What I did this weekend or How to ruin a perfectly good GS

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by DirtyDR, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    I picked this up from Big JohnD's garage a while back and after spending the Summer collecting parts and such I finally decide to start putting it together Friday.
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  2. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    After 3 days of work this is what I ended up with. I still need to get the interior finished and see about some trim but it actually goes down the road pretty good.
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  3. krellheat

    krellheat Pepsi Challenged

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    The resto came out great!! I just installed a Sputnik on my F650 last weekend and have been riding it around the town and to/from work. One advantage of a sidecar is that cagers do notice you.
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  4. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    The Patrol has company now. I never should have started with the hacks, I think it's a disease.
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  5. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    Looks good!
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  6. chairhead

    chairhead HAIRY

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    That Looks Sweet,you've Got To Be Pleased With Yourself,some More Photos Would Be Nice,its A Good Looking Chair Too.
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  7. XPatriot

    XPatriot Charges have been dropped

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    Rear view mirror on the side car?
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  8. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Thanks Tony.

    Her's another one for you Chairhead.
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  9. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    :thumb
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  10. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Xpatriot,
    It came with that mirror and I was going to leave it off and fill the holes but a friend of mine's wife is always talking about how she would like a mirror for the chair on their Patrol so I figured I would leave it on just to bug him.
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  11. XPatriot

    XPatriot Charges have been dropped

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    I agree with everyone else, looks fantastic. :thumb

    I guess it's not weird to have a mirror on a hack if it makes the monkey feel safer....it might be a good place to add a spotlight/driving light if you want to in future.
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  12. krellheat

    krellheat Pepsi Challenged

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    Are the brake and turn lights stock or did you add them yourself?

    What size diameter are they?

    They attract a lot of eye attention.
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  13. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Xpatriot,
    I rarely have a monkey in the hack but for now I think I'll keep the mirror, just to be different if nothing else.

    krellheat,
    Those are the stock lights on the back of the Friendship II hacks, 3" diameter.
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  14. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Looks good DirtyDR :clap

    Hey, If you haven't done so and if it has the torsion suspension be sure to look at the leaves and see if any of them are broken or bad. You can modify VW Bug leaves to fit if you need any. If it has the large bushing in it you can get a replacement, if required, from Dauntless.
    My wife JoAnne insists that we have a rear view mirror on the sidecar. She is happy if she can look behind us No biggie. I am happy if she can't see the speedometer.
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  15. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Claude,
    I stripped everything down and checked it especially the spring leafs. Nice tip on the VW leafs though I was wondering where one would find them. I cleaned and regreased the bushing and it looked pretty good but I think Dauntless still has some around. I did get the subframe from Dauntless and I will admit I am really impressed with it. Thanks for the tips.
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  16. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    I kinda figured you had looked things over but felt it shoudl be mentioned anyhow, possibel for someone else or whatever. Those are good sidecars but if the leaves die the whole swingarm, wheel etc., can depart from the thing.....not good for the fun meter.
    If I remember right the VW leaves are just a little bit too wide but only a small amout of grinding will fix em up. They are still avaiable as far as I know...check with the VW restoration crowd or possibly the Dune Buggy sites on the net.
    We have converted quite a few of these sidecars to a fully adjustable cross torsion bar suspension with good results but that is another story.
    You will be fine with what you have if it is in good shape.
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  17. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    That's funny, right there! Note to self - remove GPS from the hack!
    So much to learn...
    TT
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  18. ridenfly

    ridenfly Been here awhile

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    Slow to pick up on your post. Glad to see it togethor and it does look great. It will be the central topic at Hotchkiss
    Won't see you there though, my plate is too full.
    Wow, not limited to Ural speeds but how does it stop?
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  19. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    I was just talking to Lisa and she was looking forward to seeing you. Oh well dissapointing the ladies.
    As far as the rig goes I am surprised at how well it handles. I did a little adjust on the lean out last night and it holds the road a whole lot nicer now too. It will take a little tweaking but so far I am really surprised and satisfied with it. I guess I'll see for sure after the road trip this weekend.
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  20. Dave-O

    Dave-O motorcyclist

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    Great job Dana! Looks like it'll be some fun there! :clap
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