I’ve recently been looking into getting a another 150cc scooter. Someone a couple of years ago relieved me of ownership of my last one.
I am thinking of buying a new one more localish so I don’t have to deal with waiting for the mco paperwork & then going to the dmv to pay the fees.
After doing a bit of research I found a place up in Arlington, Tx (I live in San Antonio) about 4.5 hrs from me. I decided to keep searching to see if I could possibly find a better price & discovered something interesting. Txpowersports.com, lowestpriceatv.com & myscootersandatv.com are all the same company.
Why they need 3 different web sites is beyond me. To me, with all the shady dealers, this doesn’t put my mind at ease. According to the BBB, they have 23 complaints against myscootersandatv.com. Lowestpriceatv.com has one complaint on the ripoff report and both txpowersports.com & lowestpriceatv.com are not listed on the BBB web site. Myscootersandatv.com does get a B rating from the BBB tho.
Now I’ve been looking at the Tao Tao Lancer for a variety of reasons & here is what I’ve found out so far from the 3 sites. Both lowestpriceatv & txpowersports offer “free shipping” (cha right!). Myscottersandatv charges for shipping, but has a lower initial price. Interestingly, lowestpriceatv does not have the lowest price lol. When figuring in the shipping of the one site, it goes like this...txpowersports $939, myscootersandatv $944 ($799 bike & $145 shipping) & lowestpriceatv is $949.
All offer a 3month parts warranty std & a 1yr motor warranty std free although the one ripoff report claimed the warranty only covered parts now.
I can’t say how legitimate this/these place(s) is/are since I haven’t purchased anything yet, but I most likely will since I’m having a hard time finding another dealer closer. I personally will be be going up there in person to keep any b.s. to a minimum. I just wanted to let others know about the multiple sites and which one is actually the cheapest. If your going to order online from another state, you might want to try to find what you’re looking for from someone else more reliable. I’ll update this after my purchase, but it could be a couple of months since the holidays here now and all my money is going towards presents for the family.
After going thru the wiring with a fine tooth comb, I found everything was as it should be. Oncee I confirmed that it wasn’t electrical I took off my carbs again. This time I separated them & then dipped them in carb cleaner. That did the trick! Finally got it running and tuned. It’s nice having it back!
Sure seems like it would be right? The coils are aftermarket not oem & came with 0 instructions. I’m kinda wondering if they don’t connect to the harness differently. It’ll probably take me a couple of days, but I’ll track down the issue at some point. Thanks for your advice again. I’ll let you know what happens.
It just turns over then backfires. I have a Clymers manual. I was thinking about the same thing as you last night & was hoping that I did route the wires wrong, but unfortunately it looks like I did wire everything correctly. I’m going to have to check to see if I’m getting spark at each of the cylinders. I don’t believe that my battery is bad, I’ve kept it charged this whole time and it holds the charge well. I was a little surprised that my spark plugs were not wet when I pulled them & kinda wondering if for some reason my carbs aren’t giving enough fuel. Guess this is going to be a process...which I’m not looking forward to lol. I just want it running again!
Fyi, I’m using a aux gas tank with the gas I use for my mower. Since I just used that gas yesterday for the mower & the mower started right up, I don’t think the gas is a problem.
Things I did to my carbs...I took off the diaphragm covers & the float bowls, cleaned everything the best I could without separating the carbs completely. I replaced the main jets, slow jets & float needles. My floats are not adjustable and after inspecting them I didn’t see any issues & no need to replace any. Everything seemed to operate smoothly before installing it, but I’m sure that I’m not infallible lol.
Not yet, kept having leak problems with my carbs. First with the float bowl gaskets & now from the fuel joint in between the #2 & #3 carbs. Luckily the new fuel joint & o-rings are supposed to arrive Monday. I’ve already replaced the coils, wires & plugs. Once I have the carbs back on & holding fuel without leaking, it should start back up again. I figure at minimum it should be back to where it was when this all started, but I’m really hoping it’ll be running like it should be. I’ll update you soon.
I decided to just replace both coils, wires & spark plugs. I wasn't able to get full readings on the coils with my multimeter, the leads aren't long enough to reach inside the coils for one of the tests. I also pulled my carbs so I can clean them out too, tho I'm not looking forward to having to put them back! Honda leaves you next to no room to reinstall them. Since I pulled the carbs, I decided to go ahead and relace my throttle, choke & clutch cables since their all oe parts. Technically their is nothing wrong with the cables, but since their nearly 25 years old, it's probably time to change them out. It'll be a couple of weeks before I can order the parts, but as soon as I get them, I'll let ya know what happens. Thanks again!
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2017 16:49:24 GMT -6 by solymar
Wow, 320k is crazy. I've read about people putting 200k on them, but I thought they were the rare cases. If I could get 100k out of mine , I'd be ecstatic! Thanks for your insight, I was thinking about the coils as well. Being that the bike is nearly 25 years old, I wouldn't be surprised if it was one or both of them. I'm about to pull them this morning and test them with an ohmmeter. The other thought I had are the carbs, if one of the jets got plugged by some dirt. I'm really hoping that it's not them as getting them off is no big issue, but getting them back on is a royal pain. As for the keys, I only have the one key on the ring along with a small plastic key tag, so I don't think that would be the issue. Though, I have to admit that I probably would have never thought that would be an issue even if I had a bunch of keys on the ring. Thanks again, I'll keep you updated.
So I have a 93 Honda CB750 that has just over 10k mile on it & have owned it for the last 2 years. It's been running just fine until today. I went to the store, got there just fine & about half way back it started running terrible. It was like either it was nearly out of gas (nearly full actually) or it was possibly running on 3 of 4 cylinders. It kinda chugs if ya can understand what I mean by that. It will eventually get up to speed, and it doesn't die at lights. I've checked & cleaned the petcock & replaced the fuel filter, checked my oil & air filter (no problems there). I pulled my #1 spark plug & it was wet around the outside edge but the rest of it looked normal. I haven't pulled the other spark plugs as it got too dark for me to see (no garage) & the mosquitos were feasting on me! Anyone have any ideas as to what could be wrong &/how it went bad mid flight? Any insight would be appreciated & thanks in advance.