i variated my blue ciao today. switched the hub with one of my grande hubs, and put on the 8 roller piaggio variator i've had sitting around in my basement for months. i tried to tune the variator but i think my weights aren't heavy enough for it to variate all the way, about halfway up, and i only got up to what felt like 20 even though the engine was reving really high. i don't have any weight sets, so i'm stuck for now. but it was really good to be outside in the sun working on my moped and not being cold for once. i did have really good bottom end...which was a nice change to the single speed setup.
one bummer though, is that the first time i put the variator back on after changing some weights i wasn't looking and didn't line up the flat spots on one of the plates and the center cylinder piece. i cranked it down tight and noticed when it was running that it was wobbling a little. i took it off again and noticed that i bent some of the metal one that plate which is a big bummer. i bent it part of the way back with the tools that i had, and it was straighter, but i think i'm gonna need to go back and do it again more precisely and hopefully get it back to the way it was. i was really bummed because i'd only used it for about 5 min and already bent it...
this variator isn't super performance or anything, it's basically the same as stock, but has 8 weights which means i can tune it easier as the stock one only comes with 5 weights, making it off center if you take out weights.
no pictures in this post...sorry. i'm at work. not really sure if there'd be much to see anyways.
garelli NOI customer build, happy birthday bob!
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