New to me sidecar

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

  1. triumphsidehack

    triumphsidehack Adventurer

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    Hey Sandsman: Super looking rig ......you did a outstanding job on the Sidecar. Hope you have many miles and smiles on you new hack. It looks as if the misses is going to enjoy as much as you are. The wife and I have well over 200k on several different rigs and it has never gotten old. Hope your miles..... no matter how many are just as satisfying .
  2. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    It's all worth it when I look down at her and she looks back up at me and gives me the sweetest smile.......on June 20th, she will be my bride.

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  3. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Well, I now have something to do in my spare time......front cylinder on the tug developed an oil leak. Looks to be the head gasket. So next week here we go on the tear down. Also I got in my spare rear rim to modify for the auto tire. I got all froggy about that and got the mod done to it so now I have to mount the car tire on it in the morning. Then my vette's transmission shelled out. I have to go get one that I located about 30 miles away, call the wrecker to come get the car and drop it at the Chevy dealer here.
  4. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    Scott, could you please post a image of the rig from the front? I'm mounting a Motorvation Formula to my GL1100 and I'd like to compare the distance from bike to frame on yours to what I have on mine presently. I'm thinking mine's a little out there. Thanks!
  5. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    I'm putting a Motorvation hack on my GL1100 and would really appreciate it if you would provide more info on the steering damper. What model VW is it for? Can you get them locally? Do you have to buy special mounting hardware? Thanks!
  6. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    Great work! Really looks nice!
  7. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Well after a few days of working on the bike, I am just about done. I have replaced the u-joint on the drive shaft, modified the rear rim to accept an auto tire. Well the u-joint proved to be a royal pain.......not in the disassembly, but when you are putting iy back together....all I can cay is :uhoh........I tried for 2 1/2 hrs to stab the drive shaft back up the tube and mate it with the u-joint, this is the way the manual says....... It won that day. Next day I removed the swing arm again, cause on a Intruder it has to come off to access the u-joint. I assembled it all on the swingarm (which makes it really heavy) , put the ujoint on the end of the shaft, then stabbed it right on the secondary drive the 1st time.......yay!!!!! The wheel and tire is another story. Well I had to grind off the ridge that was keeping the tire from seating the first time. I still had a hell of a time getting the tire to seat, used every slick solution I had around, finally used Pam the cooking spray and 100 psi and it seated....Wish I had taken pics, but oh well. I have the finished results.

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    Since I was so close to the fender, the tire looks narrow, but it fills it up quite well. I have a hidden hitch on the inside of the fender, and I have about 1/2 inch clearance on each side of the tire.

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    Here's another pic. Well now for the rest of the story......Well since I had to modify the new rim, it didnt come with the brake disc, well no problem, right. Wrong, none of the mounting hole matched up, back and for I went for about 5 minutes, long story short, get the drill out and match drill it........that steel is hard and thick. took a while, but I did it. :evil
    All I have left to do for today is finish installing the exhaust. Then I have a car tire for the front, and I still have to fix the oil leak, but that is after a short weekend trip, it's a small leak, but may require a new head gasket.
  8. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    You can seat a tire with it!
  9. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Weel, I finally have both car tires on the front and rear of the bike. I think the ride feels better. For tomorrow, I will attempt a fix on the oil leak.

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  10. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Sandsman--just found this thread and read it through front-to-back. You gots tons of energy and spirit, man. An inspiration to all us backyard bolt breakers and thread strippers. I understand about the rear tire. But you didn't say much about the front tire. Do I understand that you were able to mount this car tire on the OEM wheel without any modification? If yes, that's too cool. Which tire (make, model) did you end up getting?
  11. mantree

    mantree Been here awhile

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    I know how you feel I was hit by a car on my honda shadow and broke 17 bones in my right foot so I can't suport a bike on my leg now so I'm looking in to a side car rig
  12. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Looks like you are getting things dialed in nicely. ..Good Job!:clap
    I'll bet you get some serious mileage out of those tires.

    I'd love to figure out a way to go to smaller rims / tires on my old rig.
    I'm stuck with 18" / 19" wheels.
    I'm eating up rear MC tires in 2000 - 2500 miles. Fronts / hack tires every 3500 - 4000.
    While on a road trip a while back I had to buy a Dunlop K-70 Trials type tire in a pinch as I couldn't find any other tire...in L.A. no less. Ended up being a great tire and lasted longer than the "K-Blocks" / Dunlops / Bridgestones / Shinko's that I've been eating up.

    Near "Hannigan Meadow, AZ." last weekend. Had a great 2 day ride through some awesome AZ / NM country.

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