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In addition to my two 2021 GTS 300 Supers, I recently bought a 2002 Baja Chetak, which I believe is a clone of an old Vespa PX 150. My problem is that I need to remove the wheels to change out the cracked tires, but the bike doesn't have a center stand, only a side stand. How can I elevate the bike enough to lift the wheels off the ground to remove the wheels? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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I use one of these.
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SoCalGuy wrote:
I use one of these.
I thought of getting one of those, but isn't the center of gravity of a scooter different than a mc? All the weight is under the seat.
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You don't need the lift the whole thing off the ground at one time. Just do one wheel and then move the jack.
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I stick a milk crate under the floorboard in that situation. If that's not high enough, try a milk crate with a board under it.
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Drain/siphon the tank. Run it till it dies.
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Lay one of these with the flat side on the ground next to the scoot. Tip it over so the floor board catches one of the grooves. Voila.

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Ahhh, you bought a 2005 Baja J. That means it's a 4T engine. Those scooters are not clones of anything. They are their own entity. I figured that the stock Nylo grip zapper tires would be good for at least another 40 years?...but i digress.

It's super simple to remove the wheels. Pick up the whole scooter and tuck it under your right arm. Then use your left hand to loosen the nuts and remove the front wheel. In order to remove the rear wheel, simply change the position and tuck the scooter under your left arm, and then use your right hand to remove the wheel. Done and done.
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Yes the Chetak is a 4 stroke. It does look a lot like a P series Vespa, but has a completely different engine and a few other things. I have a Genuine Stella 2 stroke, which is a lot closer to the P series Vespa, also made in India by LML, a company that actually used to make real Vespas for Piaggio for the non U.S. market. Best of luck finding parts for it.

My Stella has a center stand, I'm pretty sure the Chetak came with one too. It makes working on it a LOT easier. Check underneath to see if there is anything that could be damaged by a jack, and if it's ok, put a piece of 2x4 under the sidestand, then jack it up from the right side, as far back as possible. You should be able to get the rear wheel off. Replace the rear tire, put the wheel back on, move the jack close to the front, jack it up, and do the same with the front wheel. I don't know if the Chetak has the same type of split rims as a Vespa/Stella or not.
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