USA.
  Topic: Post recent pic of your Stella (or P-series Vespa, or Bajal)
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 65
Views: 18235

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:43 pm   Subject: Post recent pic of your Stella (or P-series Vespa, or Bajal)
Who would have guessed it was going to be over 60 degrees in January!

Overlooking Harrisburg International Airport at the radar site.
  Topic: ***Solved*** ++Photo++ should my oil line look like this?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 8
Views: 936

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:34 pm   Subject: ***Solved*** ++Photo++ should my oil line look like this?
Also make sure that the oil line is sealing well to the tubing coming out of the air box. The hose clamp on there is constricted well beyond the intended hose diameter, plus I have noticed that some ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:45 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
The 107 main jet was installed this morning. The results are noticeable directly in cylinder head temperature. On the usual test run route at temperatures in the 40's the CHT did not rise significan ...
  Topic: What did you get for Christmas?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 7
Views: 1522

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:21 pm   Subject: What did you get for Christmas?
I only bought presents for my scoot. Stella is getting a larger main carb jet, some new spark plugs, and some new rubber leg guard trim.

Happy Christmas!
  Topic: Has anyone converted their headlight to LED?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 4
Views: 963

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:17 pm   Subject: Has anyone converted their headlight to LED?
I put a 10 element TruckLite LED headlamp on my '79 Yamaha XS650 years ago. The technology is nice because it draws only a little current. It allows you to be seen because the LED light is so white ...
  Topic: Front brake shuddering
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 9
Views: 1233

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:57 am   Subject: Front brake shuddering
Are the brake discs flat? Warped discs can produce this phenomenon. It seems unlikely, but what else could do it?
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:31 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
It was 45 degrees in the sun today, so I got Stella out for some more miles and testing.

Even though the CHT reads some reasonable numbers (at these cool ambient temperatures), I'm still paranoid a ...
  Topic: Stella 150 harness routing
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 6
Views: 891

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:38 pm   Subject: Stella 150 harness routing
Glad you got the wiring sorted.

Bubbles in the brake line don't like to go downward. I gently pressurize the cracked-open bleed screw using a jar with a dip tube and pressure tube. This necessitate ...
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:15 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
Suffering from PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) as it is presently snowing.
I'm sitting here reflecting on the engine rebuild. I very much want to get out and get her broken in properly.

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  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 269
Views: 27743

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:41 pm   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
Craigslist find in my backyard... a low mile Chetak.
Oh man, that is sweet.
That glovebox is HUGE !

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/mcy/d/york-1980-bajaj-chetak-house-kept/7024507750.html
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 37
Views: 2107

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:04 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
The #108 main jet was totally dogging on me last night when I took her out to the gas station for some Ethanol-Free. She didn't want to climb any hills. I put the #106 main jet back in which yields ...
  Topic: Anyone else use their scooter for commuting?
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 13
Views: 1740

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:12 pm   Subject: Anyone else use their scooter for commuting?
... now if the morning temperature is below 35F I will likely take my car. This make my scooter season it usually early March through early November.

The temperature is a big factor these days. I ...
  Topic: Stella won't start with the start button.
Mr.FixIt

Replies: 8
Views: 1127

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:59 pm   Subject: Stella won't start with the start button.
There are four screws under the headset. Item 32
Remove them along with the speedometer, that will give you access to the declutch switch.

declutch switch harness is in yellow.

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

Replies: 13
Views: 1740

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: 37
Views: 2107

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: 8
Views: 1127

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: 4
Views: 1106

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.
 
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