To see picture of raised headsets, google search images of "vespa raid marco". The two lime green T5 vespa headsets are the most obvious. If you study more of the pictures of the other scoots, you can see that many of the other riders performed the same mod. I have not gotten around just yet to raise mine. To raise it, it would mean you would have to have a handlebar gear shift setup similar to Rob H and use a modified MX dirtbike handlebar that has a higher rise, or you can just extend the top of the stock vespa steering stem (which means cutting and welding in a extension).
You'll have to also extend all the brake/gear cables and wires (simple stuff).
For more ground clearance i would weld in some drop bracket for the engine swingarm (somewhere around 3+'') as well as the upper shock mount. It would be better to get a different rear shock design than the vespa, since the upper shock stem snaps easy when pushed too hard. For the front i would extend the front fork the same amount at the rear (3"). It would be even better to go with a completely different fork design than the vespa. Get a fork that you can put a super wide front tire on so it doesn't sink so bad in the mud or sand, and that has a bit longer suspension travel.
Also look at how wide the front tires are on the green T5. The wider the better for being able to float over the soft sand.
HDPE sheet plastic make the best skid plate because it absorbs some of the shock load, and you can form it some with a head gun.
Of course, the standard high clearance exhaust, prefilter for the air airfilter, cross bracing from headset to seat are required as well if you want the scooter to last.
Someone should post up pics of the two green T5 vespas.
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