Missing air filter housing cap
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Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:22 pm quote
On my 2016 Sprint 150, I am missing the clear cap/bubble that is usually on the air filter housing to indicate oil from filter.

What is strange with mine is where the bubble is supposed go, there is no hole. Just solid plastic. Anyone else have this issue? Drill it out and install cap?

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What is on my wife's Sprint

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Not on mine, nor is there a hole

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Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:31 pm quote
[Hands in suspenders] "Looks to me like you got a dud there!"

I've noticed that too, and don't have an explanation why it doesn't have a bubble (or opening)...suspect it's easier to manufacture a multipurpose piece fitting other models.

I don't think I'd bother modifying it......nor does it look like it has enough protrusion to hold one.
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Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:33 pm quote
2-cycle small engines have a primer bulb which is pushed to prime the engine prior to cold starts. They come in a few sizes and cheap common part.
They look very similar and same material for sure. TSC may have one on a pegboard or ask any small engine repair shop once you know the diameter to fit too on the black plastic snout.
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Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:47 pm quote
Re: Missing air filter housing cap
wbdvt wrote:
On my 2016 Sprint 150, I am missing the clear cap/bubble that is usually on the air filter housing to indicate oil from filter.

What is strange with mine is where the bubble is supposed go, there is no hole. Just solid plastic. Anyone else have this issue? Drill it out and install cap?
I shouldn't bother - if you DO have an excess of oil blow-by (usually due to over-filling the oil) you'll find out at the next service when the air filter needs a bit more cleaning then usual, that's all.

I note your wife's bubble is clear anyway.
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Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:55 pm quote
If they are the same year and model, check to see if they were made at the same factory. If so, they should both have the same air filter assembly.
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Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:26 pm quote
My 2019 Prima doesn't have the provision either...must have been deleted in later models.
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:58 am quote
As a follow up, I had a call last nite around 9pm est from a Lisa at Piaggio Group Americas that wanted to let me know they are looking into this as I had contacted them about it. She said she wanted to let me know they have my question and will send me an email with some additional info request.

She did say she had to do some digging in their system to find my phone number. Apparently my wife is the main listing for Piaggio and she found it thru there. Must be when the dealer sent in paperwork for warranty to Piaggio, my wifes name was used as the primary. Which makes sense as she is the family CFO.

I will report what Piaggio comes back with.
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:51 am quote
The question you don't ask yourself is: if they took it away because it is of no use, what was there to do first? The answer is that with the transparent bulb, being a low concentration point, it served as a visual indicator to say that the filter was to clean or change. Later they thought that performing the maintenance correctly it would have been superfluous to know that just before doing it by observing the bulb, it had to be done. I approve the humorous comment of the moderator, very fine.
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Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:02 pm quote
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I have received the following response from Piaggio:

I have news for you that is going to help you. The model vehicle you have did not need the part you were questioning. Piaggio had stopped using that part with a slight design change, which is why it did not have the same one as your wife’s bike.
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Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:24 pm quote
Re: Solved
wbdvt wrote:
I have received the following response from Piaggio:

I have news for you that is going to help you. The model vehicle you have did not need the part you were questioning. Piaggio had stopped using that part with a slight design change, which is why it did not have the same one as your wife’s bike.
Glad you got that all sorted out. Kudos!
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