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Old 10-12-2012, 09:54 AM   #46
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I would not want a spindle on the interior side due to passenger puncture potential (say that 3 times fast). Floor far better. But, not having reviewed my periodic table, I suspect you will get weight faster in less space with lead than the presumably cast iron of free weights or for that matter anything else. Maybe with a bigger rig like yours you do not need as much ballast; my lighweight set up really needs 100#.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:28 PM   #47
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I would not want a spindle on the interior side due to passenger puncture potential (say that 3 times fast). Floor far better. But, not having reviewed my periodic table, I suspect you will get weight faster in less space with lead than the presumably cast iron of free weights or for that matter anything else. Maybe with a bigger rig like yours you do not need as much ballast; my lighweight set up really needs 100#.
Seems like a "Passenger Puncture" from a floor mounted spindle could be quite painful or quite enjoyable....depending on the gender ...
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:51 AM   #48
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I had about 40 kg of lead which I melted into a diamondplate box I made and bolted that into the frame I made for the transport hack, so it was under the flat floor.



I now have a "lastenseitenwagen" as hack and just bolted it to the floor, since it's pretty flat it doesn't take too much space.

This is next to my MZ 301 2-stroke.

On my R 90/6 with SuperElastik sidecar I have about the same weight in the boot, as far to the outside as possible, mounted with a bolt with a wingnut so I can take it out pretty easy. Just have to make some kind of grip on it so I can pick it easier
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:23 AM   #49
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Hey Drone - I have a problem just bolting weight in; it has to be functional on some level... A small AGM battery, air compressor, receiver tank, and air horn weigh in about 50 lbs: and obviously bolted down.

Plus you get to see cagers about sh!t their pants when they pull out in front of you, and are jerked out of their cell phone bliss by a Freightliner (or so they think, as they obviously aren't paying attention) 140 db horn.



Let me know if you want to see the compressor/tank. Takes up about 1/2 cubic foot behind the seat. If you wanted, you could even mount the air receiver on the outside of the hack body; it would look like a fuel tank.

I do not use it often, but when you do it gets the job done. You also get the convenience of a 100 psi air source when your tires become unround on the bottom...
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:45 AM   #50
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Hey Drone - I have a problem just bolting weight in; it has to be functional on some level... A small AGM battery, air compressor, receiver tank, and air horn weigh in about 50 lbs: and obviously bolted down.

Plus you get to see cagers about sh!t their pants when they pull out in front of you, and are jerked out of their cell phone bliss by a Freightliner (or so they think, as they obviously aren't paying attention) 140 db horn.

Let me know if you want to see the compressor/tank. Takes up about 1/2 cubic foot behind the seat. If you wanted, you could even mount the air receiver on the outside of the hack body; it would look like a fuel tank.

I do not use it often, but when you do it gets the job done. You also get the convenience of a 100 psi air source when your tires become unround on the bottom...
That's pretty awesome!

Don't think I'll adopt it for my rig, though. The first time I used it would be the last time Kirby would get in the sidecar!
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:26 AM   #51
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I started out with sand bags.Niow I have some Die casting steel that wieghs about 70lbs....When traveling I also carry a tool box weighing about 60lbs and camping gear.I run with a weghted tub...
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:02 PM   #52
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I had about 40 kg of lead which I melted into a diamondplate box I made and bolted that into the frame I made for the transport hack, so it was under the flat floor.



I now have a "lastenseitenwagen" as hack and just bolted it to the floor, since it's pretty flat it doesn't take too much space.

This is next to my MZ 301 2-stroke.

On my R 90/6 with SuperElastik sidecar I have about the same weight in the boot, as far to the outside as possible, mounted with a bolt with a wingnut so I can take it out pretty easy. Just have to make some kind of grip on it so I can pick it easier


I did something similar. I went to the tire store and asked for the lead weights they were throwing away and I then melted them down into an old bread tin(doing this outside) with a propane torch.

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Old 10-15-2012, 07:38 AM   #53
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I used to carry a 70# sand tube in the hack and then I finally had about 4 sqf of 3/8 steel plate welded into the space between the frame tubes. Works out to about 75# and makes a real nice skid plate also. Now that I have a platfotm there I may work on a set of bolt on wheel stops so I can pull the tub off and carry the Rokon on the sidecar frame instead of pulling the trailer. I will have to come up with a fender for it then also so maybe I will just stick to the trailer.



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Old 10-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #54
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I have a similar air horn setup. It does work very well indeed and I can inflate my tires with the air tank, too.







You can also see the automotive battery in the aluminum box behind the horn in the last photo. My rig is used on a lot of short trips, and this helps keep down the time in between when the battery needs to be topped up, especially in the winter.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:23 AM   #55
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I bought an 80 lb bag of quick-concrete mix at Home Depot for about $25. I put the un-opened package into a trash bag, then into a burlap sack.

Since its in the heavy duty burlap sack, its easy to take in and out the the sidecar when you want to.

One of my winter projects is going to be to put a deep cycle RV battery into my sidecar trunk, wired into a marine battery selector switch. I want the extra battery for powering stuff while on camping trips, but a size 31 deep cycle lead acid battery weighs about 60 lbs... so i guess it counts as ballast too. I'm using a marine battery tray with quick release straps and my battery selector has quick release clips for the wires too, so I'll be able to take the battery out in just a minute when I want to free up trunk space.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #56
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Do you have any pics of the parts? Link to where you got them?

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:07 AM   #57
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Always make your ballast weight adjustable and removable. As you become a better sidecar pilot you can lighten the load and still ride as fast through the corners.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:31 AM   #58
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when I first built my rig I installed a 3 gallon Rotopax water container on the out side



now I find that there is no water in it, a wise sidecarist ( Hello 3legs ) once told me to roll the throttle on more at the apex and you'll really pull through the corners ( left hand in our case ) , the left hand wheel now tends to be skipping along the ground as I turn left, once I load the car up then it's no problem.

Adjustment by water is so easy, 70 pounds seems overly excessive, you need to get used to the feeling of "Flying " and ride with it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #59
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Here is the battery tray. ITs $8 on Amazon and ships free. It seems raelly heavy duty.
http://www.amazon.com/Attwood-Batter...s=battery+tray

Here is the battery selector. My advice would be to not run it in the "both" position, just switch between 1 and 2:
http://www.amazon.com/Attwood-4-Way-...ttery+selector

I got inline fuses, with quick disconnects at my local auto parts store, so i can quickly disconnect the sidecar battery cables. They were about $10 for 30 amp fuses in a 4 gauge wire size.

I got the battery at a local battery shop. $100 buys a decent deep cycle marine or RV battery. I ordered the stuff yesterday, and went with size 27 battery. The batteries are much cheaper than the large 31+ sizes. They will still run pretty much all of my camping stuff and my bike. I havent installed it yet, its a winter project.

The battery weighs 55 lbs, so its enough ballast. I can easily take it out when I dont want it, since the tray has a quick release strap, and just set the battery selectopr to use the original bike battery.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #60
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Get a couple 50 lb. bags of play sand from Lowes or your local DYI store.
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