commuter 1980 moped

How do I order, where do I get cables for front,back brakes, how do I mix gas/oil? in a bowl then pour in? How do I fix small (L) black lever cable to make it tight?

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I mix fuel/oil in a large glass apple juice bottle that holds about 1/2 gallon using a funnel..

I put a strip of masking tape up the side and poured in measured amounts of water to accurately marked the tape for 1/2 quart, 1 quart, 1-1/2 quarts,etc.. Find a small plastic measuring cup for the oil.

For example, I use a 32:1 mixture. Add an ounce of oil to the measuring cup and then pour a bit of gasoline in that cup and swish it around to mix it.. Then pour that into the jar. Then fill the jar with gasoline to the 1 quart mark and swish it around again.

(One ounce per quart is 4 ounces per gallon.. and that would give you a 32:1 oil mix ratio. )

Oil must be well mixed into the gasoline. Premix it well before pouring in the tank.

And everyone will tell you DO NOT use glass containers for gaoline since if it hits the concrete and breaks you might start a fire from the fumes before you can swab it all up.. If you have a plastic see-through container, it is infinately preferable to using a glass jar or bottle.

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auggie,

I have the exact same problem with the black Left lever. It's loose on my columbia. Everything else is beautiful except that danged thing. Seems to be a common problem?

Guys, anyone know how to do this?

Thanks

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Jake Van Order /

Is the problem that it's sticking or being hard to compress?

--jake

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

http://www.mopedriders.org/article_cat.php?fldAuto=2&sid=b00427403b6034a19a51055c49fed8a9 READ SEVERAL OF THESE MANUALS TO GET A FEEL OF OWNING A PED.JIM

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where do I get cables for front,back brakes?

Go to the bike section at wal-mart. $5 gets you 4 cables and yes, they are plenty good.

how do I mix gas/oil?

I would buy a 5 gallon red plastic gas can, and a 4 once bottle of 2 stroke oil. use the little bottle for measuring, and shake around big gas can to mix 1-5 gallons.

How do I fix small (L) black lever cable to make it tight?

when people dump on their peds, the brake levers hit the ground first, and get bent up. If you get some needle nose pliers, you can often force them to be closer to their original shape.

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I just bought the set of cables at Wal-Mart today and made a new one for my throttle. You just have to reduce the size of the head with a file and then cut it to length, cable with wire cutters, housing with hacksaw. Came out pretty nice. It is the exact size cable diameter and housing diameter. I used a yellow flexible rubber dust cap to replace the rubber boot that goes over the carburator connection.

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Thank you Dan,

Appreciate it...

My moped came to life today!!! YAY!

I found out the answer to that loose clutch lever thing today as I was working on it-

On the lever itself there is a screw. Un-screw that & make it loose. Push the cable in as far as you can. Use needle nose pilers to pull the cable outwards out of the lever if necessary. Tighten the screw. Cable should be tight.

Do you know if Columbia's are supposed to have odometers?

Thanks

EK

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Jim,

Thank you. Our questions were specific though.

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Jim,

There isn't a Columbia manual on there. Would you know where I can find one online? Thanks

EK

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

do I mix gas/oil? in a bowl then pour in? This question is why I asked you to read a moped manual. It tells me you know little or nothing about a 2-stroke moped.I'm not trying to be a smart ass but think about your question and my answer.jim

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Although the ratio of fuel and oil may be different for different manufacturers of two strokes the procedure for mixing the fuel is pretty much the same. Tat is why it doesn't hurt look at other manuals, you may find the correct way to mix the oil and gas.

Personally, I like to use a oil or gas container. That way I know that the materials that are used will not deteriorate from the gas. I have used some plastics and they have disintegrated from the gas, sort of like melted and leaked all over.

Those gallon oil containers are nice, they have graduations, in liters and quarts on the side. I put in the measured amount of oil then add about a half quart of gas, then stir it around to really mix up the oil with the gas. Then I add the rest of the gas and stir it some more. If you store it in the oil container you need to leave the cap on loose so it can vent.

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I don,t have a Commuter ped but the Puch has the black lever also, operates the starting clutch. It is slightly loose from wear but Mine doesn't need fixing yet.

