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PX200e
Joined: 30 Jul 2020
Posts: 7
Location: Ireland
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:24 am quote
Hello,
I am looking to put my 2001 PX200E back on the road after 15 years in storage. I don't live anywhere near a Vespa dealer/shop/mechanic so i am looking to start learning for myself. Can anyone recommend a guide/book/website etc that would be a good starting point to upskill on maintenance etc please?

Thanks in advance
bodgemaster
1963 GL, 1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 5333
Location: So Cal
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:47 am quote
You found it right here. Thousands of topics covering virtually every aspect of repair and maintenance, and lots of helpful folks willing to answers questions.
Ossessionato
73 Rally, 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 65 Li225 Silver Special, 86,95,96 Elite 80s, 2015 HD Road Glide Special, 2011 Ural Tourist
Joined: 18 Jan 2012
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Location: Oceanside/ SF
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:22 am quote
Spend a bit of time looking at these links. Somewhere in there are walkthorughs for common maintenance stuff and a full engine rebuild.

http://vespamaintenance.com/

http://scooterhelp.com/genmaintain/genmaint.main.html

You can also buy the Scooter Techniques Vespa DVDs from scooterlab.uk shop.
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bare metal cafe racer
Joined: 01 Sep 2017
Posts: 859
Location: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:18 pm quote
How to Restore Classic Large Fame Vespa Scooters by Mark Paxton is a worthy purchase. It's like scooter help in book form - lots of pictures and practical how-tos as opposed to being a manual.

https://books.google.com.au/books/about/How_to_Restore_Classic_Largeframe_Vespa.html?id=TOMagT7dIKAC&redir_esc=y
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61 VBB1T Cushman badged
Joined: 01 Jan 2018
Posts: 17
Location: Folsom CA
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:58 pm quote
YouTube is amazing for this stuff.
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PX200e
Joined: 30 Jul 2020
Posts: 7
Location: Ireland
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:11 pm quote
Thanks for the advice everyone 👍👍
Molto Verboso
Vespas 1964 GS160, 1965 SS180, 1977 V9A1T, 1983 PX150E
Joined: 16 Apr 2011
Posts: 1475
Location: Siam
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:04 am quote
The most valuable resources for me have been parts manuals. I can see exactly what the original part looks like, what its number is, and where it goes.
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PX200e
Joined: 30 Jul 2020
Posts: 7
Location: Ireland
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:09 am quote
nomadinsiam wrote:
The most valuable resources for me have been parts manuals. I can see exactly what the original part looks like, what its number is, and where it goes.
thank you, any manuals in particular youd recommend?
Hooked
64 V90 survivor, 75 V90 graffiti
Joined: 30 May 2018
Posts: 235
Location: Madison WI
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:12 am quote
Adam
This page from SIP has really good detailed diagrams with listings of the parts. There is a menu down the left side. Open the PX/T5/Cosa one near the bottom.
https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/main/base/home.aspx
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PX200e
Joined: 30 Jul 2020
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Location: Ireland
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:14 am quote
Thank you👍👍
Molto Verboso
Vespas 1964 GS160, 1965 SS180, 1977 V9A1T, 1983 PX150E
Joined: 16 Apr 2011
Posts: 1475
Location: Siam
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:25 pm quote
AdamCork wrote:
nomadinsiam wrote:
The most valuable resources for me have been parts manuals. I can see exactly what the original part looks like, what its number is, and where it goes.
thank you, any manuals in particular youd recommend?
Original Piaggio manuals are best. I think that Scooterhelp.com has pdf files for nearly all models.

http://scooterhelp.com/serial/vespa.parts.html
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PX200e
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Location: Ireland
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:33 pm quote
Brilliant-thanks a million
Molto Verboso
2005 PX150 In a Love-Hate Relationship with a 2-Stroke Vespa Since 2007
Joined: 01 Sep 2007
Posts: 1827

Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:20 am quote
Some good info here.
http://www.scootermercato.com/Garage/Tech-Tips

If you can find a copy of this, it's also very helpful.
https://scooterlab.uk/product/scooter-techniques-vespa-engine-rebuild-dvd/
Hooked
PX125E
Joined: 06 Oct 2018
Posts: 173
Location: Gravesend, Kent, UK
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:40 pm quote
Hello.
Another tip. Arm yourself with a decent quality socket set and Torque wrench.
Use it to tighten everything including the spark plug.
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bare metal cafe racer
Joined: 01 Sep 2017
Posts: 859
Location: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:04 pm quote
worrywort wrote:
Hello.
Another tip. Arm yourself with a decent quality socket set and Torque wrench.
Use it to tighten everything including the spark plug.
The right tools definitely make it all better. Torque stuff that makes sense. Learn to tighten by feel is also important I think. Spark plug = tight + 1/4 turn for me. Trying to get my torque wrench out just for that would suck. I keep them clean in their cases and wound down like they should be.
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Old Vespas and Lambrettas
Joined: 11 Feb 2019
Posts: 39
Location: Arizona
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:32 am quote
Any scooter people / clubs near ya? I know you said no shops and such, but good ol scooterists can be helpful. And as said before, youve found a good home of information here.
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63 Lambretta LI 125 series 3, 71 Sprint Veloce , 2005 Vespa PX150, 1979 P200E
Joined: 04 Jul 2011
Posts: 872
Location: Tucson, AZ
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:27 am quote
Youtube, this forum and the manual(like the Haynes repair book)
Ossessionato
2015 GTS300, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:00 pm quote
The videos from Sausage really are fantastic but Im not sure if you can still find them? The engine rebuild one is amazing.
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