She wanted a Hack

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by headednw, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. headednw

    headednw Been here awhile

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    the current track is 57" . I plan on "hacking " the frame off and pulling the suspension in to the end of the cross barace . 53 or under is my goal depending on wht the pups can lounge in without discomfort during long stretches of travel.
    We mocked up a car body last night out of scraps of angle so we can get the pups in it and really see the space they are gonna need and try and get a feel for weight distribution.

    I'm thinking I can squeeze them into a much narrower car than the wifey is leading me into .:1drink

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    headednw Been here awhile

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  4. Boxer Metal

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    That is really wide. Get under 48" if you can. You will like it a lot more on the trailers. My last BMW dirt hack was 44" and was heavy but great on the trails.
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  5. RidingDonkeys

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    This is gonna be awesome!

    Sub 50" will make it much better on the trails.

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  6. headednw

    headednw Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input
    I'm quite certain I can make a skinny car that seats them front and back and get this track way in and still provide enough room for comfort , it's not like this is a cross country rig .
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  7. RidingDonkeys

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    If you are planning on taking the dogs along, you're going to want to consider a few things.

    1. Removing the seat. Dog's require a lot more distance from tail to front paw to sit than you might think. As such, most can't sit in a human seat on a sidecar.

    2. Padding. Once the seat is removed, you'll need some sort of padding on the bottom of the tub. This will not only help them ride more comfortably, but it will stabilize them as well. You don't have to invent anything. If you aren't good with a needle and thread, hit up Bobby at Riddle's Custom Upholstery. http://www.riddlescustomupholstery.com/Pooch_Pad.html . He makes all sorts of hack accessories, and while he does tons of Ural stuff, he can make anything you want. I've found that I can't make it myself for what he charges. He did one for me out of heavy waterproof tonneau material with extra padding. You can see it here. http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=246862#p246862 . The important thing is creating a pad that provides cushioning without moving in the tub. If the pad slides, the dog slides.

    3. Windshield...or not. Really, nose clearance. Measure your dog while sitting from tail to nose, and see if anything you have on the front of the tub is going to obstruct the dog. Keep in mind, the faster you go, the more they are likely to lean forward into the wind. If the dog is obstructed, they are likely to find a different way to put their nose to the breeze, like leaning out the side.

    4. Securing your dog. There is a lot of debate on this one, and only you can decide what your dog needs. I feel fully comfortable riding with my dog unsecured. He has no prey drive and is a complete gentleman in the tub. However, I have a harness system in place to give him a little support just in case he slips on a turn. The same system will break away at about 150lbs of force...aka...when things get FUBAR. There are several threads here on securing your pooch. Study up and you might find a creative way to plan this into your build.

    OK, enough of the unsolicited input. :rofl
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  8. Bucho

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    Great rig, coming along nicely. Nice looking pups too.
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    After much of the bickering and back biting in recent threads, this refreshing insight into one guy's project is an absolute joy. Keep it coming.:clap
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  10. headednw

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    dang job keeps getting in the way .....it sits in the trailer to take to the camp for some offroad testing and good ole fashioned fun . Hoping this weekend .
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  11. headednw

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    OK , Back to Hackin

    just got a few goodies in to tidy up a little as the ole YZ suspension just wasn't gonna do it .

    I think this will flow much more to the betterist .

    Waiting on my bike suspension to get back from being beefed and lowered as the little lady is but a wee lass ......hoping to have it back by next week so I can make some frame adjustments and get the new car suspension mounts and such done , shorten the track and build the car body .

















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  12. headednw

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    alrighty then , hacked it down to 47" . Not real happy with the add-on strength wise but I guess I'll gusset it or run a length of flatbar down the joints that could be used as the body mount as well ...or something like that .

    Going with the KTM PDS and it's lack of linkage does push the height up on the framework and such but finding a used linkage susp was not working out so we'll just run with it .

    Chewing on making the shock mount adjustable but am just thinking at this point but gonna try and get it fabbed up this afternoon if work doesn't get in my way .

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  13. headednw

    headednw Been here awhile

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    started and then destarted with this

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    after much of making these

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    should have my tube adapters and heims for the adjustment rod today and get this thing welded out tomorrow and give er a go , scratch my head and off to build the car I hope .
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    I spy a real mini wagon with flames and mini lite wheels..... Got any pics of it?
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  15. headednw

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    It's one of several projects that is at least in the 90 %tile of being finished and of course it's also hers cause she gets all the cool shit.

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    (sorry about all the ground in the pic but crop wouldn't take for some unknown reason and I am but a simple caveman )
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  16. villageidiot

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    Very cool. I worked at a place specializing in mini when I first started working on cars. At 6'2 and 250 at the time, they were just too small for my freshly broken back to work on every day. Fun cars though, like a street legal to kart.
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  17. japako

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    I was following your thread, but it seems to have come to a halt.
    Have you done anything else? Any more pics?:clap
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  18. headednw

    headednw Been here awhile

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    it's not halted but has been slow going as of late , suspension is sorted out for now till I drag it out for a test ride and the wife made a template of the body and it is being rough fitted by a friend and will be fine tuned by us and hopefully in our hands next week .
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  19. japako

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    That great to hear!! I was hoping nothing had happened to you, and everything else was ok. :clap
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  20. J-Dub

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