Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

Ike Pipe /
1ke OP
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OK, so here's a little trick I picked up from automotive repair on Youtube. If you have to remove an alignment bolt from your struts, make a mark on the bolt and the strut using a punch and a hammer. The small divot you make becomes an alignment mark so you can put it back exactly how it was. That's what I did on the stator. I don't know if you can see it in the picture, but it is aligned exactly as it was before I started. My timing was good before, so it should still be good.

Dirty cover.

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Clean cover on engine.

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Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

Here's a closer look at the alignment divot I made.

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OK, here comes the double cliche... I'm switching up to these "m" bars (1) because I'm too cheap to buy new (2). Pretty much all the modded Puchs have smaller bars, right?

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That's all for tonight!

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M bars are back breaking. Stock or mid-rise bars is where it's at.

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Jeremy Homser /

I agree stock or mid rise is the way to go unless you like having sore wrists

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BryAn eurism /

Nice build, but: the flywheel side seal is backwards.

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Like this thread a lot, and am into the use-what-you-got approach.

Cant resist giving my unsolicited 2¢ here: Those M bars are so 2007 and look goofy, makes the stock speedo stick out like a sore thumb. Agreed with justina, mid risers look a lot better and stockers are definitely the most comfortable.

Anyway, keep up the good work.

Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

BryAn eurism Wrote:

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> Nice build, but: the flywheel side seal is

> backwards.

Is it? Nuts!!! I'll double check it. How bad would it be if I left it?

As to the comments on the bars: I can't help but agree with you. But, I'm already over budget. So these will have to do for now. I would leave the stock bars but they're rusty and ugly. I do have a set of Bravo bars maybe....

Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

BryAn eurism /

Ike Pipe Wrote:

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> BryAn eurism Wrote:

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> > Nice build, but: the flywheel side seal is

> > backwards.

>

>

> Is it? Nuts!!! I'll double check it. How bad would

> it be if I left it?

>

>

>

> As to the comments on the bars: I can't help but

> agree with you. But, I'm already over budget. So

> these will have to do for now. I would leave the

> stock bars but they're rusty and ugly. I do have a

> set of Bravo bars maybe....

It will probably be OK but I've had that happen on the clutch side to see a freshly uncrated TOMOS smoke like a pig - sucking tranny fluid into the case

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Those lowrise bars I do admit look nice, but it will be like riding a sports bike. It will be a core workout. When I was new to riding my R1 my wrists used to always hurt after a long ride. A more experienced rider told me “If your wrists hurt you’re ride your bike wrong”. I learned after that agonizing ride, that with lowrise bars like that you’re going to have to work your core, tighten your abs, to ride the bike. After about 5000+ miles on my R1, using my core not my wrists to hold my body up, I love the R1 ride. A piece of knowledge given to me, now I give to my fellow Vespa brother.

Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

Thanks Ninja! I'll tell my wife that I'm working out and then go ride!!!

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Ike Pipe Wrote:

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> Thanks Ninja! I'll tell my wife that I'm working

> out and then go ride!!!

Haha there you go!!!

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Andrew Squiggman /

ugh. M bars. dont use them they is stoopid

Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

Well, today was quite the adventure!

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I took a bunch of parts off because I'm on the frame-cleaning phase. Easier to clean without everything on it.

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Then I decided to take it for a ride. Subaru Outbacks are excellent moped cars!

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I know, not the best idea. But after all the scrubbing on the engine, it was either leave it dirty, or this. Don't worry, I'm replacing the switches, and I'm using dielectric grease on all the connections. Plus I put a fan on it to dry it out.

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Ike Pipe /
1ke OP
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Here's my new tail light. The bike came without one, and my brother handed this down to me. I attached it to the license plate bracket by bending it in some. I needed the space behind the light anyway because of the electrical connectors. I'm not gonna drill holes in the fender.

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Cleaned these up. Bottom is before, top is after. Nice and shiny now!

OK, now brace yourselves, folks. I know, everybody is not thrilled with my M bars. I'm sorry. They're not my favorite either, but I like them a lot better than the stock bars which were crusty and ugly. It's easy enough to switch out, so when I have more money, I'll upgrade.

HOWEVER, since someone mentioned how ugly the bars were with the speedo sticking up like a pimple, I found an alternate mounting for the speedo, which I think turned out pretty nice.

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Ike Pipe /
1ke OP
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Another view.

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Handle was busted off a long time ago, so I put a new one on.

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I was bored of engine work, so I started reassembling the front end. Tire is on. I oiled all the cables, too. Grips and brake levers back on.

I want to do something different with the switches. I'm not sure exactly what I'll do yet.

That's all for today. :D

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BryAn eurism /

Get the pre-1980 chrome oval cap ones and sell the black ones or put them in a glass case

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Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

BryAn eurism Wrote:

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> Get the pre-1980 chrome oval cap ones and sell the

> black ones or put them in a glass case

People want the black ones?

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BryAn eurism /

The ones who don't put on clubman bars do. What happens is, they break and the people with bone-stock-vintage want them to be intact. Zip-ties will only go so far. I've shored up a few sets with fiberglass cloth, super glue, and $.98 Home Depot flat black paint. But aesthetic wise, the chrome caps will look better with whatever set of bars are mounted up

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Is your speedo mounted to the right bar? If so that is a really cool touch!

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Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

I used an L bracket and attached it to the headlight bolt.

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Ok, well however it looks cool there!

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A tiny bit of wd40 and 000 steel wool should clean up your stock bars.

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"0000" steel wool and wd40.

clean up the stock bars.

paint your cylinder and head black too.

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grim ripper /

i still like m bars. they do make my whole body hurt after anything more than 5 miles, but they blast so whatever. i still put them on bikes for a little while sometimes. i'd rock the stockers and ditch the speedo.

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Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

Update time!!!!

Engine seems crooked...

Engine in!

I moved the HT coil a little because I couldn't get the carb out without removing the intake. Problem solved!

Spark plug boot before and after.

I found some neat switches!

Making holes in the bucket unprettied it...so I repainted it.

I highly recommend using shrink tubing on connections. Looks good and works good.

Switches installed.

Lots of extra wire! What to do? I didn't want to cut it, just in case I go with taller bars.

So I looped it and tucked it in to the bucket.

See how I mounted the horn under the light?

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Brandon Weiss (Detective brandon to you) /

This is awesome.....can't wait to see it finished!

Re: The least exciting rebuild ever? Puch Maxi

Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

I'm getting down to the last few things before I fire this up. I have a NOS pedal crank and pedals, thanks to an awesome Puch guy. The bike had no pedal chain, so I have a new one of those to put on, plus the tensioner jockey wheel was stuck, so I found something neat for that. (Wait til you see it!!) Those parts have to wait until next week for me to pick them up.

In the mean time, the exhaust. I thought I'd be derestricting the stock exhaust, but as it turns out, my pipe wasn't restricted (except by grime).

Any suggestions for getting more performance?

Also, this baffle is crazy! Would you do anything to it?

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Id use a different exhaust, stock maxi pipes suck.

But M bars rock, the back pain is a small price to pay.

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did anyone hate on your H/T coil mount?

i think that would break in the first 1000 miles

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Ike Pipe /
1ke OP

Steven Sabatinelli Wrote:

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> did anyone hate on your H/T coil mount?

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> i think that would break in the first 1000 miles

Congrats.

You're the first.

HAHAHAHA! Why would you think it would break? You might be right, but we'll see. The bracket is pretty tough. Actually, the worst I think it will do is come loose and flop down.

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