New to me sidecar

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by sandsman, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Just remember that if your rig is unridable without a steering dampner and your far from home and your dampner quits dampning how are you gonna get home??.The VW units are so cheap that I bought a 2nd one and stuffed it behind the sidecar seat...
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  2. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    I'm gonna do that, and that thought crossed my mind.
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  3. Hackinitup

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    Sands I've been following your thread here and congrats on getting the hack hooked up and running down the road.

    I will be doing the same thing here in a couple weeks. My new to me hack will arrive, can't wait.

    When Northwestrider said the VW one is cheap, what are you guys refering to, I must have missed that part. Is it your damper?
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  4. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Yep, that is what he is referring to. I was lucky, when I bought my car, it had everything I needed to put it together pretty much. I did adapt some of the parts. and it came with a steering damper. I do want to get a spare, like he said, if it goes out, it becomes unrideable again, good spare part to carry. I just got back from a 120 mile little trip. One thing I can say, it does require a good bit more steering input, my arms are tired. I want to ride it some more today, but I am thinking about driving over to see a sick friend, I am pretty tired, but a good day of riding. And I have all the electrical done......

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  5. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    VW Jetta steering dampner.I took mine off one day when I was fighting some MAJOR handleing issues to see if the dampner was making the rig hard to steer.I made it less than a mile from work,I hit about 35mph and when I let off the throttle the handlebars whipped out of my hands and off in to a field I went.I was standing ankle deep in mud putting my dampner back on !!!:eek1

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  6. Hackinitup

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    holy crap!! Yeah a spare is is definitely in order. What year Jetta would you say?
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  7. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Ya, I need to buy a new one for my bike. I was able to induce a low speed wobble the other day with the damper. It has never leaked but must be getting tired. Luckily I also have a steering head friction damper so I just snug it up a bit more.
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  8. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Not sure what year,I just looked at the pics till I found one with a ball joint at both ends ..
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  9. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    This pic says it all.......
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    Took a little 500 mile overnite trip to Mena, Ar, and my sweet friend just loved it.....

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    Mena Mountaintop Cabins are one of the best places to stay in Mean, Ar.

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    Still need to do a few things to wrap it up, she loved the ride, it was comfortable. Steering effort was pretty high in some of the tight curves, but once I learn a little better technique, I'll be better. Great ride overall......
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  10. Bobmws

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    When SWMBO smiles the world is a happy place!
    You may want to pick up a copy of the "Yellow Book", Driving a Sidecar Outfit by David Hough. Lots of instruction on riding technique, and setup.
    I can see a trail reduction device in your future.......
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  11. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    What I really see is a Gold Wing 1800 in my future, has everything I need on it already except a 5* rake triple tree. But for now, what I have is paid for, and this season it's my ride.

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  12. Hackinitup

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    Nice!!

    Mine just got picked up by the delivery company last night, should be at my door on Tuesday.

    Here's pic, gettin pumped.


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  13. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Once you get it, you cant just let it sit......you will have to get out there and start messing with it. Now that mine is hooked up, I need a charging point for cellphone over there, and a cup holder. That is from the chief occupant orders, well nicely asking
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  14. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Just scored some like new stock exhaust pipes. So next week I have front fender chrome to install, and remove the old strait shot pipes and put on the new stock ones. My old pipes are so loud......Change the oil, and do a little adjusting on the car's angle to the bike......the inside of the car sags a little toward the bike, nothing loosened up, it was just that way when I finished...:evil then recheck the alignment again. :D all is good.
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  15. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Well, I don't know if anyone really follows this, but today was really busy. I put on the new exhaust......then addressed the wiring issues that I needed to clean up. Really satified with that, everything came together in the end. Oh, yeah......the stock horn sounded like a sick duck quacking. I got a "Bad Boy" air horn a couple of years ago and just got around to putting it on.......I can now wake the dead......make old men piss thierselves. This dude is LOUD. So I went from loud pipes to quiet ones, and went from a quiet horn to a loud one....... And now all I have to do is wipe the bike down and ride it tomorrow.
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  16. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Well I have determined the need for a additional fuel cell behind the seat of the hack. With the small tank and big engine, and a somewhat :evil heavy hand, I need more fuel. I have already ordered the main components, a 7 gallon cell, a fuel pump, a marine fill tube, a marine fuel vent. At the present time, I can barely go 100 miles, and that is taking it easy, sticking to below the posted highway speeds. Although that is really the idea afterall, enjoy the ride. But when I add the trailer, I doubt if I will average 20 to 25 miles per gallon. And to top it off, probly gonna upgrade the clutch......in May sometime. And also a car battery conversion too...... Pics to follow soon. :D
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  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Keep it comming.I'm trying to figure out my extra fuel issue also,5.8 gallon tank X 25mpg = not enough range!!.


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  18. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    The tank on the Intruder is 3.9 gallons and twice I have gone more than 100 miles, but I was sweating bullets. I had less than 1/2 gallon left each time, and with the system on the Intruder, there is no reserve...... So with the capacity that I am adding, I will have 11 gallons. I am just gonna plumb the added fuel line into the neck of the bike tank and when it gets low, I'll just hit the pump switch and pump it full, so it will almost be like have 2 extra fills while riding on down the road.......and when I get my Goldwing, look out.
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  19. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Good plan!!.


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  20. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Well I decided to pull the trigger and put a new clutch in too, my clutch seemed to have been abused at some time in the past ....... and adding the extra load of the sidecar and a trailer......just thought I would be better off taking care of this now. So now the clutch is on order, along with some handlebar setbacks. I have alot to do in the next couple of weeks. Fuel cell, clutch, wiring up the power points to charge the cell phones, handlebar setbacks.......time to get busy, once all the parts get here.
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