Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:26 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:26 am linkquote
On the Vespa GTS 250ie (2009 in this case), which is Position 1 and Position 4. There is a photo on page 66 of the manual, but it is not very clear which position is what. I adjusted the shock absorber for what I think is Position 3 (driver + passenger), but I'm not sure if it is Position 3 or Position 2.

Anyone have any better pics or a better way of explaining which position is what? If I could see a starting point position - like Position 1 looks like *this* - then I can figure out the rest.

-Grazie
Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:45 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:45 am linkquote
re
basically the more the spring is compressed the higher the setting.

if the collar is moving up you are compressing the spring a moving to a higher setting.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:54 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:54 am linkquote
More info here

http://www.modernvespa.com/forum/topic41946?highlight=
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:06 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:06 am linkquote
The picture in the manual is a really, really poor explanation. It's one of those diagrams that is obvious when you already know the answer, but very confusing if you don't.

The scooters are invariably delivered with position 1 set (rider only), with the detent 'blobs' nearest to the spring. Turning the adjuster anti-clockwise as viewed from above compresses the spring a bit, so the 'blobs' are further from the end of the spring. When the 'biggest' section is on the 'blobs' then you are in position 4.

I don't know if that explanation is any better now I read it!

OK, here's a picture from the Fuoco manual:
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:12 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:12 am linkquote
glover wrote:
basically the more the spring is compressed the higher the setting.

if the collar is moving up you are compressing the spring a moving to a higher setting.
Thanks.

So then, is the following photo accurate?



Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:13 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:13 am linkquote
Be sure to make the setting on the left and right sides the same. On the 250 it is much easier to adjust the shocks, as they do not move as much as the LX150's single shock does. But they work the same, lowest notch is position 1, spin the adjustor from the left to the right and your moving into position 2.
The picture JimC posted shows it pretty well.

Yes your picture is position 2...
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:15 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:15 am linkquote
jimc wrote:
The picture in the manual is a really, really poor explanation. It's one of those diagrams that is obvious when you already know the answer, but very confusing if you don't.

The scooters are invariably delivered with position 1 set (rider only), with the detent 'blobs' nearest to the spring. Turning the adjuster anti-clockwise as viewed from above compresses the spring a bit, so the 'blobs' are further from the end of the spring. When the 'biggest' section is on the 'blobs' then you are in position 4.

I don't know if that explanation is any better now I read it!

OK, here's a picture from the Fuoco manual:
Super! I think I was writing up my previous post while you were posting this ... question answered then. Thanks!
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:16 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:16 am linkquote
marco_luigi wrote:
glover wrote:
basically the more the spring is compressed the higher the setting.

if the collar is moving up you are compressing the spring a moving to a higher setting.
Thanks.

So then, is the following photo accurate?
Yes. That is position 2.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:11 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:11 am linkquote
Nice photo
jimc wrote:
The picture in the manual is a really, really poor explanation. It's one of those diagrams that is obvious when you already know the answer, but very confusing if you don't.

The scooters are invariably delivered with position 1 set (rider only), with the detent 'blobs' nearest to the spring. Turning the adjuster anti-clockwise as viewed from above compresses the spring a bit, so the 'blobs' are further from the end of the spring. When the 'biggest' section is on the 'blobs' then you are in position 4.

I don't know if that explanation is any better now I read it!

OK, here's a picture from the Fuoco manual:
If you are having a problem with adjustment. Take the box out under
neithe your seat to get to the Shocks and adjust from inside. If this is a bit confusing take it to your nearest dealership and have them adjust it for
you. Before leaving Santa Barbara I had one of Bobby's mechanics
adjust it to the max bec I'm 6'4" and wiegh in at 350lbs. I have lot
80lbs and now am 270lbs.
8)
Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:58 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:58 am linkquote
Re: Nice photo
YardSale wrote:
jimc wrote:
The picture in the manual is a really, really poor explanation. It's one of those diagrams that is obvious when you already know the answer, but very confusing if you don't.

The scooters are invariably delivered with position 1 set (rider only), with the detent 'blobs' nearest to the spring. Turning the adjuster anti-clockwise as viewed from above compresses the spring a bit, so the 'blobs' are further from the end of the spring. When the 'biggest' section is on the 'blobs' then you are in position 4.

I don't know if that explanation is any better now I read it!

OK, here's a picture from the Fuoco manual:
If you are having a problem with adjustment. Take the box out under
neithe your seat to get to the Shocks and adjust from inside. If this is a bit confusing take it to your nearest dealership and have them adjust it for
you. Before leaving Santa Barbara I had one of Bobby's mechanics
adjust it to the max bec I'm 6'4" and wiegh in at 350lbs. I have lot
80lbs and now am 270lbs.
8)
No problems adjusting the shock - and I did take the 'pet carrier' out, but just to have more light. In my case, I just didn't know which direction to turn the wrench. I got it all set now. I really isn't hard to do. You may scrape a knuckle if the wrench slips though.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:15 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:15 pm linkquote
Thanks to everyone for clarification on the relationship of position on the collar with number, number setting in relationship to compression (higher being more compressed)....pictures really helped.

Never thought of adjustment from within...will be working on scoot soon and will work in shock adjustment...thanks again.

BTW. Per prior posts...it was recommendt to wear glove to prevent skinning of knuckles.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:14 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:14 pm linkquote
So, would position 1 be the best for the vertically challenged (aka short )? The picture makes sense, but some of the posts are confusing me.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:19 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:19 pm linkquote
This should be a wiki for someone to write, it would be very useful with those new photos.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:20 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:20 pm linkquote
Well volunteered Benny.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:25 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:25 pm linkquote
I don't have the time, it was just a suggestion for someone with more time on their hands
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:35 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:35 pm linkquote
Okay, Okay, I know.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:49 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:49 pm linkquote
I adjusted mine to position 3 and like the ride feel better. I weigh about 300 lbs. I was curious if any one has bought and installed the Jettin urathane bushings??? I was looking into them for maybe a smoother ride.
Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:04 pm

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:04 pm linkquote
All the GTS chaps have raved about them here, posts passim...

Remember that the Italian (and more general EU) average male who rides a scooter is probably around 160lb. So position 3 would seem a good decision, full marks.
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Mon May 31, 2010 8:30 pm

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Mon May 31, 2010 8:30 pm linkquote
MP3 "Low" setting 1 (single rider) photo of mine (I am 5'4" and 130 lbs)



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Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:27 am

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Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:27 am linkquote
Rear shock adjustment - you tube video
Hi.
Thanks to reading all of your posts I have just adjusted my shocks.
Couldn't find a video on You Tube to show me how to do it, so I have uploaded one myself!

Thanks again to all on here.

Lisa
Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:43 am

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Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:43 am linkquote
Thanks for that, Lisa! sending some good Karma your way!
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