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Steve Young
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« on: August 21, 2010, 07:32:24 AM »

Oh well, looks like we're all starting from scratch again. Those who remember the previous site may remember that I blew the head gasket on my X9, so I decided to give it a go fixing it myself. The gasket set was only NZD81, but after spending 2 hours just getting the basic panels off, I have soon discovered where all the labour costs go. ATM I'm soaking the front muffler mounting bolt in penetrating oil 'cos it's being reluctant to come out. The impact driver didn't work, so if it doesn't budge tomorrow, out comes the cold chisel (heh, heh). Then the rear wheel comes off, and we carry on.....

The exhaust header came off separately, leaving the silencer in situ (for the moment). It was full of water. Guess where that came from.... (Clue; blown head gasket).

I mentioned on the other site that it cost me $2000 to get the tappets adjusted, didn't I?!! That's because the cam cover is right up against the frame bulkhead. The dealer reckoned he had to remove the engine mount and move the engine back just to get to the tappets. But I reckon if he'd taken the back shock off and jammed the wheel hard up under the seat, he could have accessed them, 'cos the main engine mount is actually a pivot, and the engine moves up and down like a see-saw, in the opposite direction to the wheel. Anyway, I'll soon be able to test my theory.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 06:31:01 PM »

this sounds like a real adventure
I complain enough about the placement of the air filter housing
good luck with your repair
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johnp
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010, 02:29:41 PM »

I wouldn't have the gut's to try that myself as i would most propebly break or loose something.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 05:42:02 PM »

welcome back JohnP
if you'll pardon the hijack
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johnp
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010, 07:57:09 PM »

Why thank you Dave.
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Steve Young
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2010, 05:35:28 AM »

Well the thing is, johnp, I'm not mechanically illiterate, it's just that I got too lazy to work on my own bikes myself after a while, but now I can't afford to pay someone else to do it, so I figured that I couldn't stuff it up any more than it already is.

The penetrating oil and cold chisel idea didn't work, so I'll wheel what's left of it onto a trailer and take it to my friendly local garage (I live in the country, so the are friendly and competent) with instructions to remove offending bolt and replace it. My Piaggio dealer is an egg, which is another reason why I'm doing it myself.
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Steve Young
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2010, 05:36:43 AM »

Hijack pardoned Dave. I was guilty of it myself, with one of your threads on the old site.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2010, 03:43:24 PM »

aren't all Piaggio dealers eggs?
there may be some good ones out there but not in Kingston
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2010, 05:16:16 PM »

I know a few ex piaggio dealers who now selling Jap scoots as Piaggio were not keeping their promisses to the dealers and that the bikes were getting worse and worse on reliability.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2012, 04:59:21 PM »



Just so folks know what they look like.
This is my X9 500 in a vacant lot waiting for the Wolfe Island ferry.
Great scooter but I just couldn't trust it.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 10:45:40 PM »

And I think here it is for sale

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/motorbikes/motorbikes/scooters/auction-460561460.htm
Nice scoot, but somehow I don't know.....
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2012, 06:02:24 PM »

I have one for sale but as I said on another thread I don't know anyone I dislike enough to sell it to.
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