Dirt Floor Leaner

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by cleatusj, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    HiHo, I have a heavy aluminium bodied fixed hack with a single sided swingarm that has held up very well to hard running.

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  2. Hiho

    Hiho Adventurer

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    Is that a square section you have used?
    We used a 32nd pipe and found it had too much flex without the extra brace.
    The leaners are a lot more fun though! :D
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  3. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    It's 1x4 solid but the leaner will really have to be something special to be more fun than my fixed as I'm able to run gravel a lot faster,in corners, with that rig than I can in a pickup and pull away from most cruisers in the corners on pavement.

    I could be a little crazy.:evil:D
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  4. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    I know it's been a while but I had to turn an axle and then find my die to cut threads and I'm not the fastest using a lathe but I did get it done.

    Spent new years eve day welding the axle I turned into a swingarm and attaching to leaning sidecar frame. New years day I added a shock and fender support. Now I need to mount the fender and come up with a body or mold my own.

    Here's where it sits now.

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  5. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Got to give it a 50 mile test run with plenty of tight twists today and it was great. I did notice that I was slowing to 25-30 for 15 mph posted curves but that may change with time.
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  6. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    I made a few adjustments and added a fender and a 15" plywood deck until I can find or build a body. I want to keep the body to 16" or less in width so I can keep the 45+ deg. lean angle. Will post pic's tomorrow.
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  7. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    I decided to narrow and shorten an old pick-up tool box to use until I can find or build something with better looks. I do not own a brake so this was done the hard way but I think it will work for the time being.

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    I still need to sand, seal the seams and paint.
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  8. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Bolted the body on this morning and gave it a 160 mile run with a 25-30 mph wind and had no surprises. Next I'll have to add lights and wiring.

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    This should be great to haul camping gear or groceries.
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  9. XL-erate

    XL-erate Been here awhile

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    Looks great, Cleatus, you did a mighty fine job! Thanks for sharing the build, I've enjoyed it very much. Very nice workmanship on a very practical rig!
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  10. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    +1
    Just wondering what your maximum lean is towards the rig. Looks like this is limited by the narrow track, am I right?

    I know that I need more lean on my leaner, I max-out on 60% of the turns I do....
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  11. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Hellracer, It will go over 45 deg. or the floorboard to within 2 1/2" of scraping, about 1/4" from using all the side tread.
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  12. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    That's pretty good!
    Nice build.
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  13. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    A two into one exhaust (mounted left side) would have permitted a straight lateral to the rear helm joint. Did you consider this?

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  14. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Vortex, you did not notice my red suspenders and pipe, besides I'm a cheep bastard.:D
    To tell the truth that thought did not pass thru my mind.:huh I'll look into that if this gives me any problems. Thanks.
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  15. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Got back last night from my first sidecar rally in east Texas and logged 671 miles by the odometer, the GPS showed the speedy to be reading 10 mph to high. Did not have any problems and even hit 95 gps mph. The only time I felt the car at speed was heavy ruts from bad tarmac patches.

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    My 630 mile stop caught by a fan.

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  16. Willi-Jens

    Willi-Jens Been here awhile

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    Looking at your rear connection to the Heim joint, knowing the limited ground clearance from first hand experience and remembering Hiho's accident (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=841428&page=2) I would think that vortexau's comment should be considered. Could otherwise be nasty in a left hander...
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  17. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    The frame rail would still be a quick limit. Unless it's road kill or debris in the road, i'm more worried about dragging the floorboard.

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  18. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    It leans no more. I've spent the last two days converting it to rigid with 3 1/2" more ground clearance. I had to buy a few bolts but every thing else was fabricated with a welder, hand and drill press, plus angle grinder.

    I was able to get it out for a short ride that proved it needs more tuning as it does try to shake it head. It is also very lite but when I brought the chair up I was able to keep it flying for a couple blocks. That is something I have not been able to do with the Convert.

    I'll get some pic's up when I pull it apart to paint brackets.
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  19. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    What is the main reason for converting it to rigid?
    The ground clearance? Did you hit somethis on the way that scared you?
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  20. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    I find my self running mostly gravel back roads and with the leaner I have to run much slower. The other reason is I like the full body/mind riding experience. Kind of like driving 60+ year old cars and trucks.
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