Cracked my MP3!!
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Vespa ET2, MP3 250ie
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:43 am quote
Managed to crack the bottom plastic portion off my handlebar control cluster. The plastic was very brittle and shattered on impact. Iím certain the previous owner(s) had dropped it before as it was a little loose already and there were marks on the brake lever.

Anyone have a good recommendation of where the replacement housing could be found?

Or better has anyone else had this issue and had good results with a DIY solution? Creative recommendations are welcome.
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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:45 am quote
Try easyparts.nl
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Mp3 Yourban 300 i.e
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:03 pm quote
You can also try on EasyParts.it..
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:32 pm quote
scooterpartsco.com or scooterwest.com or af1racing.com for the US...
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:33 pm quote
Do you have a picture? You asked about DIY, but also mentioned it shattered. So it's not clear to me if you were looking for repair options or something else.
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Vespa ET2, MP3 250ie
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:44 pm quote
Hereís a pic!

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Vespa ET2, MP3 250ie
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:54 pm quote
And another

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Vespa ET2, MP3 250ie
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Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:00 pm quote
And one more

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2016 MP3 500 Sport
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Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:18 am quote
Have you tried Gorilla Glue with good clamping?
Hooked
Piaggio MP3 500
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Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:41 am quote
I'm not sure if that's ABS or styrene- but if it's ABS, then sewer pipe cement will glue it up as good as new, and if it's styrene then plastic model cement will do the trick. Gorilla glue will separate with the slightest amount of stress- it's polyurethane and requires a porous surface to really work.

It's worth the effort to embed a little piece of stainless steel window screen material across your glue joint as well (clean off the paint first)- then it will be stronger than the original casting.

If you can't find a marking for the material, then you can tell ABS from Styrene from polypropylene by burning a little bit and looking at the flame and looking at and smelling the smoke. https://www.boedeker.com/Technical-Resources/Technical-Library/Plastic-Identification
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Mp3 Yourban 300 i.e
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Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:46 pm quote
I've used polyester resin with fiber glass for fixing various auto and scooter parts.. it has a good grip on various materials (not 100% sure if it's fine for that plastic).
If you have all the pieces of that part (and you like the diy) you could try to fix it instead of buy it brand new.
A polyester kit costs 15 Euro here..
In order to make stronger the connection between the two parts you can use pieces of thin metal screwed up on both sides of the structure before using resin+fiberglass.
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Vespa ET2, MP3 250ie
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:10 pm quote
I think the whole thing needs to be replaced. Itís got tiny cracks throughout the whole casing. Iím gonna try to order the part
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