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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Garage Trike Rear Axle

To date, I have about 2000 miles on my rear axle built from a Ford Explorer. Minor glitches but nothing a few minutes of attention didn't take care of. been riding in great weather and downpours, smooth and rough roads, and donuts in a field. Still going strong! I did modify it to use the mono-shock as I had front end wobble. After still having it, I raised the rear of the bike with the shock adjuster nut and got rid of it (almost completely). The bike frame sits slightly nose down leading me to think the rake/trail is way off now. I'll finish addressing that problem later this year when I replace the forks with longer ones for a bit of a chopper look and possible triple tree (the kind of $$$ I don't have right now). Been busy fabricating forms and molds for the fenders and body design I came up with. With luck I'll be epoxy glassing some parts by the end of next week. Here is a link to Photobucket. Just look around as the pictures aren't in order. Hope it works, let me know if it doesn't.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-19-2016, 12:59 AM
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To date, I have about 2000 miles on my rear axle built from a Ford Explorer. Minor glitches but nothing a few minutes of attention didn't take care of. been riding in great weather and downpours, smooth and rough roads, and donuts in a field. Still going strong! I did modify it to use the mono-shock as I had front end wobble. After still having it, I raised the rear of the bike with the shock adjuster nut and got rid of it (almost completely). The bike frame sits slightly nose down leading me to think the rake/trail is way off now. I'll finish addressing that problem later this year when I replace the forks with longer ones for a bit of a chopper look and possible triple tree (the kind of $$$ I don't have right now). Been busy fabricating forms and molds for the fenders and body design I came up with. With luck I'll be epoxy glassing some parts by the end of next week. Here is a link to Photobucket. Just look around as the pictures aren't in order. Hope it works, let me know if it doesn't.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-19-2016, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Shocks

Thank you V110km. My wife rode it and found it a bit rough. Of course Louisiana roads aren't known for being smooth. I'm going to disconnect the Mono Shock and put the air shocks back on to see if she likes it better. I'll eventually be making her Roadstar into a trike also. This will also allow me to play with various air pressures and ride height to see how much rake/trail is affected while actually on the road.

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