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Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:42 pm quote
Curious if anyone on here has replaced a clock on an older GTS? I recently bought a 2013 GTS with 300 miles but the clock isn't working. Disassembled the headset and replaced the battery but no luck. I'm assuming replacing the clock is next but can't find any vids on the job. Any help appreciated!
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:37 pm quote
The quick solution in this forum to use a bit of heavy velcro or auto trim mounting tape and stick a cheap digital watch over the clock display area.

Failing that, I defer to the experts on how much of the circuitry you need to replace to get a functional clock.
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:52 pm quote
I considered the velcro route on my LX but got lucky fixing it by replacing the battery. Not so lucky on the GTS.
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:17 pm quote
I've never disassembled the dash beyond the battery, so getting to the clock might be a pain.

But at least it looks like once you're there it's a drop in part https://www.scooterwest.com/clock-lx150-gt200-300-super-2011-gts-300-same-as-ap2812406-580886-58113r-640484.html
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:45 pm quote
Ah yes. Ordered the clock today from ScooterWest. Hoping I don't have to dig too deep to replace the clock.
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:37 pm quote
I am impressed you are going to replace the clock. When my clock died(not sure if clock or battery)having taken the headset apart a few weeks earlier and was stupid enough not to replace the battery as the clock was working at the time(stupid on my part), I just decided to get an inexpensive digital clock that I stuck on the Vespa with velcro tape. It is easy to access for changing the clock or changing the battery and it is much larger than the Vespa clock making it easy to read when I am riding as I need readers to see small things up close(I am getting old). Best luck with your project let us know how it works


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Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:59 pm quote
LarryMK wrote:
I am impressed you are going to replace the clock. When my clock died(not sure if clock or battery)having taken the headset apart a few weeks earlier and was stupid enough not to replace the battery as the clock was working at the time(stupid on my part), I just decided to get an inexpensive digital clock that I stuck on the Vespa with velcro tape. It is easy to access for changing the clock or changing the battery and it is much larger than the Vespa clock making it easy to read when I am riding as I need readers to see small things up close(I am getting old). Best luck with your project let us know how it works


larry
Thanks Larry. Not sure how far I'll need to dig in but planning to take some pictures along the way of the process as I haven't been able to find anything on line to help me figure out how or what to do. If I'm feeling inspired I might try to film video.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:22 am quote
These clocks are the worst-designed feature on Vespas since the ill-fated Malossi Suction Cup Ski Rack.

* No tie to the perfectly good 12v power installed in the scooter, and the watch battery power (size LR-43) dies every 18 months or so.
* The whole headset has to be disassembled to get access to the clock.
* The battery is set deep inside the back of the gauge cluster - disassemble as much of the cluster as possible, because...
* ...the casing and contacts that house and connect the battery are very fragile.
* even when working, the clock only gives date and time, no other features.
* the replacement clock is absurdly expensive; the guy in Greece on eBay oten has them at a far lower but still extreme price.
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:00 am quote
So I was riding down the road minding my own business and the clock started working! Glad I left the new battery installed when I had it torn apart. Guess this means I'll be returning the replacement clock. Stoked
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:43 am quote
cubanroast wrote:
So I was riding down the road minding my own business and the clock started working! Glad I left the new battery installed when I had it torn apart. Guess this means I'll be returning the replacement clock. Stoked
Just goes to prove, sometimes things just need a good whack...
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:50 pm quote
cubanroast wrote:
So I was riding down the road minding my own business and the clock started working! Glad I left the new battery installed when I had it torn apart. Guess this means I'll be returning the replacement clock. Stoked
Nice!

But I have heard if cases where it works on and off. Guess I am saying you may want to give it a few days to make sure it's fixed before returning the replacement.
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:04 pm quote
berto wrote:
Nice!

But I have heard if cases where it works on and off. Guess I am saying you may want to give it a few days to make sure it's fixed before returning the replacement.
Just got back from the post office and sure enough.. its not working!
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:43 pm quote
After replacing my wife’s GTS clock battery and it dying just after the first year, I tried sticking a cheap time keeper on the speedometer face. The daily summer sun was too much for the adhesive. So I decided to go big. I replaced the original speedometer with one of the SIP digital GTS speedometers; at just over $200 they’er pricey but she loves it. And the clock is powered by the main battery!

https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/products/speedometerrev+counter+sip+_mv91402bj

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Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:59 am quote
Decided to disassemble the headset (again) and see if I had a bad battery or loose connection somewhere. Ended up digging a little deeper and finally figured out how to extract the clock itself. Amazed at how easy the job was yet previously I couldn't find anything anywhere on the web.

I'm attaching a few pics to this thread in hopes to help anyone down the road that's curious on how to replace the clock. Cheers!

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Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:06 am quote
That's awesome! Kudos for posting back with detailed photos!

So the replacement clock works, right?
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:14 am quote
Brilliant cubanroast. Great clear pictures to follow for anyone else who needs to replace theirs. I hope the moderators put your post in the Modern Vespa Wiki section.
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:19 am quote
berto wrote:
That's awesome! Kudos for posting back with detailed photos!

So the replacement clock works, right?
Ahhhh.. just ordered another clock from Scooterwest.. If only I'd waited a day before shipping the one I had back....
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