I'm looking to repaint a well used ET4 this winter and I've been thinking about how to update and change the appearance handling and ergonomics. I like that the lx now uses a round headlight again and fenders that have hard lines. Looks much more Vespa and less oval "90"s. I've done the first fittings to see what LX body parts can be added with out massive cutting / welding and so far looks good.
The scooter already has all the typical Performance parts "malossi 190, belt, clutch, variator, airbox modifications, exhaust.
Headset : Front and back pieces will mount. Metal tabs will need to be move in about 1/4 inch on the handle bars. They may be able to just be bent in and not welded. Wiring for switches will be same. Speedo Cable should be the same. Speedo wiring not sure yet should be very similar. Also I'd like to add an HID system mounting the igniter behind the glove box.
Front Fender : Should bolt right on. I'm going to use a Vespa S with chrome fender crest.
Front Hub : Since I don't have one currently not sure, but looks like it will bolt on. HAS ANY ONE TRIED THIS?
Floorboad : I would like to use an LX FB, but the pressing of the frame differs here and would require some work. After studying the floorboard some more I realized it may be able to fit and look ok by shaving about and about 4mm off the lip to help compensate for the frame not having the indention there.
LX Access panel is shorter that ET and will line up at that point.
Once the floor is mounted, LX Side panels would be able to be attached by drilling just one hole for the top screw in the metal, the other screw attaches to the floorboard with metal clip. End Panels (end caps covers) fit the same, Rear Fender fits the same. So 99% of the frame appears to be exactly the same. (Turn signal Lens holes are different of course).
Glovebox should work from a ET LX or S
Its nice to see Piaggio keeping with the idea of interchangeable parts like on the side mounted Vespas. (A 2007 Vespa PX150 engine can be retrofitted as far back as 1966)
So yes you could bring your oval 90's ET to sharp edged Mid 2000 Styling. I would guess that you could use "S" Parts as well or any combination of the Two. I be interested to see what the prototype for the next 150 will be. Same Frame?
I'm thinking I'll paint it all black or white with LX Burgundy Leather Seat. Use the Lambretta "Special" badge on legsheild and "190" on the glove box.
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