Vespa Largeframe Front Shock Removal and Replacement

One of the weak points of the pre-P series vintage Vespa is the front dampener. The dampeners on these scooters work hard, and over time, they fail. The early scooters were fitted with dampeners that could be repaired. However, since replacement dampeners are available, and are relatively cheap, almost nobody repairs a worn out dampener - they are simply replaced. The following is a step by step guide to replacing your Vespa front dampener. Outside of the P series, and the G.S. 160 and S.S. 180, all of the largeframe Vespas had the same basic front fork and dampener assembly, so these instructions are applicable to all of those bikes. No special tools are needed for this repair outside of your normal metric hand tools. Note that this job can be done by one person, but it is quite a bit easier with two people.

Follow the arrows to take you through a step-by-step guide of how this job is done

First, some preliminary work of removing a few parts in order to get to the dampener itself.

1. It is always a good idea to clean and prepare the area in which you are working, as well as the scooter. After you have done that, you'll want to lift the front end of the scooter so you can have access to the wheel and fork assembly. Lifting the front end can be easily done by placing a piece of wood under the centerstand.

2. Remove the front wheel. Then, remove the triangular shaped aluminum cover for the hub assembly. It is held in place by four tabs. Simply bend the tabs up, and pull off the cover. If it is difficult to remove, a few gentle taps with a hammer and drift from the hub-side of the cover should do the trick. Move in a cross pattern so that the cover is not wedged against the hub assembly arm.

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