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« on: September 14, 2019, 03:13:13 AM »

Hello there!
Im in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
I ride a chinese maxi scooter,
Lifan LF150T-5
They couldnt pull it up at the tag office so I had to have an inspector come out. This bike has been nothing but trouble since June. BUT Im finally legal!!

I have replaced the throttle cable, right brake assembly twice, the first one was total crap and unusable. I have replaced the front brake hose, many times... I changed the oil and gear oil, replaced the mirrors, grips, new battery, removed the storage as the lens were broken. And rebuilt the front caliper. Still need new tires these are original from 2006. And a new windshield. Which is proving difficult to find.

The brake lines and master cylinder were full of jelly after sitting so long. The left master cylinder needs replaced. Its hard, but it does stop the tire.

I am not a mechanic of any sorts, I watched you tube videos until I was comfortable enough to complete the work. I had alot of fun! The bike only has 1741km on it I didnt pay a dime and completed all the repairs myself so far. But I think the tires will need to be done by a professional. Im new to bikes, Ive only ever ride a bicycle. But this is my only means of transportation right now. Once I get it going!
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2019, 05:32:43 AM »

Well  done! I do my own tires and you’d be surprised how easy it is. I use a hydraulic press to break the beads, but you can do it easily with a couple of 2x4s! There should be you tubes on how. Buy a couple of tire spoons-Harbor Freight cheap ones work very well .
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2019, 06:24:14 AM »

Welcome from Athens, Greece!

I don't think I'd've had the patients to fix all that stuff on that scoot but as long as you're having fun. Chinese scoots abound over here we kinda view them as road hazards.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 03:19:26 PM »

We one! I do my own tires and you’d be surprised how easy it is. I use a hydraulic press to break the beads, but you can do it easily with a couple of 2x4s! There should be you tubes on how. Buy a couple of tire spoons-Harbor Freight cheap ones work very well .
We should take this conversation to an actual thread, Im interested to hear more. What about balancing? Most important.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 03:50:01 PM »

Welcome!
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2019, 02:36:22 AM »

Welcome!
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 02:19:07 AM »

Welcome from Virginia!

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 04:03:21 AM »

Balancing is done with ceramic beads. Easy peasy if you add them while the bead is broke, before airing it up and  has really extended my tire life. I get mine from here:

https://tirebalancebeads.com/

 Great and personalized customer service, and the best prices I've found.
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 10:53:34 PM »

Welcome from Alabama. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2019, 04:49:31 AM »

Hello and welcome from Colorado!
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