Continued from: Bogging at first 1/4 throttle [SOLVED with new motor]
If you are rather new like me to the vintage vespa world and find yourself in need of a good running motor and see some for sale on the internet I have a few words of advice.
1. NEVER EVER buy an LML motor from Ebay/India. Total garbage. Those are not factory built motors, LML is no longer in business. A bunch of guys over there bought up LML motor inventory parts and are putting them together themselves. I got one and the crank was bent...and other issues.
When you do find a motor you want...
2. Ask the builder about his history and experience building Vespa motors and verify as much of it as you can.
3. Get references. Ask the builder/seller the names of people he has done engines for and contact them and ask them how the motor is doing.
4. ALWAYS get a video of the engine running before you pay for it that clearly shows the engine number while its running so when you get it you'll know it was the same one shown running in the video
5. Verify ignition timing
I did not do 2, 3, 4, 5 and now I am paying the price.
I have a rebuilt P200E motor from ...well...everyone knows who by now.
1: had a loose flywheel nut that sheard the flywheel key on the first kick.
2: had a cheapo India kick start lever that stripped on the 2nd day.
3: appears to have a bad cruciform after only 25 miles (it jumps out of 2nd, 3rd and 4th) OR the LML selector box that was put on it is not working well with this engine.
4: god only knows what else.
This thread will mostly be about the selector box issues and possible cruciform replacement when I am mentally able to tackle it. Right now I am completely burnt out. I spent all last summer trying to make a garbage LML motor run right only to now have a P200e that runs great but won't hold gears.
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