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LX150 Variator Roller Change & Bendix gear cleaning
Overview
You must replace your variator rollers and shoes at recommended Service Intervals. Having a "sticky bendix gear" can stop your bike from starting. You will need to clean the bendix gear if this happens.
Video Tutorial
Scooter girl gets some help in her latest installment of scooter maintenance videos. Learn how to replace the variator rollers and clean the "sticky" bendix gear on a Vespa LX150 with a LEADER engine.

Tools & Parts
Required

  • New variator roller weights, shoes and nut for your model
  • 8mm, 18mm & 19mm socket and ratchet(s)
  • Diagonal Cutting Pliers
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Variator holder tool for 150cc leader motors.
  • Clutch Holder Tool
  • Torque Wrench
  • Loctite Medium (Blue)
  • Brake Cleaner
  • Safety Glasses
  • Black cable or "zip" tie
  • White lithium grease

Nice to have

  • Power socket driver for transmission cover bolts.

Tips

  • You should replace your old variator nut with a new nut when reinstalling.
  • Having a helper lean the bike to install the inner half pulley at an angle will make it much easier.
  • Time is approximately 30-60 minutes depending on skill level.
  • Check your model's manual for specifics on how far the brake lever should move. This is 10mm or 3/8" on an LX150.

Contributed by MV member Frank with the help of his daughter Maureen.
Last Updated Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:13 pm
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