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Serious and in-depth scooter modifications (paging RallyDarkStrike)

This afternoon I did some serious custom work to the Hooligan. I started with the mirrors. The right side mirror was missing. I can’t stand not having both mirrors. The stock mirrors are stupidly overpriced, and frankly I think they’re ugly, so I bought a basic set of rectangular mirrors from RevZilla.

They did not fit. It was then that I found out their “No hassle return policy” does not include free shipping back. Fortunately I then discovered mirror adapters were a thing, so I ordered a set ... From Amazon.

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Here’s a comparison of the new rectangular one on the right, with the goofy stock one on the left.

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I think it looks much better now. Plus I can see behind me way better.

Now for the real custom work. A drink holder!

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This is so good, I should open my own shop. Wait, would I have to get shitty tattoos and giant goofy ass watches then? Eh, forget that. I ain’t time for that jibba-jabba.

The only thing left to deal with on the Hooly, is the non-functional fuel gauge. So, RallyDarkStrike, do you happen to have a service manual for a Genuine Hooligan 170i, my good man?

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The other scoots need a bit of love too. For the Zuma, I ordered a set of Continental tires (Dinner with Racers fans, read that in Ryan Eversley’s voice). One of those arrived today, the other is somewhere in Illinois.

As for my wife’s Vespa, she has ridden it once since I bought it for her in September of 2018. That was about a year ago. I’m going to change it’s oil, and then ride it for a few days to get the old gas out of it. Then I shall put fresh gas in with stabilizer, and try and convince her to ride it some this year.

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The Vespa has an actual spin on oil filter, like a car ... But much smaller. I have the filter, but I’m waiting for Amazon to deliver their cheapest 24mm open end wrench, so I can cut it down short enough to be able to open the drain plug, without having to pull the exhaust. Those darn Italians!

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