Looking at mine it is held in by a roll pin, If I were to fix it I would knock out the roll pin, then measure its diameter. I would then find a brass insert that was 1mm larger and drill the hole for the size of the pin. I would then get a drill that size and drill out the hole in the handle. Lube the insert with grease, put the insert in the handle, put the handle in place and drive in the roll pin.

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Jim,

I was asking for people's personal methods of mixing. Does it tell me what container to use? Does it tell me everybody's own "method" of mixing? Does it tell me creative ways to use household containers as a permanent mixer? No!

That was my purpose of posting this message. I can read, and I know that the manuals exist. I asked these questions because they had a specific purpose.

If the questions annoyed you so much that you felt you had to point out the obvious existence of the manuals, then you are in the wrong forum.

No offense, but the "Buy & Sell" forum might be a better place for such an impatient expert.

Think about my answer and your posts.

Best regards,

EK

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pepied,

Thank you for your post. It does give me some ideas. :)

EK

p.s. Steamboat AKA JIM, this is what I mean. I was hoping for responses like this one...

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pepied,

My lever has this screw that allows the cable line to be tightened/loosened up. It has a tiny cable hole on the lever itself and when you put the cable line into that hole, the screw tightens the cable in that certain position the line is in.

In other words, the clutch cable on the Columbia has a ball on one end (connected to the clutch itself), and the other end is open ended. (That is inserted in the lever and tightened)

I think it's really nice. It only took me less than a minute to tighten that cable and it pulls the clutch really nicely! :o)

Fortunately, my clutch itself is in great shape. It seems to me that the moped was restored but the previous owner didn't finish the restoration or never put in gas.

I found the cables all mixed up in the bottom cover that is bolted on. Because of this messy configuration, it pinched and bent cables so that all the throttle, brakes, etc were really tight. I simply removed that cover and straightened up the cables and put the cover back on. And now all the cables move smoothly.

I really lucked out on this deal with the Columbia. It's in such a cherry condition.

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

Your bio told me, you are a new moped owner and your simple question of "how do I mix gas/oil? in a bowl then pour in?". told me you had not read and comprehended any moped manual because no moped manual would tell you to mix oil and gas in a bowl. I'm glad Pepid was able to help you with the cable.jim

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Jim,

Look man, you're starting to REALLY piss me off.

1. If you read my messages carefully, you will have

found that I fixed my cable by myself, without any

assistance. I originally asked for help, but was able

to fix it myself.

2. I said any fucking container. Understand? It means

it can be a fucking bowl, it can be a fucking gas can

it can be a fucking oil can, it can be a fucking tube

it can be any fucking container.

I was interested in how everybody uses regular

household items to measure the gas/oil mix so that

I can just mix a 50:1 mixture fast without having to

measure anything.

3. I am a new moped owner, but I have owned

scooters for over 4 years now. Every and each

scooter I ever owned had an oil injector and a

premix was never necessary, okay?

4. I posted messages to generous moped army

members that are willing to help. Afterall, that

is the fucking point of this forum. Now, if assholes

like you have a problem helping out without being

an asshole, then don't bother posting.

I have seen your posts to other people saying

"look at the manuals" You fucking asshole. Do

you think that helps?

5. If you are going to have that tone and patronizing

attitude, then you better watch out for me, you

fuck-ball.

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Steamboat,

Saw your profile, realized you were an old man. Sorry about my post. I am so sick of people with attitudes like yours.

I don't care about you anymore. I know you'll be dead soon by natural old age anyway. So say whatever you wish...

EK

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

commuter 1980 moped

Author: auggie (---.proxy.aol.com)

Verified User: auggie77

Date Posted: 01-25-05 22:00

How do I order, where do I get cables for front,back brakes, how do I mix gas/oil? in a bowl then pour in? How do I fix small (L) black lever cable to make it tight

Ek, I don't what the hell you are talking about, this is the post I have been answering. You need some anger management classes.jim

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Jim,

You dumbshit, that's someone else.

Verified User: auggie77

I am dechatham get it?

EK

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(EK)

EK I'm not the same guy, you old fool

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Jim,

Yeah, I need anger management courses. But you need a blowjob.

EK

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Jim,

It would help if you addressed the person by screen name or real name to prevent confusion in the future.

EK

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